The true importance of architecture lies in its ability to solve human problems, not stylistic ones. A building is too permanent and too influential on public life and personal comfort to be created primarily as “public art.” Modern abstractions or nostalgia cannot themselves generate ideas for structures of lasting value. Only buildings that serve broadly defined social, political or cultural objectives can achieve this.
James Stewart Polshek
Context and Responsibility, 1988
James S. Polshek Timeline
James Polshek’s narrative/story unfolds against the backdrop of dramatic social, political, economic, environmental, and technological developments and upheavals that profoundly shaped his world view and his approach to architecture.
JSP appointed to the New York City Design Commission
Princeton Architectural Press publishes Polshek Partnership Archictects
JSP receives AIA New York Chapter President’s Award
Context and Responsibility published
Brooklyn Museum Master Plan Competition
500 Park Tower
Office moves to 320 West 13th St.
JSP founds Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility
Firm name changed to James Stewart Polshek and Partners
Carnegie Hall Master Plan
Office moves to 19 Union Square West
CUNY, Kingsbrough Community College Health and Physical Education Plant
New York State Bar Center
JSP appointed Dean, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
AIA National Honor Award, New York State Bar Center
Quinco Regional Mental Health Center
Office moves to Madison Ave and 40th St.
Office of James Stewart Polshek is established
Teijin Institute for Biomedical Research
Oster House I
JSP marries Ellyn
JSP enters Yale School of Architecture