Sara Galletti
Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Sara Galletti received a M.Arch. from the Università IUAV of Venice and joint Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from the Université de Paris IV–Sorbonne and the Università IUAV of Venice. Her field of research and teaching is early modern architectural theory and practice, with a focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe and the Mediterranean. She has published secular and religious architecture, on Philibert de L'Orme and his architectural treatise, on the urban history of Paris, and on the relations between architectural space, court ceremonial, and the accessibility of artworks, as well as on the history of stereotomy. Her first monograph, Le Palais du Luxembourg de Marie de Médicis, 1611-1631 , was published in 2012 by Éditions Picard, Paris. Her most recent peer-reviewed article, "Stereotomy and the Mediterranean: Notes Toward an Architectural History," appeared in Mediterranea. International Journal on the Transfer of Knowledge , no. 2 (2017).

Current Research Interests

Sara Galletti is a member of the Wired Lab and PI of the Bass Connections project Building Duke. She is working on three book-length projects: "Stereotomy: a Mediterranean History," "Paris of Waters," and "Practice into Theory: Philibert de L'Orme, the Premier tome de l’architecture  (1567), and the Profession of Architecture in Early Modern France."
"Stereotomy: a Mediterranean History" explores the history of the practice and theory of stereotomy–the art of cutting stones into particular shapes for the construction of complex vaulted structures–over a broad geographical and chronological spectrum, from Hellenistic Greece through early modern Europe and across the Mediterranean Basin.
"Paris of Waters" explores the impact of water on the demographic, social, architectural, and urban development of the city of Paris through time. The project is concerned with water in a wide array of forms – as resource, as commodity, as means of transportation, as funnel for the city’s waste, and as cause of disaster and death – and with making it visible as powerful agent of urban change.
"Practice into Theory" analyses the connections between architectural theory and practice in fifteenth- to seventeenth-century France. It focuses on Philibert de L'Orme’s architectural treatise, the Premier tome de l’architecture   (1567), in relation to early modern architectural theory across Europe, the emergence of a new professional figure of the architect, and the modes of transmission of architectural knowledge.

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