Last night Lord Norman Foster received the Louis Kahn Memorial Award at a ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia. Established in 1983 in honour of one of Philadelphia’s most influential architects, the annual award recognises excellence in architecture. Lord Foster delivered a lecture in which he reflected on Kahn’s influence on his own work, from his early career to the practice’s current project for Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company, which is currently under construction, and the recent appointment for a New Patient Pavilion at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, both in Philadelphia.
Alongside the award, an exhibition tracing the design process of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center is being held at Philadelphia Center for Architecture. Featuring detailed models, renderings and a timeline of concept sketches by Norman Foster, ‘Designing Our Skyline: The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center by Foster + Partners’ runs until the end of July.