The Design Futures Council has presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 to Robert A.M. Stern.

This award is presented to those who have dedicated their lives to the work of design and the realization of design. The award recognizes a minimum of four decades of exemplary leadership in the fields of professional practice and education that has elevated architecture and design, promoting the highest and best ideals of the professions and creating a positively sustainable influence on the built environment.

DFC Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 presented to Robert A.M. Stern by DesignIntelligence President & CEO Dave Gilmore

Mr. Stern is the founder and senior partner of the Robert A.M. Stern Architecture firm, also known as RAMSA, and the former dean of the Yale Shool of Architecture where he served with distinction for 18 years. He’s published 15 books, with more than 20 books written about him and his work.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and in 2017 received the Topaz Medallion, awarded jointly by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in recognition of outstanding service to architectural education. Mr. Stern is the 2011 Driehaus Prize laureate and in 2008 received the tenth Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum. In 2007, he received both the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Board of Directors’ Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences since 2007 and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters since 2011. As founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, he personally directs the design of each of the firm’s projects.

Mr. Stern is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., 1960) and Yale University (M. Architecture, 1965).


About the Design Futures Council

The Design Futures Council is an independent and interdisciplinary network of design, product, construction, and real estate leaders who explore trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the A/E/C industry and the environment. The DFC integrates the latest research to benefit the built environment, to improve the way we design and build, and to strengthen member organizations. The organization challenges conventions and limiting beliefs, offering fresh intelligence, innovation, and strategic optimism to enable the design, product, construction, and real estate industry to improve the human condition. The DFC was co-founded in 1994 by Dr. Jonas Salk and James P. Cramer.