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Kenneth Frampton Awarded Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Frampton at Columbia GSAPP in 2014.


Artforum reports today that the English architect, writer, critic, and historian Kenneth Frampton is this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Frampton, who has been a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University in New York since 1972, is the author of several seminal architecture texts, including the 1983 essay “Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance” and the 1996 book Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture.

“[Frampton] stands out as the voice of truth in the promotion of key values of architecture and its role in society,” Biennale curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara said in a statement. “His humanistic philosophy in relation to architecture is embedded in his writing and he has consistently argued for this humanistic component throughout all the various ‘movements’ and trends often misguided in architecture in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.”

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