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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).

External positions

Trustee, The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

1 Sept 20171 Sept 2020


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