New York Times culture critic, foreign correspondent, and Abroad column author, Michael Kimmelman, will be returning from his post in Berlin this fall to serve as the paper’s chief architecture critic. This follows the resignation last month of Nicolai Ouroussoff, who held the post since 2004.
In a staff release, the Times' deputy managing editor Jonathan Landman explains that Kimmelman’s interests “have been ‘in how we live, in how buildings actually work, in city planning, public policy, neighbors, communities and characters, in architecture as a complex and contradictory discipline, a true generalist’s profession and synthetic art.”
In his more than 20 years on the Times’ staff, Kimmelman’s coverage of architecture-related topics has included profiles of architects Oscar Niemeyer, Shigeru Ban, and Peter Zumthor. Additionally, he has reviewed works on Frank Lloyd Wright and baseball stadiums in New York for the New York Review of Books. His other work often revealed “culture as a window into ideas,” Landman wrote, providing perspective on topics from a variety of places including Gaza, Syria, and Stockholm.
Most recently, Kimmelman has authored Abroad columns and Postcards, both of which he will continue under his new post.