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Jose Luis Sert

Jose Luis Sert, Spanish architect, city planner. award 1977, Gold medal 1981), Royal Archtl.

Background

  • Sert, Jose Luis was born on July 1, 1902 in Barcelona, Spain. Son of Francisco and Genara (Lopez) Sert.

  • Education

    • Graduate School Design, 1953-1969, professor. Students Dormitories, Undergrad. Student housing, M.

    Career

    • Registered architect, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Colombia, South America Worked with Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Paris, 1929-1930. Private practice architecture, Barcelona, 1929-1938. Co-founder, partner Town Planning Assocs., New York City, 1941-1959.

      Partner Sert, Jackson & Gourley, 1958-1964, Sert, Jackson & Assocs., from 1964. Professor city planning Yale University, 1944-1945. Dean, professor architecture Harvard Graduate School Design, 1953-1969, professor emeritus, 1969-1983.

      Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation professor architecture University of Virginia, 1970-1971. Advisory council Princeton School Architecture and Urban Planning, 1972-1974. Chairman committee for habitat bill of rights Iran Ministry Housing and Urban Planning, since 1974.

      (Recipient Thomas Jefferson medal in architecture University of Virginia 1970). Author: Can Our Cities Survive?, 1947, (with Rogers, Tyrwhitt) The Heart of the City, 1952, The Shape of Our Cities, (with Jaqueline Tyrwhitt), 1957, (with James Johnson Sweeney) Antoni Gaudi, 1960. Contributor (with James Johnson Sweeney) articles to professional publications.

      Architectural projects include apartment houses, Barcelona, 1930-1931, central dispensary, Department Health, Catalan Government, 1934-1935, Spanish Pavillion, Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, (with Luis Lacasa), Paris, 1937. (with P.L. Wiener) master plan Cidade dos Motores, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cali, Columbia. Pilot plan for resort, Varadero, Cuba, 1954-1955, United States embassy buildings, Baghdad, Iraq, 1956, Holyoke Center, Married Students Dormitories, Undergrad.

      Science Center (all Harvard). Design consultant: University Centre Administration Bldg, all U. Guelph, Ontario, George Sherman Union, Mugar Library, Schools Law and Edn, Pappas Law Library, all Boston University, Foundation Maeght Mus, St. Paul de Vence, France. Urban renewal plan for Central Business Dist, Worcester, Massachusetts, Martin Luther King, Junior Elementary Sch, Cambridge, resort community, Marseille, France, moderate rental housing, Brookline, Massachusetts, Harvard planning development and design, from 1957, Roosevelt Island Devel, Riverview Development for New York State Urban Development Corp, Joan Miro Center for Study Contemporary Art, Barcelona, student housing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, housing complex, Barcelona, freeway, La Junquera, Spain.

    Works

    • Author: Can Our Cities Survive?, 1947, (with Rogers, Tyrwhitt) The Heart of the City, 1952, The Shape of Our Cities, (with Jaqueline Tyrwhitt), 1957, (with James Johnson Sweeney) Antoni Gaudi, 1960. Contributor (with James Johnson Sweeney) articles to professional publications. Architectural projects include apartment houses, Barcelona, 1930-1931, central dispensary, Department Health, Catalan Government, 1934-1935, Spanish Pavillion, Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, (with Luis Lacasa), Paris, 1937.

      (with P.L. Wiener) master plan Cidade dos Motores, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cali, Columbia. Pilot plan for resort, Varadero, Cuba, 1954-1955, United States embassy buildings, Baghdad, Iraq, 1956, Holyoke Center, Married Students Dormitories, Undergrad. Science Center (all Harvard).

      Design consultant: University Centre Administration Bldg, all U. Guelph, Ontario, George Sherman Union, Mugar Library, Schools Law and Edn, Pappas Law Library, all Boston University, Foundation Maeght Mus, St. Paul de Vence, France. Urban renewal plan for Central Business Dist, Worcester, Massachusetts, Martin Luther King, Junior Elementary Sch, Cambridge, resort community, Marseille, France, moderate rental housing, Brookline, Massachusetts, Harvard planning development and design, from 1957, Roosevelt Island Devel, Riverview Development for New York State Urban Development Corp, Joan Miro Center for Study Contemporary Art, Barcelona, student housing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, housing complex, Barcelona, freeway, La Junquera, Spain. Fellow American Institute of Architects (award 1977, Gold medal 1981), Royal Architectural Institute Canada (honorary), Royal Society Arts (London).

      Member National Institute Arts and Letters, International Congress Modern Architecture (president 1947-1956), Royal Institute British Architects (honorary), Academy Royal Belgium, Akademie der Kunste (Berlin), Society Architects Mexico (honorary), Institute Urbanism Peru (honorary), Boston Society Architects, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Academie d’Architecture France (Gold medal 1975), Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos (honorary).

    Membership

    Fellow American Institute of Architects (award 1977, Gold medal 1981), Royal Architectural Institute Canada (honorary), Royal Society Arts (London). Member National Institute Arts and Letters, International Congress Modern Architecture (president 1947-1956), Royal Institute British Architects (honorary), Academy Royal Belgium, Akademie der Kunste (Berlin), Society Architects Mexico (honorary), Institute Urbanism Peru (honorary), Boston Society Architects, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Academie d’Architecture France (Gold medal 1975), Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos (honorary).

    Connections

    • Married Ramona Longás, October 2, 1938.
    • father: Francisco Sert
    • mother: Genara (Lopez) Sert
    • spouse: Ramona Longás
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    Born July 1, 1902
    Died March 15, 1983
    (aged 80)
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