Kenan Professor of Aerchitecture and former Dean of the School of Architecture (1999-2009) Karen Van Lengen

General Information

Occupation: Architect, Professor

Birth City: Syracuse

Birth State/Province: NY

Birth Country: USA

Resident City: Charlottesville

Resident State/Province: Virginia

Resident Country: United States



Subject: Sound studies related to Architecture

Description: Van Lengen's creative research focuses on the exploration of sound and communication as an integral part of the architectural design process. As a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities, she developed SOUNDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE and LISTENING TO THE LAWN, web sites that analyze and interpret site specific sounds. Her sound drawings and animations, (with artist Jim Welty), are part of the permanent collections of major museums. Van Lengen has authored several books, including Cityscapes, Urgent Matters, and Vassar College: A Campus Guide, (co-author, Lisa Reilly) as well as numerous articles. Van Lengen began her professional career as an Associate of I.M. Pei & Partners before founding her own firm in New York City, that won numerous design awards, and competitions. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College in Psychology, and an MArch from Columbia University.



Employer: Karen Van Lengen Architects

Title: principal

City: New York

State: New York

Country: United States

Notes: with Max Cardillo

Employer: I.M. Pei and Partners

Title: Associate

Employer: Parsons School of Design

Title: Chair of Architecture

Start Date: 1995

End Date: 1999

Employer: University of Virginia

Title: Dean, Professor

City: Charlottesville

State: Virginia

Country: United States

Employer: Bobst Library

Title: Library Architect, New York University

City: New York

State: New York

Country: United States

Start Date: 1993

End Date: 1998

Employer: United States Supreme Court

Title: Design Consultant

City: Washington

State: DC

Country: United States


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Name: America Memorial Library Competition Winner

Date Received: 1990


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Institution: Columbia University

Degree: Master of Architecture

Institution: Vassar College

Degree: B.A. with departmental honors in psychology


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Professional Affiliations

Organization: American Institute of Architects

Role: Member

Publications By

Title: By Design

Publication: Metropolis Magazine

Page: 51-54

Notes: August/September

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