Hugh Newell Jacobsen

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Hugh Newell Jacobsen

(b. Grand Rapids, Michigan 1929)

Hugh Jacobsen was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1929. Educated at the University of Maryland, he received a BA in 1951. He received a Dip.A.A. from the Architectural Association School in London in 1954 and a B.Arch from Yale University in 1955. He worked as an architect/draftsman in the office of Philip Johnson in Connecticut in 1955. He then worked for Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon in Washington D.C. from 1957 to 1958 He has been in private practice in Washington D.C. since 1958.

Jacobsen is concerned primarily with the sensory aspects of design. He talks about buildings in terms of how they will be experienced both visually and spatially. Although he adheres to few consistent mannerisms he regularly uses certain shapes and details including pavilion arrangements, pyramid and prism shapes, flat arches, and staggered plans. His designs are carefully attuned to their practical requirements. Jacobsen is more a client's than an architect's architect.

Jacobsen has also emerged as one of the few American Architects capable of sensitive restorations. His restorations stand as examples of how to integrate contemporary service technologies with existing forms. His taste in architecture is catholic - "there are no bad periods, only bad buildings" and he has drawn freely on historic motifs.

Muriel Emmanuel. Contemporary Architects. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980. ISBN 0-312-16635-4. NA 680-C625. p391-392.

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