Edward Allen, FAIA, has been a member of the faculties of Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has frequently taught as a guest at other institutions across the United States. His teaching career spans more than 30 years. In his architectural practice he has designed more than 50 constructed buildings. He is the best-selling author of "The Architects Studio Companion," "Architectural Detailing," "Shaping Structures: Statics," and "Fundamentals of Building Construction," all published by Wiley.Rob Thallon, architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, is the author of the bestselling series of guides: "Graphic Guide to Frame Construction, Graphic Guide to Site Construction, and Graphic Guide to Interior Details." He has more than 30 years of experience in residential design construction and has designed many custom houses and housing complexes.