My Architect: A Son’s Journey

  • Wed Mar 6
My Architect: A Son’s Journey
Nathaniel Kahn
Louis Kahn, Edmund Bacon, Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei

A revelatory portrait of Louis Kahn, one of the most important architects of the 20th century, made by his son, who was 11 when his father died in 1974. At the time of Kahn’s death, obituaries indicated that he was survived by his wife, Esther, and a daughter. Only later did it become clear that Kahn had two other unofficial families: one with landscape architect Harriet Pattison, Nathaniel’s mother, and one with architect Anne Tyng, with whom Kahn had a daughter. The documentary has a strong narrative quality and "is by turns hilarious, touching, sad, cruel, angry, sweet and maudlin.” ( It also offers a stunning survey of Kahn’s work, including the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the library at Phillips Exeter Academy, and the Parliament and Capitol Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh. "It is a phenomenal task to do justice to the visual beauty of architectural wonders such as [these], but this superbly photographed film easily shows the true brilliance of Louis Kahn’s greatest creations as well as the grace of his son’s natural talent in filmmaking.”


Digital Projection color
1 hour 50 minutes
release year/country
2003 USA