Ada Louise Huxtable Architectural Critic 1921-2013

Ada Louise Huxtable 1921-2013

“As an architectural historian, I have not bought into anyone’s belief systems, including modernism’s most admirable and often faulty illusions. I have a built-in skepticism of dogma.” – Ada Louis Huxtable

 The irreverent, famously influential, and uncompromisingly opinionated architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable passed  away Monday at the age of 91.

 A New York native, Huxtable was an architecture critic and writer on architecture. In 1970 she was awarded the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

In her early career she served as Curatorial Assistant for Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She became a contributing editor to Progressive Architecture (1950 -1963) before acceding to the post of first architecture critic at The New York Times, a post she held from 1963 to 1982.

Her successor, the esteemed architecture critic Paul Goldberger, also a Pulitzer Prize-winner for architectural criticism, said of Huxtable: “Before Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture was not a part of the public dialogue.”

I invite you to read an appraisal of her life and her life’s work at

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