“Writing On Cities”: Alex Krieger with Thomas J. Campanella, Lizabeth Cohen, Paul Goldberger, Alissa Quart and Sarah Whiting

View of Chicago harbor

To honor Alex Krieger’s decades-long service as a professor at the Graduate School of Design and his dedication to the crafts of urban planning and urban design, the GSD brings together a distinguished panel of guests for a conversation about cities. Each participant has recently penned a book on US cities, as examined through lenses as broad as baseball parks, affordability, history, development, crisis, and beyond. Joining Krieger on stage will be Thomas J. Campanella, Lizabeth Cohen, Paul Goldberger, and Alissa Quart. The conversation will be moderated by Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture Sarah M. Whiting.



Thomas J. Campanella is an associate professor of city planning at Cornell University and director of the undergraduate urban studies program. He also currently serves as Historian-in-Residence of the New York City Parks Department, where he has contributed to the research and writing of dozens of historical markers. Campanella has written for the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Slate and the New York Times and is the author of The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World (2008) and Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. He has held Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the History Department and a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. From 2011-18 she served as Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is the author most recently of Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew American Cities in the Suburban Age (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019). Her previous books include A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America and Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939.  Before joining the Harvard faculty, Cohen served in the history departments at Carnegie Mellon University and New York University. She received her MA and Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and her A.B. from Princeton University.

Paul Goldberger, who The Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker.He is the author numerous books, including the new BALLPARK: Baseball in the American City, an architectural history of baseball parks as a form of civic space, published in May 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf. He is also the author of Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, published in 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf, as well as Building with History; Why Architecture Matters; and Building Up and Tearing Down, a collection of his articles from The New Yorker. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City, and was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design at The New School.

He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism. In 2012 he received the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum in recognition of the influence his writing has had on the public’s understanding of architecture. In 2017, he received the Award in Architecture of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which called him “the doyen of American architectural critics.”

Alex Krieger, FAIA, MCPUD ’77, has combined a career of teaching and practice, dedicating himself in both to understanding how to improve the quality of place and life in our major urban areas.

Mr. Krieger is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1977.  He served as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, 1998-2004 and 2006-2007, as Director of the Urban Design Program, 1990-2001, and as Associate Chairman of the Department of Architecture, 1984-1989.  In addition to design studios and seminar courses at the GSD, he teaches a general education class on the evolution of American cities at the College. In 2003, 2005, and 2007, he was honored as one of the outstanding teachers at Harvard University. Design Intelligence Magazine annual national survey named him one of seven “2007 Architectural Educators of the Year.”

Alissa Quart is the executive director of the journalism non-profit Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She is also the author of the acclaimed books Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America (Ecco/HarperCollins)BrandedRepublic of OutsidersHothouse Kids and the poetry books Thoughts and Prayers and Monetized. She writes for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and The Guardian among many other publications and her poetry has appeared in Granta and NPR among other venues. She was awarded Columbia Journalism School's 2018 alumna prize and received an Emmy for documentary. She was also 2010 Nieman fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Brown University.


This program is supported by the Rachel Dorothy Tanur Memorial Lectureship Fund. 

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