Paul Goldberger

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Paul Goldberger
Born (1950-12-04) December 4, 1950 (age 71)[1][2]
Passaic, New Jersey
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University (B.A., 1972)
Occupation Architectural critic, journalist, educator
Spouse(s) Susan L. Solomon, co-founder and CEO of The New York Stem Cell Foundation
Children 3
Parent(s) Morris Goldberger, Edna Kronman[1]
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Criticism (1984)
Vincent Scully Prize (2012)

Paul Goldberger (born in 1950) is an American architecture critic. He is known for his "Sky Line" column in The New Yorker.[3]


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 had died suddenly of a heart attack in a bathroom in New York's Pennsylvania Station. The next year, he was named an architecture critic, working alongside Ada Louise Huxtable until 1982.

In 1984, Goldberger won the Pulitzer Prize 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. He remains the Joseph Urban Professor of Design at the institution.[4]

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 1972 graduate of Yale University, where he studied architectural history under Vincent Scully.



  • 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. 1.0 1.1 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 December 15, 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Cityfile New York
  3. "Contributors: Paul Goldberger". The New Yorker. Retrieved 17 April 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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