Biography

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Mark Lamster is the award-winning architectural critic of the Dallas Morning News and a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been celebrated for his “beautiful mind” by D Magazine, which has twice named him the best critic in Dallas, and has been lauded for his “sharp analytical eye” by the alt weekly Dallas Observer. In 2014, he was awarded the Dunnigan Media Award by the Greater Dallas Planning Council. He is the author of several books, and is currently at work on a biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, to be published by Little, Brown.

Lamster has been a contributing editor to Architectural Review, Design Observer, and ID. His work appears frequently in national publications and magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Recent articles can be found here.

Lamster’s most recent book, Master of Shadows, was a political biography of the artist Peter Paul Rubens, who led a double life as a diplomat and spy. It was published in 2009 by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in the United States, and in numerous foreign-language editions. His first book, Spalding’s World Tour, was an Editor’s Choice selection of the New York Times Book Review.

For more than a decade Lamster served as a senior editor at the publishing house Princeton Architectural Press, where he developed a list of commercially successful, highly regarded titles. Before joining the press, he served as an editor for George Braziller, the distinguished independent publisher of literature and illustrated books.

The research materials collected in the production of Spalding’s World Tour have been acquired by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and are accesible to the public there as the Mark Lamster Papers. Lamster is on the editorial board of “Base Ball,” an academic journal devoted to the game’s early history. In 2003, he co-founded the baseball blog YFSF.

An occasional humorist, Lamster has appeared several times on the CBC radio program WireTap, with Jonathan Goldstein.

He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins (BA), and Tufts (MA).

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