The Dallas Morning News, UT Arlington Hire New York Arts, Culture Writer as Architecture Critic, Professor in Practice in Joint

  The Dallas Morning News, UT Arlington Hire New York Arts, Culture Writeras
  Architecture Critic, Professor in Practice in Joint Position

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DALLAS -- March 11, 2013

The Dallas Morning News  and University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington)
have collaborated to recruit acclaimed architecture writer, critic and editor
Mark Lamster of New York. He is expected to begin positions for both the
publication and university in April 2013.

Mark Lamster, noted New York arts and culture writer, has been hired as
architecture critic for The ...

Mark Lamster, noted New York arts and culture writer, has been hired as
architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News and professor in practice at
University of Texas in Arlington in joint position. Both positions begin next
month. (Photo: Business Wire)

Lamster is currently associate American editor of Architectural Review,
contributing editor for Design Observer and a regular contributor to national
magazines and newspapers. He is an author of numerous books, including works
on baseball and art. Currently, he is at work on a biography of the late
architect Philip Johnson, designer of several prominent structures in North
Texas, among them are the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth,
and the John F. Kennedy Memorial and Thanksgiving Square in Dallas.

“Mark's range of interests rivals any architecture critic in the country. He
brings a fresh perspective to North Texas, one that helps all of us see our
visual surroundings in new and different ways,” said Bob Mong, editor of The
Dallas Morning News. “I am confident that Mark's skillful use of language and
his strong grasp of architectural concepts will draw a large, thoughtful
audience. He will spark the conversation in North Texas.”

In addition to his multiple duties at The Dallas Morning News, Lamster will
also become architecture professor in practice at University of Texas at
Arlington. Fittingly, he will be responsible for a cross-disciplinary graduate
seminar on criticism and critical writing, as well as publish longer-term
research projects for the David Dillon Center of Texas Architecture at UT

Dillon was considered by many newspapers across the country as one of the best
minds and voices in American architecture while he was architecture critic for
The Morning News from 1981 to 2006. Dillon died in Amherst, Mass., in 2010. He
was 68 years old.

“There is a palpable sense of architectural energy and purpose in the
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a desire to think creatively and proactively
about how to make buildings and urban spaces to best serve diverse
communities,” says Lamster. “I very much look forward to becoming a part of
that conversation, and to working with the students and faculty at UT
Arlington who will shape that future.”

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said that Lamster’s appointment will
further illuminate the reputation of the University’s School of Architecture.

“We are pleased to add Mark Lamster to UT Arlington’s distinguished
architecture faculty,” Spaniolo said. “His experience will afford our students
new opportunities to interact with communities and leaders in the world of
urban design. Mark will add depth and richness to our students’ academic

Bob Mong agreed and said that the depth and richness in the field of
architecture, arts and culture has been missed in the greater Dallas

“There most certainly has been a void in our arts and culture coverage since
David Dillon,” said Mong. “We believe Mark will step in and become a major
player in the public discussion of growth, design and architecture in the
North Texas region. I know that Mark's eye will catch interesting insights
whether he's looking at Downtown Dallas, something new or old in East Dallas,
or an innovative retirement community in Central Texas. I say, let the fun

The joint position is the third major venture between The Dallas Morning News
and UT Arlington this year. The Morning News was a major sponsor of the first
Dillon Symposium held in April 2012. This year’s Dillon Symposium is scheduled
April 18-19 at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. The Morning News also
co-sponsored with UT Arlington a regional symposium in April 2012 featuring
author and urban theorist Richard Florida.

About The Dallas Morning News

Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News is Texas’ leading newspaper and
the flagship newspaper subsidiary of A. H. Belo Corporation. It  has received
nine Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards
recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design
and photojournalism. Its portfolio of print and digital products reaches an
average daily audience of more than 1.1 million people and includes online
news and information sites; iPhone, Android and iPad apps; Al Día
(, the leading Spanish-language daily in North Texas;
neighborsgo (, a consumer-generated community news outlet;
and Briefing, the free, home-delivered quick-read. To advertisers, the
portfolio of products is represented by DMNmedia (, the
marketing solutions group of The Dallas Morning News, Inc. For more
information about the publication and its entities, visit

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution
in the heart of North Texas. With more than 33,800 students in Spring 2013, UT
Arlington is the second largest institution in the UT System. Research
activity has more than tripled to $71.4 million over the past 10 years. Visit to learn more.

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