November, 2014



In My Beautiful City Austin, David Heymann, FAIA, Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture, crafts seven masterful tales of a young architect who fails again and again to dissuade his clients from their bad decisions. So the houses he designs aid and abet the ongoing erasure of Austin's ambrosial charm. These sharp, humorous stories explore consequences of Austin's rediscovered allure. Fueled by the dubious intentions of its inhabitants, this is a town growing madly while ignoring the pain of a thousand small cuts.

“An opinionated, observant, and unexpected little book. The architectural eye that David Heymann trains on Austin and its landscape provides a sharp new view of a beloved city and its vulnerable soul.”
Stephen Harrigan, author, The Gates of the Alamo

“David Heymann’s portrait of Austin yesterday and today is tender, funny, keen, and merciless. My Beautiful City Austin is a marvelous book.”
Nancy Levinson, editor, PLACES

“How infuriating to discover that David Heymann is not simply a wonderful architect, but a marvelous writer. Although he claims this book is fiction, it is lambent with truth about building and its culture. I downed the delicious—and hilarious—thing at a sitting. So should you.”
Michael Sorkin, architect, author, Twenty Minutes in Manhattan

View an excerpt of My Beautiful City Austin on PLACES. The publication date is November 11. Books can be ordered from John Hardy Publisher at or at

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Cover, <em>My Beautiful City Austin</em>, by David Heymann.

David Heymann