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A. Eugene Kohn: The World By Design
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Lower Gallery
A. Eugene Kohn (AR’53, GAR’57), FAIA RIBA JIA, is founder and chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), a 650-person firm and a preeminent signature in urban towers, master planning and environmental leadership. Kohn is the recipient of the 2019 Kanter Tritsch Medal for Excellence in Architecture and Environmental Design and the author of The World by Design: The Story of a Global Architecture Firm (Simon & Schuster 2019).
Over four decades, Kohn has shaped KPF’s global strategy and its profile as a world leader in all aspects of architectural practice.The firm’s wide-ranging, acclaimed projects include 333 Wacker Drive in Chicago (1983),The World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (1996),Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. (1997), Roppongi Hills in Tokyo (2003), Unilever House, London (2007), and the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles (2015). KPF’s academic work includes an urban campus at Baruch College in New York (2001),the University of Michigan Ross School of Business (2009),and the University of Minnesota science center (2010).
Recently, KPF completed the tallest towers in Hong Kong (International Commerce Centre, 2011) and Korea (Lotte World Tower, 2017). Kohn and KPF also designed two blocks of London’s Canary Wharf (1987) and oversaw the design of the master plan, platform, and four major buildings at Hudson Yards, the recently opened 26-acre Manhattan neighborhood built over an active railyard. One Vanderbilt, currently under construction, will soon become the tallest office tower in Midtown Manhattan. KPF celebrated the groundbreaking of the 47-story Arthaus tower in Philadelphia in June of 2019.
This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.