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Thomas Leslie

Author: Heather Sauer | Image: Heather Sauer

Beauty’s Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi, a book by Morrill Professor Thomas Leslie, the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at Iowa State University, has been published by the University of Illinois Press. The book makes the argument that while Nervi has long been appreciated as a structural engineer, his “other” career — as a contractor who actually built most of his projects — played an important role in his buildings’ aesthetics, particularly in the striking patterns that impart a fine grain and scale to his roofs.