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Karen Stein is an architectural advisor and executive director of the George Nelson Foundation. Previously, she was editorial director of Phaidon Press and, prior to that, senior managing editor of Architectural Record. She has also been a member of the faculty of the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

She is the author of Aldo Rossi Architecture 1981–1991 (Princeton Architectural Press) and a contributor to The Writings of Donald Judd (Chinati Foundation) and 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance (Princeton Architectural Press). Her writing has also been featured in a variety of publications, including Architectural Record, New York Magazine, a+u, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, and The World of Interiors. A graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in architecture, she was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Environmental Studies by Harvard University. Currently she is a member of the board of directors of The Architectural League of New York and The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and served on the jury of The Pritzker Architecture Prize from 2003 through 2012.

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