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Will and Nan Clarkson

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.

Clarkson Chair in Architecture (spring 2014)

Spring 2014

Guy Nordenson, Professor of Architecture and Structural Engineering, Princeton University

Guy Nordenson

Guy Nordenson is the 2014 Clarkson Chair in Architecture

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 independent practice.

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.

Clarkson Chair in Planning (spring 2014)

Lewis D. Hopkins, FAICP, Professor Emeritus, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lewis D. Hopkins is the 2014 Clarkson Chair in Planning

Lewis D. Hopkins is the 2014 Clarkson Chair in Planning

Lewis Hopkins, FAICP, earned a BA in Architecture (1968), a Master of Regional Planning (1970), and a PhD in City Planning (1975), all from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked with Ian McHarg and Bruce MacDougall as a master student and in early consulting on geographic information systems. Britton Harris was his dissertation advisor, yielding a continuing interest in planning theory and modeling.

Hopkins moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972, first in the Department of Landscape Architecture, then as Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning from 1984 to 1997. Active in campus governance, he chaired the Senate Educational Policy Committee while an assistant professor, served on many committees, and chaired the campus Budget Strategies Committee. He was Associate Dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts from 2002-2007.

Hopkins was editor with Gill Chin Lim of the Journal of Planning Education and Research from 1987-1991 and served on the editorial boards of nine journals. He chaired the Planning Accreditation Board from 1997 to 2001. International activities included a sabbatical in Sheffield, England in 1980; teaching in a comparative planning summer program in Kavala, Greece in 1984; and Fulbright Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1997 and again in 2008.

Hopkins has participated as a principal investigator in over $5 million in funded research from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Illinois Department of Conservation, the National Science Foundation, the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy and other state and federal agencies. He currently serves on the Urbana Planning Commission.

His scholarly contributions cluster around two ideas, which involve recognition that planners use formal analytical tools and that planners use plans.

  1. Planning tools should be designed so that they are effective in combination with the capabilities of the planners who use them.
  2. Plans should be seen as occurring within complex multi-organizational systems rather than as controlling a system from the outside. Thus planners should have skills in using interacting plans among organizations, not just skills in making and implementing plans for one organization.

These ideas are developed in two books: Urban Development: The Logic of Making Plans, Island Press, 2001 and Engaging the Future: Forecasts, Scenarios, Plans, and Projects,  co-edited with Marisa Zapata, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2007.

In 2007, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning awarded Hopkins its Distinguished Educator Award.


Previous Clarkson Chairs in Architecture

  • Anne Lacaton
  • Antoine Picon
  • Teddy Cruz
  • Yve-Alain Bois
  • Joan Ockman
  • Michele Addington 
  • Kenneth Frampton
  • Anthony Vidler
  • Glenn Murcutt
  • Peter Zumthor
  • Lars Lerup
  • Mark Wigley
  • Sanford Kwinter
  • K. Michael Hayes
  • Daniel Hoffman
  • M. Christine Boyer
  • Alberto Pérez-Gómez
  • Marco Frascari

Previous Clarkson Chairs in Planning

  • Edward Blakely
  • Thomas Daniels
  • Philip Berke
  • Donald Shoup
  • Michael Teitz
  • Michael Greenberg
  • Michael Batty
  • Lawrence Frank
  • Peter Dreier
  • Michael Kwartler
  • Gerrit-Jan Knaap
  • Alan Artibise
  • Andrew Isserman
  • Michael Storper
  • Robert Yaro
  • Patsy Healey
  • John Forester