We got word today from the National Building Museum that they’ve just announced the winner of the Vincent J. Scully Prize. This time around, Slate magazine’s architectural critic, Witold Rybczynski. Although we’re not frequent readers of Slate, even though we sometimes intend to be, we’ve always enjoyed Rybczynski’s writing in The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and we’re super happy that he’s being recognized. So happy we’ll even take the time to type his last name out one more time: Rybczynski (try it at home — it’s tricky, even if, like this writer, you’re dating a Polish girl and should be used to the miscellaneous hard consonants by now). We wish him all the best in such a greatly-deserved award. Here’s the scoop:
Slate architectural critic, Witold Rybczynski, will receive the Vincent J. Scully Award from the National Building Museum. Witold is being recognized for his contributions as a scholar, essayist, professor and architect. Witold has been described as “one of the most original, accessible, and stimulating writers on architecture” by Library Journal. He is the author of numerous acclaimed books including Home (1986), which has been translated into ten languages; the J. Anthony Lukas Prize winning A Clearing in the Distance (1999); The Look of Architecture (2000); and the forthcoming Last Harvest, on real estate development. He contributes regularly on architecture and urbanism to the New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and is an architectural critic for the on-line magazine Slate. He is currently the Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.