In 1976 William Pedersen joined Gene Kohn and Sheldon Fox to found Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and MIT. In 1975 he was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture. Returning from Rome in 1967 he worked at IM Pei and Partners for four years, three of which were on the National Gallery in Washington DC. Since forming Kohn Pedersen Fox, seven of Mr. Pedersen's buildings have been awarded National Design Awards from the AIA. In 2013 the AIA of New York awarded him their Medal of honor.