Paul Goldberger, who The Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He is the author of Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, published in 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf, as well as Why Architecture Matters, published by Yale University Press; Building Up and Tearing Down, a collection of his articles from The New Yorker; and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, published by Taschen, and numerous other books. 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. In 2012 he received the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum in recognition of the influence his writing has had on the public’s understanding of architecture. He lectures widely around the country on architecture, design, historic preservation and cities, and has served as an advisor on architect selection for numerous organizations including The Obama Presidential Center, The New York Public Library, The Morgan Library and the Glenstone museum.
He is a graduate of Yale University, and is a trustee of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, the Forum for Urban Design, and The New York Stem Cell Foundation and an Emeritus Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he also serves as chairman of the Advisory Council for The Glass House, a historic property of the National Trust. He resides in New York City. He and his wife, Susan Solomon, are the parents of three sons.Back to Speakers