EARLY WORD: Build It And They Will Come


The Department of Architecture & Interiors of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University will present Robert A.M. Stern as the second speaker of this year’s Farajollah & Maryam Badie AARFA lecture series in architecture. Stern is the dean and J.M. Hoppin professor of architecture at the Yale School of Architecture. He is also the founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York City.  The lecture titled “Architecture and Place,” will focus on the power of architecture to improve our cities and campuses.  The lecture is free, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 at the Mandell Theater (33rd & Chestnut Sts.). Robert A.M. Stern Architects is highly active in Philadelphia having designed projects including the skyline defining Comcast Center and 10 Rittenhouse Square, the development of a master plan for Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Drexel’s new LeBow College of Business building.  The firm’s contributions to the built environment also include the George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University and dozens of other projects for world’s foremost universities, libraries and public institutions.  Stern is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous accolades including the Driehaus Prize (2011), the National Building Museum’s Vincent Scully Prize (2008) and the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism (2007).

What: Architecture and Place, featuring Robert A.M. Stern
Where: Mandell Theater (33rd & Chestnut Sts.)
When:  Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
More Information:  215-895-1029 or visit

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