Ms. Diane Lewis lives and works in Manhattan, where she was born. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture 1976, she has sustained the spirit of her education, unfolding with a firsthand participation in the lively interaction of the architect/theorists and art world of Italy, Germany, and US during the 70’s at Cooper Union, and at the American Academy in Rome.
Her work is known for its integration of a unique approach to “the architecture of the city” in internationally recognized and widely published commissions, and the substantive contribution to having designed some of the most important art galleries and museum projects in New York, that are unique in their consideration of the impact of the arguments of contemporary art to the nature of architecture.
Ms. Lewis is the recipient of a 2008 National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt. This recognition was coincident with the publication of her architectural monograph entitled “DIANE LEWIS, INSIDE- OUT ARCHITECTURE, NEW YORK”: 27 years of independent practice. The book was presented at the Architectural League of New York, at a panel discussion at the Italian Cultural Institute NY,and at a symposium entitled “New York since Guernica”, at the Great Hall of Cooper Union. It was reviewed in Casa Vogue and AD Italia.