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School of Architecture Hosts Award Winning Film and Director

Posted: June 19, 2006, 8:00 am

The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Architecture hosted a special showing and discussion of the Academy Award-nominated film My Architect on June 16, 2006.

The film is a documentary on the noted American architect Louis Kahn. At his death in 1974, Kahn left behind a body of work that included the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He also left behind a very complicated and fractured family. His obituary listed his survivors as a wife and child, but he had secretly fathered a son (eleven years old at the time of Kahn’s death) and another daughter by two women to whom he was not married.

My Architect follows his now-grown son, the film’s director Nathaniel Kahn, as he explores his famous father’s life and career. It is an emotional and complex story of a son whose very existence was publicly denied, and his attempt to discover the soul of his father through the people who knew him and the architectural works he conceived.

The presentation of My Architect was followed by an informal discussion with Nathaniel Kahn and the film’s producer Susan Behr. The film and discussion with Kahn And Behr was repeated the following afternoon at the Nasher Sculpture Center as part of the Dallas: Architecturally Speaking Lecture Series, with support from the UT Arlington School of Architecture, among others.

My Architect was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Documentary, Features” in 2004. It won Audience Choice Awards from the Chicago International Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival and the High Falls Film Festival, as well as the DGA Award from the Director’s Guild of America.

Nathaniel Kahn

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