David P. Handlin was born in Boston and educated at Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, England, where from 1973 to 1978 he lectured in the Department of Architecture. From 1979 to 1985 he was Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is now president and founding partner of Handlin, Garrahan, Zachos and Associates, Inc., an architecture firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of The American Home, Architecture and Society, 1815-1915 (1979).