Robert A. M. Stern

Robert A. M. Stern is Dean and J. M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture. He was editor of Perspecta 9/10 in 1965.

  • Re-Reading Perspecta

    Re-Reading Perspecta

    The First Fifty Years of the Yale Architectural Journal

    Robert A. M. Stern, caroline picard, and Alan Plattus

    The best selections from America's oldest and most respected student-edited architectural journal, accompanied by historical and critical commentary.

    Perspecta, the oldest and most respected student-edited architectural journal in the United States, marks its fiftieth anniversary with this selection of influential and provocative pieces published in its pages from the 1950s through the 1990s. The essays and portfolios in Re-Reading Perspecta trace the development of architectural culture and discourse over the past fifty years and bear witness to the influential role played by Perspecta in a time of crucial debate about the function and future of architecture.This monumental collection (with over 700 pages and 900 images) presents the most engaging and stimulating essays published in Perspecta, written by such well-known historians, theorists, and architects as Vincent Scully, Colin Rowe, Roland Barthes, Karsten Harries, K. Michael Hays, Allan Greenberg, Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, John Hejduk, Francesco Dal Co, Bernard Tschumi, and Mark Wigley. Re-Reading Perspecta also assembles the best examples of the richly-illustrated portfolios of projects published over the years, including work by Paul Rudolph, Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi, Eero Saarinen, Charles Moore, Philip Johnson, Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, Steven Holl, Thomas Leeser, Hani Rashid, and others.The editors introduce each section with essays that offer historical context and critical commentary. Re-Reading Perspecta also includes essays by Kenneth Frampton, K. Michael Hays, Joan Ockman, and Sandy Isenstadt on the history of Perspecta and its role in architectural discourse. This selection of the best of Perspecta covers a broad and lively spectrum of American architectural design, history, theory, and criticism.

    • Hardcover $75.00 £62.00

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  • Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue

    Richard Oliver

    This book goes beyond the stock characterizations of Goodhue as a derivative architect or protomodernist. It shows Goodhue as a talented exemplar of the free eclectism of the late nineteenth century, an innovator who freshly interpreted traditional forms.

    Bertram Goodhue was the undisputed eclectic synthesist of his generation in America. His wide repertory included elements from Gothic, Spanish, and Classical styles to create such landmark buildings as St. Thomas's church in New York, the National Academy of Science in Washington, and the Nebraska State Capitol which Henry-Russell Hitchcock called "the most innovative state capitol built in the twentieth century." Goodhue's Church of St. Bartholomew in New York and his Central Library in Los Angeles are currently the focus of heated preservation debates. This book goes beyond the stock characterizations of Goodhue as a derivative architect or protomodernist. It shows Goodhue as a talented exemplar of the free eclectism of the late nineteenth century, an innovator who freshly interpreted traditional forms. The author discusses Goodhue's early career during which he displayed a remarkable skill in draftsmanship and decorative design, as well as his later search for new directions after the impact of Scott's Liverpool Cathedral stimulated him to reevaluate the function of tradition in contemporary practice.

    This is included in the Architectural History Foundation's American Monograph Series.

    • Hardcover $40.00
  • The Almighty Wall

    The Architecture of Henry Vaughan

    William Morgan

    The Gothic revival in America owes much to the works of Henry Vaughan, the Anglo-American architect whose highly original contribution consisted of dozens of churches, chapels, and school buildings in New England towns and on campuses. Vaughan also designed three chapels for St. John the Divine in New York and was appointed architect for the National Cathedral in Washington. This book presents Vaughan's life during his thirty-six years in America (1881-1917), and goes on to examine his small half-timber parish churches, the larger masonry churches, and the brick school buildings which so clearly expressed the temperament and aspirations of his high-church clients. Morgan's study reveals Vaughan as a solitary man for whom architecture and religion were inseparable. His sources were always English, whether drawn from the Gothicists Bodley and Garner (the firm where he trained), or from the Georgians, but were borrowed with an unerring sense of taste and restraint. Vaughan's approach to design encompassed all of a building's details which he personally oversaw or carried out. A founding member of the Boston Society of Architects, he worked in a small office where he spent most of his time drawing. Even when engaged in such a major project as his main work the Washington Cathedral, the office included only Vaughan, three draftsmen, and an office boy. Vaughan himself roughed out all of the Cathedral drawings. The book focuses in particular on Vaughan's masterpieces, the chapels at St. Paul's School and at Groton, as pure examples of English Gothic architecture, the formal and academic expression of the "almighty wall" of Anglican culture. In six chapters it covers Vaughan's life, his parish churches, city churches and cathedrals, collegiate chapels and school buildings, his Georgian work, and buildings he designed under the patronage of Edward Searles.

    • Hardcover $40.00