art history meme: 1/8 artists

Louis Kahn American, born Estonia, 1901-1974. 

Architecture is reaching out for the truth.”

The son of Estonian immigrants, Louis Kahn grew up to become one of America’s most beloved architects. His thorough understanding of the beautiful effects of natural lighting distinguish his buildings from other architects from the International Style. His simple, masterful incorporation of geometric forms and the building site’s characteristics create memorable works from art museums to assembly complexes to churches A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Louis Kahn went on to receive several notable awards, including the RIBA Gold Medal. For those interested in his personal life, the 2003 documentary My Architect offers valuable insight into this curious man’s background. After several decades of work as an architect and professor, his body was found in a train station in 1974, leaving behind more questions than answers. 

From left to right:

Phillips Exeter Library, Exeter, NH, U.S.; Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, U.S.; National Assembly, Dacca, Bangladesh; Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX, U.S.; Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX, U.S.; First Unitarian Church, Rochester, NY, U.S.; Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, U.S.