Joseph Rykwert, born in Warsaw, Poland in 1926. Winner of the 2014 winner of the UIA’s Jean Tschumi Prize, he is one of the greatest architecture critics and historians of his time. Educated at the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London) and the Architectural Association School in London, Rykwert obtained his PhD from the Royal College of Art. He has since taught the history and theory of architecture at many prominent institutions in Europe and North America. One of the foremost architectural historians and critics of his generation, Rykwert is currently the Paul Philippe Cret Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of many influential works on architecture, including The Idea of a Town (1963), On Adam’s House in Paradise (1972), The Dancing Column (1996) and The Seduction of Place (2000). All his books have been translated into several languages. Joseph Rykwert is also the 2014 recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal.