Books, Sketchbooks, Reading, Drawing
The architectural book and its readers, authors, circulation and manufacture in the early modern period.
Architecture of the Eastern Mediterranean, 1350-1650 (co-taught with Gülru Necipoğlu)
Architecture in Christian and Islamic regions of the eastern Mediterranean basin studied in comparative perspective with particular focus on the Italian, Ottoman, and Mamluk courts. Emphasis on cross-cultural encounters, uses of the Romano-Byzantine heritage, transmission of scientific knowledge and technology, patronage and architectural practice, languages of ornament, urban renovation, military architecture, emergence of monumental domed structures, churches, palaces and villas.
Renaissance Architecture and the Rise of Classicism
Charts the rise and dissemination of classicism in Renaissance Europe. Lectures focus on the development of the style, its origin in the fascination with antiquity, its response to shifts in social and political life, its mechanisms of transmission (travel, book and print culture) as well as phenomena of exchange (with the East), colonial export, and resistance to this pan-European trend.
Leon Battista Alberti (co-taught with Frank Fehrenbach)
Explores Leon Battista Alberti’s multifaceted oeuvre with particular emphasis on the artistic and theoretical problems he posed before the artists of his time and subsequent generations.
Order and Disorder in Renaissance Architecture
The effects of the heterogenuous "disordered" materials/media surviving from antiquity (words, fragments, painting, architectural representations on coins, plaquettes, reliefs, gems, vessels) on Renaissance architecture design.
Giorgio Vasari: Art, History and Criticism in the Renaissance
Giorgio Vasari’s oeuvre as critic, historian, artist and architect as it illuminates conceptions of history, style, progress, aesthetic quality, artistic personality and exchanges between the arts in Renaissance Italy (with an emphasis on architecture).
Renaissance Theater Spaces (tutorial)
The Renaissance Villa (tutorial)
Andrea Palladio: Theory and Practice
Explores the multifacetted architectural activity of Andrea Palladio and, through this vehicle, the broader tradition of Renaissance architecture culture that his work responded to, transmitted and transformed.
The Architectural Treatise in the Renaissance
Examines a new genre that came into being in the Renaissance: the illustrated architectural treatise. Special emphasis on the location of this genre in the culture of the time, on the consequent exchanges between architecture and other disciplines (the figural arts, the literary arts, the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics). Based on an intensive reading of architectural text as well as on their evaluation as objects (as printed artifacts, as illustrated manuals, as objects of ownership and gift-exchange, as portraits of their writers and of the profession) and on reading as activity.
Architectural Practice in the Renaissance
The Architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque in Europe
Renaissance Architecture in Tuscany