Sert, José Luis (1902-1983).

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1902-07-01
Death 1983-03-15
Gender:
Male
Americans
Catalan; Valencian, Spanish; Castilian, English

Biographical notes:

Josep Lluis Sert received a degree in architecture in 1929 from Barcelona's ESA in the 1930s. Among the leading young Spanish architects in the 1930s, he gained an international reputation with his design for the Spanish Pavilion built for the 1937 Paris Exposition. Emigrating to the United states in 1941, he was from 1941-1958 a founding partner in Town Planning Associates and in 1955, he opened his own firm, Sert Jackson, & Associates, in Cambridge, MA. SJA's work included residences, museums, and numerous large-scale commercial and educational commissions. Among the last named were several large-scale buildings for Harvard University (Holyoke Center, Peabody Terrace and the Science Center). Sert also oversaw the construction process for the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts; he had been an effective advocate for his long-time colleague Le Corbusier in securing the commission. At the recommendation of Walter Gropius, Sert was named Dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 1953, with a complementary appointment as chairman and Professor of Architecture. During his extradordinarily vibrant and productive tenure as Dean (until his retirement in 1969) Sert oversaw a variety of innovations in the curriculum, including the establishment of the first formal professional degree program in Urban Design.

From the description of The Josep Lluis Sert Collection. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 188580768

Josep Lluis Sert received a degree in architecture in 1929 from the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura in his native Barcelona; in the subsequent decade he was among the leading young Spanish architects, active in both CIAM (International Congress of Modern Architecture) and GATEPAC (Grupo de Arquitectos y Tecnicos Espanoles para el Progresso de la Arquitectura Contemporanea). Sert gained an international reputation with his design for the Spanish Pavilion built for the 1937 International Exposition in Paris. Immigrating to the United States in 1941, he was, from 1941-1958, a founding partner in Town Planning Associates, a design firm specializing in both architectural and urban design projects, with a particular focus on Latin America. In 1955, Sert opened, with Huson Jackson, Sert Jackson and Associates in Cambridge, MA; the firm’s work included private residences, museums and numerous large-scale commercial and educational commissions in the United States and abroad. Among the last-named were several buildings for Harvard University, including the Science Center, Holyoke Center and Peabody Terrace. Sert also oversaw the construction process for the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts; he had also been an effective advocate for his long-time colleague Le Corbusier in securing the commission.

Sert’s academic career began with a year’s appointment as a professor of city planning at Yale; at the recommendation of Walter Gropius, he was named Dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1953, with a complementary appointment as Chairman and Professor of Architecture. During his extraordinarily vibrant and productive tenure as Dean (retiring in 1969), Sert oversaw a variety of innovations in the curriculum, including the establishment of the first formal professional degree program in Urban Design.

From the guide to the The Josep Lluis Sert Collection, ca. 1925-1983., (Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University)

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  • Architecture, Modern--20th century--Archival resources
  • Architecture--Study and teaching
  • Architects
  • Architecture, Modern--20th century--Designs and plans
  • Modern movement (Architecture)--Archival resources

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  • Massachusetts--Cambridge (as recorded)