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educator , Librarian

Adolf Kurt Placzek, Austrian Librarian. Decorated Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art 1st class, 1993; recipient Honor award American Institute of Architects, 1986. Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Member Society Architectural Historians (secretary 1963-1967, director 1968-1971, 2d vice president 1974-1975, 1st vice president 1976-1977, president 1978-1980), American Council Learned Socs. (delegate 1971-1974).

Background

Placzek, Adolf Kurt was born on March 9, 1913 in Vienna, Austria. Son of Oswald and Pauline (Selinko) Placzek. came to the United States, 1940, naturalized, 1943.

Education

Student, University Vienna Medical School, 1934. Student, Institute Fine Arts, University Vienna, 1938. Bachelor of Library Science, Columbia University, 1942.

Diploma of honor, University Vienna, 1993.

Career

Assistant librarian Avery Architectural Library, Columbia University, 1948-1960, Avery librarian, 1960-1980, emeritus, 1980-2000, adjunct professor architecture, 1971-1980, professor emeritus, 1980-1999. Commissioner New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1984-1993. Editor-in-chief Macmillan Encyclopedia Architects, 1982.

Editor-in-chief buildings of the United States, Oxford Press, 1984-1990, member executive committee, 1990-2000.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Editor-in-chief Five Centuries of Great Architectural Books: Avery's Choice, 1997. Contributor articles to Columbia Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia British, also to books and magazines.

Membership

Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow Society Architectural Historians (secretary 1963-1967, director 1968-1971, Second vice president 1974-1975, 1st vice president 1976-1977, president 1978-1980). Member American Council Learned Societies (delegate 1971-1974).

Connections

Married Jan Struther, March 1, 1948 (deceased July 1953). Married Laura Beverley Robinson, January 5, 1957.

father:
Oswald Placzek

mother:
Pauline (Selinko) Placzek

spouse:
Jan Struther

spouse:
Laura Beverley Robinson