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Mathews Convenes Symposium in Honor of the Late British Architect Cedric Price

Stanley Mathews, assistant professor of art history and architecture, organized and moderated a memorial symposium honoring the late British architect Cedric Price, sponsored by the Architectural League of New York. Titled “Remembering Cedric Price,” the event was held on Dec. 11 at the Architectural League’s Urban Center headquarters on Madison Avenue in New York. Mathews became friends with Cedric Price in the last years of his life, and is a leading authority on his work. Mathews had invited key figures in the world of architecture to join him in sharing their thoughts and reminiscences about Price’s role as one of the most influential, though least understood architects of the last half-century, whose work paved the way for such works as the Pompidou Center and Parc de la Villette in Paris. Panelists included Bernard Tschumi, architect and former dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp, architect and founding member of the English Archigram group Mike Webb, former editor of the British journal AD and professor of architectural history at Columbia Robin Middleton, and life long friend of Cedric Price and MOMA trustee Barbara Jakobson. The event was lively and well-attended, and the standing-room only crowd included many well-known architects and historians, as well as Price’s friends and former students, and his longtime partner, British actress Eleanor Bron. Mathews teaches architectural history, theory and design at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and is the author of a forthcoming book on Price and his influence on contemporary architecture.