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A. Eugene Kohn

A. Eugene Kohn

As a cofounder and chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, A. Eugene Kohn has led many of the firm’s most complex and high-profile projects, developing the firm’s reputation as one of the world’s preeminent architectural practices. Known for his inspirational leadership and commitment to design excellence, Mr. Kohn is a skillful collaborator who brings together diverse project teams to create buildings that contribute to their surroundings on both functional and social levels.

Working closely with the firm’s design principals, Mr. Kohn has helped KPF become a global leader in the design of corporate headquarters, office towers, super-tall buildings, hotels, luxury residences, mixed-use developments, institutional facilities, transportation hubs, and civic and cultural centers. With over 50 years of experience as an architect, he has proven success in uniting design, consultant, and developer teams to achieve project goals and objectives. Since its founding in 1976, KPF has earned more than 300 design awards, including eight AIA National Honor Awards. In 1990, KPF became the youngest firm ever to receive the AIA Architectural Firm Award—the institute’s most prestigious honor.

Mr. Kohn’s achievements have been recognized with several awards. Most recently, he was awarded the 2010 Alumni Award of Merit by the University of Pennsylvania—the highest university-wide award presented to alumni by Penn. He has also been recognized with the Wharton Real Estate Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the University of Pennsylvania—PennDesign Dean’s Medal of Achievement, the highest honor awarded by the institution, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Additional honors include the Harry B. Rutkins Award from the AIA New York Chapter and the Salvadori Award for Excellence in Design from the Salvadori Center—one of New York City’s most progressive nonprofit educational programs. Mr. Kohn was awarded the Carter Burden Center’s Business Leadership Award and was recognized by the National Education Fund for contributions to the advancement of design in education and practice. He is also the first architect to be named an Executive Fellow of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Mr. Kohn was inducted into the Central High School of Philadelphia’s prestigious Hall of Fame in 2006.

Since 2006, Mr. Kohn has been teaching Harvard Business School’s popular course, Real Estate Development, Design and Construction, on the value of design in business, particularly how it relates to real estate. Mr. Kohn’s participation in the design and planning community has included positions on the boards of the Architectural League and the National Realty Committee, as well as Trustee for the Urban Land Institute and the National Building Museum. Mr. Kohn is a former Trustee at the University of Pennsylvania, where he presently serves on the Board of Overseers at PennDesign and on the Wharton Real Estate Center Advisory Board. He has also served on the advisory board for the Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.

Mr. Kohn is frequently contacted by Fox Business News, NBC, CNN and several leading weekly publications for comment on current events and economic impact on real estate. Many of his architectural articles have been published in books and magazines in the United States and abroad. Building Type Basics for Office Buildings, which he co-authored, was released in 2002 by Wiley, and his article, “Energy-related Growth,” was featured in Urban Design magazine. He has also served as chairman of design award juries for the AIA California Council, AIA North Carolina, AIA Pittsburgh, and AIA Denver Society, as well as a juror and chair for several Urban Land Institute awards programs, including the 2007 J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

Prior to cofounding KPF in 1976, he was President and Partner of John Carl Warnecke and Associates from 1967 to 1976, and Design Director at Welton Becket Associates New York office from 1965 to 1967. As Senior Designer at Vincent G. Kling Associates in Philadelphia, his work received two AIA National Honor Awards. Mr. Kohn served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1956, retiring as Lieutenant Commander after three years active duty and five years reserve duty.

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