Mark Lamster Named Architecture Critic of Dallas Morning News

Comes word this morning that the Morning News has itself a new architecture critic. The paper was able to make the hire with the help of UTA’s David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, where he will teach a graduate seminar. Those interested can catch him at the David Dillon Symposium, at the Nasher, April 18 and 19. Not being familiar with Lamster’s work, I checked out his blog. From his announcement that he’s moving to Dallas:

I am pleased to announce that next month I will become the new architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News, and also a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington. This is an extraordinary personal opportunity, to say the least, and one that will place me in a city of Ewing-sized ambition and energy.

A Dallas reference in the second sentence! Yeehaw! But wait. Where’s the line about everything being bigger in Texas? Reading that made me want to punch Lamster in the neck while making hamster jokes, which I’m sure he’s as sick of as we are of non-ironic Dallas allusions. But, thankfully, I kept reading. Have a look at this wonderful piece he wrote for Architect about Ada Louise Huxtable. If that’s the sort of typing I can look forward to seeing in the paper, then I’m excited.

I just hope he doesn’t get too frustrated when he learns that the paper has a rule against writing paragraphs longer than three sentences.


  • Jackson

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but the local paper of record doesn’t so much have a “new” architecture critic (as in “replacing the former architecture critic”) because they haven’t had any architecture critic for many years, since Dillon left in ’06. An occasional contributor doesn’t count. More accurate is to say the paper has finally hired an architecture critic.

  • Bill Marvel

    A great move by the News. A big-city daily can get by without a lot, as we’ve learned. But it can’t get by without a full-time architecture critic.

    • Brent Dudenhoeffer

      Not full-time. Shared.

  • Bill Marvel

    To be technical, David wasn’t full-time either. He taught at Amherst and various other places.

  • RedGreenBlueEditor

    Scott Cantrell has written design critiques of Dallas’ new, high-profile, public buildings for a little while now. To wit.