Ada Louise Huxtable was the first to win Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and a critic for The Wall Street Journal. Read about the profile, childhood, life and timeline in this biography below.
Ada Louise Huxtable is an architecture critic at The Wall Street Journal and is also a prolific writer. Some of her selected works are ‘Will They Ever Finish Bruckner Boulevard?’ and ‘Kicked a Building Lately?’. She has also written over ten books in architecture and a biography on Frank Lloyd Wright. Ada Louise Huxtable was born as Ada Louis Landman on March 14, 1921. It appears that Huxtable was very clear of the career she wanted to choose from a very young age. Since she was born in a posh locality in New York, her love for the urban life and tall buildings inspired her build a career related to architecture. She attended Hunter College and majored in art and architecture. She landed her first job as a furniture display assistant before falling in love with Garth Huxtable and marrying him. Under strenuous financial conditions, the duo made and sold 140 tableware items for restaurants in New York for a living. Huxtable continued to study at the Institute of Fine Arts and got a job as curator at the New York Museum. In her spare time, she would often contribute her views as contributing editor to ‘Progressive Architecture and Art in America’ and was finally named the first architecture critic by the New York Times. She then started writing for Newsweek and the Times. It is believed that some of the heavyweights of the architecture, political and the film industry would also duck from her sight so that they would not be targeted in the weekly columns of The Wall Street Journal with her upfront criticism. Huxtable’s best columns of the 60’s were compiled and put into a book called ‘Will They Ever Finish Bruckner Boulevard?’. Towards the latter part of her life, Huxtable received a major award that would change her career forever. She received a $200,000 cash award from the MacArthur Foundation fellowship, which was designed for creative individuals who pursued their dreams, unencumbered by financial concerns. At the turn of the century, Huxtable served as jury for the ‘Annual Pritzker Architecture Prize’ and continued to write intense columns for The Wall Street Journal. In 2004, she wrote and published Frank Lloyd Wright’s biography, which became a national best-seller. She now lives in an Apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan and continues to rule in the field of architecture criticism and American column writing.
Ada Louise Huxtable Biography
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June 11, 2019