Arthur J. Lidsky
Dober Lidsky Mathey
Arthur Lidsky became president of DLC+A in 1988, and has served as a planning consultant for colleges and universities since 1971. In this time he has participated in several hundred assignments. For the three years prior to his consulting work, he was Assistant Director of Long-range Planning for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Recent campus planning includes work for College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, Clemson University, Cyprus International University, Middle Tennessee State University, St. Lawrence University, The College of Wooster, Spelman College and Holy Cross. Programs for new campuses include The American University in Cairo, the Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and the Asian University for Women. Space needs assessment include Cornell University and Ohio State.
Mr. Lidsky has served on facility review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF); and has been a Principal Investigator for a NSF study that identified an ideal planning process and developed facility standards for secondary school science, math, and technology education programs. He has given lectures, presentations, and invited papers on campus and facility planning at such organizations as SCUP, the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), the International Association for College Unions, No Name Facility Conference, Quality Education for Minorities Network (QEM), and the Municipal Art Society of New York. He has been an active participant with Project Kaleidoscope and a member of the PKAL National Steering Committee.
Through his writing and lectures, Mr. Lidsky teaches other professionals, college and university administrators, and faculty about planning and the campus planning process. He teaches campus planning as a faculty member of SCUP’s Integrated Planning Institute—the four-day workshop is Step 2 of a three-step certificate program. Mr. Lidsky was a leader in creating the Institute and its curriculum. Six of his most recent articles are:
“FORM follows FUNCTION? Innovations in Education Mean Flexible Building Design,” Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, New England Board of Higher Education, Summer 2002
“A Perspective on Campus Planning,” New Directions for Higher Education, Building Robust Learning Environments, Jossey-Bass, Fall 2002.
“The Ever Changing Campus,” Facilities Manager, APPA, March 2004.
“Campus Planning without an Academic Plan is not Planning,” Dean & Provost, April 2005.
“The Star Architect Experience is Not Always Stellar,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 2005.
“Master Planning Campuses for Today’s Students,” College Planning and Management, January 2006.