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Hartman-Cox

(Hartman b. Fort Hancock, New Jersey 1936; Cox b. New York, New York 1935)

George Hartman was born in Fort Hancock, New Jersey in 1936. He graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1957 and with a Master of Fine Arts in 1960. Hartman worked for Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon in Washington D.C. until 1964 when he established his own office.

Warren Cox was born in New York City in 1935. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1957 and from the Yale School of Architecture in 1961 with an Master of Architecture degree. In 1965 Cox established a partnership with Hartman to form Hartman-Cox Architects.

Early defectors from the Modern Movement, Hartman-Cox quickly adopted their practice to conservative Washington. Although Hartman-Cox preferred startling, hard-edged geometries in their early practice, they now incorporate the Capitol's classicist context into their designs.

Hartman-Cox generates eclectic designs that owe more to site needs than to any strong architectural doctrine. The whole point of their design repertory has been to avoid the minimalism of their leaders. They felt that Modernism limits an architect to a few basic shapes that rarely meet the needs of the site. In keeping with their attitudes toward site and scale, Hartman and Cox prefer molded spaces to free-flowing ones.

Hartman-Cox do not consider themselves post-modernist architects. The firm enjoys an impressive local reputation and a growing national one, but has avoided identification with any architectural group or philosophy.

References
Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA 680-C625. p349-350; 173-175.

Robert A. M. Stern. Modern Classicism. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1988. ISBN 0-8478-0848-3. NA682.C55. p126.

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