Laura came to Lincoln in 2015 as Lecturer in Architectural History after working in the School of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University Jaume I in Spain (2013) and has also held postdoctoral fellowships at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal and the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Laura studied in Seville, Madrid and Edinburgh where she graduated with PhD in Architectural History from the University of Edinburgh. Before embarking on doctoral research Laura was a Research Assistant for an AHRC funded project at the School of Architecture in Newcastle University (UK) and worked in architectural and urban conservation in Spain.
Laura is an architectural and art historian with expertise in the early modern Iberian world. She is particularly interested in theories of encounter, hybridity and globalisation. Laura has also developed an interest in Virtual Heritage Visualisation and has worked on several curatorial projects in this field. Laura’s research explores cultural exchange, the relationship between centres and peripheries, and how these tensions are reflected in the architectural and artistic production of the early modern Spanish and Portuguese global empires. She is currently completing a monograph that analyses imperial display and hybridity in the art and architecture of the Iberian Peninsula during Philip II of Spain’s rule in the sixteenth century. Laura has also co-edited a book titled ‘Festival Culture in the World of the Spanish Habsburgs’ (Ashgate, 2015). Laura is in the early stages of her second book project concerning architecture, urbanism and ritual in the Habsburg Portuguese world. This project examines artistic exchange and architectural development in Lisbon and Old Goa through the lens of royal and vice-regal entries in the period c.1580–1640. The aim of this project is to explore the impact that the encounter of ‘western’ and ‘non western’ cultures had on cultural hybridisation and architectural development in major commercial port-cities in the Portuguese Eurasian empire. This project has been awarded funding by the British Academy for the period 2017-19.
Laura currently teaches in the BA (Hons) and MA in History at the School of History and Heritage. She also offers a research-led option entitled: ‘Early Modern Visual and Cultural Encounters in the Iberian World’. In addition, Laura is coordinator of the two-semester long RIBA accredited module in the ‘History and Theory of Architecture and Design’ for the Lincoln School of Architecture. Laura has fully redesigned the module’s content which includes lectures, workshops, field visits and screenings and coordinates the work of a team of around ten lecturers and tutors contributing to the module.
Early modern art and architecture, Spanish and Portuguese History, Imperial and Global History, Architectural and Urban Conservation, Virtual Heritage Visualisation,
- PhD Architectural and Art History — Edinburgh, 2012
- PGDip Archives — Madrid, 2005
- MA Urbanism and Town Planning — Seville, 2003
- BA Hons History of Art (five–year degree) — Seville, 2002
- Career Development Fellowship — Edinburgh School of Architecture, University of Edinburgh, 2013
- Honourable mention for outstanding PhD thesis (cycle 2011–13) — Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, 2013
- Invited Guest Lecturer (December) — University Jaume I (Spain), 2013
- Postdoctoral Research Fellowship — Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh., 2012
- PALATIUM Network Travel Grant — European Science Foundation, 2011
- BBVA Research Award — British-Spanish Society, 2010
- Barry Wilson Prize — Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 2008
- Ernest Cook Bursary for doctoral research, (declined). — The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain., 2007
- PhD fully funded studentship (fees, maintenance, research) — College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 2007
- Higher Education Academy — Fellow (D2)
- Renaissance Society of America — Member
- ARTES | Iberian & Latin American Visual Culture Group — Member
- International Network for the Early Modern Festivals Study — Forum coordinator
- Society for Renaissance Studies (GB) — Member
- Society of Architectural Historians (GB) — Member
- Society of Architectural Historians — Member
- Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies — Member
- Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland — Member
External Activities and Consultancy
2016 ‘Transnational and Local Identities in the Artistic Production of the Early Modern Iberian World’ A panel session co-organised with Marjorie Trusted V&A for the Society for Renaissance Studies Conference at the University of Glasgow (July).
2015 ‘Early Modern Hybridity and Globalization: Artistic and Architectural Exchange in the
Iberian World’, Two-panel session convened jointly with Dr Marjorie
Trusted V&A Museum. Renaissance Society of America conference in Berlin, March.
2014 ‘Imagining the City: Virtual Heritage Visualisation and Historical Research’ Panel cochair
with Helena Murteira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) European Association for
Urban History, Lisbon.
2012 ‘Virtual Historic Cities: a laboratory in Urban History’ 11th International Conference
on Urban History ‘Cities & Societies in Comparative Perspective’, organised by the
European Association for Urban History, Prague, 29August–1 September.
2011)‘Cities in the Habsburg World’. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. Lisbon, 30 June – 2 July 2011.Panel co-chair with Alejandra B. Osorio, Wellesley College.
2010 ‘Performing power in Renaissance Europe: music, religion, politics
and art display in triumphal entries’. Society of Renaissance Studies of Great Britain
National Conference, York, July 2010.Panel convenor.
2010 ‘Re-creating Renaissance and Baroque Spectacle: the Hispanic Habsburg Dynasty in
context’, Edinburgh, 6–7 July. Conference convenor.
2008-09 PROKALO Seminars in Architecture. The University of Edinburgh, 2008–2009.
2007 ‘Visual planning and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century 13–15 September 2007’,
Newcastle University. UK. Research assistant to the organiser Professor John
2014-16 Curatorial Commission for a Digital Re-creation for a documentary
produced by Professor Kate Lowe and Dr Annemarie Jordan
2011 Lisbon Triumphant, on-line exhibition:
2010 Re-creating Early Modern Festivals, Chief Curator Matthew Gallery,
2010 Re-creating Early Modern Festivals Project website: direction of design and
2007 Town and Townscape the work and life of Thomas Sharp exhibition.
Newcastle University Library, September 2007.
2012 and 2014 External reviewer for The Court Historian.
2012 External Pre-reviewer Harris Faculty Fellowship, Grinnell College, Iowa.
2010- Forum coordinator of the International Network for the Study of Early Modern