Architect and Engineer

A Study in Sibling Rivalry

Andrew Saint

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A fascinating look at how architects and engineers work together, from medieval times to the present day.

How architects and engineers relate to one another has long been debated but never before addressed over a broad span of history. There are many controversial issues: about professional demarcation, about credit for design, about the value we attach to art in buildings, and about how that connects with advances in technique and efficiency.

This pioneering and handsomely illustrated book enquires for the first time into the pattern of these relationships since the Renaissance. Concentrating particularly on Britain, France and the United States, Architect and Engineer looks at what has actually taken place when architecture and engineering have interlocked. It examines projects ranging from the building of Waterloo Bridge to the evolution of the Chicago skyscraper, and personalities from Vauban to Brunel and Wright.

The results of this impartial investigation may often surprise and provoke the reader. It is a study that has radical implications for the compartmentalized ways in which the history of architecture and construction has conventionally been addressed.

Andrew Saint is General Editor of the Survey of London and was previously professor of Architecture at Cambridge University. He is the author of Richard Norman Shaw, The Image of the Architect, and Towards a Social Architecture, all published by Yale University Press.

"Handsomely illustrated."—Thomas P. Hughes, Science

"Instructive and enjoyable. . . . Each section is a beautifully illustrated article on the history of approaches to practice, material, or type as far back as the 17th century. There are many wonderful surprises. . . . This book is . . . refreshing and stimulating for its grace and candor."—The Architect's Newspaper

"Saint offers an ambitious book on architects and engineers that adds immeasurably to an understanding of the complex relationship between aesthetics and functionality. . . . Architectural historians and advanced students will welcome this splendid addition to the literature. Highly recommended."—Choice

“The sixth chapter...should be required reading for heads of all schools of architecture…The book is beautifully designed, illustrated with a host of enlightening, sometimes stunning, images.  It deserves a place in the library of every architect, engineer or, indeed, surveyor.” - Alan Johnson, Context

“Andrew Saint has the knack of choosing subjects that many in his field have thought about but never quite dared to tackle … [He] is more than a historian. He writes with the incisive analytical skills of a good psychiatrist … [and] with enormous knowledge … Saint’s book is … a rewarding … read … the reader will learn more than he or she ever wanted to know.” - Colin Amery, Burlington

“… an ambitious work. [Saint] has unearthed many stories that give us a fuller picture of the ways that two professions worked in harmony or in discord. Furthermore, he has deftly tied them together with comment and analysis … fascinating ... This is a book to which I will return many times.” - Henry Matthews, The Art Book

"Beautifully produced in an oversized format, it explores the interactions of architects and engineers over four centuries—chiefly in Britain, France, and the United States. Befitting that breadth of aspiration, Andrew Saint has read deeply in dozens of specialist literatures. He deploys that knowledge with verve and assurance." —John K. Brown, Technology and Culture

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title from 2008.

Winner of the 2008 Sir Banister Fletcher Award presented by the Authors' Club.
ISBN: 9780300124439
Publication Date: March 28, 2008
530 pages, x
260 b/w + 50 col