A. T. Mann
Alden Taylor Mann IV was born in New York in 1943 and received a five-year Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University College of Architecture in 1966. In the 1960s he worked for influential architects in New York City (Gruzen & Partners, Davis Brody & Associates, and Robert A. M. Stern & Associates) and for The Architect’s Collaborative (TAC) European Office in Rome 1968-69. His design won a Progressive Architecture Magazine Design Awards Citation in 1970, for New York City Public Housing, (January 1970, pp. 98-99). In their Annual Awards Issue: Alden Taylor Mann and Stuart Cohen were principal designers for "Lindenwood: Low Income Public Housing for Queens, New York" for Gruzen and Partners Architects, New York.
After a journey to the East, he experienced a profound transformation and became an astrologer, author and publisher in 1972. He has written or co-written twenty books (translated into many languages) on astrology, sacred architecture, sacred gardens, ecological design, sacred sexuality, calendar systems, psychology, healing, tarot, prophecy and reincarnation. He lived in England from 1973-1991, Copenhagen from 1991-1999, and is now single and lives in Hudson, NY.
He has taught his unique design ideas and methods at the Manchester Metropolitan University Architecture School, the Danish Design School and other universities. He participated in major information technology/ecological design conferences in Europe and the US as a lecturer, group leader and facilitator: at “Doors of Perception 2” in 1995 in Amsterdam, “Mind over Matter” in 1996 in Copenhagen, Denmark and in 1997 he presented a paper “Sacred Architecture: The Essential Spiritual Component” at the “Making Sacred Places” conference sponsored by the University of Cincinnati College of Architecture and Planning and Hebrew Union College. He has lectured at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and the Yoga Expo in Los Angeles. Zzzz... He is on the advisory board of Kepler College in Seattle and the International Centre for Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability (ICIS) in Copenhagen and the Forum for Architecture, Spirituality and Culture.
He is an author, painter, architect, graphics and book designer, and has designed layouts, covers and illustrations for many books, companies, publications, websites and products. His graphic design was recognized and featured in "Masters of the 20th Century: The ICOGRADA Design Hall of Fame" (2001, Graphis, New York). The International Council of Graphic Design Associations represents the community of graphic design professionals worldwide and showcases their members at their annual London Seminars. He was a speaker at their 1997 event and is included in their illustrious group of international graphic designers.
He has been involved in many architectural projects in the last ten years. He designed the Jackson House in Jutland, Denmark up to the final design stage. He worked with Shakespeare & Company as an architectural consultant for four months in 2003, creating a site development plan, working with the final design and fittings for two theater lobbies and other essential functions. He was also a feng shui design consultant for the Interlaken Art School in Stockbridge, MA for their redesign and renovation.
He is currently working on a book, “Sacred Lanscapes” with the photographer Lynn Davis and a new edition of "The Mandala Astrological Tarot." He worked on a film of the Dalai Lama giving the "Kalachakra Tantra Initiation" with Mystic Fire Video in New York. He is a co-founder of Universal Quest and was producer and editor of a documentary of a dialogue with Ken Wilber and Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche in "Spirituality in the Modern World." He is currently working on a Universal Quest documentary about the Ganges River and a documentary film about Sacred Architecture.
He was recently voted onto the Board of NCGR (National Council of Geocosmic Research) and is currently Director of Publications and will be giving two talks at the next UAC conference in Denver, CO in May 2008.