Sylvester Damianos earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture with honors from Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Technological Institute of Delft, the Netherlands. An early interest in ceramics, while at Carnegie, evolved into painting and sculpture with the influence of his painter wife, Lu. He co-founded his architecture practice in 1967 and his architectural practice spanned over 60 years including national roles as President of The American Institute of Architects, Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows, and Chair of the American Architectural Foundation; he also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Carnegie Mellon University.
His sculpture represents a strong commitment to nature, conservation, light, mathematics, and craftsmanship – both in design and material. Greatly influenced by his late friend and collaborator, George Nakashima, Damianos finds unique ways “to give new life to trees” and raise ‘craftsmanship’ to a new level.
A consistent prizewinner for decades, Damianos has also executed major commissions for private, public, and corporate patrons. Awards include the Honor Award for Furthering Artistic Expression by AIA Pennsylvania and the Tillie S. Speyer Memorial Award for a sculpture in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh centennial annual exhibition. His public sculpture includes “Cubed Tension” near the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Allegheny Regional Branch. His largest commission, 85' X 15', was for the Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Center, Monroeville.