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Susan G. Solomon

Susan G. Solomon is an author, curator, lecturer and consultant. Trained as an architectural historian with a concentration on 20th century architecture, she received her doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.

She has written two books on Louis Kahn:  Louis I. Kahn’s Trenton Jewish Community Center (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000) and Louis I. Kahn’s Jewish Architecture: Mikveh Israel and the Midcentury American Synagogue ( Brandeis University Press, 2009).  The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation helped support these publications. 

Inspired by the collaboration between Kahn and sculptor Isamu Noguchi on the Adele R. Levy Playground (unbuilt, New York City, 1961-65), Susan began to research the history of the modern playground.  Today, she has a strong interest in seeing playgrounds become a vital component of public space. She is an advocate for merging maximum playability with good design. To that end, Susan has written two books: American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space (University Press of New England, 2005) and The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds that Enhance Children's Development (University Press of New England, 2014; Korean edition, Sonamoo Publishing Company, 2016).  She also writes the blog After the Deadline that appears every other month ( Her consulting company is Curatorial Resources & Research in Princeton, New Jersey.