Berthel Michael Iversen (1906–76) was born in Denmark, but his entire professional career played out in Malaya, where he worked from 1928 to 1966. For more than three decades, he was one of the major figures working to create a distinctive Southeast Asian architectural modernism. Examining his career offers a means of probing the specifics by which modernism flourished in the region.

In this book on her father's life and work, Ruth Iversen Rollitt relies on a number of materials that she inherited, including letters, unpublished memoirs written by her parents, and office documents (including hundreds of photographs). Iversen was a prodigious chronicler. Starting from his first days...

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