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David WatkinThomas Gordon Smith, perhaps the most intellectually stimulating of the traditional and classical architects at work today in the U.S.A., has found in Richard John the ideal biographer. As in the plot of a first class detective story, we follow the careful construction of a career through the analysis of a complex weave of contrasting social, intellectual, and architectural conjunctions, including Thomas Gordon Smith’s meetings with figures as varied as Paolo Portoghesi, Christian Norberg Schulz, Philip Johnson and Stanley Tigerman. The result, rich with illustrations of stunning beauty, is one of the most remarkable biographies of any modern architect.
— David Watkin, Hon. FRIBA, Professor of the History of Architecture, University of Cambridge