Abrams, Harold
Ain, Gregory
Alexander, Robert E.
Anderson, Guy
Antelline, Jon P.
Applebaum, Norm
Batter-Kay Associates
Beadle, Alfred
Beckett, Welton
Benedict, Hiram Hudson
Bird, Fujimoto & Fish
Bonini, Vincent
Brownell, J. Herbert
Buff, Straub and Hensman
Campbell, Donald
Cody, William F.
Crane, Loch
Dammann, Bruce
Davis, Ronald K.
Decker, Arthur
Deems-Lewis
Delawie, Homer
Des Lauriers, Robert
Drake, Gordon
Eckel, George
Eggers, Henry
Ellwood, Craig
Ferris, Robert
Fickett, Edward
Forester, Russell
Fowble, Robert
French, Stanley J.
Frey, Albert
Gill, Irving
Goldberg, Bertrand
Goldman, Donald
Gordon, Kenneth & Robert
Grossman, Greta
Hagadone, Walter
Harris, Harwell Hamilton
Henderson, John
Hester, Henry
Hope, Frank
Hufbauer, Clyde
Hubbell, James
Jackson-Scott
Jones, A. Quincy
Jones, Robert E.
Kahn, Louis
Kellogg, Dick
Kellogg, Kendrick Bangs
Kesling, William
Killingsworth, Brady & Smith
Kowalski, Joseph
Krisel, William
Ladd, Thornton
Lareau, Richard
Lautner, John
Leitch, Richard
Liebhardt, Frederick
Livingstone, Fred
Loring, Arthur
Lotery, Rex
Lumpkins, William
Lykos, George
Macy, Al
Malone, Ed
Marr, Clinton
Matthews, Roger
May, Cliff
McKim, Paul
Mitchell, Delmar
Mock, John
Mortenson, John
Mosher & Drew
Naegle, Dale
Neptune & Thomas
Neutra, Richard
Nomland & Nomland
Norris, Fred
Paderewski, CJ
Patrick, William
Paul & Allard
Paulson, Ted
Periera & Luckman
Platt, Robert
Ray, Eugene
Reed, John
Richards, Sim Bruce
Risley and Gould
Rosser, William
Ruocco, Lloyd
Salerno, Daniel
Schindler, Rudolph
Schoell & Geritz
Sigurdson, John
Simpson and Gerber
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Slatton, William
Soriano, Raphael
Spencer & Lee
Stimmel, William
Stone, Edward Durrell
Therkelsen, Lloyde
Tucker, Sadler & Bennett
Turner, Herb
Veitzer, Leonard
Vickery, Dean
Weir Brothers
Weston, Eugene III
Wheeler, Richard
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Wright, John Lloyd
Wright, Lloyd
Wulff and Fifield

Louis Isadore Kahn, FAIA (1901-1974)


The Salk Institute - photograph by Julius Shulman taken in 1966.)

Born Itze-Leib Schmuilowsky in Pärnu, Louis Kahn spent his early childhood in Kuressaare on the Estonian island of Saaremaa (then part of the Russian Empire). At age 3, he saw coals in the stove and was captivated by their light.  He put them in his apron which caught on fire and seared his face.  He carried these scars with him for the rest of his life.

In 1906 his family immigrated to the United States, fearing that his father would be recalled into the military during the Russo-Japanese War. According to his son's 2003 documentary, My Architect, the family could not afford pencils but made their own charcoal sticks from burnt twigs so that Louis could earn a little money from drawings and later by playing piano to accompany silent movies. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1914. His father changed their name in 1915.

After completing his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1924, Kahn worked as senior draftsman in the office of City Architect John Molitor. In 1928, Kahn made a European tour and took a particular interest in the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. After returning to the States in 1929, Kahn worked in the offices of Paul Philippe Cret, his former studio critic at the University of Pennsylvania, and in the offices of Zantzinger, Borie and Medary in Philadelphia. Kahn established his own office in 1935.

From 1957 until his death, he was a professor of architecture at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Famous for his meticulously built works, his provocative unbuilt proposals, and his teaching, Kahn was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.

Partial List of Projects

Adler, Francis House (1955)
Montgomery County, PA
Unbuilt

Clever House, Fred E. and Elaine C. (1957-1962)
417 Sherry Way, Cherry Hill NJ

Devore, Weber House (1954)
Montgomery County, PA
Unbuilt

Ehle House (1948)
Merion Township, PA
Designed with Abel Sorensen - unbuilt

Erdman Hall Dormitories (1960)
Bryn Mawr College, Morris Avenue, Bryn Mawr PA

Esherick, Margaret House (1959)
204 Sunrise Lane, Philadelphia PA

Esherick, Wharton Esherick Studio (1956)
1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern PA

FDR Monument (2012)
Roosevelt Island, New York City

Finklestein, Lea and Arthur Addition (1942)
645 Overhill Road, Ardmore, PA
Unbuilt

Fisher, Norman & Doris House (1960-67)
197 East Mill Road, Hatboro PA

Fleisher House (1959)
Elkins Park, PA
Unbuilt

Fruchter House (1954)
New Rochelle, NY
Unbuilt

Genel, Samuel House (1951)
201 Indian Creek Road, Wynnewood PA

Goldenberg House (1959)
Rydal, PA
Unbuilt

Greenbelt Knoll Project (1956)
1-19 Longford Street, Philadelphia, PA

Honickman House (1971)
Whitemarsh Township, PA
Unbuilt

Hooper House Addition (1946)
Baltimore, MD
Unbuilt

Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (National Assembly Building)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Korman, Steven House (1971)
6019 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington PA

Morris House (1958)
Mount Kisco, NY
Unbuilt

Oser, Jesse House (1940)
628 Stetson Road, Elkins Park, PA

President's Estate (1966)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Unbuilt

Roche, Phillip Q. House (1947-49)
2101 Harts Lane, Conshohocken, PA

Salk Institute (1959-65)
10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

Sherman, Jacob House (1950)
414 Sycamore Avenue, Merion PA

Stern House (1970)
Washington, DC
Unbuilt

Tompkins House (1949)
Germantown, PA 
Unbuilt

Weiss, Morton (Bubby) and Lenore House (1950)
2935 Whitehall Road, Norristown PA