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Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003) was trained in two professions-architecture and law-and integrated two architectural traditions. Like Louis I. Kahn, he admired such modern techniques and design principles as clarity of structure, integrity of materials, and open plans; also like Kahn, he united a modernist view with a vernacular tradition-namely, the regionalism of tropical Sri Lanka. Robson, who taught with Bawa at Sri Lanka's University of Colombo in the 1970s, previously published a monograph on the architect (Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works). This volume's first 100 pages make up more a historiography than a history of Bawa and his work, and the influence of the Aga Khan's support of the so-called White Book, Brian Brace Taylor's 1986 monograph, becomes evident. The balance traces the influence of Bawa's achievement on numerous architects and designers in Sri Lanka and Singapore, locations of the majority of his work. An epilog summarizes the principles of Bawa's legacy and includes useful notes on the environmental effects of cooling ("The Use and Abuse of Air-Conditioning"). Powers's photographs are highly descriptive, but the small number of floor plans is regrettable. Highly recommended for larger or comprehensive architecture and interior design collections.