Academic Staff

Dr Caspar Pearson

Position in departmentOn research leave 2015-16
Staff positionSenior Lecturer in Renaissance architecture and urbanism
Emailcpearson@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 872076
Room6.122
Biography

Caspar Pearson specialises primarily in the art, architecture and urbanism of the Italian Renaissance but also writes about aspects of contemporary architecture and urbanism. He is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre.

His first book, Humanism and the Urban World: Leon Battista Alberti and the Renaissance City, was published by Penn State University Press in 2011. The book examines the ways in which humanism, aesthetic theory and the practice of architecture combine with personal experience of life in the Italian city-states to inform Alberti’s thinking about the urban world. It further explores how concerns regarding history and the nature of mankind inform Alberti's aesthetic theories, and how the ongoing preoccupations of family and city, social relations and politics, are approached through a diverse array of Alberti's extraordinary and multiform writings. Caspar continues to work on Leon Battista Alberti and the theory and practice of Renaissance architecture. His current book project, The Classical Disorders, focuses on the Renaissance, while relating the material it considers to other periods.

Caspar has written about the legacies of Renaissance urbanism as they relate to the New Labour government's 'Urban Renaissansce' and has also published on the visual culture of the European Union.

He is on sabbatical leave during the academic year 2015-2016 and is currently the Paul Mellon Centre Fellow at the British School at Rome.

Research interests
  • Renaissance Art and Architecture
  • Leon Battista Alberti
  • Urbanism and Town Planning
  • Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism
  • The European Union
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