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Robert A.M. Stern Architects Selected to Design VTS Chapel


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May 23, 2011 (Alexandria, VA) – At their May board meeting last week, the Trustees of the Virginia Theological Seminary voted unanimously to appoint the architectural firm of Robert A.M. Stern as designers of the Seminary’s new “Chapel for the Ages.”  The new worship space will replace the Seminary’s 129-year old chapel that was destroyed by fire in October 2010.

“The Board decision to go with a company of Stern's stature was a wise one,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of Virginia Seminary. “This is a complex building with a multitude of factors that need to be taken into account: a ruin, the preservation obligations, our contemporary and liturgical needs, as well as the continuing debate around location.”

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, is a 220-person firm of architects, interior designers, and supporting staff. Led by Robert A.M. Stern, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work. Over its past 41-year history, the firm has diversified its geographical scope to include projects in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States.

Stern himself is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, a practicing architect, teacher, and writer. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and received the AIA New York Chapter's Medal of Honor in 1984 and the Chapter's President's Award in 2001. Stern is the 2011 Driehaus Prize laureate and in 2008 received the tenth Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter’s President’s Award in 2001 and the Board of Director’s Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America in 2007. He is a prolific writer and the subject of many more books.

The team assembled by Stern Architects includes Grant F. Marani (Principal-in-Charge), Charles P. Toothill (Project Architect and Construction Administrator), Rosa Maria Colina (Project Manager) and Philip Chan (Interior Designer).  Grant Marani had responsibility for the exceptional and striking Stern chapel at Salve Regina University in Newport.

Asserted Markham, “In appointing Robert A.M. Stern Architects, we have a company with the depth of talent to make sure we get this right.”

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and 5 different countries, for service in the Church.
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