Sthapatya Veda Vastu - Jonathan Lipman
Jonathan Lipman, AIA
Jonathan Lipman AIA & Associates, Inc.
Architects & Planners
500 North Third Street, #111
Fairfield, Iowa 52556 USA
Jonathan Lipman, AIA, NCARB is America's pre-eminent practitioner of Vedic architecture, and he has had a distinguished career spanning architectural practice, historic preservation, museum curating, and academia.
His architectural practice has been devoted exclusively to the practice of Maharishi Vedic architecture for the past eight years, and he has accumulated more experience at reviving and applying its ancient principles than has any other licensed Western architect in the world. He was the founder of the Maharishi Sthpatya Veda Consultation Service for North America and advises the Service.
He is currently the architect for the reconstruction of the campus of Maharishi University of Management, which is being rebuilt entirely according to the principles of Vedic architecture. His Maharishi Vedic portfolio also includes master planning and a wide variety of buildings including offices, classroom buildings, apartment buildings and residential homes.
His work in Vedic architecture education includes his current service as the Director of the Institute of Maharishi Vedic Architecture at Maharishi University of Management, serving as Director of the first International Maharishi Sthpatya Veda Consultants' Training Course, and giving hundreds of lectures on the subject in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Middle East, and Asia.
He has guest lectured on architecture at many universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Cornell; various museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian Institution (the Renwick Gallery, the Cooper-Hewitt Gallery, and the Residents Associates Program), and the National Building Museum; annual conferences of the Association for Preservation Technology International, the American Solar Energy Society, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and the National Association of Home Builders; and popular venues for the general public including the Yoga Show, Whole Life Expo, and the Smithsonian Institution's Resident Associates Program.
He has curated architecture exhibits for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Cornell University and the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has also been a Guest Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
His book, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Johnson Wax Buildings (Rizzoli International Publications, 1986) is one of the most highly respected studies of Wright's work. It was praised by the New York Times, and after staying in print for a decade with its original publisher has been reprinted by Dover Publications (2003). Lipman has also written highly praised book-length studies of two other Wright buildings as guides for their owning institutions. He has been acknowledged as one of the world's primary authorities on Wright's work of the 1930s.
His prior practice in historic preservation included work on some of the US's most distinguished landmarks of the 20th century, and included five projects as consulting preservation architect for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the nation's preeminent institution in the field. He is a past president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and served for six years on the State of Iowa National Register of Historic Places Nominations Review Committee.
His architectural work has won state awards and has been published in various publications, including twice in Architectural Record. He has been listed many times in both Who's Who in the US and Who's Who in the World, and he was educated at Cornell University.
Jon is also a Cabinet-level representative of the U.S. Peace Government.