Richard Ingersoll was born near San Francisco in 1949 but has spent half of his life in Italy. He earned a Ph.D. in architectural history at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. From 1983 to 1998 he was the editor-in-chief of Design Book Review, and from 1986 to 1997 he taught at Rice University in Houston. He lives full-time in Tuscany, teaching at Syracuse University in Florence, and he has also taught at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, in Zürich; Facoltà di Architettura di Ferrara, in Ferrari, Italy; Universidad de Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain; and Peking University, in Beijing. Ingersoll was a frequent contributor for Architecture, the precursor of ARCHITECT, and he currently writes for Arquitectura Viva, Lotus, Il Giornale di Architettura, Bauwelt, World Architecture (Beijing), and C3 (Seoul).