Yelda Nasifoglu

Yelda Nasifoglu received her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University in 2018. Her dissertation ‘Robert Hooke’s praxes: reading, building, drawing’ studied these shared practices in the scientific and architectural work of the 17th-century virtuoso Robert Hooke (1635-1703). Most recently, she has been a Researcher with the AHRC-funded project ‘Reading Euclid’s Elements of Geometry in Early Modern Britain’ based at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, and affiliated with the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library. She organised the networked exhibition Seeing Euclid and is also one of the editors of Robert Hooke’s Books Database, an online source launched in 2015.
With a dual background in architecture (B.Arch., Pratt; M.Arch. & Ph.D, McGill) and history of science, medicine, and technology (M.Sc., Oxford), Yelda 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, as well as book collecting and material reading practices. Yelda was a research assistant for the Early Modern Conversions project between 2012 and 2016, a member of the Digital Humanities team, and a Graduate Student Associate in the ‘Early Modern Cities as Theatres of Conversion’ research cluster.