Nicolai Ouroussoff

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Nicolai Ouroussoff (Russian: Николай Владимирович Урусов; born October 3, 1962) was the architecture critic for The New York Times from 2004 until June 2011.


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.[1]

The protégé of the late Herbert Muschamp, Ouroussoff replaced his mentor as New York Times architecture critic in 2004. He wrote the newspaper's obituary for Muschamp in 2007.[2]

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.

In 2011, it was announced that he would leave the New York Times to write a book. He was succeeded as architectural critic by Michael Kimmelman.[3]


  1. ^ "Columbia University Faculty and Staff". Columbia University in the City of New York. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Ouroussoff, Nicolai (October 3, 2007). "Herbert Muschamp, Architecture Critic, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  3. ^ 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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