Philip Kennicott Wins Pulitzer Prize
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By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell
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In mid-April, 2013, Washington Post columnist Philip Kennicott won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Naturally we're thrilled that Kennicott, who frequently writes about architecture for the Post, won, placing him in hallowed company with architecture critics like Ada Louise Huxtable and Paul Goldberger. We're even more thrilled because Kennicott is one of our favorite contributors, a sharp-penned writer whose finely attuned aesthetic eye never fails to see how, and if, a building actually works. Congratulations again to you, Philip. And if you've missed his contributions to Dwell, read on.

In our May, 2013 issue, Kennicott gave us a look at Steven Holl's Daeyang Gallery and Home in Seoul, South Korea.

Clad in copper panels that Holl had fabricated by the Kansas City, Missouri, company Zahner, the house is daylit by a host of rectangular skylights (inspired by the musical staff) punched through the roofs and the pool’s floor.

Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Photo by Matt McClain / The Washington Post

Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Photo by Matt McClain / The Washington Post

Kennicott's first story for Dwell was on Marcel Breuer's Hooper House II in Baltimore.

Three stark planes make the dining room a place of sun and shadow: a wall of rock, a floor of bluestone, and a sheer slice of glass. Further adding to the unity of the house, the tubular steel dining chairs were also designed by Breuer.

This is Kennicott in conversation with a Post colleague just after winning the Pulitzer talking about writing on art and architecture.

Here's Kennicott in 2009 with Deputy Editor Aaron Britt talking about how Washington DC's embassies form the architectural character of the city.

Aaron Britt

@aaronbritt

Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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