Paul Goldberger

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Paul Goldberger : biography

December 4, 1950 –

Paul Goldberger (born December 4, 1950 in Passaic, New Jersey) who the Huffington Post has called "the leading figure in architecture criticism," is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 to 2011 he was the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote 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.

Honors, Achievements, and Awards

Academic Honors

  • Doctor of Fine Arts, Honorary, Kenyon College, 2005
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Honorary, University of Miami, 2004
  • Doctor of Fine Arts, Honorary, New York School of Interior Design, 2000
  • Doctor of Fine Arts, Honorary, Center for Creative Studies, 1998
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Honorary, Pratt Institute, 1992

Professional Honors

  • Vincent Scully Prize, National Building Museum, 2012
  • Gold Medal, National Institute for the Social Sciences, 2012
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award, 2009
  • Edmond N. Bacon Prize, Ed Bacon Foundation (now under the Philadelphia Center for Architecture), 2007
  • Roger Starr Journalism Award, Citizens Housing and Planning Council, 1998
  • New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Preservation Achievement Award, 1996
  • Literary Lion, New York Public Library, 1993
  • Medal of Honor, New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, 1991
  • President’s Medal, Municipal Art Society, 1984
  • Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, 1984
  • AIA Medal, American Institute of Architects, 1981

Boards and Organizations

  • Trustee, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2006 – present
  • Trustee, Kenyon College, 2003 – present
  • Board of Directors, Forum for Urban Design, 2008 – present
  • Board of Directors, New York Stem Cell Foundation, 2005 – present
  • Trustee, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, 2002–2007
  • Trustee, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, 1994–2004
  • Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects
  • Member, The Century Association

Selected Film, TV, and Media Appearances

  • “What Were You Thinking, Mr. Foster?” (interview and commentary in film about the career of Norman Foster), 2010
  • “Vincent Scully: An Artist Among Architects” (interview and commentary in film about the architectural historian Scully), 2010
  • “Benjamin Latrobe, America’s First Architect” (on-camera host, co-writer of PBS hour-long film), 2009–2010
  • “Blueprint America: Road to the Future” (interview and commentary, PBS film on urban infrastructure), 2008
  • “Daniel Libeskind: The Making of an Architect (interview), 2007
  • “e2: the Economics of Being Environmentally Conscious” (interview and commentary, PBS film), 2006
  • “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo” (interview and commentary for PBS film), 2006
  • “Las Vegas: An Unconventional History” (interview and commentary, PBS film), 2005
  • “Frontline: Sacred Ground” (interview for PBS project on rebuilding of Ground Zero), 2005
  • “New York: Episode 8” (interview and commentary for final segment of Ric Burns’ epic PBS documentary on New York), 2003
  • “Building Big” (interview in PBS series on large structures), 2003
  • “World Trade Center: Anatomy of the Collapse” (interview on Learning Channel documentary), 2002
  • “Frank Lloyd Wright” (interview and commentary as part of Ken Burns’ film on the life and work of Wright), 1998
  • “American Visions” (interview in Episode 6 of Robert Hughes PBS series on American art and architecture), 1997
  • “Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud” (interview and commentary in film for PBS American Masters), 1996
  • “In Search of Clarity: The Architecture of Gwathmey Siegel” (interview and commentary in film on Charles Gwathmey), 1995
  • “Brooklyn Bridge” (interview and commentary in Ken Burns’ initial film documentary), 1981