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Professor Deborah Howard MA PhD FBA FSA FSA Scot Hon FRIAS FRSE

Professor Deborah Howard, MA PhD FBA FSA FSA Scot Hon FRIAS FRSE

Director of Research and Professor Emerita of Architectural History (No longer accepting new graduate students from September 2017)

Fellow of St John's College

Director of Studies at St John's College

Office Phone: 01223 339360


Deborah Howard is Professor Emerita of Architectural History and Director of Research in the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. She was Head of Department of History of Art from 2002-9 (with a sabbatical break in the middle).  A graduate of Cambridge and of the Courtauld Institute of Art, she taught at University College London, Edinburgh University and the Courtauld Institute, before returning to Cambridge in 1992.

She has held visiting appointments at Yale (summer Term program in London), Harvard (Aga Khan program and the Villa I Tatti), the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC,  Smith College, Princeton, and the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland.

In 2005 she established the Centre for Acoustic and Musical Experiments in Renaissance Architecture (CAMERA) in the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge.

She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010.

Her principal research interests are the art and architecture of Venice and the Veneto; music and architecture in the Renaissance; and the relationship between Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean.  

With Dr Mary Laven (History)  and Dr Abigail Brundin (Italian) se is co-ordinating a major ERC Synergy Grant entitled ‘Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Italian Home’ (2013-2017)


Her latest books are:


Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Music, Acoustics (with Laura Moretti), Yale University Press  2009

Venice Disputed: Marc’Antonio Barbaro and Venetian Architecture 1550-1600, Yale University Press 2011

The Music Room in Early Modern France and Italy: Sound, Space and Object (Proceedings of the British Academy 176), edited with Laura Moretti, Oxford University Press, 2012.

Architecture and Pilgrimage: Southern Europe and Beyond (edited with Paul Davies and Wendy Pullan), Ashgate, 2013

The Image of Venice: Fialetti’s View and Sir Henry Wotton (edited with Henrietta McBurney), Paul Holberton, 2014

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari:  Immagini di devozione, spazi della fede (edited with Carlo Corsato) [in press, 2015]

In August 2011 (with her husband, Malcolm Longair) she completed the ascent of all the ‘Munros’, the 283 highest mountains in Scotland.

Deborah Howard CV