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Blair Kamin
Architecture Critic
My Role

One of the nation's leading writers on architecture and urban design, Blair Kamin has been the architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune since 1992. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and continues a tradition of accessible but authoritative criticism begun by the Tribune's first modern-day architecture critic, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Gapp.
My Biography

Born in Red Bank, N.J., Kamin is a graduate of Amherst College, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in 1979, and the Yale University School of Architecture, from which he received a Master of Environmental Design in 1984. He was a Regents Park Fellow at the University of Chicago in 1998. In 2012-13, Kamin was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Kamin holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University and North Central College, where he serves as an adjunct professor of art. He has lectured widely and has discussed architecture on programs ranging from ABC's "Nightline" to WTTW-Ch. 11's "Chicago Tonight."

The University of Chicago Press has published two critically-acclaimed collections of Kamin's columns: "Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago" (2001) and "Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age" (2010). He also wrote the commentaries for "Tribune Tower: American Landmark," a guide to the newspaper's neo-Gothic skyscraper published in 2000, and co-authored "The Gates of Harvard Yard," an e-book published by the Nieman Foundation in 2013.

Kamin is the recipient more than 30 awards, including the Pulitzer, which he received in 1999 for a body of work highlighted by a series of articles about the problems and promise of Chicago's greatest public space, its lakefront. He has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.
My Interests

Kamin lives with his wife, former Chicago Tribune reporter Barbara Mahany, in north suburban Wilmette.