In celebration of Sir John Soane as architect and educator, our evening honors a remarkable professional who is also an ardent public advocate for excellence in architecture and an influential educator. Then we honor a publisher who has helped to expand awareness of and appreciation for fine architecture throughout the world. The Soane Foundation Honors are presented to:
Robert A. M. Stern, practicing architect, teacher and writer, is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and recipient of the Board of Directors' Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America and the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism. In 1986 Mr. Stern hosted the documentary television series "Pride of Place: Building the American Dream." He is co-author of a series of books documenting the development of New York City's architecture and urbanism from the end of the Civil War through the millennium, including most recently New York 2000. He is founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
Gianfranco Monacelli started his own publishing house, The Monacelli Press, with the goal of originating books of the highest graphic and literary quality. Since 1994, the Press has published more than 300 books and has received international recognition and numerous awards. Gianfranco Monacelli, born in Italy, first visited New York in 1965 to study music at Mannes College and Columbia University. At the same time he started to work at the legendary Rizzoli bookstore on Fifth Avenue. He subsequently founded Rizzoli International Bookstores, which expanded throughout the United States, and Rizzoli International Publications, which became one of country’s most renowned publishers of illustrated books.
New York Times – Sunday, 16 December 2007
Front page of the Arts Section “Building Respect at Yale” by Robin Pogrebin. Article on Robert A. M. Stern on his reappointment for a third term as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.