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

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Since 1983, the annual Louis I. Kahn Award has honored the most influential and accomplished architects from around the world. Awardees present a talk in Philadelphia, open to the public, in which they discuss their innovative designs, their inspirations, and their motivations. Designs from the awardees are often featured in a corresponding exhibition at the Center for Architecture and Design in late spring through early summer.

This event celebrates recipients' achievements in memory 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, the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, and Princeton.

This event is a fantastic way to learn about the design process architects use to shape the world around us and to be inspired by the most influential minds in the field of architecture alive today.

Proceeds from this event support design education for children in Philadelphia, both through 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 through the Architecture in Education program of the Center for Architecture and Design, which brings practicing architects into public school classrooms to empower children to shape their world through design.

The program is organized by the Louis Kahn Memorial Committee.