Paul Goldberger

Paul Goldberger (born in 1950 in Passaic, New Jersey) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic. He is well known for his "Sky Line" column in The New Yorker.[3]

Paul Goldberger
Born (1950-12-04) December 4, 1950 (age 69)[1][2]
Alma materYale University (B.A., 1972)
Occupationarchitectural critic, journalist, educator
Spouse(s)Susan L. Solomon, co-founder and CEO of The New York Stem Cell Foundation
Childrenthree sons: Adam, a composer for film and television in Los Angeles, known professionally as Tree Adams; Ben, journalist who is an assistant managing editor at Time magazine in New York, and Alex, who works for the Bill Simmons Media Group in Los Angeles.
Parent(s)Morris Goldberger, Edna Kronman[1]
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism (1984)
Vincent Scully Prize (2012) the leading figure in architecture

Shortly after starting as a reporter at The New York Times in 1972, he was assigned to write the obituary of architect Louis Kahn, who died suddenly of a heart attack in a bathroom in New York's Pennsylvania Station. The next year, he was named the paper's architecture critic.

In 1984 Goldberger won the Pulitzer, the highest award given in journalism, for his architecture criticism in The Times. In 1996, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani presented him with the city’s Preservation Achievement Award in recognition of the impact of his work on historic preservation.

From July 2004 until June 2006, he served as the Dean of Parsons The New School for Design, the art and design college of The New School, a university in New York. He retains a tenured position as the Joseph Urban professor of Design at Parsons.

He is the author of the book Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York and The City Observed, New York, a Guide to the Architecture of Manhattan. Also, in a May 2005 New Yorker column, he suggested that the best solution for rebuilding at Ground Zero would focus on residential use mixed with cultural and memorial elements.

A resident of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Goldberger is married to Susan Solomon and has three sons, Adam, Ben and Alex. He is a graduate of Yale University.


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  • Why Architecture Matters, Yale University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0300144307.
  • "Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture," The Monacelli Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1580932646



  1. ^ a b Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth C. Who's who of Pulitzer Prize winners, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999. Cf. p.87 on Paul Goldberger
  2. ^ "Profile: Paul Goldberger" Archived 2010-12-15 at the Wayback Machine, Cityfile New York
  3. ^ "Contributors: Paul Goldberger". The New Yorker. Retrieved 17 April 2009.

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