A. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, RIBA, JIA, co-founder of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) architects, is the 2019 recipient of the Kanter Tritsch Medal for Excellence in Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.
Established in 2017, the Kanter Tritsch Medal honors an under-recognized architect who has changed the course of design history, with a particular focus on the areas of energy conservation, environmental quality, and/or diversity.
“Over four decades, Gene Kohn has led one of the most versatile and productive firms of our time, committed throughout to environmental sustainability and boldly humanistic design,” said Winka Dubbeldam, chair of the architecture department. “Just as important, Gene inspires a new generation of leaders in architecture.”
Kohn’s recent work includes four major buildings at Hudson Yards, the newly opened 11-ha (26-acre) Manhattan neighborhood built over an active railyard. One Vanderbilt, currently under construction, will soon become one of the tallest office towers in Midtown Manhattan. Last month, Kohn announced the 47-story Arthaus tower in Philadelphia.
“Throughout my 60-plus years of practice, I have sought to create buildings and environments that are sensitive to their contexts and evoke meaning in the lives of their users,” said Kohn who holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
He will be recognized at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design Awards gala in October.