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Jaquelin Robertson is an architect and urban planner at Cooper, Robertson & Partners, a firm in New York City that he co-founded in 1988. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, the youngest of three children. A short, but influential period in his life occurred at age 11 when his family lived in China for a year and a half. At the start of his architectural career, he was one of the founders of the New York City Urban Design Group, the first Director of the Office of Midtown Planning and Development and a City Planning Commissioner under Mayor John Lindsay. In his thirties, he spent three years in Iran directing the planning and design of Tehran’s new capitol center. From 1980 to 1988, he served as the dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture. His awards include the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture in 1998, the Seaside Prize for his contribution to American Urbanism and the 2007 Driehaus Prize for work in the field of traditional, classical and sustainable architecture.