Pulitzer Prize-Winning RFH Grad Explores Chicago Architects' Work in China

Blair Kamin, architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, won the Pulitzer in 1999.

Blair Kamin at the Bird's Nest in China (Photo: Courtesy of Blair Kamin)
Blair Kamin at the Bird's Nest in China (Photo: Courtesy of Blair Kamin)
Ask what former Fair Havenite and Pulitzer Prize winner Blair Kamin is up to and the answer you'll get is usually an atypical one.

Last year, the longtime architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Hall of Fame inductee was named a Nieman Fellow for Journalism at Harvard University.

A few months ago, he co-authored e-book The Gates of Harvard Yard, a 158-page exploration of Harvard Yard's 25 access points.

And, now Kamin is in China for two weeks to write about the work of several Chicago architects there.

He sent a couple of photos of recent days on his new venture. In one, he is shown in front of the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. In another, he stands before the distinctive Shanghai skyline.

Stay tuned for an update upon his return.

Kamin won the Pulitzer in 1999. In addition to being an RFH graduate, he earned his bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College and his master's degree in Environmental Design from the Yale University School of Architecture.

He is the son of longtime Fair Haven residents Virginia and Arthur Z. Kamin.


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