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Historian and critic Kenneth Frampton wins top Venice gong

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Architectural critic and historian Kenneth Frampton has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia


The board made the decision to award a Golden Lion upon the recommendation of biennale curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects.

The nomination praised Frampton’s extraordinary insight and unique sense of integrity.

It said: ‘He stands out as the voice of truth in the promotion of key values of architecture and its role in society.

‘His humanistic philosophy in relation to architecture is embedded in his writing and he has consistently argued for this humanistic component throughout all the various “movements” and trends, often misguided, in architecture in the 20th and 21st century.’

Frampton trained at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and since 1972 has taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York.

He has written a number of influential books, including Modern Architecture: A Critical History,Towards a Critical Regionalism, Studies on Tectonic Culture and A Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form.

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