● Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology: M.A. (1985), M.Phil. (1987), Ph.D with distinction (1993)

Dissertation: Guarino Guarini’s Theatine Architecture

● Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster: two semesters, 1982-1983

Courses in art history and German literature

● Kalamazoo College: B.A. magna cum laude (Art History and Mathematics), with Honors in Art History (1982)

Phi Beta Kappa (1982)

Semester abroad: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn (winter semester 1980-81)

Selected fellowships

My work has been supported by fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the American Academy in Rome (FAAR 1990), the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Foundation, and the Fondazione CRT.

McKim, Mead & White, American Academy in Rome, 1911-1914
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons


While completing my dissertation, I taught Art Humanities at Columbia University for two years as a preceptor (instructor of record).  More recently I served as scientific consultant for a dissertation in the Dipartimento di Studi Storico-artistici, Archeologici e sulla Conservazione at Università degli Studi Roma Tre (now Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici), including participation as an outside expert on the department’s annual doctoral examination committee in April 2011. In 2017, I was an invited jury member for the Graduate Studio Final Review at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, Rome Studies Program.

Research Groups

● Member, Working Group The Spaces of Early Modern Architectural Production, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (organizer: Elizabeth Merrill), 2017-2019.

● Curator responsible for “Architettura e città nel dialogo tra le arti,” part of the research project Barocco in Piemonte – Barocco in Europa: a cinquant’anni dalla mostra del 1963 of the Progetto Antico e Moderno. Parigi, Roma, Torino 1680-1750, Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura, Turin (scientific directors: Michela di Macco and Giuseppe Dardanello), 2016-2018; 2021.


I have been actively involved in the establishment of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN, founded in late 2005) in the following capacities:EAHNcard

● Member, EAHN Committee (Board of Directors), 2006-2018

Founding Editor, EAHN Newsletter, 2007-2010

Board of Advisors, EAHN Newsletter, 2011-2012

Member, Scientific Committee, EAHN Second International Meeting, Brussels, 2012; and Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies, Belgrade, 2015

Honorary Member, 2014

Other Organizations

● College Art Association: CAA Annual Conference Council of Readers (2019-2021)

● Consulting Director for the Early Modern Architecture platform (2013-2019)

Peer Reviewer / Referee

● Referee for the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR: Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca):

● GEV 08, ICAR/18, (VQR 2004-2010), 2013.

● GEV 08a & GEV 10, (VQR 2011-2014), 2016.

● Journals: I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance, The Journal of Architecture, Architectural Histories, Res Mobilis


● College Art Association

● European Architectural History Network

● Italian Art Society

● Society of Architectural Historians