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
for the University of Virginia.
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."
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
A. (Pete) Anderson, who laid the groundwork for the University
of Virginia's current master plan before his retirement in
to his years at Stanford, Neuman spent 12 years leading the design
and planning at the University of California-Irvine,
campus architect and associate vice chancellor.
Architect for the University, Neuman will be entrusted with oversight
the 180-year-old Academical Village, home
original buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson, a complex
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
for the University's next generations.
Architect for the University advises the Board of Visitors on
planning, architectural and landscape
design projects, and development of the University's
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
He also will
be responsible to the University's board of visitors
through a close working collaboration with its buildings
under whose direction he will guide all design decisions.
responsibilities include oversight of the historic preservation
of the Academical Village and serving
to numerous state, city, county and neighborhood organizations
on matters related to physical planning and design.
an experienced campus architect and planner, the position appealed
to Neuman because it reflects his
preservation and long-term planning. At Stanford,
he worked in the tradition of Frederick Law Olmsted, who
Stanford's original plan in 1886.
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."
his first year at the University, Neuman will be asked to
focus on a number of key priorities.
team in the Office of the Architect; establishing
effective working relationships across Grounds
administrators, including the university president
and the board of visitors;
assessing the current master plan; assuming responsibility
new capital projects; and developing and communicating
an architectural vision for the University.
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
Stanford, Neuman said he relied heavily on Olmsted's original
plans in envisioning campus
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
architects such as Frank Gehry, Robert Venturi,
Charles Moore and James
to create individual building masterpieces
on that campus.
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.
understands the issues, the challenges
and the opportunities."
2000, Neuman received the Corporate Architect Honor Award from
the American Institute
Architects. The special award recognized
his individual achievements and
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
campus and its students."
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
Architects and the Society of College
and University Planners.
received a bachelor's degree from the University
of Notre Dame, a bachelor
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
as assistant director of corporate
and foundation relations in March
Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189