Nicolai Ouroussoff is a writer and critic living in New York. He is currently writing a book on architecture, culture, and politics in the 20th century, which will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Ouroussoff was the architecture critic of the New York Times from 2004 to 2011, where he wrote widely on architecture and urbanism in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as well as in the United States. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 and 2011. From 1996 to 2004 he was the architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for a series he wrote on the cultural decline of Baghdad. Ouroussoff was a freelance writer from 1992 to 1996 and his work appeared in publications such as Art Forum, the New York Observer, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle Décor, and the New York Times, among others.
Ouroussoff was born in Boston on October 3, 1962. He received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 1985 and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 1992.