Architecture is a complex engagement between people and the things which surround them. The architect's task is to make places and buildings that nurture and enrich that engagement, bringing imaginative, critical, responsible thought to the making of things - so that they will stand, stir, accommodate, intrigue, sustain attention, and take a rightful place in people's lives.
Professor Lyndon's work as an architect, author and educator concerned with the design of places has been widely recognized. While at CED he was a member of the Graduate Group for the Design of Urban Places and taught in both the Architecture and Master of Urban Design programs.
He is the Editor of PLACES, a journal of environmental design. Books he has written include The Sea Ranch (with Jim Alinder) and The City Observed: Boston. He has co-authored Chambers for a Memory Palace and The Place of Houses.
He serves on the Boards of the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design, in Italy and of the Charles Moore Center for the Study of Place in Austin TX. He is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Kronos Performing Arts Association and has served as a member of the Architectural Advisory Board for the US State Department's Office of Overseas Building Operations.
His architectural and urban design practice includes a continuing series of works at Sea Ranch in Norther California. In 1965, with the firm Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker, he designed Condominium One, which received the distinguished AIA 25 Year Award and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He has been the architect for projects throughout the US. His urban design practice has included plans for Pasadena, Menlo Park and Berkeley; including the Bayer Bio tech campus and the Downtown Public Improvements Master Plan for Berkeley.
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, has received numerous design awards and serves regularly on architectural competition juries. Lyndon served as Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon, MIT and as Chair of the Department of Architecture at Berkeley.
His work as an educator was honored in 1997 with the AIA-ACSA's Topaz Award, the highest award in architectural education. He has served as a Chancellor's Professor and as the Eva Li Professor at Berkeley. Research activity includes examination of the structure of place and the ethical dimensions of design.
ARCH 202A: Final Project Studio: Studio Thesis Opion ARCH 209C: Current Issues in Architecture ARCH 209X: Special Topics: Architectural Design ENV DES 4: People and Environment ENV DES 201: Urban Places Advanced Studio ENV DES 251: Urban Places Seminar
PLACES: a Forum of Environmental Design, Editor of the journal -Volumes 1-16, 1983-
The Sea Ranch. With Jim Alinder (February 2004)
The Place of Houses, 1974, republished with an epilogue by Donlyn Lyndon and Gerald Allen in 2001
Chambers for a Memory Palace. With Charles W. Moore (1994)
an essay in Architecture and Public Spaces (1984)
The City Observed: Boston (1982)
MLTW Houses, Volume 1 With Moore,Turnbull,Whitaker (1975)
The Place of Houses. With Charles Moore, Gerald Allen (1974)