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December 16: My Architect: A Son’s Journey. Trailer. Louis Kahn’s teaching career began at Yale University in 1947. Kahn was elected a FAIA in 1953. He was named Professor of Architecture and Planning at MIT in 1962 and Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. In 1974, Kahn died of a heart attack in a men’s restroom in New York’s Pennsylvania Station. He went unidentified for three days because he had crossed out the home address on his passport. He had just returned from a work trip to Bangladesh, and despite his long career, he was deeply in debt when he died. In 2003, Kahn’s son Nathaniel Kahn released this Oscar-nominated biographical documentary about his father which gives glimpses of the architecture while focusing on talking to the people who knew him: family, friends, and colleagues. It includes interviews with renowned architect contemporaries such as B. V. Doshi, Frank Gehry, Ed Bacon, Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, and Robert A. M. Stern, but also an insider’s view of Kahn’s unusual family arrangements. The unusual manner of his death is used as a point of departure and a metaphor for Kahn’s unusual life.

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