In a prepared speech given at Butler University on November 12, 2003, Paul Goldberger is quoted as saying; “Architecture criticism is aesthetics and it is politics and it is sociology and it is culture…”
While the dictionaries do not define architectural criticism per se, the following entry from the GroveArt online database can easily be applied:
Term that may be defined loosely as writing that evaluates art, although there is no universally agreed meaning. The difficulty in its definition arises from fundamentally antithetical usages. While on the one hand art criticism is understood as a historical practice, embracing such writers as Pliny and Giorgio Vasari and continuing to the present, on the other it represents a kind of writing that is potentially independent of historical conditions. There is still no reliable history of art criticism, and virtually no literature on its nature. Some philosophers deny that art criticism exists as such, and others say it subsumes art history. The disparity of views as to the concept’s nature makes appropriate separate discussions of the alternate definitions.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Description: Index to articles in 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation, as well as architecture. Coverage is from the 1930s (with selective coverage dating back to the 1860s) to the present.
Encyclopedia of Architecture, Design, Engineering & Construction. Joseph Wilkes, editor. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1988. See entries for:
"Architectural Press, U.S," vol.1, 266-294
"Criticism, architectural," vol. 2, 170-185
The Architecture Critic; A Survey of Newspaper Architecture Critics in America. New York: Columbia University, 2001.
Bender, Thomas, "Architecture and the Journalism of Ideas" Design Book Review: DBR no. 15, (fall 1988): 47-49
Morrone, Francis, "Do Architecture Critics Matter?" The New Criterion v.20. no. 8 (April 2002): 1-9
Ockman, Joan, "Current Criticism" The Architect's Newspaper issue 19 (November 16, 2005) 1-8