The Kamphoefner Prize recognizes a commitment to the fundamental principles of the modern movement in architecture. The award was named after Henry Kamphoefner, the founding dean at North Carolina State University’s School of Design, which gained national prominence under his leadership.
Kenneth is known for weaving cultural awareness into the design of the built environment. He joined the Freelon Group in 2006, which became part of Perkins and Will in 2014, and leads the design process on projects such as museums, libraries, higher education institutions, corporate offices, healthcare, and science and technology centers. His work has garnered numerous awards and has been featured in publications for beautiful and engaging designs that connect architecture with its cultural context.
“Through thoughtfully composed architecture, Kenneth celebrates and dignifies people and events. This goes well beyond the stylistic expectations of the Kamphoefner Prize, and it illustrates modern architecture’s potential to engage communities, reflect on history, and promote social progress—all while elevating human experience.” —David B. Hill, FAIA, Professor and Head of the School of Architecture, NC State College of Design
“Kenneth’s leadership in elevating the design quality of our projects and his thoughtful approach to articulating clients’ stories has been very impactful. This well-deserved prize is a testament to the talent and inventiveness Kenneth brings to each of our projects.” —Zena Howard, Principal and Managing Director, North Carolina