Mark Lamster

Lecturer in Architecture

Mark Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News. His biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, The Man in the Glass House (Little Brown), was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. In 2021, he was awarded the $50,000 Rabkin Prize for arts journalism. In 2017 he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Lamster has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society for Features Journalism for his writing.  In 2019, he received the Flowers Medal from the Texas Society of Architects in recognition of his work as a critic. He was the recipient of the David Dunnigan Media Award from the Greater Dallas Planning Council in 2014 and the Robert Decherd Award for Civic Journalism, the paper’s highest honor, from the Dallas Morning News in 2015. He was the recipient of a 2010 grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts in support of his biography of Philip Johnson.

Lamster has been a contributing editor to Architectural Review, Design Observer, and ID and writes often for Architect, Architectural Record, and Metropolis, among other design titles. His work has appeared frequently in national publications and magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Recent articles can be found here.

He is the author of several books, a contributor to many others, and for more than a decade served as a senior editor at the publishing house Princeton Architectural Press, where he developed a series of influential titles on architecture and graphic design. Before joining the press, he served as an editor with George Braziller, the distinguished independent publisher of literature and illustrated books.

The research materials for his book Spalding’s World Tour have been acquired by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and are accesible to the public there as the Mark Lamster Papers.

Lamster is a native of New York City and holds degrees from Johns Hopkins (BA), and Tufts (MA).