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Christina E. Crawford (“In an extraordinary space,” page 20) is a historian of architecture and urban form, a licensed architect, and an urban designer who researches and writes about the agency of design during periods of intense transition. She is assistant professor of modern and contemporary architecture in the art history department at Emory University.


Michael R. Spicher (“Upon the rising stairs,” page 24) is a writer, editor, and philosopher based in Boston. He has researched, published, and spoken about the history and philosophy of beauty and taste for more than a decade. He is an editor for the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, published by MIT Press.


Henry Scollard AIA (“An idyll to the King,” page 26) is the founding principal of HANK, a full-service architecture and design firm, whose work includes a wide range of projects, from large-scale academic and cultural buildings to the commercial and hospitality sectors. He is currently working on Tourists, a destination hotel in North Adams, Massachusetts.


Elaine Scarry and Mark Pasnik AIA (“Beauty is a beast,” page 30)

Elaine Scarry is the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics at Harvard University. In addition to her recent book on Shakespeare’s sonnets, she is the author of The Body in Pain and On Beauty and Being Just.

Mark Pasnik AIA is principal of over,under, a multidisciplinary design firm. He is a professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology and coauthor of Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston.


Mark Lamster (“Informed sources,” page 40) is the architecture critic of The Dallas Morning News and a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of numerous books, including a forthcoming biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, to be published by Little, Brown.


David Huang (“Eye of the beholder,” page 56) is a senior associate at DP Architects, a multidisciplinary design practice in Singapore. For 14 years he lived in Boston, where he worked for TRO Jung|Brannen and Payette. He graduated from Cornell University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.