William Pedersen, FAIA, FAAR, is the Principal Design Partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which he founded in 1976 with A. Eugene Kohn and Sheldon Fox. Under his direction, KPF has amassed a body of work that includes commercial buildings and institutional facilities, civic and cultural spaces, and mixed-use residential and retail projects in cities across the United States and throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For his achievements and contributions to the built environment, Mr. Pedersen has personally received six AIA National Chapter Honor Awards and numerous Merit, Design Excellence and Distinguished Architecture Awards from various AIA state and city chapters. His work has also earned five Progressive Architecture citations, in addition to honors from the Society of American Registered Architects, Urban Land Institute, and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Of particular note, his design for the Shanghai World Financial Center was the recipient of the Best Tall Building Worldwide Award in 2008.
Also of note, Mr. Pedersen was awarded the Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in architecture from Tau Sigma Delta, the National Honor Society for Architecture and the Allied Arts, and the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture for Contributions in Architecture as an Art, awarded by the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters. Additional honors include the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, the Prix d’excellence from L’Ordre des Architectes de Québec, and a number of GSA Building Design Excellence and Honor Awards. Mr. Pedersen lectures internationally and has served on academic and professional juries and symposia throughout the world. He has been a visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Otis College of Art and Design, Columbia University and Harvard University, and he has held the Eero Saarinen Chair at Yale University. Honored with the Herbert S. Greenward Distinguished Professor in Architecture by the University of Illinois at Chicago, he is currently a member of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a recipient of the University’s Alumni Achievement Award. Following completion of his Master of Arch. degree at MIT, Mr. Pedersen worked as a designer with Pietro Belluschi and Eduardo Catalano. Prior to founding KPF in 1976, he was an associate at I.M. Pei & Partners and then Vice President of John Carl Warnecke and Associates.