Sarah Williams Goldhagen
Architecture Critic

In her book, Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives (2017), prize-winning critic Sarah Goldhagen draws on the latest findings in the field of cognitive neuroscience about the relationship of built environmental design and human well-being, to lay the foundation for a new understanding of how people experience buildings, landscapes, streetscapes, and cities, and to explore how architects and other designers can use that knowledge to create more enriching and equitable environments. A former professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Goldhagen holds a PhD in Art and Architectural History from Columbia University. She is a contributing editor to Architectural Record and Art in America, and her writings have been widely published elsewhere. She is also author of the book Louis Kahn’s Situated Modernism (2001). Goldhagen lectures widely on many topics, including the critical importance of everyday high-quality design for individual and social well-being.