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Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenneth Frampton

A master who has affected and inspired several generations of students and architects

Kenneth Frampton, the renowned historian and critic, received the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. He was recommended for the award by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. 

Born in London in 1930, Frampton trained at the Architectural Association in London, and has taught at New York’s Columbia University since 1972. He has influenced and inspired numerous generations of students and architects. His best-known publications include Towards a Critical Regionalism (1983), a milestone in the debate on context and the culture of place. 


The motivation, drawn up by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara is as follows: 
Kenneth Frampton occupies a position of extraordinary insight and intelligence combined with a unique sense of integrity. 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 20th and 21st century.

The prestigious award was presented to Frampton on 26th May 2018, during the inauguration of the Architecture Biennale 2018, which opened to the public at 10 o’clock the same day. 

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