Re: Who are you?
New York-based architect Lee Mindel received his Master of Architecture from Harvard after obtaining his B.A., Cum Laude with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the New York architecture firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and then Rogers, Butler, Burgun, before forming the firm Shelton, Mindel, & Associates with Peter Shelton in 1978. Since the formation of Shelton, Mindel & Associates in 1978, the architects have strayed from the dictates of their modernist training to avoid the trappings of a signature style. Their formal explorations steadily oscillate between the "modern" and the "traditional," directed in each cast toward a carefully wrought simplicity. In addition to the firm’s architecture and interior design expertise, it has a product design division with collections for Knoll, Waterworks, Jack Lenor Larsen, V’Soske, and Nessen Lighting. Shelton Mindel & Associates is the recipient of 17 AIA awards for interior architecture, three design awards from the Society of American Registered Architects, a Progressive Architecture citation, three Roscoe awards for product design and most recently the 2004 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum. The American Institute of Architecture, the National Academy of Design, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts have exhibited the firm’s work in both traveling and permanent exhibitions. Both Peter L. Shelton and Lee F. Mindel have been inducted into the Interior Hall of Fame, and in 2000 Mindel became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
I consider myself a New Yorker.
I was born in the great state of New Jersey at Fort Amber General Hospital [phonetic], but got out of Highland Park, New Jersey to go boarding school at age 12. I knew that was a bigger and better way.A lot of us from New Jersey have a complex about being from New Jersey, but I have ridden myself of that complex because we all have to come from somewhere and sometimes our some where’s may be seem like nowhere, but that no where gets us to somewhere and it makes us be better. So I am proud to be a Jersey boy.But you are making an assumption that Jersey symbolizes something and I don’t know what that assumption is. Let’s just say that I wanted to make things and be something and try to create things and where I came from had nothing to do with stopping or starting me. I just wanted to do something as driven home by my parents of course. Recorded On: 6/1/07
A New Yorker who is a proud Jersey boy.
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