SOUTH KENT, CT, June 04, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present John Milnes Baker with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Baker celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Baker is an award-winning architect who specializes in residential design - new houses and remodeling as well as historic preservation and restoration. He began his career as a designer and draftsman with Sir Basil Spence RA, PPRIBA in London in 1960-61. and first worked in New York as a draftsman and later a project architect with Rogers & Butler, Architects. After two years as a project architect with John A. Pruyn, AIA., Mr. Baker formed a ten-year partnership with Hayward Manice as Manice & Baker, Architects, in New York whose principal client was Saint Vincent's Medical Center on Staten Island. He then returned to private practice specializing in residential design in Katonah, NY and since 2005 in South Kent, CT.
Outside of his professional career, he has applied his expertise in the field as an adjunct professor at the New School for Social Research (now the New School University) where he taught courses on the history of the American house. Mr. Baker has been asked to present a Continuing Education lecture at the AIA headquarters in New Haven, CT.
Mr. Baker's maternal uncle, paternal uncle, and great uncle were all architects. His mother also wanted to be an architect, but her father said he did not know a woman who made it in architecture, pushing her away from pursuing a career in the field. With a passion for design seemingly built into his DNA, Mr. Baker always found himself building as a child, particularly huts on his family's small farm on rural Long Island. After graduating from The Hill School in Pottstown PA, Mr. Baker decided to pursue a professional career in architecture. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College in 1955 and earned his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University School of Architecture in 1960. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in Washington, DC. He is currently licensed to practice in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Rhode Island. He had previously been licensed in Texas, North Carolina; South Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Baker also belongs to the Society of Architectural Historians and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is the author of "How to Build a House with an Architect," published in 1977, with a revised and expanded edition in 1988. His son Ian (also a recipient of the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019) observed that he never knew anyone who had integrated his natural talents with his life work so well. He is also the author of "American House Styles: A Concise Guide," first published in 1994. "American House Styles" has been in print for more than twenty years, and about six months ago, Mr. Baker was asked to expand the book; the new edition will be released July 3, 2018. In addition, Mr. Baker is the author of "The Baker Family and the Edgar Family of Rahway, New Jersey and New York City," published in 1972. (He is currently working on a website so family members can add photos and journal entries.)
As an avid historian and family genealogist, he is a long-time member of several genealogical organizations: The Saint Nicholas Society of which he was president in 1999-2000, The Holland Society of New York, The Society of Colonial Wars, The Order of Founders and Patriots, The Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America and The Pilgrims of the United States. His club memberships include The Century Association, The Coffee House Club and Squadron-A in New York, The Bedford Golf and Tennis Club and the Norwalk Yacht Club (CT) and The Corinthians.
He has four children and eight grandchildren. Mr. Baker sails, hikes and skis and has had a life-long interest in folksongs. He has collected and shared Anglo-American as well as Irish and Scottish songs and ballads.
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