Lord Foster presented with award for excellence in architecture

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An award for excellence in architecture has been presented to Lord Norman Foster in the USA.

The UK-based architect received the Louis Kahn Memorial Award at a ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia.

Foster also delivered a lecture in which he reflected on Kahn’s influence on his own work, from his early career to the practice’s current project for Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company, which is currently under construction.

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Alongside the award, an exhibition tracing the design process of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center is being held at Philadelphia Center for Architecture.

Featuring detailed models, renderings and a timeline of concept sketches ‘Designing Our Skyline: The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center by Foster + Partners’ runs until the end of July.

Foster said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award, particularly as I studied for my master’s degree at Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery in 1961. I have been hugely influenced by his work, which is still as fresh today as it was then. I was privileged to meet Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture and to later teach there.”

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