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Designers honor alumnus Havemeyer

Horace Havemeyer III ’64, founder and publisher of Metropolis magazine, was recently honored by the Education Legacy Fund of the American Society of Interior Designers-New York Metropolitan Chapter for his outstanding, ongoing contributions to design and architecture.

Organizers of the evening praised Havemeyer’s “extraordinary” educational and advocacy contributions to the industry, and described Metropolis as “the most erudite” design and architecture publication.

Havemeyer and his magazine were honored for being a “fundamental partner” in the development of green buildings, “helping all of us assemble ideas, debate them, try them and refine them” and “challenging the industry to be rigorous and authentic, but never lose sight of the fact that design is a human conversation, and the twin values of aesthetics and sustainability are the grammar on which the conversation is built.”

Metropolis strives to “present the critical issues and projects that affect how design is practiced,” said Havemeyer, stressing that the magazine is a collaborative effort, and thanking his staff. “We want to show the beauty of design and also all else that is 'hidden' in the pictures of projects.”

It was also announced that an annual lecture fund has been established in Havemeyer's name to bring an outstanding speaker on sustainable, aesthetic and functional design to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

During his years at Hobart, Havemeyer was an English major and a member of the sailing and yacht clubs, Sigma Phi fraternity and the Inter-Fraternity Council. He served in the Army after graduation, and was twice a member of the HWS Board of Trustees, serving from 1980 to 1985 and again from 1991 to 1997.

A generous contribution from Havemeyer was instrumental in the February 2007 publication of the Public Affairs Journal, coordinated by Lou Guard ’07 with essays contributed by several students, Jeanne Shaheen, former governor of New Hampshire the director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government; and HWS President Mark D. Gearan.