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Gregory Logan Wins 2017 Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art
Greg Logan and Hope Mayo

The winner of the 2017 competition for the Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art is Gregory Joseph Logan, fourth-year student in architecture at the Graduate School of Design, for his collection “Japanese Architecture and Design, 1868–1970.”

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 19 in the Edison and Newman Room of Houghton Library. In addition to receiving a $3,000 award, Gregory will exhibit a selection from his collection at Lamont Library in late May.

Gregory’s collection consists of books and magazines, in both Japanese and English, chosen to illustrate the various solutions adopted by Japanese architects trying to mediate between national architectural traditions and imported, western styles. It also records the existence, sometimes ephemeral, of modernist buildings designed for Japan by Japanese architects.

 "'I'm happy to see that the jury found my collection as interesting as I do," said Gregory. "It's a very lucky thing to be rewarded for something that I already take great pleasure in, so I hope to take full advantage of the prize to further my collection as well as my study of Japanese architecture and design."

The Philip Hofer Prize is awarded each year to a student or students whose collections of books or works of art best exemplify the traditions of breadth, coherence, and imagination represented by Philip Hofer, AB '21, LHD '67, founder and first curator of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in Houghton Library and secretary of the Fogg Art Museum. Contest entries are judged on the purpose, consistency, and quality of the collection, and the presentation of the essay and bibliography. The cost and rarity of collection items and the size of the collection are not criteria. The prize, which is to encourage student interest in collecting, was established by Melvin R. Seiden, AB '52, LLB '55.

Published on April 26, 2017.