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Stanford Report, June 28, 2000

Neuman wins honors from American Institute of Architects’ California Council

University Architect David Neuman was presented with the Corporate Architect Honor Award from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects (CCAIA) on June 15 in Long Beach.

This special award recognizes Neuman's individual achievements and outstanding contributions to the profession while at Stanford and the University of California-Irvine, where he served as campus architect and associate vice chancellor for physical planning before coming here in 1989.

"With vision and focused determination, you have promoted and encouraged the restoration of Stanford University, masterfully blending the old with the new, while responding to the immediate needs of the campus and its students," the citation read. "Your endless contributions on behalf of the architectural profession and California's academic environment exemplify a true commitment to both architectural and educational excellence."

Neuman and Steve Farneth, principal of the Architectural Resources Group, also received a CCAIA Design Honor Award for the historic preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hanna House, which was built on the edge of Stanford's campus in the mid-1930s.

Constructed for the late School of Education Professor Paul Hanna and his family, the house is designed around the hexagon as a module for the floor plan and features a graceful sloping roof that reflects both the architect's and the Hannas' affinity for Japanese aesthetic.

The house, which suffered severe damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, reopened in April 1999 after being closed for nearly a decade. The house also is a national historic landmark.

In addition to holding his title as university architect, Neuman is the associate vice provost for planning. He was trained at Notre Dame, the University of Michigan and UCLA. During his time here, Neuman has relied extensively on the original plans of Frederick Law Olmsted in planning campus renewal, which started after the Loma Prieta quake and includes a new Science and Engineering Quadrangle, the restored art museum, the refurbished Green Library, several student residences and the new Center for Clinical Sciences Research. SR