Jessica Brown is a third-year PhD student in Architectural History. With an undergraduate degree in Art and Design, her interest is in the direct relationship and experience of society with its surroundings. Through a variety of study abroad programs and work in Italy, Jessica’s interests shifted into the realm of architectural and landscape history. She explored a fascination with the sensory experience and relationship of Renaissance gardens to the larger social and agricultural landscapes in her Master’s thesis on ideas of nationality and their formation through expatriates in Italy at the beginning of the twentieth-century.
A continued interest in the phenomenological approach to gardens and their surroundings is at the center of Jessica's research and preparation for the dissertation proposal. She conducted a tour of Medici villa gardens in the summer of 2019 and looks forward to an intense investigation of gardens in and around Rome as soon as the global situation and COVID-19 allow.
Jessica has been a Teacher’s assistant for sustainability courses and a summer course in Vicenza through the University of Virginia. At the University of Texas at Austin she is a TA for the undergraduate survey courses, World Architecture: Origins to 1750 and World Architecture: The Industrial Revolution to the Present. In the spring semesters of 2019 and 2020, Jessica presented on the early Renaissance in Florence as a guest lecturer for World Architecture.
- BA, Art and Design, Columbia College Chicago
- MA, Architectural History, University of Virginia
- Renaissance landscapes and gardens
- The elite, vernacular, and design
- Experiences of gardens and landscapes
- International relationships of landscape design