Paul Goldberger

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Paul Goldberger
Goldberger in 2015
Born (1950-12-04) December 4, 1950 (age 73)[1][2]
Alma materYale University (BA)
Occupation(s)Architectural critic, journalist, educator
Spouse(s)Susan L. Solomon, co-founder and CEO of The New York Stem Cell Foundation
Parent(s)Morris Goldberger, Edna Kronman[1]
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Criticism (1984)
Vincent Scully Prize (2012)

Paul Goldberger (born December 4, 1950) is an American author, architecture critic and lecturer. 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.



  • Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York.
  • The City Observed, New York, a Guide to the Architecture of Manhattan.
  • Why Architecture Matters (2009). Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0300144307.
  • Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture (2009). The Monacelli Press, ISBN 978-1580932646.
  • Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry (2015). Knopf ISBN 978-0-307-70153-4
  • Ballpark: Baseball in the American City (2019). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, ISBN 0-307-70154-9



  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.
  4. ^ "Paul Goldberger | Parsons School of Design". Retrieved 11 April 2021.

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