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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 6, 1997
                       ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

     The President announced today his intent to nominate Alan M.

Hantman to be the Architect of the Capitol.

Alan M. Hantman of Teaneck, New Jersey, was most recently the Vice President of Facilities Planning and Architecture for the Rockefeller Center Management Corporation of New York City, where he served for ten years. Mr. Hantman played a leading role in Rockefeller Center Management Corporation's $300 million Capital Improvement Program. Prior to his current position, he served as an Architectural Development Consultant at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., an international real estate services firm; as Assistant Chief Architect at Gibbs & Hill, Inc., a major architecture and engineering design firm; and as a Project Manager for Ulrich Franzen & Associates, an internationally known architectural design firm. The New York Society of Architects awarded him its Sidney L. Strauss Award for his work at the Center. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the New York Building Congress, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has lectured on the design and evolution of Rockefeller Center and other subjects at various forums including, the Pratt School of Architecture, the City College of New York, and Cornell University's Masters Program in Facilities Planning and Management. Mr. Hantman graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelors in architecture and from the City University of New York Graduate Center with a Masters in urban planning.

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for the upkeep, preservation, and changes to all congressional office buildings, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Federal Judiciary Building, the Capitol Power Plant, the Capitol Police Force headquarters, and the Taft Memorial. The AOC has been assigned a wide range of duties by Congress including service on numerous governing or advisory bodies, such as the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The face and nature of Capitol Hill, the Botanic Gardens and, in fact, all of the District of Columbia are therefore impacted by this position.