B.A., Vassar College; M.Arch., Columbia University
Background: Karen Van Lengen is currently
the Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia,
where she holds the Edward E. Elson Chair in Architecture. She practices
architecture with her own firm in Charlottesville, VA. Van Lengen's work
has been widely published and exhibited in the United States and abroad.
In 1990, she won the prestigious America Memorial Library Competition
in Berlin, Germany. She represented the United States as a Juror in the
Spreebogen Competition for the new Government center in Berlin. Her practice
includes residential, commercial and institutional work. From 1993-98
she was the library architect for Bobst Library at New York University.
She is currently a design consultant for the United States Supreme Court
in Washington. Her design work focuses on the relationship between design
and culture, with the intention to bring competing interests and ambitions
in dialogue with one another.
Van Lengen has taught at City College of New York, Columbia University,
Cornell University (Gensler Chair), Notre Dame in Rome, Parsons School
of Design (Chair of Architecture from 1995-99), University of Pennsylvania,
University of Texas, Yale University, and in Germany. Princeton Architectural
Press has recently commissioned her to co-write the Vassar College Campus
Van Lengen received her B.A. from Vassar College (cum laude with departmental
honors in psychology), and a MArch from Columbia University. She was an
Associate of I.M. Pei and Partners (Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners) prior
to forming her own firm in 1987. She has received numerous awards and
citations for her design work. Fellowships include, an American Association
of University Women Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship in Rome, and a
William Kinney Fellowship from Columbia University. In addition to her
architectural work she has exhibited her drawings in numerous group shows
around the country.