Kenneth Frampton, renowned British architect, critic, historian and Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, New York, will be the recipient of the 2019 Soane Medal. Awarded annually, the Soane Medal recognises architects and critics who have made a major contribution to their field through practice, education, history or theory, and in doing so have furthered and enriched the public understanding of architecture. Previous recipients include Denise Scott Brown and Rafael Moneo.
Over the last 50 years, Frampton occupies a unique position in architectural culture. His work as an architect, writer, critic, educator and academic over the last fifty years has shaped and informed the outlook of countless students and architects. Few architects practising today can claim not to have influenced by his thinking and ideas, notably around issues of context and culture, as articulated in his seminal and still powerfully contemporary text ‘Towards a Critical Regionalism’ (1983). Other works such as Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995) and the many editions of Modern Architecture: A Critical History have driven the ways that we see, think about and understand modern architecture and its role in society.
In recognition of his award, Kenneth Frampton will deliver the Soane Medal Lecture 2019 at a special event on Monday 11 November held at LSE’s New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. The event will also mark the publication of Frampton’s lecture by Sir John Soane’s Museum.