This is a remarkable book about a remarkable building. We learn how a major museum is conceived and developed, the role of the sponsor, the nature of collecting, and the experiences of the people who occupy the space. Rybczynski succeeds in telling the whole story of the Sainsbury Centre and the multiple impulses and inspirations that brought it into being.
[The artist's] latest….about the Norman Foster-designed Sainsbury Center in England.
— The Philadelphia Enquirer
Witold Rybczynski was born in Edinburgh, raised in London, and attended schools in England and Canada. He studied architecture at McGill University, where he also taught for twenty years. He is currently the Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania.