Pulitzer winner to discuss ‘Architectural Criticism and Political Acts’

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Blair Kamin

Blair Kamin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, will speak at Yale on Friday, Nov. 10, as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Kamin’s talk, “Architectural Criticism and Political Acts,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Hastings Hall in the Yale School of Architecture, at 180 York St. The event is free and open to the public.

Kamin, an alumnus of the Yale School of Architecture, has been the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic since 1992. His work has appeared in two collections published by the University of Chicago Press: “Why Architecture Matters: Lessens from Chicago” and “Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age.” In 1999, Kamin won the Pulitzer Prize for his body of work about “the problems and promise of Chicago’s greatest public space, its lakefront,” according to the Tribune.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Kamin is the winner of over 40 awards, including the George Polk Award for Criticism and the American Institute of Architects’ Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement. Kamin has lectured widely and has discussed architecture on programs such as ABC’s “Nightline” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Kamin serves as an adjunct professor of art at North Central College. Before joining the Tribune, Kamin was a reporter and architecture critic for the Des Moines Register.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Whitney Richardson, Susan Glasser, and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.

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