The influential architecture and design publication DesignIntelligence has named College of Architecture and Design Associate Professor Anthony Schuman, a registered architect, one of 30 most-admired educators for 2013. Schuman, of Montclair, is widely-known for his advocacy of architecture's social vocation. A past chair of the New York City chapter of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, Schuman serves on the Montclair Housing Commission and on the boards of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee (NPLC) and Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District Inc., a community development corporation.DesignIntelligence (DI), a slim, soft-cover text, published by the Design Futures Council , annually honors excellence in education and educational administration by naming 30 exemplary professionals in design fields. The DesignIntelligence staff with input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students selects the role models. Educators and administrators from the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture are considered for inclusion.
According to DI staffers, “This professor is characterized as one of the most ethical, historically rigorous, humane and engaging educators in America today. Schuman is thoroughly committed to enhancing the lives of his students, including those who pursue non-traditional professional practice.” Among Schuman’s current projects, is the construction of the first-ever physical model of Newark, measuring 14-feet in all directions. In May, 2011, Schuman received the Charles Cummings Award from NPLC for his tireless efforts to celebrate and preserve Newark’s social and cultural legacy.
In 2010, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) named Schuman a Distinguished Professor. He is the first faculty member from NJIT to receive this award, ACSA's highest honor, which recognizes contributions across the spectrum of academic pursuits. Schuman is past president of the association, which represents 128 accredited architecture programs in the United States and Canada.
Schuman's scholarship has been recognized with other awards from ACSA, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. At NJIT, he has received an Excellence in Teaching Award and the Board of Overseers Service Award. In 2007 he was awarded a medal by the Newark Municipal Council for organizing a celebration of the Newark Eagles, the city's former championship Negro Leagues baseball team.
His writing on housing design and community development appears in 15 books and numerous scholarly journals and conference proceedings. His most recent article, “Community Engagement: The Evolution of Architecture’s Social Vocation in Schools of Architecture,” appears in Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America, an edited volume published by MIT Press to mark the 100th anniversary of ACSA.
Schuman was a founding member of a series of advocacy and activist organizations in the architecture and planning professions, including Urban Deadline, The Architects' Resistance (TAR), Homefront, and the Planners Network. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA from Columbia University (both in French) plus a Master of Architecture from Columbia.