Sert, José Luis (1902-1983).

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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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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Libraries. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library audio archive collection, 1969-2004. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Wiener, Paul Lester. Paul Lester Wiener papers, 1913-1968. University of Oregon Libraries
creatorOf Nelson, Paul, 1895-. Paul Nelson architectural records and papers, 1924-1976. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Sert, José Luis, 1902-1983. Proposed readings : session VI, Meeting places. Harvard University, Frances Loeb Library
referencedIn Paul Lester Wiener papers, 1913-1968 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Proskauer, Henry G., 1915-. Research files on architecture, ca. 1940-1970. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969. Papers, 1925-1969 (bulk: 1937-1969) Houghton Library
creatorOf Reis, Bernard J., 1895-1978. Bernard J. Reis papers, 1934-1979. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sert, José Luis, 1902-1983. Letters, 1940-1975, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Herbert Matter papers, ca. 1937-1984 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Graduate School of Design. Records of Graduate School of Design from the Office of the Dean, 1894-1980 (inclusive). Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Walter Gropius papers in the Bauhaus-Archiv, ca. 1919-1937. Houghton Library
creatorOf Cetto, Max, 1903-1980. Papers, 1925-1970. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Sert, Josep Lluǐs, 1903-1983 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Harvard University. News Office. Photographs : slides taken by the News Office, ca. 1955-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Records of the CIAM Belgian Section, 1928-1958, 1934-1958 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Coolidge, John, 1913-1995. Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Sert, Jackson and Associates. José Luis Sert : vertical file. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Papers of John Coolidge and Agnes Mongan, 1909-2006 Harvard Art Museums. Archives
referencedIn Haskell, Douglas Putnam, 1899-1979. Douglas Putnam Haskell papers, Series I: Pending correspondence, 1949-1964. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969. Walter and Ise Gropius papers, 1883-1981. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sert, José Luis, 1902-1983. The Josep Lluis Sert Collection. Harvard University, Frances Loeb Library
referencedIn Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969. Walter and Ise Gropius papers, 1883-1981. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Chermayeff, Serge, 1900-1996. Serge Chermayeff architectural records and papers, 1909-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn International Congress for Modern Architecture. Papers of the Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne, 1928-1970 Harvard University, Frances Loeb Library
creatorOf SERT, JOSEP LLUIS. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf International Congress for Modern Architecture. Records of the CIAM Belgian section, 1928-1958 (bulk 1934-1958). Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Harvard University. Harvard University Office and Health Center Building. Memorandum. Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984. Herbert Matter papers, circa 1937-1984. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Sert, José Luis, 1902-1983. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Director. James Johnson Sweeney correspondence, 1961-1967. Hirsch Library Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
creatorOf The Josep Lluis Sert Collection, ca. 1925-1983. Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
referencedIn Serge Chermayeff architectural records and papers, 1909-1980, 1930s-1970s Columbia University. Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library. Department of Drawings and Archives.
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associatedWith Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Cetto, Max, 1903-1980. person
associatedWith Chermayeff, Serge, 1900-1996. person
associatedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995. person
associatedWith Frances L. Loeb Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969. person
associatedWith Harvard University. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Graduate School of Design. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. News Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Haskell, Douglas Putnam, 1899-1979. person
associatedWith International Congress for Modern Architecture. corporateBody
associatedWith International Congress for Modern Architecture. Belgian Section. corporateBody
associatedWith Jackson, Huson. person
associatedWith Le Corbusier, 1887-1965. person
associatedWith Matter, Herbert, 1907-1984. person
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Director. corporateBody
associatedWith Nelson, Paul, 1895- person
associatedWith Proskauer, Henry G., 1915- person
associatedWith Reis, Bernard J., 1895-1978. person
associatedWith Sert Jackson and Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Town Planning Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Wiener, Paul Lester. person
associatedWith Wiener, Paul Lester, 1895-1967 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Spain
Massachusetts--Cambridge
Subject
Modern movement (Architecture)
Architects
Architecture
Architecture, Modern
Architecture, Modern
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Person

Birth 1902-07-01

Death 1983-03-15

Male

Americans

Catalan; Valencian,

Spanish; Castilian,

English

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