Fred A. Bernstein


Fred Bernstein has degrees in architecture (from Princeton University) and law (from NYU) and writes about both subjects. He lives in New York City and has two sons.

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Architecture Criticism

What Price Honor?

A temple to honor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs damages perhaps the greatest modernist campus in the world. And it's by the campus's original architect, SOM

Published in Architectural Record, January 8, 2016test!

Sweet Sixteen Acres

My assessment of Ground Zero, in 2018

Published in Log, October 1, 2018test!

A Park Grows in Moscow

Diller Scofidio + Renfro leads an international team of designers, working in the shadow of the Kremlin

Published in Blueprint, October 13, 2017test!

American Architecture 1945-1970: From Post-War to Post-Modern

(all that in 2,500 words)

Published in A+U (Japan), November 6, 2017test!

Architects Remember the 1964-65 World's Fair

One after another, architects who grew up in New York in the sixties recall how the fair inspired them

Published in Architectural Record, May 30, 2014test!

The Punctured Sky: New York's Architectural Heritage

A history of New York City architecture: the last 150 years in 4,500 words

Published in Books, April 16, 2008test!

The Many Dimensions of Roberto Burle Marx

Should the great landscape architect be recognized for more than his astounding parks and gardens?

Published Architect, April 10, 2016test!

Glazing Over Manhattan

Too many glass buildings, and the city becomes just another banal office park

Published in Architectural Record, May 9, 2013test!

Critic Takes New Catholic Architecture to Task

Published in The New York Times, January 1, 2000test!

Calatrava's New Saint Nicholas Church Opens at Ground Zero

A "national shrine" now hovers over the World Trade Center site

Published in Architectural Record, December 10, 2022test!

Eero Saarinen's Better Half?

A new book gives Mrs. Saarinen too much credit, and its author, Eva Hagberg, too much space

Published in The Architect's Newspaper, September 12, 2022test!

Grace Farms, by SANAA

A Gossamer Serpent in New Canaan

Published in Blueprint, June 20, 2018test!

Santiago Calatrava's Four Billion Dollar Mall

A review of the World Trade Center "Transit Hub"

Published in Blueprint, July 17, 2016test!

Starchitects on the Buildings That Influenced Them Most

Ando, Meier, Scott Brown, Decq, and others talk about their inspirations

Published in Architectural Record, April 13, 2016test!

We Have a Family Welder

Arthur Cotton Moore designs a curvy metal house to test his theories

Published in The New York Times, September 24, 2000test!

A Carbon Fiber House by Ali Tayar

Published in The Architect's Newspaper, May 2, 2015test!

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Amazing Continuous Surface Building

Their new Columbia Medical School study center caps decades of experimentation

Published in Blueprint, November 9, 2016test!

The Ethereal Architecture of Sou Fujimoto

Perhaps Japan's most innovative architect, Fujimoto makes buildings that resemble clouds and forests.

Published in The Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2014test!

Being Frank Gehry

With the triumphs have come many disappointments

Published at fredbernstein.com, September 2, 2015test!

It's the Architecture, Not The Architect, I'm Rooting For

Give Calatrava a chance!

Published in Architectural Record, December 10, 2013test!

Panama Highway, A Noose Around Casco Viejo's Neck?

An old city gets an unwelcome new neighbor

Published in Architectural Record, October 26, 2012test!

U.S. Flops at Shanghai Expo

Another embarrassing U.S. pavilion, courtesy of a shortsighted Congress

Published in Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2010test!

A School by Edward Durell Stone

While fighting over his Columbus Circle building, preservationists overlooked another Stone structure just a few blocks away

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), December 26, 2006test!

Rediscovering a Heroine of Chicago Architecture

Many of Frank Lloyd Wright's most evocative drawings were by Marion Mahony Griffin

Published in The New York Times, January 20, 2008test!

Glass House, Great Performance

Merce Cunningham animates Philip Johnson's estate

Published in Interior Design, August 25, 2007test!

Remembering the Royalton

Mourning Phiippe Starck's Miracle on 44th Street

Published in Interior Design, September 21, 2007test!

Post-Renovation Depression

The contractors are gone. So why do I feel blue?

Published in The New York Times, February 22, 2007test!

Seaside at 25: Paradise, With Problems

The walkable community now has valet parking, and other concessions to the real world

Published in The New York Times, December 9, 2005test!

A Cathedral to Science in Queens

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), October 24, 2004test!

Letting Kahn Be Kahn

Restoring the Yale University Art Gallery

Published in The New York Times, December 10, 2006test!

Sky-High Style

Master Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen used his signature vocabulary to create a unique rocky mountain retreat.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2006test!

A Makeover Too Far

The conspicuous consumption of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Published in Dwell, October 29, 2006test!

The Wright Stuff, in the Japanese Heartland

Visiting the Meiji Mura Museum

Published in The New York Times, April 2, 2006test!

Where New and Old Collide

Steven Holl's building for Pratt Institute in Brooklyn

Published in Metropolis, January 17, 2006test!

Outside The Box

Boston-based architect Adolfo Perez turned a mid-century starter house into a home of substance for design-wise clients.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2005test!

Second Nature

Contemplative architect George Suyama built a house for himself and his wife that is as hospitable to the landscape as it is to the couple's guests.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2005test!

Mies in Newark

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), November 14, 2005test!

Paul Rudolph's Tracey Towers

The fate of Rudolph's apartment buildings in the Bronx

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), October 13, 2005test!

A Long Time for a Little Grandeur

An addition to the Tilles Center soars

Published in The New York Times, January 5, 2005test!

Peter Eisenman in Verona

A review of the architect's 2004 Castelvecchio installation

Published in Architectural Record, December 6, 2004test!

Where Are All the 60's Buildings Going?

Baby boomers lead the charge to tear down 60's architecture

Published in The New York Times, October 31, 2004test!

America Joins Architecture's Rem-formation

Published in Icon, October 20, 2004test!

Bridge Apartments

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), September 29, 2004test!

A Monument to Arriving in the Middle of Nowhere

A review of the Secaucus Transfer

Published in The New York Times, July 11, 2004test!

A Neglected Modernist Masterpiece

Pier Luigi Nervi's bus station at the George Washington Bridge deserves respect

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), November 2, 2003test!

Pierwise, One Person's Wreck Is Another's Art

Saving two rusting piers in the Hudson River

Published in The New York Times, September 4, 2003test!

How much design do public spaces need?

Published in Architectural Record, August 14, 2003test!

One campus, two faces

Princeton goes Gehry -- and Gothic -- at the same time

Published in The Princeton Alumni Weekly, January 21, 2003test!

Memorials fit for a city

Architects get busy after 9/11

Published in Blueprint, February 22, 2002test!

City Folk

A review of the new American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Published in World Architecture, February 22, 2002test!

When Modern Married Money

Blue blood meets white architecture in New England.

Published in The New York Times, February 3, 2002test!

Dust-Up In the Desert

Trouble at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Published in The New York Times, January 31, 2002test!

Franoise Bollack at the Center

Published in Genre, January 17, 2002test!

Drawing Closer to an Old Friend

Thoughts on the importance of the Empire State Building after September 11

Published in The New York Times, October 11, 2001test!

Islamic Cultural Center of New York: 14-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), December 2004test!

AXA Equitable Tower: 21-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), October 2007test!

Liberty Bell Pavilion: 30-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), April 2006test!

Ford Foundation HQ: 40-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), December 2007test!

New York Hall of Science: 40-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), September 2004test!

George Washington Bridge Bus Station: 40-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), March 2003test!

Bridge Apartments: 40-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), December 2003test!

Chatham Towers: 40-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), July 2004test!

United Nations Headquarters: 50-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), September 2003test!

Con Ed Waterside Generating Plant: 105-Year Watch

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), July 2006test!

Seaside on Celluloid

The Florida town so perfect, moviegoers think it's fake

Published in Blueprint, January 1, 2000test!

Rem Koolhaas takes a look at the "junk space" of American malls

Published in The New York Times, February 28, 2002test!

The New School's Stairmaster

SOM's student-centered building on Fifth Avenue

Published in Architectural Record, March 2019test!

The Mouse That Roared

A look back at Michael Graves's career

Published in Architectural Record, November 14, 2014test!

UnSangDong Architects

A Korean firm is part of Record's Design Vanguard

Published in Architectural Record, December 16, 2006test!

SOAPBOX: Masking a Terminal's Triumph

A 35-foot-high billboard on the facade of the Port Authority Bus Terminal will obscure the strengths of the building's 1980's renovation

Published in The New York Times, December 20, 1998test!
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