Golden Lion to Kenneth Frampton
18. April 2018
In their selection of Frampton, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara said:
Through his work, Kenneth Frampton 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.
His experience as a practicing architect has given him a deep understanding of the process of designing and crafting buildings. This makes him both more sympathetic and more critical of the various forms of the practice of architecture. His consistent values in relation to the impact of architecture on society, together with his intellectual generosity, position him as a uniquely important presence in the world of architecture.
The many editions and languages of Frampton's influential and lasting "Modern Architecture: A Critical History"
Frampton will receive the Golden Lion on Saturday, 26 May, the opening day of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
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.
Recent recipients of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement include: