US architect and educator. Through both his designs and his writings, Stern is one of the leading exponents of postmodernism, arguing for a more expressive range of architectural styles that draw freely on the architecture of the past. A prolific architect, he has designed private homes, commercial buildings, and apartment buildings such as the limestone-clad 15 Central Park West in New York (2008). He was awarded the Driehaus Architecture Prize in 2011.
He has combined writing, lecturing, and designing throughout his career. During the 1960s and 1970s most of his designs were for private residences, with commissions such as the Wiseman House, Montauk, Long Island, New York (1967) and the Lang Residence, Washington, Connecticut (1974) allowing him to develop a confident postmodernist idiom. Later commissions, which were increasingly for commercial and civic buildings, include the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts (1993) and several works for the Walt Disney Corporation. Stern is increasingly known for his apartment and condominium buildings, including 20 East End Avenue (2016).
Stern was born in New York City, and studied at Columbia University, New York, and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, where he was taught by Robert Venturi, one of the earliest theorists of postmodernism. He became a professor of architecture at Columbia University in 1970 and was later dean of Yale School of Architecture 1998–2016.