Alex Fradkin Kenneth Frampton

The following is a press release from Sir John Soane’s Museum announcing Kenneth Frampton as the recipient of the 2019 Soane Medal.

Sir John Soane’s Museum today announced that 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.

Kenneth 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 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.

Kenneth Frampton was born in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. He has worked as an architect and as an architectural historian and critic, and is now Ware Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning, Columbia University, New York. He has taught at a number of leading institutions in the field, including the Royal College of Art in London, the ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, EPFL in Lausanne and the Academia di Architettura in Mendrisio. He is the author of numerous essays on modern and contemporary architecture, and has served on many international juries for architectural awards and building commissions. His writings include Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), Le Corbusier in the World of Art series (2001) and a collection of essays entitled Labour, Work and Architecture (2005).

Kenneth Frampton was selected by a jury comprising the following:

  • Bruce Boucher, Deborah Loeb Brice Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • Sir David Chipperfield, Founder / design principal, David Chipperfield Architects, Former Trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • Paul Goldberger, architecture critic; Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; former Architecture Critic, The New Yorker
  • Owen Hopkins, Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education, Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • Farshid Moussavi, Principal, Farshid Moussavi Architecture; Professor in Practice of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Eric Parry, Principal, Eric Parry Architects
  • Alice Rawsthorn, design critic and author; former Columnist, New York Times; former Director, The Design Museum
  • Oliver Wainwright, Architecture and Design Critic, The Guardian
  • Thomas Weaver, architectural writer, teacher and editor