Introduction & Keynote Address

Paul Goldberger

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Architecture Critic for The New Yorker


Paul Goldberger is the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where since 1997 he has written the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism.
Goldberger is the author of several books, most recently Why Architecture Matters (2009) and Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture (2009). In 2008, Monacelli published Beyond the Dunes: a Portrait of the Hamptons, which he produced in association with the photographer Jake Rajs. Goldberger’s chronicle of the process of rebuilding Ground Zero, entitled UP FROM ZERO: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York (2004) was named one of The New York Times Notable Books for 2004. He has also written The City Observed: New York (1979), On the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Post-Modern Age (1983) and The Skyscraper (1986).

Goldberger lectures widely around the country on the subject of architecture, design, historic preservation and cities, and he has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley in addition to The New School. His writing has received numerous awards in addition to the Pulitzer, including the President’s Medal of the Municipal Art Society of New York, the medal of the American Institute of Architects and the Medal of Honor of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation. In May 1996, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani presented him with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Preservation Achievement Award in recognition of the impact of his writing on historic preservation in New York. In 1993, he was named a Literary Lion, the New York Public Library’s tribute to distinguished writers. In 2007, he was presented with the Ed Bacon Foundation’s Award for Professional Excellence, named in honor of Philadelphia’s legendary planner, and in 2009 he received the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award from the Urban Communication Foundation.

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