San Francisco (PRWEB) April 19, 2010
Architect Andrew Skurman has been named to the Council of Advisors of the internationally renowned Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, based in New York. Skurman, who is an expert in French architecture of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, heads the most prominent firm in Northern California specializing in classical residential architecture.
There are 41 professionals on the international council, whose members serve on juries, speak at colloquiums, write papers, and contribute in different ways to the Institute of Classical Architecture. The ICA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. The organization is a valued educational resource for students of art, planning, and architecture, design professionals, and the general public. It offers an array of programs that include continuing education classes, travel programs, lectures, salons, and conferences. The Classicist academic journal and the acclaimed book series Classical America Series in Art and Architecture are published by the ICA.
The Council of Advisors includes other prominent practicing architects and academics, such as Robert A. M. Stern, Allan Greenberg, Jaquelin Robertson, Witold Rybczynski, and Robert Adam of England, as well as an assortment of professionals linked to architecture. Journalists Wendy Moonan of the New York Times, and Sarah Medford, the design and architecture editor of Town & Country magazine, antiques dealer Louis Bofferding, metalsmith Jean Wiart, who restored the Statue of Liberty, and stone carver Simon Verity also serve on the council.
Skurman, whose eponymous architecture firm is based in San Francisco, currently serves on the board of the Northern California chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1976 from Cooper Union in New York and subsequently worked at some of the most prestigious architectural firms in the world. He began his design career apprenticing with the New York firm of I.M. Pei and Partners. He then worked in the San Francisco office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill as a Senior Associate and subsequently served as a Studio Director at Gensler and Associates in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Even as the focus of his practice is residential, Skurman selectively takes on projects in the hospitality design field, designing the new Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast.
He remains active in the world of academia, where he is sought after as a guest architecture critic. His affiliations in this capacity include the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University and Cooper Union, and he has taught design courses in interior architecture at California State University, Long Beach.
His work been featured in numerous publications such as Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Maison Française, The New York Times Magazine, Western Interiors, California Homes, California Home & Design, C Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Period Homes and the Robb Report. Work by the firm is also included in the books Rooms to Remember: The Classical Interiors of Suzanne Tucker (Monacelli Press, 2009) by Suzanne Tucker, San Francisco Style (Chronicle Books, 2004) by Diane Dorrans Saeks, and Napa Valley Style (Rizzoli, 2003) by Kathryn Masson.
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