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In Memory of KPF President and Renowned Architect Paul Katz

Paul Katz, president and managing principal of global architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and a ULI member, passed away November 20 in Manhattan. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer, with which he had only recently been diagnosed, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center when he died of septic shock. He was 57.

Considered by his peers to possess both artistic vision and a fine-tuned sense of the functional details and performance of buildings and infrastructure, Katz left his mark on several iconic landmarks in global capitals. These include Canary Wharf and Earls Court in London, as well as Hudson Yards, a $20 billion mixed-use project being developed on Manhattan’s West Side, which has a master plan developed by Katz and his KPF colleagues.

“We see the tall building as a social and sustainable paradigm in which individual buildings form part of a larger ecosystem of vertical centers linked by horizontal networks of public transportation, rather than objects in isolation. . . . We also believe in incorporating multiple uses into a single tall tower, creating a ‘vertical city’—rather than a horizontal city—and relying on elevators instead of cars; this is all part of our sustainable agenda.”

Katz is survived by his wife, Ziva Freiman, of Scarsdale, New York; a son, Jonathan; a daughter, Hannah; parents Walter and Esther Katz; and a brother, Shmuel. His funeral was held at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the KPF Foundation to support scholarship and fellowships for the study of architecture and urbanism.

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