Lord Norman Foster Presented the 2015 Kahn Memorial Award

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Although a joyous family occasion prevented me from attending the 30th Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture on June 9, I am happy to report that the evening was a smashing success! I have heard from many colleagues that Lord Norman Foster was engaging, thoughtful, and inspirational describing his work and his passions to a sold-out auditorium. The event brought together the development and design community in a unique evening celebrating the work of a talented architect and his team, along with the visionary leadership of Brian Roberts of Comcast, and John Gattuso of Liberty Property Trust. Their efforts to bring the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center to fruition will have a lasting impact on the City of Philadelphia and for that we are all grateful.

As president of the Center for Architecture Board and past president of AIA Philadelphia, I am heartened by the support and enthusiasm of my professional community, friends, peers, colleagues, and mentors in supporting the Kahn Lecture this year. A special thank you goes out to Bill McDowell, Chair of the Kahn Lecture Committee, for his tireless efforts in making the event a reality. Designing Our Skyline, an exhibit of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, is running at the CFA through July 29th.  If you have not yet seen, it I encourage you to visit the Center and preview of this great addition to our city.

The Center’s vision is to celebrate, convene, and advocate for great design of the public realm at every level and to leverage our space as the hub for the design community and for the public to learn, interact, and experience good design. My fellow Board members and myself are working hard to realize that vision in the physical space and through the type of programming the Center offers. This year’s Kahn Lecture and exhibit is indicative of the great things that lie ahead for the Center for Architecture.



Antonio Fiol-Silva, FAIA
Board President
Philadelphia Center for Architecture



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