Blair Kamin

About Blair Kamin

Blair Kamin

Blair Kamin, a 2013 Nieman Fellow, has been the architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1992. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1999 for his body of work, including a series supporting the development of Chicago’s lakefront. Other honors include the George Polk Award for Criticism and the American Institute of Architects’ Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement. He is the author or editor of four books, including “Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago” and “Gates of Harvard Yard,” which drew upon material gathered from an arts journalism class he co-taught during his Nieman year.

Architecture Criticism: Dead or Alive?

By July 16, 2015

Blair Kamin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, is used to generating controversy with his reviews. Yet the Donald Trump outburst that followed Kamin’s critique of the enormous sign the developer put on his Chicago … Read more

Make an Entrance

By Niemans @ Work January 29, 2014

I think I should just come right out and admit it: I’ve become obsessed with gates. I don’t dream of them, but I fixate on them. Even when the word “gate” isn’t in italics or boldface type, it jumps … Read more