My Architect

Critics Consensus

A moving and enlightening documentary about architect Louis Kahn.



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Louis Kahn, a giant among twentieth-century architects, left a legacy of brilliantly designed and engineered buildings that have a tough beauty and deep spirit. His work challenges us to discover an astonishing sensibility and poetry through light, space, and texture. Kahn's personal life was even more mysterious, and his death, alone and unidentified in Penn Station in 1974, revealed that he led not a double but a triple life, shuttling between his legitimate family and two women and the children they bore him. One of these, his son Nathaniel, takes us on a personal journey to consider the contradictions of this complicated genius and eccentric parent.

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Critic Reviews for My Architect

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (6)

  • The young Kahn is not a graceful filmmaker. Yet the subject matter is engrossing for anyone interested in architecture and also one of its greatest practitioners.

    Mar 25, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • Isn't a bad place to begin if you're curious about architecture and don't know much about Louis Kahn.

    Mar 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • By the end of My Architect, Kahn has learned that the central contradiction of his father's life can't be resolved -- and that realization becomes the filmmaker's solace and the film's triumph.

    Mar 19, 2004 | Rating: B+
  • The finest achievement of My Architect is the way the son locates the light of his father's personality.

    Mar 19, 2004
  • It is a stunning work that captures with elegance -- and touches of lyricism -- the challenge of finding the man through the artist.

    Feb 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • My Architect contrasts personal history and public legacy to captivating effect.

    Feb 20, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Architect

  • Feb 15, 2016
    Enlightening doc on Kahn's interesting (triple-)life and works. Being the subject's son, the documentarian is intrinsically an important piece of the story, but it quickly becomes clear how profoundly Louis Kahn affected so many others as well. Fortuitously many of these others are also quite the character themselves.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2012
    Deeply moving, the poignant and moving documentary I wanted about Louis Kahn, poet, philosopher, architect and inevitably, as a man. This one I will be looking into for strength as the years go by. Louis Kahn's spirit is alive with it!
    Adriel L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2012
    Terribly dull at times. Frankly, this man shouldn't be sharing his architect.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2010
    Interesting documentary about the illegitimate son of famous architect Louis Kahn, rediscovering the father he barely knew through interviews with former colleagues and family and the buildings he created. It didn't really translate the genius of Kahns work - to me, most of his designs looked dull and monolithic (though I'm a Gaudi fan, so what do you expect), but the son's journey of discovery kept me interested. <img src="">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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