Obituary: Stanford Anderson, 81

by Bryan Marquard | Jan 18, 2016
Ranging widely in the field of architecture, Stanford Anderson cofounded an important program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, designed apartments in Boston and his vacation home in Maine, wrote books, and even found time to be a “Today’s Architecture” columnist for the Globe in the 1960s.

His most significant legacy, however, was in the field of architectural history. In 1974, Dr. Anderson helped launch MIT’s history, theory, and criticism of architecture program, and over the years, he was a teacher and mentor to students from around the world.

“He was one of the key figures who helped create a separate field called architectural history,” said Hashim Sarkis, dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. Architectural history, he noted, had previously been a specialty within the art history department at many universities.

Professor Anderson was a Life Member of SAH, having joined in 1964.

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