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Mathews’ Book Shortlisted for Prestigious Prize

Associate Professor of Architecture Stan Mathews’ recent book “From Agit-Prop to Free Space: The Architecture of Cedric Price” was recently shortlisted for the Sir Nikolaus Pevsner International Book Award in the Architecture Category of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) International Book Awards 2008. The annual RIBA International Book Awards were established to underscore the increasing importance of architectural writing and publishing, honoring the significance of writing to “the dynamic activity of creating buildings and transforming the landscape in which we live.” The Sir Nikolaus Pevsner Award specifically distinguishes exceptional architectural writing regarding practice, building preservation, research and analysis. This year the competition attracted hundreds of entries from scores of publishers based in more than 12 countries. The book’s subject, Cedric Price, according to the publisher, Black Dog Publishing Ltd., “was one of the most visionary architects of the late 20th century, taking a playful, interactive approach to his projects that was wholly lateral and completely unconventional.” “From Agit-Prop to Free Space” is a comprehensive overview and assessment of Price’s complete body of work and, as such, “is an invaluable and entirely original guide to what was a truly epic period in the story of modern architecture.” Mathews joined the HWS faculty in 2000. He received his BA from Beloit College, his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He also attended the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. The RIBA awards ceremony is held on Wednesday, May 28 at The Athenaeum in London.