David F.M. Todd papers on the AIA National Housing Committee, 1969-1976

David F.M. Todd papers on the AIA National Housing Committee, 1969-1976
.75 linear feet (in 2 manuscript boxes)
The collection consists of correspondence, reports, and studies from American Institute of Architects Housing Task Forces spearheaded by David F.M. Todd. The collection illustrates the role of AIA in affecting policy development and implementation at the federal level.
Biographical / Historical Note
David Fenton Michie Todd was an American architect and chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (1989-1994). Born 1915 in Middletown, Ohio, Todd earned degrees at Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan. As an architect, Todd was best known for designing, along with Robert Cabrera, the Manhattan Plaza housing complex. Before joining the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Todd served as president of the New York Chapter of the AIA during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
During the 1970s, Todd headed the Tasks Force on Prototype Housing Costs and on National Housing Policy under the AIA Housing Committee. The focus of each task force was to explore issues of policy in the development of new housing and livable neighborhoods.
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email
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