Prominent New York architect Robert D. Kohn was born in Manhattan and studied at New York's City College, at Columbia University, and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He began his professional practice in 1895, and worked in association with Clarence Stein and Charles Butler for a number of years before forming a partnership with Butler in 1940. Kohn was an specialist in low-cost housing, and served as the director of the housing division of the federal Public Works Administration in 1933-1934. He was also vice president of the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940 and chaired the theme committee. Kohn led the national AIA in 1930-1932 and was president of the New York Chapter in 1913.
Emily T. Cooperman.
Clubs and Membership Organizations
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- New York Chapter AIA
- Ecole des Beaux-Arts
- Columbia University
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