Professor Kenneth Frampton – 17 century France to post Hiroshima architecture


2014 Interview with professor Kenneth Frampton [Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York] on the predicament and possibilities of the profession of architecture today in this our post Hiroshima digital world.

About Kenneth Frampton

"Kenneth Frampton's work as a writer and teacher has had a profound influence in the field of architecture. Born in the United Kingdom in 1930, he was trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Over the course of his career, he has written countless books and essays on architecture, including Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and an updated fourth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (2007). Early in his career he served as the editor of the British magazine Architectural Design.

Frampton's teaching career has had an equally far-reaching effect on innumerable students and scholars. He has taught at a number of leading institutions including the Royal College of Art, ETH Zurich, EPFL Lansanne, and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, among others. He is currently the Ware Professor of Architecture at the GSAPP, Columbia University in New York.

Prominent awards include: the American Institute of Architects National Honours Award (1985), the Médaille d'Or of the Parisian Académie d'Architecture (1987), the Phi Beta Kappa Award (1987), the AIA New York Chapter Award of Merit (1988) and the Topaz Medal for excellence in architectural education from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (1990). More recently, he received the Schelling Architecture Theory Prize (2012), and the First International Architecture Award Javier Carvajal (2012).

Frampton has received honorary doctorates from: The Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology (1991), the University of Waterloo (1995), and the California College of Arts and Crafts (1999)."