Alexandra Lange

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic. Her essays, reviews, and features have appeared in ArchitectDomusDwellMediumMetropolisNew York Magazine, the New Yorker blog, and the New York Times. She is a featured writer at Design Observer. She has taught architecture criticism in the Design Criticism Program at the School of Visual Arts and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at New York University.

She is the author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), a primer on how to read and write architecture criticism, as well as the e-book The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism (Strelka Press, 2012), which considers the message of the physical spaces of Facebook, Google, and Apple. She has long been interested in the creation of domestic life, a theme running through Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes (Chronicle Books, 2010), which she co-authored with Jane Thompson, as well as her contributions to Formica Forever (Metropolis Books, 2013) and Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (Yale University Press, 2006).

Lange’s writings have already influenced the dialogue about architecture, the built environment and architectural criticism. Her range is broad, considering the intersection of design and everyday life in media from toys to television to crowd-funding. She plans to study the creation and circulation of architectural images in the 20th and 21st century and how criticism - visual, verbal, and digital - can be effective today.

Read her column in Design Observer.

Watch the video of Lange's presentation for Meet the Loebs Week.

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