Joseph Rykwert is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of art and architecture. A naturalized British citizen, he was born in Warsaw in 1926. he is professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and also Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture. Besides the United States, he has also taught at Cambridge and at Essex University, in England, where he organized the school’s first course in the history of architecture. He has spoken at conferences and seminars in most of the world’s leading universities and has been awarded honorary degrees in architecture from several renowned institutes of higher learning. Most of his studies have been directed at examining the complex relationship between architecture and the city. Among his most celebrated books are: The Golden House (1947); The Idea of a Town(1963); On Adam’s House in Paradise (1972); The First Moderns (1980); many others followed, with the most recent being The Dancing Column (1996) and The Seduction of Place (2000). His books have all been translated in numerous languages. In 1984 he received the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts e des Lettres. In 2000, he won the Zevi Prize at the Venice Biennale. In his book, The Seduction of Place. History and future of the city, published by Einaudi, he provides an overview of the current situation in Paris, London and New York, with special focus on the transformations that occurred during the past century in cities such as Cairo, Moscow and Bombay, as well as the reconstruction of Rome under Sixtus V, in an attempt to contribute to the resolution of future problems by learning from urban models of the past.