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Mark Lamster

Mark Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture. A contributing editor to Architectural Review and Design Observer, his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many national magazines. He is currently at work on a definitive new biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, to be published by Little Brown.

For more than a decade, Lamster served as an editor at Princeton Architectural Press, in New York. Prior to that, he was an editor at George Braziller, the distinguished publisher of illustrated books.

He is the author of numerous books, including Master of Shadows (2009), a political biography of the painter Peter Paul Rubens, and Spalding's World Tour (2006), the story of a group of all-star baseball players who circled the globe in the 19th century. His papers related to that project were acquired by  the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, and are available to the public.

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Posts by Mark Lamster

OBSERVATORY: The Astrodome and the Challenges of Preservation (03.23.14)
OBSERVATORY: Squaw Valley: America's Instant Olympic Village (02.23.14)
OBSERVATORY: A Tour of City Hall in the Waning Hours of the Bloomberg Administration (12.29.13)
OBSERVATORY: Lunch with the Critics: Fourth-Annual Year-End Awards (12.06.13)
OBSERVATORY: On the Line with God's Tailor (11.25.13)
OBSERVATORY: Can the Doomed Astrodome Save Modernism? (11.06.13)
OBSERVER MEDIA: Mark Lamster on Complaining (09.16.13)
OBSERVATORY: High Net Space: The New International Style (09.09.13)
OBSERVATORY: Architecture's Proto-Blogger (08.30.13)
OBSERVATORY: A Coda on Party Wall (07.29.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Lost Architectural Muse of the AIDS Generation (07.22.13)
OBSERVATORY: Lost Landmarks in New York and Fort Worth (06.24.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Family Store (05.30.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Tower that Beer Built (05.13.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Bush Library (04.23.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Story of Seagram (04.08.13)
OBSERVATORY: How to Design an Iconic NY Fast Food Joint (04.01.13)
OBSERVATORY: Berlin: Then and Now (03.19.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Dallas Way (03.11.13)
OBSERVATORY: Inventing the Modern Library (03.05.13)
OBSERVATORY: Orange City (02.20.13)
OBSERVATORY: The Imaginary Worlds of Stephen Talasnik (02.05.13)
OBSERVATORY: Grand Central Turns 100 (01.28.13)
OBSERVATORY: Clear the Promenade (01.17.13)
OBSERVATORY: I Love New York at Night (12.31.12)
OBSERVATORY: Norman Foster's NYPL: Not Good Enough (12.20.12)
OBSERVATORY: Lunch With The Critics: Third-Annual Year-End Awards (12.10.12)
OBSERVATORY: The Other Ezra Stoller (11.27.12)
OBSERVATORY: F*ck Elegant (11.14.12)
OBSERVATORY: Lebbeus Woods & John Johansen: Memories of Architecture's Lost Visionaries (11.01.12)
OBSERVATORY: High (Line) Anxiety (10.22.12)
OBSERVATORY: Nick Tobier Will Make You Smile (10.15.12)
OBSERVATORY: The Rise and Fall of Polaroid: An Interview with Christopher Bonanos (10.01.12)
OBSERVATORY: Joy, Illustrated (09.24.12)
OBSERVATORY: Mr. Wright Comes to Moloch (09.07.12)
OBSERVATORY: Unconventional Imagery (08.28.12)
OBSERVATORY: Literature's Harshest Criticism (08.16.12)
OBSERVATORY: Celebrating the Undecorated Shed (08.09.12)
OBSERVATORY: The Barnes Foundation and Corporate Space (07.26.12)
OBSERVATORY: The Once & Future Library (07.20.12)
OBSERVATORY: The Architect & The Critic: An Epistolary Tale (07.10.12)
OBSERVATORY: Summer Reading Special: An Interview with P.D. Smith (07.03.12)
OBSERVATORY: Pennsylvania Modern (06.25.12)
OBSERVATORY: Permanent Way: An Interview with Brian Sholis (06.18.12)
OBSERVATORY: Underappreciated in Ft. Worth (06.13.12)
OBSERVATORY: The Occupy Movement's Accidental Monument (06.04.12)
OBSERVATORY: The War Against Sixties Architecture (05.15.12)
OBSERVATORY: Another Imperiled Paul Rudolph Landmark (04.30.12)
OBSERVATORY: NYPL: Where's the Model? (04.25.12)
OBSERVATORY: A Century at the Ballpark (04.20.12)
OBSERVATORY: The Whitney Museum's Other New Building (04.10.12)
OBSERVATORY: A Letter to a Critic, Departed (03.28.12)
OBSERVATORY: Johnson and the Void (03.19.12)
OBSERVATORY: The Most Beautiful Hostel in the World (03.08.12)
OBSERVATORY: Beauty from Junk: The Floating Genius of Harvest Dome (02.20.12)
OBSERVATORY: At Home at the Edge of the World (02.14.12)
OBSERVATORY: An (Overdue) Memorial for New York (02.07.12)
OBSERVATORY: Project Project Japan (01.23.12)
OBSERVATORY: Rethinking Roosevelt Island (01.14.12)
OBSERVATORY: Life Support: Can Architecture Make Us Healthy? (01.06.12)
OBSERVATORY: Beware of the Man in the Glass House (12.28.11)
OBSERVATORY: Andrew Geller: 1924–2011 (12.26.11)
OBSERVATORY: Remembering Gene Summers, 1928–2011 (12.18.11)
OBSERVATORY: Lunch With The Critics: Second-Annual Year-End Awards (12.05.11)
OBSERVATORY: It's Not (Just) About the Bikes (11.28.11)
OBSERVATORY: Tower Heists (11.14.11)
CHANGE OBSERVER: Majority Report (10.31.11)
OBSERVATORY: Where New York's Medicis Store their Junk (10.30.11)
OBSERVATORY: Watching Movies about Architecture (and Design) (10.20.11)
OBSERVATORY: Art, Architecture & the Museum (10.14.11)
PLACES: Lunch with the Critics: Supertall (10.03.11)
OBSERVATORY: Juliaan Lampens: An Architecture with Jaws (09.29.11)
OBSERVATORY: Up from Zero (09.21.11)
OBSERVATORY: Rubens as Architect (09.12.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Steampunk Para-Architecture of Second Avenue (09.06.11)
OBSERVATORY: Andrés Duany's Asian Problem (08.23.11)
OBSERVATORY: Renovations at the Museum (08.16.11)
OBSERVATORY: An Interview with Laurence King (08.09.11)
OBSERVATORY: Cacophony (08.01.11)
OBSERVATORY: Are You Ready for Some Football? (07.28.11)
OBSERVATORY: Shigeru Ban in New York (07.20.11)
OBSERVATORY: Bjarke Ingels Has Something to Sell (07.12.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Technicolor Dream of Make-Do Urbanism (07.08.11)
OBSERVATORY: Big Red: Antwerp's New MAS Museum (06.30.11)
OBSERVATORY: This City Is Driving Me Nuts (06.24.11)
OBSERVATORY: Philip Johnson's Synagogue Problem (06.09.11)
PLACES: Lunch with the Critics: Cronocaos (06.02.11)
OBSERVATORY: World War II and the Challenge of the Rational (05.31.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Unsung Genius of Flemish Architecture (05.24.11)
OBSERVATORY: Aimez-Vous Braem? Antwerp's Little-Known Master (05.16.11)
OBSERVATORY: Juiced in Lyon: Jakob & MacFarlane's Orange Cube (05.10.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Architecture of the Secret Lair (05.04.11)
OBSERVATORY: Towers in NY (05.03.11)
OBSERVATORY: Justice for the City (05.02.11)
OBSERVATORY: Forgotten New York: The Lenox Library (05.01.11)
OBSERVATORY: Yesterday's Future, Today (04.18.11)
OBSERVATORY: Postmodernism Returns (Or Maybe It Never Left) (04.15.11)
OBSERVATORY: What Baseball's Hall of Fame and a Communist Museum Have in Common (04.09.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Plight of the Political Artist (04.05.11)
OBSERVATORY: Paul Rudolph's Knock-Up Masterpiece (03.29.11)
PLACES: The Architectural Monograph: A Defense (03.28.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Changing Face of American Architecture (03.14.11)
OBSERVATORY: Jugaad Urbanism and the New Architectural Modesty (03.11.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Baseball Card as Design Inspiration (03.08.11)
OBSERVATORY: What Makes a Moral Practice? (03.07.11)
OBSERVATORY: A Special Kind of Pleasure: Toccata for Toy Trains (02.28.11)
OBSERVATORY: An Empire State of Mind (02.18.11)
OBSERVATORY: Cities from the Sky (02.17.11)
OBSERVATORY: MoCA Loco (02.14.11)
OBSERVATORY: "I'm Staying at the Eero" (02.07.11)
OBSERVATORY: Gerd Arntz: Design Icon (01.20.11)
OBSERVATORY: The Greatest Building in New York (01.10.11)
OBSERVATORY: Lunch With The Critics: Year-End Awards (12.24.10)
OBSERVATORY: The Once & Future Whitney Museum (12.23.10)
PLACES: Lunch with the Critics: Northwest Corner Building, Columbia University (12.20.10)
OBSERVATORY: Holiday Books Redux (12.17.10)
OBSERVATORY: British Incursion (12.15.10)
OBSERVATORY: Beauty on the Border (12.13.10)
OBSERVATORY: The Ugliest Object I Have Ever Owned (12.01.10)
OBSERVATORY: Chaos & Classicism in NY (11.24.10)
OBSERVATORY: Road Trips: Louwman Museum and Powers Field (11.17.10)
OBSERVATORY: Design Writing: Vital Field or Museum Piece? (11.13.10)
OBSERVATORY: Boom Goes Pop (11.11.10)
OBSERVATORY: Glass Houses (11.09.10)
OBSERVATORY: LOMEX: Paul Rudolph’s Plan for Lower Manhattan (11.05.10)
OBSERVATORY: Trabantimino (10.25.10)
OBSERVATORY: Chased (10.22.10)
OBSERVATORY: Modern Views, Home and Abroad (10.21.10)
OBSERVATORY: Wavefield: Maya Lin at Storm King (10.18.10)
OBSERVATORY: Stirling's Gold (10.15.10)
OBSERVATORY: Center of Controversy (10.06.10)
OBSERVATORY: Upside Dome (10.02.10)
OBSERVATORY: Dishing on Design Research (09.28.10)
OBSERVATORY: Sukkah City (09.18.10)
OBSERVATORY: Master of Shadows: The Paperback (09.14.10)
OBSERVATORY: The Old Ballpark in the Bronx (09.12.10)
OBSERVATORY: Highboy Hullabaloo (09.11.10)
PLACES: Lunch with the Critics: Park51 & 15 Penn (08.30.10)
OBSERVATORY: At Home with Bob & Denise (08.24.10)
OBSERVATORY: Eero Saarinen at 100 (08.20.10)
OBSERVATORY: The End of the Worldport as We Know It (08.12.10)
OBSERVATORY: Philip Johnson's "Lost" Archive (08.09.10)
OBSERVATORY: Lou Kahn's Trenton Bath Houses: The Best Buildings in New Jersey? (08.02.10)
OBSERVATORY: Do-Gooder Architecture: Then & Now (07.28.10)
OBSERVATORY: Lunch with the Critics: Lincoln Center (07.27.10)
OBSERVATORY: The Complexity of Simple Design: A Note on the Shakers (07.26.10)
PLACES: Lunch with the Critics: The New Lincoln Center (07.26.10)
OBSERVATORY: The Constructed Landscapes of Chris Berg (07.22.10)
OBSERVATORY: Master of Shadows: Paperback (07.20.10)
OBSERVATORY: Spain vs. Holland: The Eighty Years War in 90 Minutes (07.10.10)
OBSERVATORY: Philip Johnson's Plan for America (07.01.10)
OBSERVATORY: Coming to America: The Extraordinary Journey of Morris Moel (06.28.10)
OBSERVATORY: Terminal City: I.M. Pei & Philip Johnson at JFK (06.16.10)
OBSERVATORY: Oh, Culture: A Koons at the Seagram Building (06.12.10)
OBSERVATORY: Walk the Walk, Take the Design (06.08.10)
OBSERVATORY: An Empire State of Mind (06.06.10)
OBSERVATORY: Lady Di of 117th Street (06.03.10)
OBSERVATORY: BEA 2010: A Recap (05.28.10)
OBSERVATORY: Ballet Schooled (05.22.10)
OBSERVATORY: Rubens and the Right (05.16.10)
OBSERVATORY: SOM: They're #1 (05.14.10)
OBSERVATORY: The Outlier: Philip Johnson's Tent of Tomorrow (05.10.10)
OBSERVATORY: Dandies at the Ballpark (05.02.10)
OBSERVATORY: Gores House (04.23.10)
OBSERVATORY: Staggered Profiles (04.19.10)
OBSERVATORY: The Guru Track (04.13.10)
OBSERVATORY: Philip Johnson: A Biography (04.08.10)
OBSERVATORY: A Very Good Book (04.02.10)
OBSERVATORY: Terror and Resilience on the Moscow Metro (03.29.10)
OBSERVATORY: Quarantines, Physical and Otherwise (03.21.10)
OBSERVATORY: Artist! Lover! Swordsman! (03.19.10)
OBSERVATORY: A Matter of Perspective? (03.10.10)
OBSERVATORY: Bruce Graham, 1925-2010 (03.10.10)
OBSERVATORY: Raimund Abraham, 2010 (03.05.10)
OBSERVATORY: Writer's Voice (03.02.10)
OBSERVATORY: Double Vision: Did David Burdeny Copy Sze Tsung Leong? (02.28.10)
OBSERVATORY: The New Barnes: Triumph or Travesty? (02.26.10)
OBSERVATORY: Three Days in Vegas (02.25.10)
OBSERVATORY: London Calling (02.25.10)
OBSERVATORY: What Am I Doing Here? Tall Buildings and High Anxiety in Las Vegas (02.19.10)
OBSERVATORY: Overkill, Design Publishing Dept. (02.05.10)
OBSERVATORY: Observing Design (02.01.10)
OBSERVATORY: (Not) Basic Training (01.25.10)
OBSERVATORY: Big Book, Small Reward (01.19.10)
OBSERVATORY: Big City, Big Game (01.11.10)
OBSERVATORY: Ralph Rapson: Forgotten Hero of Design Merch (01.06.10)
OBSERVATORY: Criticizing the Critics (01.01.10)
OBSERVATORY: Rubens for the Holidays (12.19.09)
OBSERVATORY: Good Night Old Friend: ID Magazine Closes After 55 Years (12.18.09)
OBSERVATORY: Talking Rubens with Leonard Lopate (12.16.09)
OBSERVATORY: The City in Pictures (12.10.09)
OBSERVATORY: Master of Shadows: A Telegraph Book of the Year (12.07.09)
OBSERVATORY: "Compelling" & "Important": The L.A. Times Praises Master of Shadows (12.01.09)
OBSERVATORY: Dankuwel Antwerpen! (11.25.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Big Stage (11.11.09)
OBSERVATORY: Adoration: Library Journal on Master of Shadows: "An Exceptional Book" (11.11.09)
OBSERVATORY: From Bauhaus to My House (11.03.09)
OBSERVATORY: A Renaissance Who Dunnit (11.02.09)
OBSERVATORY: Master of Shadows: Highbrow + Brilliant (11.02.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Shadow Master — Live on Halloween Eve (10.31.09)
OBSERVATORY: Half King Reading (10.27.09)
OBSERVATORY: Good Morning Cleveland! (10.22.09)
OBSERVATORY: Rubens & Obama: Birds of a Feather (10.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: Master of Shadows: Reception (10.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: Master of Shadows — In Stores Now — New York Event (10.20.09)
OBSERVATORY: Peter Paul Rubens: Graphic Designer (10.19.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Art of Diplomacy (10.10.09)
OBSERVATORY: A Bibliophile's Revelation (10.09.09)
OBSERVATORY: Tiepolo Pink (10.02.09)
OBSERVATORY: We Regret to Inform You That Love Will Not Save the Day (09.24.09)
OBSERVATORY: Ron Arad at MoMA (09.22.09)
OBSERVATORY: People of the Book (09.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: Underground Architects (09.20.09)
OBSERVATORY: Fire at Rubens's St. Charles Borromeo (08.30.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Lion of Belgium (08.29.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Om in Home: Kripalu's New Dorm (08.28.09)
OBSERVATORY: Auto-Matic Abstraction (08.25.09)
OBSERVATORY: Rough-Cut Redux: Amazon Makes A Change We Can Believe In (08.23.09)
OBSERVATORY: On "Master of Shadows" (08.22.09)
OBSERVATORY: Barrington Fair (08.20.09)
OBSERVATORY: Master of Shadows: The Jacket (08.19.09)
OBSERVATORY: Too Much Stuff (08.18.09)
OBSERVATORY: Rough Cut (08.10.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Curious Architecture of Albert Spalding (08.10.09)
OBSERVATORY: Belgium: A Note on the Type (08.05.09)
OBSERVATORY: Ballparks Redux (07.31.09)
OBSERVATORY: Peace + Joy (07.29.09)
OBSERVATORY: Blriot! The Centennial of a Historic Flight (07.25.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Photographs of Sze Tsung Leong (07.24.09)
OBSERVATORY: Play Ball: The Last Word on New York's New Ballparks (07.22.09)
OBSERVATORY: Advance Praise for Master of Shadows (07.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: Ezra & Julius (07.20.09)
OBSERVATORY: A Plea for Crazy in Architecture (07.17.09)
OBSERVATORY: Live Fast, Die Young (07.16.09)
OBSERVATORY: Sex or Biking? (07.15.09)
OBSERVATORY: A Deal's a Deal: Significant Objects (07.14.09)
OBSERVATORY: Design Your Life (07.13.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Folly of Man (07.10.09)
OBSERVATORY: Architecture for Sale (Wright vs. Johnson) (07.08.09)
OBSERVATORY: Nazdorovye! (07.07.09)
OBSERVATORY: Antwerp Central (07.06.09)
OBSERVATORY: Ovid: On Picking Up Girls (Literally) (07.03.09)
OBSERVATORY: Delayed Gratification: On Architectural Criticism (07.02.09)
OBSERVATORY: Really Great Gatsby (07.01.09)
OBSERVATORY: No More Neon on the Novy Arbat (06.30.09)
OBSERVATORY: Meet James Ensor (06.29.09)
OBSERVATORY: MAS Macho (06.25.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Most Beautiful Crapper in the World (06.24.09)
OBSERVATORY: Kosher in Antwerp (06.23.09)
OBSERVATORY: Lamsterdam (06.23.09)
OBSERVATORY: European Holiday (06.16.09)
OBSERVATORY: Bottom of the Ninth (06.15.09)
OBSERVATORY: Red Star (06.12.09)
OBSERVATORY: Moscow's Jewish Museum (06.11.09)
OBSERVATORY: All in the Family (06.10.09)
OBSERVATORY: House in the Hills (06.07.09)
OBSERVATORY: Tormented Youth (06.05.09)
OBSERVATORY: Bowery on the Beach? (06.02.09)
OBSERVATORY: BEA Report: 10 Fall Books (+1) for Your Library (05.30.09)
OBSERVATORY: Urban Camouflage (05.27.09)
OBSERVATORY: Memorial Day (05.25.09)
OBSERVATORY: How We Decide (05.19.09)
OBSERVATORY: On Muses (05.16.09)
OBSERVATORY: Triumph of the Will (Or, Everything Old Is New Again) (05.14.09)
OBSERVATORY: Back to the Future (05.11.09)
OBSERVATORY: Tbilisi's Hotel Iveria: A Defense (05.07.09)
OBSERVATORY: Friendship's Offering (04.24.09)
OBSERVATORY: Internally Yours (04.23.09)
OBSERVATORY: Curse of the Bambino Strikes Again! (04.16.09)
OBSERVATORY: Auction Block (04.15.09)
OBSERVATORY: Theirs Go to Twaalf (04.14.09)
OBSERVATORY: Bronx Cheer (04.09.09)
OBSERVATORY: Thomas Jefferson: (Henpecked) Jewish President (04.08.09)
OBSERVATORY: Look Both Ways: On the Streets of Philadelphia (04.07.09)
OBSERVATORY: Wiretapped! (04.06.09)
OBSERVATORY: UnMonumental (03.29.09)
OBSERVATORY: De meester van de schaduw (03.24.09)
OBSERVATORY: Fishin' for Glory (03.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: Access Denied (03.17.09)
OBSERVATORY: Splendor on the Grass (03.12.09)
OBSERVATORY: Seattle PI: RIP (03.07.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Best of NY: Yours Truly (03.05.09)
OBSERVATORY: Save the Library Redux (03.05.09)
OBSERVATORY: After Peter Paul Rubens (Long After) (02.28.09)
OBSERVATORY: Save the Library (02.26.09)
OBSERVATORY: Planet M (02.20.09)
OBSERVATORY: Defending Alice (02.20.09)
OBSERVATORY: Michael Jackson, Automotive Designer (02.17.09)
OBSERVATORY: Annals of Branding, Redux (02.17.09)
OBSERVATORY: Roid Rage (02.08.09)
OBSERVATORY: The Real Thing (02.06.09)
OBSERVATORY: Pastrami on Rye (02.05.09)
OBSERVATORY: Complaint Dept. (Redux) (01.23.09)
OBSERVATORY: A Letter to the President (01.21.09)
OBSERVATORY: Master of Shadows: The Cover (01.15.09)
OBSERVATORY: Who Needs Two? (01.14.09)
OBSERVATORY: Mooses (01.13.09)
OBSERVATORY: If the Wire Cast Was a Football Team (01.11.09)
OBSERVATORY: Complaint Dept. (01.09.09)
OBSERVATORY: Le Corbusier: Tres Grand (01.08.09)
OBSERVATORY: Malcolm and Alex (01.06.09)
OBSERVATORY: Yankee Stadium: Remembered (01.01.09)
OBSERVATORY: Memories of Yankee Stadium (12.29.08)
OBSERVATORY: Practice Does Not Make Perfect (12.25.08)
OBSERVATORY: A Horrible Machine (12.25.08)
OBSERVATORY: How the West Was Lost (12.20.08)
PLACES: The City and the Stream (09.19.07)
OBSERVATORY: Return of the Prodigal Son (04.17.06)
OBSERVATORY: Seeing Red (01.01.06)
OBSERVATORY: The Collector (01.01.05)
OBSERVATORY: Notes From the Other Georgia (01.01.04)