Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger Wins Vincent Scully Prize

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Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger Wins Vincent Scully Prize

The National Building Museum has awarded its 14th Vincent Scully Prize to Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

Goldberger, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, received the Pulitzer in 1984 while architecture critic at the New York Times. From 1997 to 2011, he served as architecture critic for the New Yorker. His books include "Why Architecture Matters," "Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture" and "Christo and Jeanne-Claude."

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The Vincent Scully Prize and endowment was established in 1999 by the National Building Museum to "recognize exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design."

Previous winners include urbanist and author Jane Jacobs, architect Robert A.M. Stern, architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, critic and author Witold Rybczynski, Prince Aga Khan and Britain's Prince Charles.

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"A long time ago, Vincent Scully convinced an eager Yale undergraduate that architecture was not just about buildings but about all of culture and community, and that writing about it could be a meaningful pursuit," Goldberger said in a statement. "In a very real way I owe my career to the lessons I learned from him, which is why, for me, there could be no higher honor than to receive the prize that carries his name."

A ceremony will be held Nov. 15 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., during which Goldberger will speak about the state of architecture criticism, the changing role of mainstream media in a digital world and the rise of citizen journalists.

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