For over 20 years, Will and Nan Clarkson have generously supported the Clarkson Chair program, which invites distinguished scholars and professionals to campus for lectures and seminars that engage students, faculty, practitioners and members of the public in knowledge-sharing, scholarship and debate on critical issues in architecture, planning and design.
The Clarkson Visiting Chair is an endowed visiting position awarded semiannually to a distinguished scholar or professional in the disciplines of architecture, planning and design. This award is in recognition of excellence in the pursuit of scholarship and professional application within these disciplines.
Emily Talen is a professor at Arizona State University in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Sustainability. Her research is devoted to urbanism, urban design and social equity. She has four books: New Urbanism and American Planning: The Conflict of Cultures; Design for Diversity; Urban Design Reclaimed; and City Rules. She edited the 2 edition of the Charter of the New Urbanism, as well as Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents (with Andres Duany). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of
architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University.
Since 1978 he has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco
and New York. In 1987 he established the New York office of Ove
Arup & Partners and was a director until 1997 when he began his
In 1994 he co-founded the Structural Engineers Association of New York. With Terence Riley he was co-curator of the “Tall Buildings” exhibition held at MoMA QNS in 2004. His research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” won the 2007 American Institute of Architects Latrobe Research Prize, was published in 2010 by Hatje Cantz, and served as the inspiration for the 2010 MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents”. He is Commissioner and Secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission and a member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change.
Nordenson was the structural engineer for the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Santa Fe Opera House, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and over 100 other projects. Current projects include the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and the Menil Drawing Center in Houston, TX.
Since 2007 he has been engaged in climate adaptation and flood hazards mitigation research and has been active in improving the resilience of New York. His research team at Princeton was recently awarded a major grant by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop “Structures of Coastal Resilience” in collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers and coordinating teams from Harvard, City College of New York and the University of Pennsylvania.
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