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Christopher Alexander

Christopher AlexanderBorn: 4-Oct-1936
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Architect

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Pattern Language, The Nature of Order

Raised in Oxford and Chichester, England.

Collects Turkish carpets.

Wife: Pamela Patrick (m. 1978, two daughters)
Daughter: Lily
Daughter: Sophie

    High School: Oundle School, Peterborough, England
    University: BA Mathematics, Trinity College, Cambridge University
    University: MA cum laude Architecture, Trinity College, Cambridge University
    University: Ph. D Architecture, Harvard University
    Professor: Architecture, University of California at Berkeley (1963-94, emeritus 1994-02)

    American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow (1996)
    Rockefeller Foundation Visiting Fellow
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1996

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Is the subject of books:
Christopher Alexander: The Evolution of a New Paradigm in Architecture, 1983, BY: Stephen Grabow

Author of books:
Community and Privacy (1963, architecture, with Serge Chermayeff)
Notes on the Synthesis of Form (1964, architecture, his Ph.D thesis)
A Pattern Language Which Generates Multi-Service Centers (1968, architecture, with Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein)
Houses Generated by Patterns (1969, architecture, with Sanford Hirshen et al.)
A Human City (1970, with Ronald Walkey, Murray Silverstein, et al.)
People Rebuilding Berkeley: The Self-Creating Life of Neighborhoods (1975, architecture, with Howard Davis and Halim Abdelhalim)
The Oregon Experiment (1975, architecture)
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (1977, architecture, with Sarah Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, et al.)
The Timeless Way of Building (1979, architecture)
Rebirth of the Inner City: The North Omaha Plan (1981, architecture)
The Linz Café (1981, architecture)
The Production of Houses (1985, architecture, with Howard Davis, et al.)
A New Theory of Urban Design (1985, architecture, with Hajo Neis, et al.)
A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art: The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets (1993, textiles)
The Mary Rose Museum (1995, architecture, with Gary Black and Miyoko Tsutsui)
The Nature of Order: The Phenomenon of Life (Jun-2003, architecture, vol. 1)
The Nature of Order: The Process of Creating Life (Aug-2003, architecture, vol. 2)
The Nature of Order: A Vision of a Living World (Nov-2003, architecture, vol. 3)
The Nature of Order: The Luminous Ground (Sep-2003, architecture, vol. 4)

Is the subject of documentaries:
Places for the Soul: The Architecture of Christopher Alexander, 1990
Christopher Alexander and Contemporary Architecture, 1993

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