Gene Kohn: Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen

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Person Place Thing is an interview show hosted by Randy Cohen based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about.

Cohen’s guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result: surprising stories from great speakers. This installment of Person Place Thing will be a conversation with Gene Kohn, Founding Partner and Chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox. 

This event will be recorded for broadcast on Northeast Public Radio. For more information and to hear past episodes, visit

A. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, Founding Partner and Chairman, Kohn Pedersen Fox
Randy Cohen, Host, Person Place Thing

A. Eugene Kohn is a founding partner and chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox, one of the world’s top architecture firms. He has been recognized with prestigious awards, including The National Building Museum Chairman’s Award, The Skyscraper Museum Award, The Soane Foundation Honors, and the Alumni Award of Merit by the University of Pennsylvania—the highest university-wide award presented to alumni. He has also been recognized with the Wharton Real Estate Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the University of Pennsylvania - PennDesign Dean’s Medal of Achievement (the highest honor awarded by the institution), and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is an Executive Fellow of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the first architect to be awarded this title, and has taught at schools such as Harvard, Penn, UCLA, and Columbia. He currently serves as an emeritus board member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, as trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and as chairman of Publicolor, a nonprofit youth development organization. He is a former a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for “Late Night With David Letterman,” for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation.” He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book, Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, was published by Chronicle. 


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