Anthony (Tony) Schuman is an associate professor at the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT and a registered architect who 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 presently serves on the Montclair (NJ) 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.
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. His current project centers on the construction of the first ever physical model of the entire city of Newark, measuring fourteen feet in each direction.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) named Schuman a Distinguished Professor in 2010. 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 a past president of the association, which represents the 128 accredited architecture programs in the United States and Canada.
Schuman's scholarship has been recognized with 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, and a Master of Architecture degree, also from Columbia.
Last update: December 12, 2012
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