Second Annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Kicks Off with “My Architect: A Son’s Journey”

The first in a series of four films hosted by Triangle Modernist


November 29, 2010 (CARY, NC) – The second annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series, featuring hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture, opens Thursday, December 16, at 7 p.m. at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary with a special screening of “My Architect: A Son’s Journey.”


Presented by the nonprofit historic preservation group Triangle Modernist Houses, “My Architect: A Son’s Journey” is the Oscar-nominated documentary about the life and work of the world-renowned American architect Louis I. Kahn as told by his son, Nathaniel Kahn.


One of the most influential architects of the mid-20th century, Kahn’s taught at Yale University in 1947, received his Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1953, was named Professor of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. The buildings he designed tended to be monolithic and monumental yet poetic in their use of space and light. His work included such iconic structures as the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the National Assembly Building in Bangladesh.


After returning from a trip to Bangladesh in 1974, Kahn died of a heart attack in a men’s restroom in New York’s Pennsylvania Station. He went unidentified for three days because he had crossed out the home address on his passport. And despite his long career, he was deeply in debt when he died. Nathanial Kahn uses the unusual manner of his father’s death as a point of departure and a metaphor for Kahn’s extraordinary life.


Originally released in 2003, “My Architect” offers glimpses of Kahn’s architecture while his son talks with the people who knew him. It includes interviews with some of Kahn’s renowned contemporaries, such as architects B. V. Doshi, Frank Gehry, Ed Bacon, Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, and Robert A. M. Stern. It also offers an insider’s view of Kahn’s eccentric family arrangements.


Tickets to “My Architect” are $7.95 in advance or $9 at the door. Tickets to the entire Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series are $27.95. To see a trailer of the film, the list of upcoming movies and to purchase advance tickets, go to


This screening of “My Architect” is sponsored by Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Kontech, LightTech Architectural Lighting Design, Center Studio Architecture, Foundation bar and lounge, and blueplate pr.


The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard. For more information visit


For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit


About Triangle Modernist Houses


Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at TMH also has an active community on Facebook. 

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