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The New York Times Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman to Receive the 2014 Brendan Gill Prize


MAS is proud to announce that Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of The New York Times, has been named the winner of the 2014 Brendan Gill Prize. Mr. Kimmelman will be presented with the prestigious award by MAS President Vin Cipolla and Board Chair Genie Birch, during the organization’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 25th.

The evening will include Kimmelman in conversation with MAS Board Member and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Manuela V. Hoelterhoff, Executive Editor, Bloomberg News.


The Brendan Gill Prize is an annual cash award administered by MAS and presented to a creator of a building, book, essay, musical composition, play, film, painting, sculpture, choreographic work or landscape design, accomplished in the previous year that best captures “the energy, vigor and verve of our incomparable city”. Named for longtime New Yorker theater and architecture critic, champion preservationist and civic booster Brendan Gill, the recipient is chosen by the Brendan Gill Jury from nominations submitted to MAS. For work completed in 2013, more than 30 exemplary nominations were received, defining a very competitive field. A man of extraordinary intelligence and wit, Gill was a long-time Board member at MAS, and this prestigious Prize was established shortly after his death in 1998.

“It is fitting that we present Michael Kimmelman with the 2014 Brendan Gill Prize” said MAS President Vin Cipolla “ Michael’s insightful candor and continuous scrutiny of New York’s architectural environment is journalism at its finest, and in solid alignment with the high standards of Brendan himself.” The jury singled out Kimmelman’s exceptional coverage of the challenges posed by an overstressed Penn Station, challenging New Yorkers and their regional neighbors to no longer settle for anything less than planning and design excellence that befits the busiest transportation hub in North America.

A former art critic and columnist for the New York Times, Kimmelman’s most recent appointment was as its architecture critic in 2011. His writing has focused on various facets of urban life including public space, housing in low income neighborhoods, parks and infrastructure, as well as architectural heritage and building design. He has reported from cities around the world including Cairo, Medellin, Paris, Rio, Istanbul, and London. From 2007 to 2011, Kimmelman was based in Berlin, covering Europe and the Middle East through his “Abroad” column. He wrote on life under Hamas in Gaza, the crackdown on culture in Putin’s Russia, negritude in France and bullfighting in Spain. A graduate of Yale and Harvard, Kimmelman is also a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and was dubbed “The People’s Critic” by New York Magazine.