Percival Goodman

American, 1904 - 1989

Percival Goodman, brother of the writer and social critic Paul Goodman, was born in New York and attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris on a scholarship from the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects. He became well-known as an architect of modern synagogues, especially B’nai Israel in New Jersey, which has been called “a revolutionary moment in American synagogue design.” In addition to designing dozens of important buildings, writing several texts on urban planning, and illustrating his brother’s works, Goodman taught at the Columbia University architecture school for over twenty-five years.