Compilation image: James Polshek and the U.S. Embassy in Oman

James Polshek, FAIA: Fumihiko Maki Lecture

March 23, 2009
6pm Reception, 6:30pm Lecture
Lecture title: Architecture Rules
Steinberg Auditorium


James Stewart Polshek, FAIA, is in the fifth decade of his distinguished career as practitioner, educator, and public advocate. In 1962 he established the firm now named Polshek Partnership Architects. The firm is recognized internationally for creating public buildings and planning projects that are uniquely sensitive to both social and physical context. The vitality and inventiveness of its multi-generational staff participate in design solutions specific to a wide variety of educational, scientific, cultural, and governmental clients.

Since 2006, Polshek has acted in the capacity of Senior Design Counsel at the firm. His current projects include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center in Washington D.C., the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and The Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City. Visit Polshek Partnership Architects for more information.

The Fumihiko Maki Lecture recognizes annually an architect of international reputation, whose work advances the optimism and strength of modern architecture. The Lecture was established by the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design to honor renowned architect and former faculty member Fumihiko Maki, architect of Steinberg Hall, Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Hall, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, all part of the Sam Fox School complex. Past Maki Lecturers have included Ben van Berkel, David Chipperfield, Charles Correa, and Tom Kundig, among others.