Evelyn McFarlane was born in Brooklyn and grew up in San Diego. She received a degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1985, and has lived and worked in Boston, New York City, and Syracuse. She is currently living and working in Florence, Italy, teaching design for Syracuse University. She has an architectural practice with her partner, Adam Drisin. When she is not working, she spends time traveling in Italy, painting and renovating a small house in a medieval hill town in Umbria.
James Saywell was born in 1959 in Toronto. He lived in Hong Kong and China as a child. Travels through Asia at a young age instilled in him a passion for architecture, which he eventually studied in Toronto and Princeton. He lived and worked in the United States for eight years until moving to Florence, Italy, in 1993 to teach architecture. He divides his time among designing furniture for his company, Stillworks, Inc., practicing architecture, teaching, and learning to paint. He lives in a farmhouse in Tuscany.