Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory. Laura came to Lincoln in 2015 from the University of Edinburgh where she lectured and tutored in the architectural history and conservation programmes. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at Wellesley College (2011) and 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 urban 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 digital heritage 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 production and visual arts of the early modern Spanish and Portuguese global empires. A monograph currently under review analyses imperial display and circulations in the architecture of the Iberian world during Philip II of Spain’s rule in the sixteenth century. Laura has co-edited a book titled ‘Festival Culture in the World of the Spanish Habsburgs’ (Ashgate, 2015). She is currently working on two book projects: first, a monograph tentatively entitled 'Entangled Imperial Cities of the Early Modern Iberian World' examines architectural and urban development in Lisbon, Seville, Old Goa, Havana and Santiago de Cuba through the lens of public rituals. Research for this project has been funded by the British Academy 2017-19 (for Lisbon and Old Goa) and by the 2018 Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Senior Scholar Fellowship funded by the Society of Architectural Historians (for Havana and Santiago de Cuba). Second, Laura is at work on a book project that explores the Palace-Monastery of El Escorial (1563-84), through an analysis of the design and material transformation the building underwent in the 1600s and what it tells us about pan-European architectural exchange.
Laura is co-investigator to the international project 'Public Rituals in the Portuguese Empire (1498-1822)' funded by the FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of the Portuguese government. This project aims to examine the role of public rituals in the making of the early-modern Portuguese empire. To this end, this project will study public rituals through a comprehensive analysis of more than 1000 printed sources, that will be digitised, searchable via OCR and made available open-access in the Luso-Brazilian Digital Library (http://bdlb.bn.br).
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’ and a research-informed option entitled: ‘Imperial Cities of the Early Modern 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,