Memorial Design Competition Juror
Benjamin Forgey

Benjamin Forgey

Benjamin Forgey is an independent writer and critic. He was the Architecture Critic for the Washington Post from 1981 to his retirement in 2006. Prior to that Mr. Forgey was the Art Critic and unofficial architecture critic for the Washington Star. Few people know more about the architecture of Washington D.C. and no one has done more to explain this complex subject to the public. His recent work includes how security issues have impacted the design of buildings and spaces in Washington D.C.

Mr. Forgey is the author of Washington: Scenes from a Capital City and is a highly regarded lecturer, interviewer, and panelist as well as juror for national and international architecture, urban design, and awards competitions. He is a member of the Design Review Committee of the DC Preservation League; a board member of the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians; and a member of the Governing Committee for the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund.

Mr. Forgey received the 2006 Glenn Brown Award from the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his contributions “to raise public awareness of the built environment and its benefits to society.” He also received the First Award for Cultural Journalism from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and an Institute Honor from the American Institute of Architects for “dedication to and insistence upon quality over expediency in our buildings and environment.”