Huxtable, Ada Louise

Huxtable, Ada Louise

(hŭk`stəbəl), 1921–2013, American architecture critic, b. New York City as Ada Louise Landman, grad. Hunter College (1941). As architecture critic for the New York Times (1963–82), she was a pioneer of contemporary architectural journalism. In her articulate, authoritative, biting, and trenchant writings she followed architecture's path from modernism to postmodernism. Huxtable criticized the mindless destruction of classic buildings and the equally mindless development that often followed it, and she contributed effectively to the preservation movement. She was awarded the first Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in 1970 and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1981. In later years she was the architecture critic of the Wall Street Journal. She also wrote 11 books; many of her finest essays are collected in On Architecture (2008).

Huxtable, Ada Louise (b. Landman)

(?1921–  ) architectural critic; born in New York City. As architecture critic and columnist of the New York Times (1963–82) she denounced the despoliation of American cities by banal new buildings and property speculation; her work helped change zoning laws and promote historic preservation. She won the first Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in 1970. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1981.