A Tribute to our Founder
We are saddened to report that Herbert S. Newman, FAIA, founder and principal emeritus of Newman Architects, passed away on August 7th, 2023, at the age of 89. He leaves behind an indelible legacy of significant contributions to the built environment of the city of New Haven, the campus of Yale University, and cities and campuses across the country, as well as through generations of colleagues and collaborators influenced by his mentorship.
Born in 1934 in New York City where he spent his early childhood, Herb moved to Waterbury, CT, with his family as a teenager. After graduating from Brown University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization, he received a Master of Architecture from Yale University and was awarded the Eero Saarinen Traveling Fellowship for Academic Excellence in 1959.
Herb began his career as an architectural designer with I.M. Pei and Partners in New York, working on international projects including Place Ville Marie in Montreal, Canada. He established his own practice in New Haven in 1964, collaborating for a ten-year period with Edward Larrabee Barnes as Architecture & Planning Consultant to Yale University. He taught architectural design at Yale University from 1964-2017. In 1967 he collaborated with Dean Charles Moore and Kent Bloomer in the establishment of the Yale Building Project (now the Vlock Building Project) which offers Yale’s first year graduate students a program in design and construction in community building for a non-profit sponsor including affordable housing. As part of the faculty, he coordinated and directed this project for fifty years.