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About Laura Fernandez-Gonzalez

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 (

Department Responsibilities

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.

Subject Specialism

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


  • 2018 Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Senior Scholar Fellow — Society of Architectural Historians,
  • Career Development Fellowship — Edinburgh School of Architecture, University of Edinburgh,
  • Honourable mention for outstanding PhD thesis (cycle 2011–13) — Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies,
  • Visiting Guest Lecturer (December) — University Jaume I (Spain),
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship — Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh.,
  • PALATIUM Network Travel Grant — European Science Foundation,
  • Visiting Guest Lecturer (November) — Wellesley College,
  • BBVA Research Award — British-Spanish Society,
  • Barry Wilson Prize — Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture,
  • Ernest Cook Bursary for doctoral research, (declined). — The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
  • PhD fully funded studentship (fees, maintenance, research) — College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh

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Research Interests

  • Architectural and Urban Conservation

  • Early modern art and architecture

  • Imperial and Global History

  • Spanish and Portuguese History

  • Digital Heritage

Research Projects

  • PI: Architecture, Empire and Public Rituals in Early Modern Santiago de Cuba and Havana. — awarded £4500 by Society of Architectural Historians in 2018
  • Co-I: Public Rituals in the Portuguese Empire (1498-1822) — awarded £210752 by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of the Portuguese Government in 2018
  • PI: Entangled Imperial Cities: Architectural Exchange between Lisbon and Old Goa — awarded £6536 by British Academy Small Research Grants in 2017
  • PI: Vernacular Architecture in Lisbon — awarded £1000 by Santander Universities Mobility Grant in 2016
  • College of Arts Research Funds — awarded £595 by University of Lincoln in 2016
  • PI: Philip II of Spain's Portuguese Sojourn — awarded £6000 by Hispanex grant Spanish Government in 2015
  • PI: Philip I Portugal and the Iberian Union — awarded £6500 by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2014
  • PI: Digital Curatorial commission for the ‘Global Lisbon’ project 2014-17 — awarded £5600 by Exhibited at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Portugal in 2017 in 2014
  • PALATIUM Travel Grant — awarded £750 by European Science Foundation in 2011
  • PI: Philip I of Portugal's entry into Lisbon — awarded £5900 by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2011
  • PI: Re-creating Early Modern Festivals - Lisbon Triumphant Project — awarded £6000 by Spanish Ministry of External Affairs in 2010
  • BBVA Research Grant — awarded £3500 by British-Spanish Society in 2010
  • Conference grant for Re-creating Early Modern Festivals — awarded £350 by Society for Renaissance Studies GB in 2010
  • Conference and Exhibition grants for Re-creating Early Modern Festivals project — awarded £600 by University of Edinburgh (ECA) in 2010

Research in the Lincoln Repository