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Louis I. Kahn Award

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.

About Louis I. Kahn Award

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. This event also serves as a fundraiser for DesignPhiladelphia's K-12 programming. The program introduces students to the design process and various design careers through in-classroom and out-of-school activities, fostering their creative development and opening doors to exciting opportunities.

Past Winners

2023
Herzog & de Meuron

2021
Stephen Kieran, FAIA & James Timberlake, FAIA

2019
Diller Scofidio + Renfro

2018
Sir David Adjaye

2017
Jeanne Gang

2016
Bjarke Ingels

2015
Lord Norman Foster

2014
Steven Hall, FAIA

2013
Ted Flato, FAIA

2011
Bernard Tschumi, FAIA

2010
Peter Bohlin, FAIA

2009
Thom Mayne, FAIA

2008
James Polshek, FAIA 

2007
Billie Tsien, AIA
and Tod Williams, FAIA

2006
David Chipperfield, RIBA

2005
Moshe Safdie, FAIA

2004
Daniel Libeskind, BDA

2003
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw,
RIBA, Hon FAIA

2002
Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA

2001
Tadao Ando

1999
Peter Eisenman, FAIA

1997
Rafael Vinoly, FAIA

1996
Rafael Moneo, FAIA

1995
James Ingo Freed, FAIA

1994
Cesar Pelli, FAIA

1993
Joseph Esherick, FAIA

1992
Christopher Alexander

1991
Antoine Predock, FAIA

1990
Fumihiko Maki, Hon FAIA

1989
Frank O. Gehry, FAIA

1988
Charles W. Moore, FAIA

1987
Vincent J. Scully, Jr.

1986
Robert Venturi, FAIA

1985
Paul Goldberger

1984
Dr. Jonas Salk

1983
Romaldo Giurgola, FAIA

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