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David J. Neuman, Former Stanford University Architect, Named Architect For The University Of Virginia

November 11, 2003 -- David J. Neuman, the University Architect and Associate Vice Provost for Planning of Stanford University, today was named Architect for the University of Virginia.

The announcement was made by University President John T. Casteen III. "David Neuman comes to Charlottesville with an impressive background and range of experience in preservation and campus planning that align well with the needs of the University," Casteen said. "His prior work at Stanford and the University of California shows that he has both the vision and the ability to inspire great architecture in an academic setting. We welcome him to our historic Grounds and the challenges ahead."

For the past 14 years, Neuman has guided the evolution of Stanford's campus in what an American Institute of Architects' award citation called an inspired integration of the original founders' and architects' vision with a new and thoughtful master plan. He succeeds Samuel A. (Pete) Anderson, who laid the groundwork for the University of Virginia's current master plan before his retirement in May.

Prior to his years at Stanford, Neuman spent 12 years leading the design and planning at the University of California-Irvine, as campus architect and associate vice chancellor.

As Architect for the University, Neuman will be entrusted with oversight of the 180-year-old Academical Village, home to the original buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson, a complex designated by the American Institute of Architects as the most significant architectural achievement in America. Neuman will be called on to expand on the principles that define that historic core, and to be actively engaged in the design and construction of the ideal academic community for the University's next generations.

The Architect for the University advises the Board of Visitors on all facilities planning, architectural and landscape design projects, and development of the University's design guidelines. The position reports to Casteen through Leonard W. Sandridge, the University's executive vice president and chief operating officer. Neuman will report directly to Sandridge on a day-to-day basis. He also will be responsible to the University's board of visitors through a close working collaboration with its buildings and grounds committee under whose direction he will guide all design decisions.

Additional responsibilities include oversight of the historic preservation of the Academical Village and serving as the University's representative to numerous state, city, county and neighborhood organizations on matters related to physical planning and design.

As an experienced campus architect and planner, the position appealed to Neuman because it reflects his strong commitment to historic preservation and long-term planning. At Stanford, he worked in the tradition of Frederick Law Olmsted, who created Stanford's original plan in 1886.

"I am appreciative of the opportunity to oversee both the preservation and future development of Thomas Jefferson's Grounds. It will be a privilege to serve the University of Virginia in this important role," Neuman said. "I am keenly aware of the responsibility I have accepted and am prepared to continue in the tradition of the Jeffersonian legacy."

During his first year at the University, Neuman will be asked to focus on a number of key priorities. They include: creating a strong team in the Office of the Architect; establishing effective working relationships across Grounds with key University administrators, including the university president and the board of visitors; assessing the current master plan; assuming responsibility for existing and new capital projects; and developing and communicating an architectural vision for the University.

"It is our hope that under David's guidance, we will have a clear vision of the University's physical design needs for the next 50 years," Sandridge said. "We expect him to evaluate the preservation and use of our historic resources, the design of our new buildings, the care and improvement of the Grounds, the protection of green spaces, and the reservation of land."

At Stanford, Neuman said he relied heavily on Olmsted's original plans in envisioning campus renewal, which included restorations that garnered a 10-year National Trust for Historic Preservation Award, as well as new buildings with architects such as Norman Foster, Robert Stern, Antoine Predock and Ricardo Legorretta. While at UC-Irvine, he made his mark by collaborating with architects such as Frank Gehry, Robert Venturi, Charles Moore and James Stirling to create individual building masterpieces on that campus.

Colette Sheehy, the University's vice president for management and budget, said of Neuman: "He brings incredible insight and depth to the University's unique architectural history. He understands the issues, the challenges and the opportunities."

In 2000, Neuman received the Corporate Architect Honor Award from the California Council of the American Institute of Architects. The special award recognized his individual achievements and outstanding contributions to the field of architecture while at Stanford and the UC-Irvine. The award stated that he "promoted and encouraged the restoration of Stanford University, masterfully blending the old and the new, while responding to the immediate needs of the campus and its students."

Neuman is a prolific journal contributor, and has authored three books, most recently "Building Type Basics for College and University Facilities" (2003, John Wiley & Sons). He has been a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects since 1989, and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Planning Association, the Association of University Architects and the Society of College and University Planners.

He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor of architecture from the University of Michigan, a master of arts in American studies from Bowling Green State University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in urban planning at the University of California-Los Angeles.
Neuman will begin work at the University later this month. His wife, Anne Casey, will join the University's Development Office as assistant director of corporate and foundation relations in March 2004.

Contact: Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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