The creation of this manuscript was made possible by a generous grant from a foundation whose name, by request, has been withheld. I am grateful to its board, and especially Dr. Frederick Seitz (1911-2008), whose commitment to intellectual rigor and personal kindness to my family have made an indelible mark.
The University of Miami School of Architecture kindly administered the grant and appointed me as a Research Associate for its duration. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dean of the School, already had my respect and admiration, and now has my gratitude as well. I would also like to thank Professor Jorge Hernandez, Isa Garcia, and the rest of the staff at the SOA, who were instrumental in making the grant a success.
The idea in the Epilogue of the communion between eye, hand, and mind must be credited to a dear colleague at the SOA, David Fix.
I would like to thank my mother for reviewing the manuscript. Edith Einspruch's long career as a physical therapist was invaluable for correcting and clarifying the text. A dedicated handful of people helped with their readership, companionship, or simply their supportive presence while this book was made; I will always be grateful to them as well.