Arthur Lidsky

Dober Lidsky Mathey

I have served as a planning consultant for colleges and universities since 1971. In this time, I have participated in several hundred campus planning and facility programming assignments including over 85 STEM related planning projects. Early in my career I was Assistant Director of Long-range Planning for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I became president of Dober Lidsky Mathey in 1989.

I have served on facility review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF); and was a Principal Investigator for a NSF study that identified an ideal planning process and facility standards for secondary school science, math, and technology education programs. I have given lectures, presentations, and invited papers on campus planning and facility programming at such organizations as the Society for College and University Planning (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. I was a faculty member of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) from 1992-2010, and was the only non-institutional member on the PKAL National Steering Committee.

I have contributed articles to numerous professional publications, including: The New England Journal of Higher Education, New Directions for Higher Education, Facilities Manager (The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers), Dean & Provost, The Chronicle of Higher Education, College Planning and Management, Planning Higher Education. I co-authored Perspectives on Campus Planning, published in 2015.

In 2006 I was presented with the Society for College and University Planning Founder’s Award for exceptional achievement in Higher Education Planning.

I was elected Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS), 2012 “for distinguished contributions to shaping the higher education landscape through integrative attention in planning cultural, intellectual, and physical environments for learning.”

I received the Architecture Alumni Achievement Award for 2014 by the College of Art and Architecture at Clemson University “in recognition of your outstanding creative and professional achievement”.

In 2016 I was presented with the SCUP Distinguished Service Award for my participation in the creation of the Planning Institute.