Caren Yglesias is an architect practising in Washington, DC. She has taught architecture and landscape architecture at Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. She lives in Washington, DC.
"Caren Yglesias has written a most ambitious book. It offers a practical guide to an architect about the materials he employs, and helps him or her make a choice by offering them an account of the history of their use and the associations and symbolism of each of them. She has succeeded in her ambition so that every student of architecture...and most architects, for that matter...should have this book!"--Joseph Rykwert Professor of Architecture emeritus, University of Pennsylvania.