Elizabeth Merrill

Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellows are early career scholars who are ordinarily no more than five years past the granting of the doctorate and who are financed in part or in whole by the MPIWG. These scholars carry minor responsibilities (no more than 10% of their time) within their research unit.
Department I
April 11, 2016 to October 11, 2018

Elizabeth Merrill is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. She studied at Columbia University and at the University of Virginia, where she earned her PhD. Her research focuses on the role of the early modern architect, architectural design and building processes, and the structures of architectural collaboration and information exchange. Currently she is completing a book on the Sienese architect Francesco di Giorgio and the development of the early modern profession of architecture.

Selected publications: 

Merrill, E. (2017). Pocket-size architectural notebooks and the codification of practical knowledge. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 21-54). Cham: Springer.

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Merrill, E. (2017). The 'professione di architetto' in Renaissance Italy. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 76(1), 13-35. doi:10.1525/jsah.2017.76.1.13.

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June 2016
The Creation of Space and the Connection Between Models and Drawings as Design Tools, The Dutch Institute, Florence
Combining the intrinsic and the extrinsic: Francesco di Giorgio's model drawings
April 2016
Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Boston, MA
The Trans-Regional Building Culture of Renaissance Siena
February 2016
College Art Association, Annual Conference, Washington, DC
Professione as a Term of Architectural Praise
September 2015
Travel and Conflict, Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Bangor University, Wales
Fortification by "Remote Control" in late-Quattrocento Naples
March 2015
Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany
An Autonomous Early-Modern Architect?
March 2014
Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, New York, NY
The Architect’s Training in Nature
May 2013
Designing Architecture in Sixteenth-Century Europe, KNAW Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Technical Drawing in Francesco di Giorgio’s Trattato di Architettura
April 2013
Society of Architectural Historians, 66th Annual Conference, Buffalo, NY
Francesco di Giorgio and the Emergence of the Renaissance Architect
April 2013
Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference (CA); Panel: Between Apprentice and Master II
"Before Professionalism: The Architectural Training of Francesco di Giorgio”


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