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Lawrence B. Anderson MIT '30 Videodocumentary Memorial

Lawrence B. Anderson MIT '30 Videodocumentary Memorial
Colleagues of MIT Architecture professor Lawrence B. Anderson created a video tribute to him in 1994 because so little was documented in one place about his remarkable life and work. Forty participants are listed below, including:
            I.M. Pei *
            Walter Netsch
            Charles Correa
            Robert Campbell
 
Among many pioneering projects, Anderson designed the first important modern building on an American university campus in 1938 with his longtime partner and fellow professor Herbert L. Beckwith '26. In 1959, William E. Haible also joined the firm as partner. MIT projects include:
            MIT Alumni Pool, 1938 (in 2004, it was connected to Frank Gehry's Stata Center)
            Briggs Field House, 1939 (demolished)
            Radiation Lab - Bldg 24, 1941-42
            Rockwell Cage, 1947
            Van de Graaff Generator building, 1948 (demolished)
            Dorrance Food Laboratory - Bldg 16, 1952 (first building on campus taller than five stories)
            McCormick Hall, 1962-67 (first women's dorm at MIT)
            Whitaker Life Sciences Building - Bldg 56, 1963
            Pierce Boathouse, 1965
 
Anderson was one of the most influential and beloved forces to shape the history of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, yet he is not widely known. Selected bio stats:
            department head and dean 1947-1972
            professor for 43 years
            graduate of MIT and winner of Beaux-Arts Paris Prize in 1930
 
Anderson transformed the country's oldest university program in architecture, established in 1865, into one of its most progressive, a tradition that continues today. Influential deans who preceded Anderson:
            William Wurster
            Pietro Belluschi
 
* Former students Pei '40 and William Hartmann '39 established the $10,000 Lawrence B. Anderson Award in 1987.
 
Funding provided by:
Chicago's Graham Foundation
Council for the Arts at MIT
MIT Architecture Department
Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (William Pedersen '64)
Mrs. Pietro Belluschi
CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Associates (Maurice Childs '60 & Richard Bertman '60)
Elizabeth Close '34, architect
Winston Close '35, architect
John R. Myer '52, former head of MIT Architecture
Carl Koch, MIT professor
Ralph Rapson, MIT professor
Armand P. Bartos '35, architect
names of 23 additional colleagues and former students are listed in closing video credits
 
Participants in the Lawrence B. Anderson Videodocumentary Memorial (when taped in 1994):
Stanford Anderson, head of MIT Architecture
Howard W. Johnson, president emeritus of MIT
Tunney Lee '43, former head of MIT Urban Studies and Planning
Donlyn Lyndon, former head of MIT Architecture
William Mitchell, dean of MIT Architecture
William Porter '69, former dean of MIT Architecture
Diana Abbott (Mrs. John Adams), client & neighbor
Wayne Andersen, MIT professor
Lawrence Sven Anderson, astrophysicist & son
Ann Beha '75, architect
Julian Beinart '56, MIT professor
Maria Bentel '51, architect
Robert Bliss '49, architect
Robert Brannen, architect
Karen Anderson Cantine, artist & daughter
Robert Campbell, architect & writer
Maurice Childs '60, architect
Robert Coles '55, architect
Charles Correa '55, MIT professor
Albert Dietz '32, MIT professor
Earl Flansburgh '57, architect
Leon Groisser '48, MIT professor
Imre Halasz, MIT professor
David Johnson '47, architect
Gerhard Kallmann, architect
Frank Kennett '49, architect
Judith Anderson Lawler, architect & daughter
Michael McKinnell, MIT professor
Henry Millon, MIT professor
Walter Netsch '43, architect
I.M. Pei '40, architect
Marianne Fisker Pierce, artist & daughter of Kay Fisker
Walter Pierce '47, architect
William Purcell '38, architect
John Sheehy '67, architect
Edward Tsoi '66, architect
Jan Wampler, MIT professor
Henry Wood, architect
 
Producer & interviewer:
Victoria LaGuette '76 for the nonprofit Foundation for Modern Architecture
 
Primary camerawork:
John Terry '68, independent filmmaker, dean and department head at the Rhode Island School of Design for 20 years, and founding member of MIT's film/video program
Michael Majoros '85, documentary director & RISD faculty member
 
Special advisors:
Robert D. Howard '67
Brad Schiffer, architect
 
Taped at eleven locations in Cambridge & Boston, including:
Anderson's home in Lincoln, MA
MIT's Alumni Pool
 
MIT Video Productions provided:
Studio space for additional interview footage
Craig Milanesi, camerawork
Thomas White, camerawork
Jay Collier, digital editor of both archival and highlights footage
 
Fourteen hours of archival footage reside at:
MIT's Rotch Visual Collections
Chicago's Graham Foundation
 
Half-hour tributes of highlights reside at:
Harvard Graduate School of Design's Frances Loeb Library
Montreal's Canadian Centre for Architecture

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