"Arts collections strong in architectural history will welcome this first-person survey of Louis I. Kahn, who built a new breed of modern architecture and taught about his designs at the University of Pennsylvania. Author Dagit was an undergraduate there and a member of Kahn's one-year master's studio, so was in a great position to absorb firsthand Kahn's perspective. This covers Kahn's methods of teaching architecture, his building philosophy, and accounts of those he influenced in the field. Any college-level collection strong in architectural history will find this a fine addition."
“Dagit gives us a personal and enlightening view of Kahn through compelling stories from his life, especially at the University of Pennsylvania. We see a whole new side of this wonderfully complex man who so powerfully influenced architecture in the twentieth century.”
—Rebecca Bushnell, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
“Charles Dagit gives us a vivid, first-person account of one of the greatest chapters in architectural history, when, in the 1960s, Louis I Kahn was building a new kind of modern architecture around the world and teaching his distinctive design philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dagit was an undergraduate at Penn, a member of Kahn's famous one-year master's studio, and an architect in the office of Aldo Giurgola, and he displays great skill as a storyteller in pulling together his memories from all those experiences. He has much to say about Kahn’s way of making and teaching architecture, and this is woven into a larger story that includes fascinating portraits of the other strong personalities who taught at Penn.”
—David B. Brownlee, Chair of the Graduate Group in the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
About the Author
Charles E. Dagit, Jr. taught at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University, and was awarded the American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania’s Medal of Distinction. His work has been published in Progressive Architect, Interiors Magazine, and Yale Perspecta.
Nathaniel Kahn is a documentary filmmaker and the son of Louis I. Kahn. His 2002 film My Architect, in which he travels the world to better understand his long-deceased father, was an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature. He also directed the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated 2004 documentary, Two Hands.