Sir John Soane Museum Foundation

2008 Gala

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation

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The Board of Directors of the Soane Foundation wishes to express sincere thanks to all who have helped to make the 2008 Gala the most successful event ever hosted by the Soane Foundation!

Thoroughly Modern Soane: April 23rd 2008 at the Rainbow Room

Honorary Chairs
Sir Alan Collins, KCVO, CMG, British Consul-General, New York and Lady Collins

International Chair
Mrs. Deborah Brice

Gala Co-Chairs
Joel Barkley
Elissa Cullman
Richard H. Driehaus
Charles Gwathmey
Elizabeth F. H. Scott
Kathleen E. Springhorn

Invitation Program Booklet



The Board of Directors of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation
request the pleasure of your company at a dinner dance


with the presentation of

Robert A. M. Stern
The Monacelli Press

Cocktails 7:00 p.m.  Dinner 8:00 p.m.

The Rainbow Room, New York City

Dancing to the Bob Hardwick Orchestra

Festive or Business Attire


Soane Gala 2008 -- Fact Sheet

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In celebration of Sir John Soane as architect and educator, our evening honors a remarkable professional who is also an ardent public advocate for excellence in architecture and an influential educator. Then we honor a publisher who has helped to expand awareness of and appreciation for fine architecture throughout the world. The Soane Foundation Honors are presented to:

Robert A. M. Stern, practicing architect, teacher and writer, is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and recipient of the Board of Directors' Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America and the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism.  In 1986 Mr. Stern hosted the documentary television series "Pride of Place: Building the American Dream." He is co-author of a series of books documenting the development of New York City's architecture and urbanism from the end of the Civil War through the millennium, including most recently New York 2000.  He is founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Gianfranco Monacelli started his own publishing house, The Monacelli Press, with the goal of originating books of the highest graphic and literary quality. Since 1994, the Press has published more than 300 books and has received international recognition and numerous awards.  Gianfranco Monacelli, born in Italy, first visited New York in 1965 to study music at Mannes College and Columbia University. At the same time he started to work at the legendary Rizzoli bookstore on Fifth Avenue. He subsequently founded Rizzoli International Bookstores, which expanded throughout the United States, and Rizzoli International Publications, which became one of country’s most renowned publishers of illustrated books.

New News:


New York Times – Sunday, 16 December 2007

Front page of the Arts Section “Building Respect at Yale” by Robin Pogrebin.  Article on Robert A. M. Stern on his reappointment for a third term as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.

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