“A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.”
Born: 20th February, 1901 in Kuressaare, in Estonia, on Saaremmaa Island
Died: 17th March, 1974 in New York, N.Y.
Name at Birth: Born Itze-Leib (or, Leiser-Itze) Schmuilowsky (or, Schmalowski). Kahn’s Jewish parents immigrated to the United States in 1906. His name was changed to Louis Isadore Kahn in 1915.
- University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Architecture, 1924
- Worked as a senior draughtsman in the office of Philadelphia City Architect John Molitor.
Important Buildings by Louis I. Kahn:
- 1953: Yale University Art Gallery and Design Center, New Haven, CT
- 1955: Trenton Bath House, New Jersey
- 1961: The Margaret Esherick House, Philadelphia, PA
- 1961-1982: Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban, National Assembly Building, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 1965-1972: Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, United Kingdom
- 1962: Richards Medical Research Laboratories, University of Pennyslvania
- 1965: Jonas Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA
- 1966-1972: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
- 1974: Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut
- 2010-2012: FDR Memorial Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, New York City (Read “The Genius of Louis Kahn’s Connected, Contemplative Roosevelt Memorial — and How Builders Avoided the Usual Perils of Posthumous Architecture” by Paul Goldberger, Vanity Fair, October 19 2012.)
- 2003: Academy Award Nominated documentary “My Architect”
- 1971: AIA Gold Medal. Elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 1972: RIBA Gold Medal in 1972.
by Mia Pujol, ESARQ_UIC Publications