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Conroy Prize Lecture

April 12, 2017


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Last week, I gave a lecture at the District Architecture Center as part of D.C.’s new Architecture Month, after accepting the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize. The title was “The Overlooked Architectural Opportunities of Suburbia,” and it covered everything from Walter Gropius’ suburban experiments to New Urbanist New Towns to makeovers of strip malls. Here are slides for those who want to see ’em.


Kojo Nnamdi Show guest spot: Metro paint controversy

April 4, 2017



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Yesterday, I went on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the painting of the Brutalist vault of Metro’s Union Station, maintaining that this was a no-good, very-bad decision by WMATA. Do have a listen (it’s a short segment).


AIA Baltimore lecture: Suburban Migrations

March 21, 2017


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On March 16, I gave a talk for AIA Baltimore’s 2017 Migration lecture series. I shared the stage with Garrett Dash Nelson, a geographer at Dartmouth College known for his research on megaregions (which has produced some seriously cool maps). Garrett talked about commuting and megaregions, and then I talked about immigrants in contemporary suburbia, and the presentations complemented each other well. My slides are up on Slideshare if you want to take a look.


Sarah Booth Conroy Prize

March 11, 2017



I am deeply honored to have won the annual Sarah Booth Conroy Prize from the American Institute of Architects’ D.C. chapter. Conroy (1928-2009) covered architecture, city history, and high society during a long and storied career at The Washington Post, and the prize named for her recognizes journalists who write about the city’s architecture and urban design. I’m grateful to AIA|DC for setting up this program (which is only two years old) to support local architectural journalism.

More on Conroy and the prize:

Sarah Booth Conroy (The Washington Post)

Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism (AIA|DC)

Amanda Kolson Hurley wins AIA|DC architectural journalism prize (Curbed DC)

Peripheral Vision

September 13, 2016



I’ve started publishing a monthly digest of good writing on suburbia via tinyletter. It’s called Peripheral Vision, and I promise to keep it concise, fun, and surprising. You should sign up!