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Male, Estonia/US, born 1901-02-20, died 1974-03-17

Associated with the firms network

Barragan, Luis, Architect; Kahn, Louis I., Architect; Stonorov and Kahn

Professional History

Draftsman, Hoffman and Henon, Architects, Philadelphia, PA, 07/1921-09/1921; Draftsman, Hewitt and Ash, Architects, Philadelphia, PA, 06/1922-09/1922;

Alfred F. Bemis Professor of Architecture and Planning, Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1955-1974 (becomes the Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture at Penn, 1966-1974); Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1956; Class of 1913 Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1961-1967;

Member, City of Philadelphia Art Commission, 1968;

Medal of Achievement, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, 1952; made Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1953; Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, National Institute of Arts and Letters, 05/1960; grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts for the study of city planning, 02/1961; Philadelphia Art Alliance Medal for Achievement in Architecture, 03/1962; Philadelphia Arts Festival Award, 06/1962; Member, National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1964; Gold Medal of Achievement, Directors Club of Philadelphia, 1964; Honorary Doctor, Politecnico di Milano, 1964; Honorary Doctor of Humanities, School of Design, University of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, 1964; Frank P. Brown Medal, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 1964; Honorary Doctor of Arts, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 6/1965; Medal of Honor, Danish Architectural Association, 1965; Annual Award, Philadelphia Sketch Club, 1966; Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, 1966; Honorary Doctor of Laws, LaSalle College, Philadelphia, PA, 1967; Honorary Member, College of Architects, Peru, 1967; Fellow, American Academy of Sciences, 1968; Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, MD, 1968; Centennial Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter, 1969; Honorary Doctor of Arts, Bard College, New York, NY, 1970; Gold Medal of Honor, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, 1970; Fellow, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1970; Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects, 1971; Philadelphia Book Award, 1971; Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement, 1971; Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1971; Fellow, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA, 1971; Member, Academy of Arts and Letters, 1971; Honorary Doctor of Laws, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1972; Creative Arts Award in Architecture, Brandeis, University, Waltham, MA, 1972; Gold Medal, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 1972; Member, Royal Institute of Architects, Ireland, 1972; Gold Medal for Architecture, National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1973; Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia University, New York, NY, 6/1974, awarded posthumously; Furness Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1977, awarded posthumously; American Institute of Architects Twenty-Five-Year Award for the Yale University Art Gallery, 1979; Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the National Assembly Building, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1989.


Attended School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1920-1924; B.Arch., University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Philadelphia, PA, 1924;

Society of Beaux-Arts Architects, two Second Medals, 1924; Arthur Spayd Brooke Memorial Prize, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1924.


Born in Kingisepp, Estonia, Louis Kahn came to the USA in 1906, and became a naturalized citizen on 05/04/1915.

His father was Leopold Kahn (b. Estonia, 1875), who came to the US in 1904; his mother: Bertha Mendelsohn Kahn (b. Latvia, 1878), arrived in the US in 1906 with children Louis, Sarah, and Oscar.

Associated Locations

  • Kingisepp, Saaremaa Estonia (Architect's Birth)
    Kingisepp, Saaremaa Estonia

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  • Manhattan, New York, NY (Architect's Death)
    Manhattan, New York, NY

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    Kahn died of a heart attack at Pennsylvania Station, New York, NY;

PCAD id: 1480