Stanford Anderson

Stanford Anderson (1934 – 2016) came to MIT in 1963, and was Professor of History and Architecture at the time of his death in January 2016. He was Head of the Department of Architecture from 1991 through 2004, and he was director of MIT's PhD program in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture, Art and Urban Form from its founding in 1974 to 1991 and in 1995-96.

Anderson's research and writing concern architectural theory, early modern architecture in northern Europe, American architecture and urbanism, and epistemology and historiography. He has organized numerous professional conferences and served on the editorial boards of Assemblage, Journal of Architectural Education, Places, and The MIT Press.

In addition to numerous articles, his books are Planning for Diversity and Choice, On Streets (both edited works from MIT Press and in European language translations), and Hermann Muthesius: Style-Architecture and Building Art (The Getty Center). He is co-author of Kay Fisker (Copenhagen: Arkitektens-Forlag). Peter Behrens and a New Architecture for the Twentieth Century (The MIT Press) appeared in 2000 and Eladio Dieste: Innovation in Structural Art in 2004. In 1997, The MIT Press published a collection of essays in his honor, edited by Martha Pollak: The Education of the Architect: Historiography, Urbanism, and the Growth of Knowledge. He was a Fulbright fellow at the Technische Hochschule in Munich and subsequently a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.

He received MIT's Graduate Student Teaching Award for 1989 and the King Fahd Award for Design and Research in Islamic Architecture, 1985-86. He was a Commissioner of the Boston Landmarks Commission from 1980 to 1987, and subsequently a member of the Board of the Boston Preservation Alliance. He served the maximum two terms on the Designer Selection Panel of the Massachusetts Port Authority. He was chairman of the joint Harvard/MIT Aga Khan Program Committee from 1992-99. He has served on the boards of directors of the Boston Society of Architects, the Fulbright Association, and the Batuz Foundation.