George Hartmen, a partner in the Washington architectural firm of Hartman & Cox, which has won many awards, has just received a Rome Prize Fellowship for the 1977-78 academic year at the American Academy in Rome. The fellowship, supported by the endowment, is worth about $10,000 including the studio, apartment and other amenities.
Other area people among the 26 award winners this year are: in sculpture, Paul Arthur Kubic, and in creative writing, Donald Epstein, both of Baltimore.
American Academy President Bill Lacy, former director of the Arts Endowment erchitecture program here, announced the awards yesterday in New York City.
Hartman, his interior designer wife, Ann, and their two children, 4 and 2, will be in Rome from September to March.
Hartman's work here includes the National Permanent Building, just completed at 18th and Pennsylvania, Dodge Center in Georgetown and the Euram Building on Dupont Circle. A house in Potomac designed by the firm also has won a number of awards.
"I hope to spend the time in Rome to study how architecture can be more responsive to the people who use the building, the place where it's built and the materials and methods used to construct it. Architecture is the only art with these parameters. I think it's time it was more responsive to these constraints. The worse thing we can do is to make monuments."