A. Eugene Kohn

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A. EUGENE “GENE” KOHN, FAIA RIBA JIA, founded and has been the president of Kohn Pedersen Fox since its inception on July 4, 1976, and as of 2003 has become chairman from president.  In 1988, he held the position of president of the AIA New York City Chapter.  He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Japan Institute of Architects.  Mr. Kohn has chaired and served in a number of design award juries.  His architectural articles have been published widely, and he has contributed to several architectural monographs.  He has recently co-authored a book on the design of the office building with Paul Katz, Building Type Basics for Office Buildings (John Wiley & Sons, 2002).  As a visiting critic and lecturer, he has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities.  He has and continues to teach courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  He has taught at Harvard for fourteen years and he is Executive Fellow of the school’s Executive Education Program.  He is the first architect to be awarded that title.  Recently, he taught a design studio on the tall mixed-use building at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He is currently teaching a full course on design construction and development (The Value of Design) at the Harvard Business School.  Prior to founding Kohn Pedersen Fox in 1976, Mr. Kohn was president and partner of John Carl Warnecke and Associates (1967-76); design director of Welton Becket Associates New York (1965-67); and senior designer at Vincent G. Kling Associates in Philadelphia (1960-65).  He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1956 and retired in 1962 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Mr. Kohn has served on many boards including as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the National Building Museum in Washington and the Urban Land Institute.  In 1987 he was honored by the National Education Fund and in 1995 by the Sheltering Arms Children’s Service where he served on the board for several years.  In 1996, he was honored with the Sidney L. Strauss Award from the New York Society of Architects, as well as in 1997 with the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Wharton Real Estate Center, University of Pennsylvania.  He was also recognized, in 1998, with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and received the 2002 Harry B. Rutkins Award from the AIA New York Chapter.  Recently, he received the 2003 Business Leadership Award from the Burden Center for the Aging, Inc. for his accomplishments in both business and the community.  Most recently he was elected into the prestigious Hall of Fame of the 170-year-old Central High School in Philadelphia and was awarded the Dean’s Medal of Achievement in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.


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