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Robert Campbell and Inga Saffron win Vincent Scully Prize for architectural criticism

I.M. Pei (left) and architecture critic Robert Campbell in 2004.
I.M. Pei (left) and architecture critic Robert Campbell in 2004.The Boston Globe/file

The National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., has announced that this year’s Vincent Scully Prize recipients are two architecture critics: The Boston Globe’s Robert Campbell and The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Inga Saffron. Both are Pulitzer Prize winners for criticism.

The award “recognizes excellence in practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design.” Previous winners include its namesake, the legendary Yale architecture historian, as well as Britain’s Prince Charles, the Aga Khan, Jane Jacobs, and the architect Robert A.M. Stern.

Campbell, 81, has written for the Globe since 1973. Asked how he felt about winning, he responded with the crisp, terse sweep readers know from his reviews. “It’s always fun to write about architecture in Boston. People may hate it, they may love it, but they always seem to have an opinion. We care about the quality of the world we build.”


The awards, which carry an honorarium of $25,000, will be presented in Washington on Oct. 29.