Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he received a bachelor's degree in Russian from Georgetown University and a master's degree in architecture from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Previously, Ouroussoff was the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times. He was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2011. He is married to the U.K.-born painter Cecily Brown.
- "Columbia University Faculty and Staff". Columbia University in the City of New York. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- Ouroussoff, Nicolai (October 3, 2007). "Herbert Muschamp, Architecture Critic, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- Delahoyde, Steve (6 July 2011). "Michael Kimmelman Named New York Times Critic of Architecture". FishbowlNY. New York. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
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