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

Kenneth Frampton, an English architect, writer, critic, and historian, has received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Frampton studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and has been a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University in New York since 1972. His thinking has been deeply influential to many generations of architects. Among his most important texts are the 1983 essay “Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance” and his 1996 book Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture.

“Through his work, Kenneth Frampton occupies a position of extraordinary insight and intelligence combined with a unique sense of integrity,” said Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the curators of the Biennale. “He stands out as the voice of truth in the promotion of key values of architecture and its role in society. 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. His experience as a practicing architect has given him a deep understanding of the process of designing and crafting buildings.”