- James Polshek
name = James Polshek, FAIA
current residence =
New York, NY
practice_name = Polshek Partnership Architects
significant_buildings= William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center
awards = AIA Medal of Honor (1986)AIA Architecture Firm Award (1992)|
James Stewart Polshek (born 1930,
Akron, Ohio) is an American architectbased in New York City. He is founder and senior design counsel of Polshek Partnershiparchitects.
Education & background
Polshek enrolled in
premedat Case Western Reserve University's Adelbert College1947, with thoughts of becoming a psychiatrist. He struggled with school and began taking a variety of courses, including a course in the history of modern architecture. After deciding to study architecture he enrolled at Yale University, and graduated in 1955 with a Master of Architecturedegree.Ringel, Susan: [http://www.case.edu/pubs/cwrumag/summer2002/features/test/article.shtml "The Test of Time"] , "CWRU Magazine" (2002)] He was also a Fulbright/Hayes fellow in Denmarkand received a number of grants from the Graham Foundation.Fact|date=February 2008
After becoming dean of
Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservationin 1972, Western Reserve Universitygranted his bachelor of sciencedegree in 1973, forgiving the 8 credits he was short.
Polshek worked for
I.M. Peiprior to starting his own firm, James Stewart Polshek Architect, in 1963. He is presently retired and maintains the title of Senior Design Counsel at the Polshek Partnership.
He served as the dean of
Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservationfrom 1972 to 1987. [citation | last=Bohlen | first=Celestine | title=Built for Substance, Not Flash; James Stewart Polshek Says Architecture Should Serve People Instead of Egos | newspaper= New York Times| year=2001 | date= 2001-01-22| url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C04EEDE133CF931A15752C0A9679C8B63 ]
Polshek is unusual among top-tier architects for taking the position that architecture is more craft than fine art, and that architects have some measure of social responsibility.Fact|date=February 2008
Awards and honors
Polshek received the Gold Medal award from the New York City chapter of the
American Institute of Architectsin 1986. In 2002, he was honored with the Municipal Art Society’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
He has received honorary degrees from
Pratt Institute(1995), the New School University Parsons School of Design(1995) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology(2002).
* [http://www.polshek.com/ Polshek Partnership Architects Homepage]
* [http://www.case.edu/pubs/cwrumag/summer2002/features/test/article.shtml CWRU article] about Polshek, his firm, and the Clinton Center design.
* [http://www.cwru.edu/pubs/cnews/2003/6-19/uaaawards.htm Awarding of CWRU Distinguished Alumni Award]
* [http://www.newseum.org/newseum/newseum2006/fact_sheets/ppa_factsheet.htm Biography at newseum.org]
* [http://www.getguerilla.ca/issue3/cardinal/ Controversy over design for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.]
* [http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/James_Stewart_Polshek.html Information at greatbuildings.com]
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