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James Wines : biography

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James Wines (born 1932) is an American artist/architect associated with Environmental design. Wines is founder and president of SITE, Official website a New York City -based architecture and environmental arts organization chartered in 1970.James Wines: President and Creative Director, Site Environmental Design This multi-disciplinary practice focuses on the design of buildings, public spaces, environmental art works, landscape designs, master plans, interiors and product design. The main focus of his design work is on green issues and the integration of buildings with their surrounding contexts.

Wines is currently a professor of architecture at Penn State University. In addition to critical writing, he has lectured in fifty-two countries on green topics since 1969. In 1987, his book De-Architecturehttp://www.amazon.com/De-Architecture-James-Wines/dp/0847808610 was released by Rizzoli International.Rizzoli International Publications There have been twenty two monographic books museum catalogues have published his drawings, models and built works for SITE. Official website In total, Wines has designed more than 150 projects for private and municipal clients in eleven countries. He has won twenty-five writing and design awards including the 1995 Chrysler Design Award.http://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/penn-state-professor-architecture-gives-lecture

Wines explicitly expresses his own "concern for the Earth." Having written at length on new modes of architecture, design, and planning:

The [20th] century began with architects being inspired by an emerging age of industry and technology.  Everybody wanted to believe a building could somehow function like a combustion engine.  As an inspirational force in 1910, one can understand it.  But as a continuing inspiration in our post-industrial world, or our new world of information and ecology, it doesn't make any sense.  
--from the film Ecological Design: Inventing the FutureDanitz, Brian. Dir. “Ecological Design: Inventing the Future” Ecological Design Project, 1994


  • Smithsonian National Design Award: Lifetime Achievement; 2013
  • ANCE Annual Award National Construction Industry Organization of Italy (2011)http://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/wines-wins-international-architecture-award
  • The Fulbright Distinguished Professor Grant to the University of Toronto (2004)http://stuckeman.psu.edu/stuckeman/faculty-accomplishments
  • American Institute of Architects Award: SITE, Shake Shack Madison Square Park;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shake_Shack (2010)
  • Chrysler Award for Design Innovation(1995)
  • National Endowment for the Design Arts — Critical Writing on Architecture (1992).
  • Architectural Record Award for Excellence in Residential Design; SITE 1986
  • Interiors Magazine Annual Award for Showroom Design; SITE 1985
  • National Sculpture Exhibition; Philadelphia Museum; 1966
  • The Pulitzer Prize Award for Graphic Art; 1955

Monographic Books Special Publications and Exhibition Catalogues

  • SITE- Monograph on architecture and public spaces from 1970 to 2006 - text by Mario Pisani, Edilstampa Publishers, Italy 2006.
  • SITE - Identity and Density - monograph on architecture, public spaces, interiors, and product designs of SITE from 1969 to 2004 - foreword by Tom Wolfe, essays by Micheal McDonough, Micheal Crosbie and James Wines, Publishers: Sydney, Australia 2005.
  • JAMES WINES & SITE - ARCHITECTURE DANS LE CONTEXTE - catalogue and monograph based on the Architecture in Context exhibition of 35 years of James Wines and SITE's built and unbuilt projects, showing early Landsite sculptures, watercolor renderings and architectural models - Musee des Beaux Arts d'Orleans, France - Collection FRAC Centre - HYX Publishers: Orleans, France 2002.
  • VENTIDUE DOMANDE A JAMES WINES- Monograph book based on a dialogue with J.W. concerning his views of environmental design - Interview by Francesco Cirillo - Saper Credere in Architettura - CLEAN Edizioni: Napoli, Italy 1999.
  • SITE: ARCHITETTURE 1971-1988 - Monograph book to accompany the SITE retrospective in Florence, Italy - Text by Cristiano Toraldo di Francia: Officina Edizioni: Milano, Italy 1988
  • Folio VII: The Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art - Monograph folio on SITE's competition entry for the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt, West Germany - Text by Herbert Muschamp with notes by J. Wines - The Architectural Association: London, England 1986
  • THE HIGHRISE OF HOMES - Catalogue to accompany a unique concept of high-rise architecture by SITE - Text by James Wines and Patricia Phillips - Rizzoli International Publications: New York, New York, USA 1982
  • GEHRY, SITE, TIGERMAN: TROIS PORTRAITS DE L'ARTISTE EN ARCHITECTE - Book on three American architects featuring SITE work until 1981 - Text by Oliver Bossiere - Editions du Moniteur: Paris, France 1981.
  • SITE: BUILDINGS AND SPACES - Catalogue for a ten year retrospective exhibition of SITE's projects and proposals at the Virginia Museum, Richmond, Virginia - Text by C. Ray Smith - The Virginia Museum: Richmond, Virginia USA 1980.
  • SITE: ARCHITECTURE AS ART - Monograph book on the work of SITE from 1970 to 1980 - Text by Pierre Restany and Bruno Zevi - Academy Editions and St. martins Press: London and New York 1980
  • SITE-PROJECTS AND THEORIES - Monograph book on the complete work of SITE from 1970 to 1978 - Text by Bruno Zevi and SITE - Dedalo Libri: Bari, Italy 1978
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