PRINT May 1995


WRITING AN INTRODUCTION to an essay by an architecture critic who has written, to this point, rather kindly of my work, and who at some point will inevitably have a reason to do otherwise, presents a rather precarious position.

The world we live in is a place where a lot of buildings are made, but very few eke out the merits to be called “architecture.” When they do, it is the job of the architecture critic to tell people, from some intelligent vantage or viewpoint, what they are looking at. The critic presents a context for the work, and a passion for both its successes and its failures, and does so with an understanding befitting a trusted partner.

Herbert Muschamp shoulders that responsibility and then some. He became the New York Times architecture critic a couple of years ago, following in the footsteps of two formidable giants in the field: Ada Louise Huxtable, who still has a powerful

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