James Stewart Polshek is the former Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the founder of Polshek Partnership Architects. Over the past fifty years, Mr. Polshek was design principal for the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Mr. Polshek has been appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a member of the N.Y.C. Public Design Commission and also co-founded the non-profit group Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility. He has received many honors throughout his career, including the Municipal Art Society’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal, the Brooklyn Museum’s Augustus Graham Medal for excellence in architecture, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. Polshek holds an M.Arch. from Yale University and a B.S. from Case Western Reserve University, and he has been awarded honorary degrees from Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, and New Jersey Institute of Technology.