Education and Teaching
Ralph Stern received his professional and academic education in the United States and Germany. He has held professional licensure in Germany (Berlin), and maintains licensure in the United States (New York), where he is a member of the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) and in Canada (Manitoba), where he is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (R.A.I.C.).
He has extensive international teaching experience. Prior to joining the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Professor Stern taught in the United States and Europe, including the Technical University Berlin and the University of the Arts Berlin, where he was co-director of the Program for Urban Processes. He served as Visiting Faculty for the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics, the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, and the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program at MIT. He has also been a Research Associate in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Stern's research addresses modern theories of architectural, landscape, and urban representation. In the service of understanding architecture within a matrix of social, cultural, and environmental concerns, his research intersects areas of science and technology, history and aesthetics, memory and identity as well as geographic exploration and environmental exploitation.
He lectures extensively, presenting research in the United States at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, MIT, University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Dallas Architecture Forum. In Europe he has lectured at the Architectural Association London, University of Edinburgh, Cambridge University, American Academy in Rome / Bibliotheca Hertziana, Werner Oechslin Foundation, Art Historical Institute of Heidelberg University, Berlin Academy of the Arts, and the Bauhaus University Weimar among many other venues.
Ralph Stern has published in numerous international journals, including the AAFiles, Architectura, Kritische Berichte, Daidalos, Bauwelt, and Cinema Journal as well as in various anthologies including Out of Ground Zero (ed. J. Ockman), The Return of Landscape (ed. D. Valentien), and Die Farbe Weiß (ed. Klaus J. Philipp). He co-edited a volume on new embassies in Berlin (Foreign Affairs) and co-authored Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas, excerpted in multiple journals. His photographic images of the processes of urbanization in the American West have been exhibited internationally (DAZ; German Center for Architecture, PURL; Phoenix Urban Research Lab) and he is co-editing an anthology on urban development entitled Visionary Urbanism: Representations of the Postwar American West.