National Building Museum names SCE faculty Paul Goldberger as the Fourteenth Laureate of the Vincent Scully Prize

The National Building Museum presents its fourteenth Vincent Scully Prize to Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger, for his lifetime work of encouraging thoughtful discourse and debate about the importance of design. Goldberger has written for a number of publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. In announcing his selection, members of the Vincent Scully Prize jury—jury chair David Schwarz, architect, David M. Schwarz Architects; Deborah Berke, architect, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects; Ned Cramer, editor-in-chief, ARCHITECT; Gary Haney, design partner, SOM; and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, planner, professor, and author—recognized that Goldberger understands that architecture is in itself a form of public discourse. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk noted his unique ability to “explain architecture to the popular readership in a way that bridges the perceiver and the designer.” David Schwarz added, “Paul is a person that lets people understand the importance of place.”

On hearing that the news about the Scully Prize, Goldberger remarked “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. 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. I am truly grateful to the jury and to the National Building Museum for selecting me to receive the Vincent Scully Prize.”

Reposted from the National Building Museum Website. For the full press release, click here