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Parsons professor David Lewis (far left) with the LTL architecture firm, of which he is a founding principal. LTL was awarded best firm of the year by AIA New York State.
Parsons professor David Lewis (far left) with the LTL architecture firm, of which he is a founding principal. LTL was awarded best firm of the year by AIA New York State.

Parsons Professor is Elected to Interior Design Hall of Fame and his Architecture Firm also Receives Prestigious AIA New York State Honor

David J. Lewis, a longtime professor of architecture at the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design, has reason to be doubly proud of his recent accomplishments.

In December, Lewis and his New York-based architectural firm LTL Architects, were selected by the AIA New York State, (AIANYS) as the 2019 firm of the year, and in the same month, Lewis and two of his partners, were elected into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Since 1968, the AIANYS annually honors architects, firms, and educators throughout the state, that have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture and who have made notable achievements in design, community service, education, and service to the profession. One firm from the state is selected each year. Projects, accomplishments, and service submitted must reflect a period of at least 10 years.

To be considered, a firm must be nominated and submit an extensive narrative, full portfolio, letters of evaluation, and additional materials. This is then reviewed and evaluated by peers.

On December 5th, Lewis and LTL partners Paul Lewis, and Marc Tsurumaki, were inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame, a prestigious organization that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and prominence of the design industry.

Since its establishment in 1985, the Hall of Fame has recognized many notable designers including, Shiegeru Ban, Deborah Berke, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, Frank Gehry, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams. Through the years, it has also recognized many Parsons alumni, deans and faculty, including Li Edelkoort, Former dean hybrid designs, Victoria Hagan, BFA Environmental Design ’84, Jamie Drake, CGRD Environmental Design ’78, Melvin Work, Interior Design ’41, Tom Britt, CGRD Interior Design ’58, Betty Sherrill, CGRD Interior Design ’51, Juan Montoya, CGRD Environmental Design ’72, Stanley Barrows, CGRD Interior Design ’59, Albert Hadley, CGRD Interior Design ’49, Mario Buatta, CGRD Illustration ’61, and Angelo Donghia, CGRD Interior Design ’58, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, former Parsons professors, and Jack Lenor Larsen, a former Parsons Board of Governors member.

“As a long-time faculty member in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, where we teach the integration of distinct disciplines, I’m especially pleased to have received separate, esteemed professional honors in architecture and interior design,” says Lewis. “At Parsons, we teach what we practice, and practice what we teach. These awards are testament to this unique intersection, underscoring the high-level of engagement that Parson’s faculty pursues.”

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