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Anthony Gerbino


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I am an historian of early modern architecture in France and England.  I received my B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and my Ph.D. from Columbia University.  I have had teaching posts at Columbia, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and Vassar College in New York.  Prior to my appointment at Manchester, I was Scott Opler Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, University of Oxford.  I have also taught in the architecture schools at the University of Brighton and at Kingston University in London.  I was Lead Editor of Architectural History, the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, from 2017 to 2020.

Research interests

My research covers two related areas:

  • the role of architecture in seventeenth-century scientific and academic circles
  • the technical and mathematical background of early modern architects, engineers, and gardeners

My more general interests lie in

  • the shared material culture of art, science, and technology
  • the professional and intellectual world of early modern artisans
  • architectural treatises and the printed book
  • cartography and its relation to landscape
  • the urban history of Paris
  • court culture and patronge

I have published a monograph, François Blondel: Architecture, Erudition, and the Scientific Revolution (Routledge, 2010) and was co-curator of the exhibition Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England 1500-1750 (ex. cat. Yale University Press, 2009).  I have recently edited a collected volume of essays: Geometrical Objects: Architecture and the Mathematical Sciences 1400-1800 (Springer, 2014).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Trustee, The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

1 Sept 20171 Sept 2020


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