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Carolyn Yerkes Joins Department Faculty

September 25, 2014

Carolyn Yerkes has joined the department as assistant professor of early modern architecture. Before coming to Princeton, she was the curator of Avery Classics, the rare books department of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, where she also taught classes in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. She received a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia, as well as an M.Arch. from the School of Architecture at Princeton. She is a faculty fellow of Rockefeller College.

Yerkes specializes in Renaissance and Baroque architecture, focusing on European buildings from the 15th through 18th centuries. Much of her latest research investigates relationships between architectural theory and techniques of architectural representation. Her book manuscript, awarded the James Ackerman Prize in the History of Architecture, examines the 16th- and 17th-century functions of a crucial but neglected corpus of Renaissance architectural drawings. It offers a new analysis of the role and function of networks and copies of drawings during the period. Her recent articles on this subject have appeared in the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, the Metropolitan Museum Journal, and Annali di Architettura. Another study in progress, entitled “From Solomon to Sonograms,” deals with the juridical anomaly of forced looking when images were a form of punishment.

She is also working on a book about early modern architectural experiments. The book examines how architects used buildings to explore the natural world, including such phenomena as acoustical echoes, gravity, optics, and time.

Her teaching interests include the role of antiquity in the Renaissance, architectural objects, the history of acoustics, modes of architectural representation (books, drawings, models), infrastructure and subterranean construction, architecture and law, and the concept of error in architecture.