Ann Huppert

Associate Professor

Ann C. Huppert is an architectural historian whose research and teaching address architecture, landscape, and urbanism in the early modern period, especially the Italian peninsula and the Mediterranean world.

Professor Huppert received an A.B. degree in Philosophy from Vassar College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She held a two-year Kress Predoctoral Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, and from 2003-5 was the Scott Opler Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College at the University of Oxford. She has received additional research support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the American Philosophical Society and the Renaissance Society of America.

She teaches broadly on the history of architecture including surveys of world architecture from antiquity to the early modern period. Among recent seminar topics are courses on the Architecture of Mediterranean Cities 1300-1600 and (Re)Building Rome 1400-1800. Her teaching engages questions of design transmission, cultural exchange especially in the pre-modern Islamic and Christian world, periodization and the definition of the Renaissance, and employs digital humanities tools.

Professor Huppert’s first book, Becoming an Architect in Renaissance Italy: Art, Science, and the Career of Baldassarre Peruzzi, (Yale University Press, 2015), investigates the close connections between the figural arts and architecture in the early sixteenth century, and through the lens of period drawings, explores Peruzzi’s mathematical aptitude, representational skills, and the influence of antiquity on his designs. Her current research projects concern building practice and design communications in sixteenth-century Rome, and with Pamela O. Long she is writing a comprehensive construction history of the Roman Church of Il Gesù. She has written on Vitruvius in Bramante’s Rome, Giorgio Vasari and Siena, mapping Rome, and on the design process for new St. Peter’s at the Vatican, with articles appearing in the Journal of Architectural Historians, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome and in edited volumes.

She currently serves as a book review editor for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and chairs the Faculty Council on Academic Standards at UW.