Yelda Nasifoglu

Yelda Nasifoglu is a PhD candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at McGill University. She has a background in architecture (B.Arch., Pratt; M.Arch., McGill) and history of science, medicine, and technology (M.Sc., Oxford). Approaching her subject via architectural praxis, she is interested in the relationship between art and science as they were perceived during the Early Modern period, and in particular the insights and problems posed by the recent approaches to architecture as mathematical practice. Her doctoral research investigates the formation of the self-taught architect in 17th-century Britain as well as the transformations in Early Modern mathematics — these via the mathematical and architectural work of the English virtuoso Robert Hooke (1635-1703). She is also one of the editors of Robert Hooke’s Books Database, an online source launched in 2015. Yelda has been a research assistant for the project since 2012, a co-administrator of the website, a member of the Digital Humanities team, and a Graduate Student Associate in the ‘Early Modern Cities as Theatres of Conversion’ research cluster. From Fall 2016, she will be a Research Associate at the History Faculty, University of Oxford, working on the AHRC-funded project ‘Reading Euclid: Euclid’s Elements of Geometry in Early Modern Britain’.