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Amanda Iglesias

Amanda Iglesias

MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies (MAUS) Student

Supervisor: Dr. Nicholas Simcik Arese


Amanda is pursuing her MPhil as Yale’s Bass Fellow in Architecture and Urban Studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Her research examines London’s late 17th-century church building movement as critical to England’s emergent Protestant nationalist identity. Specifically, she examines the ecclesiastical architecture of Christopher Wren, from his famed St. Paul’s Cathedral to his London City Churches, as the substantiation of a precarious Protestant apparatus, at the cost of non-Protestant political exclusion.

She holds a BA in Studio Art: Graphic Design from Wheaton College and an M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture. While at Yale she presented her research on the theological discourse surrounding post-war suburban churches in the American Midwest. She is interested in the tensions inherent to sacred architecture. Beyond their invocation of the ineffable, sacred spaces are a material arbiter of a body politic and its requisites of corporate identity, participation, and exemption.