Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient
College of Design, November 19, 2008
William Pedersen, described as one of the most respected and sought-after architectural designers of our time, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Architecture in 1961. He went on to complete a master of architecture degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963. He is a founding member of the architectural firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) in New York. His innovative designs grace urban skylines and public spaces worldwide. Some of his designs include the World Bank in Washington D.C., the Goldman Sachs Headquarters in London, the DG Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt, the Procter and Gamble World Headquarters in Cincinnati, the Philadelphia International Airport, the International Commerce Center in Hong Kong, and the World Financial Center in Shanghai. Locally he has designed the St. Paul Companies headquarters, the TK building, and the Federal Courthouse. He is also the lead designer of the Science Teaching and Student Services Building on the University of Minnesota campus. He is the recipient of numerous awards including six National Honors Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in architecture from Tau Sigma Delta, and the national Honor Society for Architecture and the Allied Arts. He was also awarded the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, which is awarded by the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters. He is a dedicated alumnus. He and his wife established the Bill and Elizabeth Pedersen Graduate Fellowship in Architecture at the University of Minnesota and he also serves as a member of the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.