What’s a good way to keep your job? Well, it’s never a bad idea, in the same year as your contract renewal, to be picked to design the presidential library from the current president while you’re also working at his alma mater. But we just kid about the news that Robert A.M. Stern will be keeping his job as dean of the Yale School of Architecture for another five-year term. While we don’t know the guy personally, we’ve enjoyed some of his work and we hear Yale turns out some pretty decent people, so we’re happy for the whole thing. Though, honestly, Yale, you can’t hold off this renewal business until after the start of the new year? What does that do for making much of a fun holiday season if you’re worried about keeping your job throughout nearly half the month? Here’s a bit about why they like him around there:
Since his appointment in 1998, Stern has transformed the Yale School of Architecture into an international hub of architectural discourse, giving faculty appointments to such leading talents as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers and creating a public forum for the world architectural intelligentsia to exchange ideas. Stern has hosted symposia and conferences on subjects ranging from the preservation of modernist buildings to retrospectives on Louis Kahn, Philip Johnson and Eero Saarinen and a recent colloquium in which critics, philosophers and practitioners met to discuss the architecture of sacred spaces. In 2002, Stern notably set the stage for an ideological duel between New Urbanist Leon Krier and Deconstructionist Peter Eisenman. The conversation between the two, who are old friends and teaching colleagues at the Yale School of Architecture, was later published as a book.