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About the Author

CHRISTINE G.H. FRANCK is a designer and educator with a practice in New York City. Before establishing her own office in 1998 to focus on design and architectural education, she interned with the office of Allan Greenberg, Architect in Washington, DC. Her current projects include a new 5,200 square foot residence on Figure Eight Island, North Carolina; the publication of Jose M. Allegue: A Builder's Legacy, of which she is the author and designer; and the development of the academic and professional programs of The Institute of Classical Architecture.

Developing and directing educational programs is an important component of her practice and include the Institute of Classical Architecture's Certificate Program in Classical Architecture for Design and Building Professionals, Summer Program in Classical Architecture, Rome Architectural Drawing Tour, Naples and Antiquity Tour, and the Continuing Education Program. In addition to the Institute's programs she also administered The Prince of Wales's Foundation's Summer School in Architecture and the Building Arts in 1996 and 1997. In 1998 she was appointed the first Executive Director of the Institute of Classical Architecture. Ms. Franck now serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute, the Advisory Council of the Institute, and the Steering Committee of INTBAU.

Her design sensitivity was developed at an early age in her hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Franck was recently honored by HRH The Prince of Wales with the first Public Service Award of the Prince's Foundation for her outstanding contribution to the study of architecture and design.

About the Photographer

KAREN DOMBROWSKI-SOBEL is a fine art photographer, who has been honing her craft for over 30 years. She began as a fine artist, in Buffalo, New York, and later worked in architecture, as a designer and then project manager on major commercial projects in New York City. As a hobby, during her career in architectural design, she worked at home each night in the darkroom.

Her first show, "Superimpositions on Nature" in 1982, was a series of superimposed images produced in the darkroom. In 1990, after leaving the design field, she pursued her art work, focusing on nudes, landscapes and superimposed images. She has had many one-woman shows on Long Island, and has won numerous awards with her art photography.

Dombrovski-Sobel now is available for assignments, such as "José M. Allegue: A Builder's Legacy," and does handcolored, home portaits. She can be contacted at Her fine art photography is available through the Photo District Gallery (37 West 20th Street, NY, NY 10011, 212.807.8787); the Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton (631.287.1883); and the Sag Harbor Picture Gallery in Sag Harbor.

Publication information

Printed in 2002 by The Stinehour Press, Lunenberg, Vermont. Book design and layout by Christine Franck. Site design by White Whale Web Services.