Paul Goldberger, who The Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as 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. He is the author of several books, most recently a full-length biography of the architect Frank Gehry, entitled Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2015. The Washington Post called the Gehry biography “an enthralling story…more gripping than any novel” and said that it “gives deep insight into the life of a revolutionary architect and modern architecture. Both architects and lay people will benefit from it.”
He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism. In 2012 he received the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum in recognition of the influence his writing has had on the public’s understanding of architecture. In 2016, Architizer named him the “Architecture Advocate of the Year.” In addition to the Gehry biography he is the author of Why Architecture Matters, published by Yale University Press; Building Up and Tearing Down, a collection of his articles from The New Yorker, published by Monacelli Press; and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, published by Taschen. He lectures widely around the country on architecture, design, historic preservation and cities, and has served as a consultant to museums, schools and corporations around the world on the process of selecting an architect. He recently advised the Obama Foundation on the selection of an architect for the Obama Presidential Center.
He is a graduate of Yale University, and he has been the recipient of five honorary doctoral degrees. He is a trustee of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and the Urban Design Forum, and he is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. He also serves as chairman of the Advisory Council for The Glass House, a historic property of the National Trust. He resides in New York City with his wife, Susan Solomon, chief executive officer of The New York Stem Cell Foundation. They are the parents of three sons.