FRANCIS D.K. CHING, an architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, recently retired after more than 35 years of teaching. He is the bestselling author of Building Construction Illustrated, among other books on architecture and design, all published by Wiley. His works have been translated into more than 16 languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentations.
IAN M. SHAPIRO is the founder and co-owner of Taitem Engineering in Ithaca, New York, an award-winning consulting firm he founded in 1989. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, and Syracuse University. He has worked on several LEED building design projects, has led a variety of energy conservation research projects, and is a frequent contributor to ASHRAE Journal and Home Energy magazine.