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Critic Paul Goldberger to speak at USC architecture commencement

Allison Engelby Allison Engel
Paul Goldberger is contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
Photo: Paul Goldberger is contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

Pulitizer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger will be the speaker at the USC School of Architecture’s commencement ceremony on May 17.

Goldberger, currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, previously was the architecture critic at The New Yorker for 14 years, writing the magazine’s “Sky Line” column. He began his career at The New York Times, where his work was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism in 1984.

A graduate of Yale University, Goldberger has taught at the Yale School of Architecture and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. A former dean of the Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School, he currently holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School.

A prolific writer, Goldberger is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books and is working on a biography of architect Frank Gehry for Alfred A. Knopf.

Lee Olvera, associate professor at the School of Architecture and a member of the school’s lectures and exhibitions committee, recommended Goldberger to the group.

“I’ve been a fan of his for years, enjoying his examination of architecture via the written word,” Olvera said.

Goldberger will be speaking at the school’s satellite ceremony, held after the main commencement ceremony. Goldberger, who said he was looking forward to being at USC, does not yet have a title for his speech.

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