Lawrence B. Anderson '30 video memorial

Colleagues of MIT architecture professor Lawrence B. Anderson created a video tribute to him in 1994 because so little was documented in one place about his remarkable life and work. Forty participants are listed below, including:


  • I.M. Pei *

  • Walter Netsch

  • Charles Correa

  • Robert Campbell


*Former students Pei '40 and William Hartmann '39 established the $10,000 Lawrence B. Anderson Award in 1987.


Among many pioneering projects, Anderson designed the first important modern building on an American university campus in 1938 with his longtime partner and fellow professor Herbert L. Beckwith '26. In 1959, William E. Haible also joined the firm as partner. MIT projects include:


  • MIT Alumni Pool, 1938 (in 2004, it was connected to Frank Gehry's Stata Center)

  • Briggs Field House, 1939 (demolished)

  • Radiation Lab - Bldg 24, 1941-42

  • Rockwell Cage, 1947

  • Van de Graaff Generator building, 1948 (demolished)

  • Dorrance Food Laboratory - Bldg 16, 1952 (first building on campus taller than five stories)

  • McCormick Hall, 1962-67 (first women's dorm at MIT)

  • Whitaker Life Sciences Building - Bldg 56, 1963

  • Pierce Boathouse, 1965


Anderson was one of the most influential and beloved forces to shape the history of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, yet he is not widely known. Selected bio stats:


  • department head and dean 1947-1972

  • professor for 43 years

  • graduate of MIT and winner of Beaux-Arts Paris Prize in 1930


Anderson transformed the country's oldest university program in architecture, established in 1865, into one of its most progressive, a tradition that continues today. Influential deans who preceded Anderson included William Wurster and Pietro Belluschi.

Funding provided by:


  • Chicago's Graham Foundation

  • Council for the Arts at MIT

  • MIT Architecture Department

  • Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects

  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (William Pedersen '64)

  • Mrs. Pietro Belluschi

  • CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Associates (Maurice Childs '60 & Richard Bertman '60)

  • Elizabeth Close '34, architect

  • Winston Close '35, architect

  • John R. Myer '52, former head of MIT Architecture

  • Carl Koch, MIT professor

  • Ralph Rapson, MIT professor

  • Armand P. Bartos '35, architect

  • names of 23 additional colleagues and former students are listed in closing video credits


Participants in the Lawrence B. Anderson Videodocumentary Memorial (when taped in 1994):


  • Stanford Anderson, head of MIT Architecture

  • Howard W. Johnson, president emeritus of MIT

  • Tunney Lee '43, former head of MIT Urban Studies and Planning

  • Donlyn Lyndon, former head of MIT Architecture

  • William Mitchell, dean of MIT Architecture

  • William Porter '69, former dean of MIT Architecture

  • Diana Abbott (Mrs. John Adams), client & neighbor

  • Wayne Andersen, MIT professor

  • Lawrence Sven Anderson, astrophysicist & son

  • Ann Beha '75, architect

  • Julian Beinart '56, MIT professor

  • Maria Bentel '51, architect

  • Robert Bliss '49, architect

  • Robert Brannen, architect

  • Karen Anderson Cantine, artist & daughter

  • Robert Campbell, architect & writer

  • Maurice Childs '60, architect

  • Robert Coles '55, architect

  • Charles Correa '55, MIT professor

  • Albert Dietz '32, MIT professor

  • Earl Flansburgh '57, architect

  • Leon Groisser '48, MIT professor

  • Imre Halasz, MIT professor

  • David Johnson '47, architect

  • Gerhard Kallmann, architect

  • Frank Kennett '49, architect

  • Judith Anderson Lawler, architect & daughter

  • Michael McKinnell, MIT professor

  • Henry Millon, MIT professor

  • Walter Netsch '43, architect

  • I.M. Pei '40, architect

  • Marianne Fisker Pierce, artist and daughter of Kay Fisker

  • Walter Pierce '47, architect

  • William Purcell '38, architect

  • John Sheehy '67, architect

  • Edward Tsoi '66, architect

  • Jan Wampler, MIT professor

  • Henry Wood, architect


Producer & interviewer:


  • Victoria LaGuette '76 for the nonprofit Foundation for Modern Architecture


Primary camerawork:


  • John Terry '68, independent filmmaker, dean and department head at the Rhode Island School of Design for 20 years, and founding member of MIT's film/video program

  • Michael Majoros '85, documentary director & RISD faculty member


Special advisors:


  • Robert D. Howard '67

  • Brad Schiffer, architect


Taped at eleven locations in Cambridge & Boston, including:


  • Anderson's home in Lincoln, MA

  • MIT's Alumni Pool


MIT Video Productions provided:


  • Studio space for additional interview footage

  • Craig Milanesi, camerawork

  • Thomas White, camerawork

  • Jay Collier, digital editor of both archival and highlights footage


Fourteen hours of archival footage reside at:


  • MIT's Rotch Visual Collections

  • Chicago's Graham Foundation


Half-hour tributes of highlights reside at:


  • Harvard Graduate School of Design's Frances Loeb Library

  • Montreal's Canadian Centre for Architecture

credit

Lawrence B. Anderson MIT '30 Videodocumentary Memorial

license

MIT TechTV