Inga Saffron is the Philadelphia Inquirer’s architecture critic.

She joined the paper in 1984, first working as a suburban reporter before going overseas in the early ‘90s. She spent a year covering the war in Yugoslavia, then moved to the Inquirer’s Moscow bureau in 1994. After returning to Philadelphia in 1999, she began writing a weekly column called “Changing Skyline.” Saffron has won many awards for her insightful and pointed critiques of architecture, planning, and urbanism in her city, including the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2014. She received the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum in 2018. She is the author of two books: Becoming Philadelphia: How an Old American City Made itself New Again, a selection of her columns, andCaviar: The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World’s Most Coveted Delicacy, a cultural history of the sturgeon.

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