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Dartmouth Honorary Degrees 2004:Lo-Yi Chan

Posted 05/05/04

Architect, campus planner
(Honorary Degree: Doctor of Arts)
Lo-Yi Chan
Lo-Yi Chan

Biographical Background: Lo-Yi Chan, an architect and campus planner, has completed a wide range of projects receiving local, national and international recognition. He has served four Dartmouth presidents as the College Campus Master Planner.

Born in Canton, China in 1932, Chan grew up in Honolulu and Hanover, N.H. where he graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth in 1954. Following a Master of Architecture from Harvard and a one year round-the-world Appleton Traveling Fellowship, Chan apprenticed with I. M. Pei in New York City. In 1965, Chan launched his own firm and over three decades his practice, Prentice & Chan, Ohlhausen, became well known for its projects for educational and cultural institutions. Chief among these are the Sackler Museum in Peking University, Sever Hall Restoration at Harvard, the Connecticut Hospice, the Roosevelt Island Tramway and, at his alma mater, the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth. The firms' work has been widely published in the U.S. and abroad and is included in all major surveys of work in New York City. Winner of many awards, Chan's firm was singled out as the outstanding firm in 1994 in New York City. His work has been exhibited by The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Boston Architectural Center.

Chan also taught master classes in architectural design at Cornell, Columbia, Harvard and MIT, and has lectured widely.

In 1996, Chan withdrew from architecture to focus exclusively on campus planning. In addition to Dartmouth, he has served as the Campus Master Planner for Colgate, Connecticut College, Phillips Andover, Lawrenceville, Blair Academy and Berkshire School, among others.

Chan has served on numerous boards including New York City's Art Commission, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is on the boards of Colby-Sawyer College, Berkshire School, Berkshire Choral Festival and the Lingnan Foundation, among others.

Chan lives in New York City with this wife Millie. Their three grown children are all Dartmouth alumni.

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