Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic, is one of the nation’s leading writers on architecture and urban design. Born in Red Bank, N.J., Kamin is a graduate of Amherst College and the Yale School of Architecture. He also has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University and North Central College. Kamin has lectured widely and has discussed architecture on programs ranging from NPR’s “All Things Considered” to “CBS Sunday Morning.” The University of Chicago Press has published two collections of his columns: “Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago” and “Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age” In addition, he edited “Gates of Harvard Yard,” published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Kamin is the recipient more than 40 awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, which he received in 1999 for a body of work highlighted by a series of articles about the problems and promise of Chicago’s greatest public space, its lakefront. Among his other honors are the George Polk Award for criticism, the American Institute of Architects’ Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement, and the AIA’s Presidential Citation. Kamin also serves as a contributing editor of Architectural Record magazine and was part of a team of editors, writers, photographers and critics for the magazine which in 2003 won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.