On November 3, 2005, The Architectural League of New York presented its President’s Medal to Kenneth Frampton. The President’s Medal is the Architectural League’s highest honor and is bestowed, at the discretion of the League’s President and Board of Directors, on individuals to recognize an extraordinary body of work in architecture, urbanism, or design.
In presenting the award, Architectural League President Wendy Evans Joseph read the following citation:
The Architectural League of New York awards the President’s Medal to Kenneth Frampton in recognition of his enormously influential contributions to the history and theory of architecture. Through his deep and broad intellectual culture, and by an instinctive and continuous questioning of the relationship of architecture and building to the polity and to the individual—to democracy, social justice, ecological sanity, human well-being, and aesthetic pleasure—Kenneth Frampton has helped shape the critical consciousness of successive generations of architects from the early 1960s to the present. His writing and teaching demonstrate the power of the constructive tension between profound knowledge and respect for the internal history of architecture and passionate concern for architecture’s place in the larger world.