Joan deRis Allen graduated from Columbia University School of Architecture in 1956 and practiced as an independent architect in the U.S. until 1968, when, with her husband Paul Marshall Allen and two young children, she emigrated to England. There she founded Camphill Architects at Botton Village, Yorkshire, with Gabor Talló. Her architectural work has taken her to Ireland, Scotland, and Norway. Joan lives and works in Kimberton Hills, Pennsylvania. Her books include Living Buildings and, with Paul Marshall Allen, The Time Is at Hand!; Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures; and Fingal’s Cave, the Poems of Ossian and Celtic Christianity.