Louis I. Kahn Award

Kahn's Salk Institute in La Jolla, California | Photo by Rex Boggs
Louis I. Kahn Award

Louis I. Kahn Award

Presented Annually In Spring

2018 Awardee: Sir David Adjaye OBE | Learn More

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Since 1983, the annual Louis I. Kahn Award has been Philadelphia's signature event honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of architecture. The event celebrates these achievements in honor of the storied career of Philadelphia architect, Louis Kahn [1901-1974], whose monumental designs have influenced generations of architects. Kahn designed such famous structures as the Salk Institute in La Jolla California; the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and the Richards Medical Research Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He was also a renowned teacher at Yale, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, and Princeton.

Awardees' work is featured in an exhibition at the Center for Architecture and Design each year in late spring through early summer.

This annual event raises funds to support the Charter High School for Architecture + Design, the first school of its kind in the nation, founded in 1999 as a legacy project of AIA Philadelphia AND the Architecture in Education program of the Center for Architecture and Design, which brings real-life architects into public school classrooms to empower children by teaching them the design process.

This program is organized by the Louis Kahn Memorial Committee.