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Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art

Benjamin Forgey
Changing Context: Architecture in Washington
September 19, 2007

Benjamin Forgey

Benjamin Forgey was the widely acclaimed and beloved architecture critic for the Washington Post from 1981 to 2006. Prior to joining the staff at the Post, he was with the Washington Star from 1964 to 1981. Throughout his career, Forgey focused on architecture, but also wrote about historic preservation, urban design, and urban planning issues. In 2004, Forgey received the first Award for Cultural Journalism from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Most recently, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented Forgey with the 2006 Glenn Brown Award in recognition of his contributions to raise public awareness of the built environment and its benefits to society. Forgey retired from the Washington Post in June 2006 — one of his last articles for the newspaper reviewed the renovation of the museum's National Historic Landmark building. He continues to write and lecture about art and architecture.


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