The discussion between Preston Scott Cohen and Nicolai Ouroussoff, former architecture critic for the New York Times, will revolve around the Herta and Paul Amir Building, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, by Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.
Preston Scott Cohen is the Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture. His work has been widely published and exhibited and is in numerous collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard. He lectures regularly in prestigious venues around the world. Cohen’s work has been the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Sylvia Lavin, Antoine Picon, Michael Hays, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Terry Riley, Robert Somol, Hashim Sarkis and Rafael Moneo. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at UCLA (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, RISD, and Ohio State University.
Born in Boston, Nicolai Ouroussoff received his Bachelor’s degree in Russian from Georgetown University and holds a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. He was the architecture critic at the New York Times from 2004 to 2011 and previously, he was the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times. In 2004, 2006, and 2011, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism.