Edward Baum


About the Architect

With undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude, Edward M. Baum began parallel professional and academic careers.

As a designer and job captain in the office of pioneer modern architect José Luis Sert, he was involved with many scales of practice, including housing and public buildings. These concerns continued in his own firm where, frequently with colleagues, he has won a number of major competitions and recognitions.

At the national level, Baum‘s work has received a Progressive Architecture Design Award, two American Architecture Awards, a Wood Design Award, two Residential Architect Design Awards, and two First Prizes in national design competitions. In addition, there are numerous design recognitions at the state and local levels.

Two more recent built projects are the Dallas Police Memorial (with J. Maruszczak) and Prototype Infill Housing, also in Dallas. The latter has been featured in Dwell Magazine, Italy’s Ottagono, Spain’s Arquitectura Viva Monographías, Wood Design 2005, and Residential Architect. Other projects have been published in Architectural Record, Germany’s Baumeister, Progressive Architecture, and Texas Architect.

Current practice includes the socially responsive Prototype Housing for Modest Means, a proposal that enables lower-income families to own a dwelling for the amount now paid in rent. In 2011 this project received a prestigious American Architecture Award and a Residential Architect Design Award. In addition he is currently involved with several projects for housing in the Dallas area.

Baum’s dedication to educating young architects began with ten years teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he coordinated the First Year Core program. Then followed nine at Washington University in Saint Louis, and until 2013 at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas-Arlington. From 1988 until¬¬ 1999 he served as the School’s dean.In Spring 2013 Baum was Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Navarra in Spain.

In 1995 Baum co-founded the Dallas Architecture Forum, a civic organization dedicated to bringing discourse on architecture and urbanism to the wider public (over 800 subscribing members); he continues to direct its programming. In 2011 the Forum received the American Institute of Architects’ Collaborative Achievement Award.

Baum is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

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