A.B., Princeton University; M.Arch., Yale University
Background: William Sherman is the
Associate Dean of Academics in the School of Architecture, an Associate
Professor in the Department of Architecture and a practicing architect.
His research and teaching have been focused for many years on the relationship
between architecture and the city from the perspective of the cultural
responsibilities of technology. Currently, he teaches graduate design
studios and is the Director of the graduate Venice Program. At the undergraduate
level, his required fourth year technology course, Building III: Elastic
Boundaries, investigates the role of the built environment in mediating
human experience and dynamic natural systems. As Associate Dean for Academics,
he is assisting with the creation of new relationships between faculty
in the School of Architecture's four fields, both among the departments
and across University grounds, in order to open fresh perspectives for
research and teaching.
Three related areas of study currently comprise his research: the exploration
of the perceptual link between ecological systems and physiological responses
as a fundamental property of architecture, with perception being the first
step to understandings of responsibility; the critical reconsideration
of architectural and urban spaces of the contemporary city in relation
to the support of intergenerational relationships, with the University's
Institute for Aging; and the work of his practice.
In his practice, William Sherman is focused on charging the ordinary events
of everyday life with an enriched perception of the specific place, time
and cultural context of the experience. Through the design of projects
ranging in scale from an addition to the School of Architecture, a cohousing
community, houses, housing and museum renovations, he works with modest
materials to structure a setting for new institutional, communal and personal
relationships. Mr. Sherman's work has received a number of awards from
the American Institute of Architects and has been published in Progressive
Architecture and Architecture magazines.