Samuel Anderson

Professor Adjunct

Sam Anderson is an architect and teacher whose practice is a national leader in the design of collection storage and art conservation facilities, bringing design creativity and technical expertise to clients including the Harvard Art Museums, the Huntington Library, the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, Oberlin College, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Dallas Museum of Art, SFMOMA, Yale University, the American Antiquarian Society, the Penn Museum, and the Barnes Foundation. A LEED accredited professional, Mr. Anderson has a lifelong commitment to approaching elegance through the efficient use of space, materials and energy. Several of his projects have received awards for design excellence and sustainable design. An Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union for 20 years, he teaches building technology and the third year integrated design studio. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Harvard College (BA cum laude) and The Cooper Union (B Arch). He established his firm in 1991, following eight years of practice at Gwathmey Siegel & Assocs. and Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects.  

Mr. Anderson's CV is available here.

 

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