I heard about Robert A.M Stern for the first time as a student at the Parson school of design. The moment I saw his work I fell in love with the graceful simplicity of his architecture, a fearless modernism on the strong foundation of classical tradition. Mr. Stern created the terms “Post Modernism” and “Modern tradition”.
The greatest architect of the twentieth century. Mr. Stern grew up in Brooklyn, the son of working parents, and graduated from Colombia University and Yale University. He is currently holding the positions of Dean at the Yale School of Architecture, and director of the Historic Preservation Program. Mr. Stern heads a highly prestigious and successful architectural firm in New York, winning commissions from around the world. His noted architectural works includes the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, the Disney Feature Animation Building in California, Several museums, universities, Centers for Performing arts, Hotels around the world, Office buildings, and corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, Boston Washington, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Hong Kong. As much as he enjoys international fame, his heart is in New York: ‘I turn fantasy into reality’, he once said and he did with several projects : The Brooklyn Low School tower, the record-setting residential building in a full New York City block, the Design and Development of the 42nd street theater block in New York City, the 82-story tower in New York City which combines the Four Season Hotel and condominium apartments.
During the 60s and 70s Robert A.M. Stern , like with Philip Johnson (glass house in Connecticut) , Frank Stella, Jasper John, and Frank Gehry was considered a modern master and powerful advocate of contemporary art in New York.
A few Years ago I moved into a house on Long Island and I immediately recognized his touch. The panoramic view of the bay, the exterior details borrowed from shipbuilding tradition, the wooden elements inside and out, it was all whispering Mr. Stern’s name. In his honor, I named my house “Robert” and treated and decorated it with love and respect.