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Léon Krier

Architect and Urbanist

Bio

Léon Krier is a renowned architect, urbanist and neo-traditional theorist from Brussels. He studied Architecture at the University of Stuttgart. He is the architect of the Prince of Wales’s model town of Poundbury in Dorset, England and is considered by many to be the intellectual godfather of the New Urbanism movement in the US. Mr. Krier has been a consultant to His Royal Highness, Charles, The Prince of Wales, since 1988. 

From 1968 to 1974, Mr. Krier collaborated with architect James Stirling in London. He then became Pro­fessor of Architecture and Town Planning, at the Architectural Association and Royal College of Arts, Lon­don, and Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and University of Virginia. From 1990 to 1991, he was Davenport Professor at Yale University, returning again to Yale in 2002 as Eero Saarinen Professor. He is a founding Trustee of the New School for Traditional Architecture & Urbanism, Charleston.  

Mr. Krier has been published in Architectural Design, Architectural Review and A+U, and is the author of several books, including Architecture: Choice or Fate (1998), published in 8 languages and winner of the Silver Medal of the Académie Française. He is the recipient of the Berlin Prize for Architecture (1977), the Je.erson Memorial Gold Medal (1985), the Chicago American Institute of Architects Award (1987), and the European Culture Prize (1995). In 2003, he became the inaugural recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical and Traditional Architecture. Mr. Krier has been art director and designer for Italian furniture designer Giorgetti, since 1990. He is the younger brother of noted architect Rob Krier.