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The Ulrich Franzen Collection.

Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University


Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: DES.2000.0001.008649663
Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Title: Franzen, Ulrich, 1921- . The Architecture of Ulrich Franzen: An Inventory.
Date(s): 1955-1995
Quantity: 11 linear feet
Quantity: Extent is approximate
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The collection includes sketchbooks, photographs, and slides of many of his projects; and publications and clippings by and about Franzen and his work; as well as material related to his furniture and industrial design.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Ulrich Franzen, 2000.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Inés Zalduendo

Conditions on Use and Access:

Contact Special Collection Department, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Design School.


A graduate of Williams College and the GSD (MArch'48), Ulrich Franzen was among the most creative American architects in the second half of the twentieth century. After working for I.M. Pei after graduation, Franzen established his own practice in 1955 and has since made distinguished contributions to architecture, urban design and the theoretical and critical literature of design. Among numerous honors, Ulrich Franzen has received the Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture awarded by the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Louis Sullivan Award of the AIA, the Gold Medal of the New York Chapter of the AIA, the Thomas Jefferson Award of the University of Virginia, and an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Williams College. Ulrich Franzen has lectured widely and has served as a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, Columbia and many other universities. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, as well as being past Chairman of the Institute's Committee on Design. Ulrich Franzen has also served as Commissioner of the Landmarks Preservation Commission of New York City.


The collection is arranged into seven series according to the following structure: Series A (Project Files: Photographs, Photographs of Drawings, Clippings and Slides); Series B (Sketch Books); Series C (Articles, Exhibitions, Lectures, Letters, Statements and Other Miscellaneous Material); Series D (Furniture Design); Series E (Printed Works and Film); Series F (Art Portfolio and Professional Renderings); Series G (Models).

Scope and Contents

Ulrich Franzen's collection is comprised of over sixty projects, including private residences, educational structures (notably projects at Cornell University: MVR Hall, the Growth Chamber Laboratories and the Agronomy Building), commercial and industrial commissions (The Philip Morris Research Center and Headquarters at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in New York), and cultural sites ranging from Houston's Alley Theater to the Harlem School of Arts.

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Personal Names Index

Corporate Names Index

Conference Names Index

Titles Index

LC Topical Headings Index

Geographic Names Index

Genre / Form Index

AAT Terms Index