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Internationally prominent architect to give Sept. 29 lecture at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: September 22, 2010

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.– Eugene Kohn, chairman of one of the world’s largest architecture firms, will give a lecture in conjunction with a real estate course taught by A. Alfred Taubman at Lawrence Technological University on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.

The lecture, which is free, will be given in the Architecture Building auditorium at Lawrence Tech, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

Earlier in the day, Kohn will be a guest lecturer for the course, “Real Estate Practice: Land Economics,” which Taubman, a pioneering developer of shopping malls and retail centers, is teaching during the fall semester at Lawrence Tech.

Kohn is chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), which he co-founded in 1976.  As one of the world’s largest architecture firms, KPF provides architectural, interior and urban design, as well as programming and master planning services.

Recent projects include the Shanghai World Financial Center, the International commerce Centre in Hong Kong, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, the RBC Centre and the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, the Abu Dhabi International Airport, and the Unilever House in London. The firm is a contender in many significant large-scale international competitions.

Kohn earned his architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and past president of the AIA New York City Chapter. He helped establish and teaches at the Harvard International Real Estate Center.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.