KENNETH FRAMPTON CONFERRED WITH A DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA BY THE UPM UNIVERSITY
On the occasion of St. Thomas Aquinas Day, on Friday 27th of January, in the UPM Paraninfo building, took place the Solemn Academic Ceremony of Conferral of a Doctor Honoris Causa to Professor Kenneth Frampton.
Professor Frampton was the only person to receive the investiture this year. The Laudatio speech was given by Professor Alberto Campo Baeza.
Kenneth Frampton is the most prestigious teacher of the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning of Columbia in New York. Born in England, Professor Frampton studied architecture in the London Architectural Association and has dedicated his life to the theory and the teaching of Architecture in many of the most well-known Architecture Schools of England, Switzerland and EEUU. Today he is a Ware Professor at Columbia University in New York.
Something to be highlighted about Frampton is his firm defense, both in speech and in writing, of Spanish architecture and Spanish architects, specially the youngest. Many of them have been his students in Columbia and written their doctoral thesis under his guide.
During his stay in Spain, in addition to being conferred with a Doctor Honoris Causa by the UPM, he will present his last book: A Genealogy of Modern Architecture. Preceded by his most widely known: Modern Architecture: A Critical History, of 1980, in which the most important Spanish architects are included; Studies in Tectonic, of 1995; and Labour, Work and Architecture, of 2002.
Welcome Kenneth Frampton to the Polytechnic University of Madrid.