Carnegie Mellon Press Release: May 5, 2004
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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
May 5, 2004

David Lewis, Distinguished Professor at Carnegie Mellon, Wins Prestigious Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award

PITTSBURGH—David Lewis, distinguished professor in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected to receive the Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award. The award is given to faculty in the College of Fine Arts for their excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising. The award is named after Henry Hornbostel, the first dean of the College of Fine Arts and the architect of the original campus buildings.

"In the fifth-year design studios in Carnegie Mellon's Urban Lab™, Lewis gives each student the rich experience of working with community design groups and citizens using the design process for improving neighborhoods," said Vivian Loftness, head of the School of Architecture. "After analyzing a community's social, economic and physical fabrics, the architecture students he teaches develop design strategies for neighborhood revitalization. The richness of this learning experience is critical to all students of architecture who are destined to practice, at least in part, in neighborhoods both in the U.S. and overseas."

Lewis, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), winner of the AIA Presidential Citation for Urban Design and the Kemper Award, is internationally renowned as scholar and practitioner, forging the area of architecture in the urban context in the United States. He initiated the Urban Lab™ at Carnegie Mellon more than 15 years ago and continues to lead the fifth-year program in Urban Context, which has been vital to neighborhood revitalization efforts throughout this region.

Lewis was first invited to Carnegie Mellon from England to serve as the Andrew Mellon Chair in Architecture. After several years in academia, both at Carnegie Mellon and Yale University, Lewis and Ray Gindroz founded Urban Design Associates, the first firm in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to architecture in the urban context. This firm now leads the nation in urban revitalization projects and has been the catalyst for numerous firms nationwide that are dedicated to urban revitalization.

In his Urban Design lecture course, Lewis brings a worldwide, hands-on perspective to every student in the School of Architecture. His in-depth knowledge is sought internationally. His multidisciplinary, participatory techniques for practice are in active use in England, Czechoslovakia, Russia and South Africa and are instrumental in healing scarred neighborhoods and regions around the world.

Lewis is a prolific author and lectures worldwide. He has chaired major conferences including the "Rebuilding Cities" conference held in Pittsburgh, which brought together leading planners and architects from around the world, including Britain's Prince Charles.

The School of Architecture is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about the Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award or for more information on the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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