Guy Nordenson Named 2017 Neutra Medalist

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The Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona is honoring Guy Nordenson, professor of architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University School of Architecture, with the Richard Neutra Award for Professional Excellence. An award ceremony and special lecture will take place on October 9th at 6:30pm at the University Theatre. It will be preceded by an hour-long book signing session at the theatre lobby.

Nordenson is a creative partner in complex and challenging projects. His New York structural engineering practice, Guy Nordenson and Associates (GNA) was founded in 1997 on the principle that collaboration is essential to design. As an engineer, he has an extensive history with architecture, having worked in the joint studio of Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi in 1976, then later establishing the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners in 1987. 

Notable GNA projects, completed in collaboration with ranked architectural firms include:

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC with Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup
  • Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art + Design Wing in Corning NY with Thomas Phifer and Partners
  • Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth TX with Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York with SANAA
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Expansion in Kansas City MO with Steven Holl Architects
  • Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion in Toledo OH with SANAA
  • 2004 Museum of Modern Art Expansion in New York with Taniguchi and Associates
  • International African American Museum in Charleston SC with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
  • Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center in Houston TX with Johnston Marklee
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Glassell School of Art with Steven Holl Architects

Since 2007, GNA has been engaged in the development of strategies for climate change and coastal adaptation, working with stakeholders at the local and national level – arguably a measure of Neutra’s “Survival Through Design,” the idea that planners have a responsibility to connect their design practices with advancements in science and research in diverse fields.

The Richard Neutra Award for Professional Excellence is an annual honor conferred by the Department of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design.

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