Kenneth Frampton is currently professor of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York, where he has taught since 1972. He is the author of many books on architectural theory and history, including Modern Architecture: A Critical History. He has contributed to many more Thames & Hudson books, including Kengo Kuma and Renzo Piano: The Complete Logbook.
He was nominated by co-curators Yvone Farrell and Shelly McNamara, who said that he ‘occupies a position of extraordinary insight and intelligence combined with a unique sense of integrity’.
‘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.’
This is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry; in the past it has gone to such architects as Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Frank Gehry.
‘There is no student of the faculties of architecture who is unfamiliar with his Modern Architecture: A Critical History. The Golden Lion goes this year to a ‘maestro’, and in this sense it is also intended to be a recognition of the importance of the critical approach to the teaching of architecture,’ said Venice Biennale president Paolo Baratta.