Sheldon Fox Lecture at UPENN

In honor of Shelley Fox, KPF sponsors the Sheldon Fox Lecture series at the University of Pennsylvania.

Past speakers include:


Rafael Moneo, Josep Lluis Sert Professor of Architecture, Harvard GSD


Sir Terry Farrel, one of the world's foremost urban planners and architects. Click here to watch the video.


Rafael Moneo, Josep Lluis Sert Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, Graham Chair Professor of Architecture, PennDesign Principals, Weiss/Mandredi; Kenneth Frampton Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia University; and Barry Bergdoll Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MOMA


Rafael Moneo, Josep Lluis Sert Armand Gruntch & Almut Ernst

Sheldon fox

Sheldon “Shelley” Fox began his 41-year career as an architect in 1955, after his return from Korea where he served two years as a first lieutenant in the United States Army. Starting out as a young draftsman at Kahn and Jacobs, Architects Shelley became a partner in the firm. In 1972, he joined John Warnecke and Associates where he was Senior Vice-President. In 1976, Shelley, along with A. Eugene Kohn and William Pedersen, formed Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, where he spent the next 21 years as Managing Partner and Partner-in-Charge of many of the firm’s most notable projects including six buildings for the American Broadcasting Company in New York City, the National AIA Award winning Proctor & Gamble World Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio and the National AIA Award winning World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Shelley strongly believed in “an open office without doors” and exercised a low-profile management style which encouraged strong personal interaction and communication among all members of staff as well as clients. With this approach, Shelley not only successfully managed the completion of numerous projects, but formed long lasting relationships with employees and clients alike. Shelley was a committed member of the architectural community. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an associate member of Building Officials and Code Administrators International, and an active member of the New York Building Congress for which he served as Director. He was a Director of the Lighthouse Business Council and of the Architectural League of New York City. He was active in civic affairs and served as a chairman of the Design Review Board and as a Director of the Mid Range Civic Association, both in Stamford, Connecticut. Shelley was a founding member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable as well as a member of the Practice Management Committee of the AIA. He lectured on architectural management and served on several academic and professional juries.

Shelley passed away in 2006. In his honor, KPF sponsors the Sheldon Fox Lecture Series at the University of Pennsylvania.