London, January 1998
THE INTERNATIONAL WHO'S WHO
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ALEXANDER, Christopher, M.A., PH.D., American architect and planner, university
professor, author and consultant; b. 4 Oct 1936, Vienna, Austria; m. Pamela
Patrick, 1978, two daughters Lily and Sophie; ed. Oundle, Trinity College
Cambridge, Harvard University; went to USA 1958.
Positions: Joint Center for Urban Studies, Harvard & MIT 1959--63; Center
for Cognitive Studies, Harvard; Professor of Architecture, University of
California, Berkeley, 1963--; Research Professor in the Humanities, Berkeley;
1965; Visiting Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation, Villa Serbelloni 1965; founded
The Center for Environmental Structure a non--profit corporation of planners,
architects, engineers and contractors, 1967; Trustee of the Prince of Wales's
Institute of Architecture 1991--97; President and Director, Center for
Environmental Structure, 1967-- ; Professor in the Graduate School, University
of California, Berkeley, 1998--.
Honors: Fellow of the Society of Fellows, Harvard University 1961--64;
first recipient of the AIA gold medal for research 1972; member of the
Swedish Royal Academy since 1980; Best Building in Japan Award 1985; the
Distinguished Professor Award given by the American Association of Collegiate
Schools of Architecture 1987; Silver medal, Saitama prefecture, Tokyo 1987;
Louis Kahn Memorial Lecture, Philadelphia 1992; The Seaside Prize, 1994;
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1996.
Major Works include: Built works in four continents, including the 35 buildings
of New Eishin University in Tokyo, the Linz Cafe, Linz, Austria, a village
school in Gujarat, prototype low--cost housing in Mexicali, Mexico and
low--cost housing, Lima, Peru, apartment buildings and public buildings
in Japan and the United States, The Visitors Centre, West Dean, Sussex,
and a museum gallery for his exhibition of early Anatolian carpets in the
San Francisco Museum. Numerous private houses in California, Washington,
Texas and Colorado. The Shelter for the Homeless in San Jose, California,
was listed as one of the foremost American buildings of 1991. Under his
direction The Center for Environmental Structure has undertaken some 200
projects, including town and community planning schemes, in many countries
including Mexico, Japan, Austria, United Kingdom, Canada, Peru, Papua New
Guinea, India, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany and the United States. Clients
have included the United Nations, National governments (including Mexico,
India and the UK), Cities (including Pasadena, California; Vancouver, British
Columbia) and Industry (including Hoechst Pharmaceuticals and Sun Microsystems).
Branch offices of CES have been maintained at different times in these
different countries, and are currently active in the United States, Japan,
Germany and the UK.
Publications: Sixteen books include Notes on the Synthesis of Form (1964),
The Oregon Experiment 1975, A Pattern Language 1977, The Timeless Way of
Building 1979, The Linz Cafe 1981, The Production of Houses 1984, A New
Theory of Urban Design 1984, A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art 1992;
The Mary Rose Museum 1994; The Nature of Order (four volumes): The Phenomenon
of Life 1998, The Process of Creating Life 1998, A Vision of a Living World
1998, The Luminous Ground, 1998; over 200 articles in technical journals.
Biography: His biography, Christopher Alexander The Evolution Of A New
Paradigm In Architecture, by Stephen Grabow, was published in London and
Boston in 1983 and in Japan in 1989. A film biography, Places for the Soul:
The Architecture of Christopher Alexander, 1990. The most recent film of
his community housing and planning work with Japanese families was made
for Japanese television in 1992. Christopher Alexander and Contemporary
Architecture, by Ingrid King, was publ. Tokyo, 1993.
Addresses: 2701 Shasta Road, Berkeley, California, 94708, USA; Meadow Lodge, Binsted near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0LQ, UK.