United States of America
February 20, 1901 - March 17, 1974

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974) was a prominent 20th-century architect known for his monumental and innovative designs. Born in Pärnu, Estonia, Kahn immigrated to the United States as a child. He studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1924. Kahn's career was marked by a deep philosophical approach to architecture, emphasizing the interplay of light and space, and the importance of materials and structure. He taught at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, influencing a generation of architects. Despite his success, Kahn led a complex personal life, fathering three children with three different women. He died of a heart attack in 1974, leaving behind a legacy of influential works.
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, Connecticut. USA.

1951 - 1953.

One of Kahn's early works that displayed his innovative use of concrete and an emphasis on natural light, as well as simplicity and complexity of the spacial characteristics.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, California.

1959 - 1965.

Known for its striking use of concrete and a central courtyard that frames views of the Pacific Ocean.
National Assembly Building of Bangladesh

1962 - 1983.

A monumental complex that showcases Kahn's mastery of form, light, and monumental scale.
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, Washington.


A major cultural institution designed to accommodate diverse collections and exhibitions.
Children's Museum of Houston
Houston, Texas.


An engaging, interactive museum for children, showcasing Venturi's playful design approach.
Frank G. Wells Building, Disney Studios
Burbank, California.


This building is part of the Disney Studios complex, featuring a playful, eclectic design.