James Stewart Polshek: Reflections on a Life in Architecture


Polshek’s firm developed a $4.5-billion master plan for Newtown Creek in Brooklyn. The egg-shaped forms of the wastewater treatment plant have become borough landmarks. 2010. . Image © Jeff Goldberg

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

Jim Polshek, who died at 92 last week, was an award-winning architect (AIA Gold Medal, 2018), designer, public advocate, and educator (architecture dean at Columbia, 1973–1987). He was a Midwesterner, born in Akron, Ohio, who went on to open his own practice in 1963, when he founded James Stewart Polshek Architects. Ultimately, the practice became internationally recognized as Polshek Partnership Architects. In 2010, the partners renamed the firm Ennead Architects, and he remained involved as a design consultant.

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