WASHINGTON — Longtime Urban Land Institute (ULI) trustee Eugene Kohn has been elected a ULI life trustee by the ULI Global Governing Trustees, the first architect to receive the honour.
Life trustees are ULI members whose service to the organization has been “meaningful, distinctive and extraordinary,” stated a release. The nominations committee considers individuals’ standing and reputation in the real estate and land use industry as well as their contributions to ULI and the ULI Foundation.
Kohn founded Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) in 1976 with William Pedersen and Sheldon Fox and was KPF’s original president and chairman.
KPF projects have included 333 Wacker Drive in Chicago, the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Covent Garden in London and Hudson Yards in New York, a release noted.
Among honours Kohn has received have been the National Building Museum Chairman’s Award, the Soane Foundation Honors and the Alumni Award of Merit by the University of Pennsylvania.
Kohn’s family is partnering with KPF to bestow a $1 million gift for ULI that will create the A. Eugene Kohn/KPF Fellowship.
“Gene’s enormous accomplishments and unique capacity for leadership put him in a league of his own,” said Owen Thomas, past global chair of ULI, in a statement. “With work in sectors from commercial and residential to education and research in hospitality and transportation, his contributions across the built environment consistently achieve the ambitious goals undergirding ULI’s mission.”
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