Alan Rapp, a Brooklyn-based editor and writer, felt a similar self-reflection experienced by Alexandra Lange, the architecture critic who lived through her own house renovation and about which Rapp wrote about for Dwell's March 2011 issue. Among other critical bona fides, Lange teaches teaches a class on the history of architectural criticism at the School of Visual Arts' Design Criticism program, from which Rapp recently graduated. "Alexandra was exacting but also really funny," he says. "Going to write about her house for Dwell made me more than just a little self-conscious; the bar was set high."

Photography and architecture book editor.

SVA MFA in Design CriticismClass of 2010

Student Thesis Topic: “The Esoteric City: Urban Exploration and the Reclamation of the Built Environment”

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