Deborah Janet Howard, art historian and academic. Her principal research interests are the art and architecture of Venice and the Veneto; the relationship between Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean, and music and architecture in the Renaissance. She is Professor Emerita of Architectural History in the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.(born 1946) is a British
Deborah Howard read for a first class honours Bachelor of Arts degree, an Architecture and Fine Arts Tripos, at Newnham College, University of Cambridge from 1964 to 1968, gaining a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University in 1972.
Howard also earned an MA with distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London where she studied from 1968-72 and was awarded her PhD by the University of London in 1973. Whilst at the Courtauld, Deborah Howard contributed photographs to the Conway Library that are currently being digitised by the Courtauld Institute of Art as part of the Courtauld Connects project.
University teaching and research posts
Professor Howard has spent the majority of her academic life at the University of Cambridge where she started her career becoming the Leverhulme Fellow in the History of Art, at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 1972/3. She then taught and undertook research at University College London, the University of Edinburgh and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
In 1992, she returned to the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art at Cambridge when she became a Fellow of St John’s College. From 2001 to 2013, she was Professor of Architectural History at the University of Cambridge and Head of Department of History of Art 2002-9.
She has also held visiting appointments at Yale (Summer Term program in London), Harvard (Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the Villa I Tatti in Florence), the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Smith College, Princeton, and the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland.
With Dr Mary Laven and Dr Abigail Brundin she was one of the principal investigators of a major interdisciplinary project, funded by a Synergy Grant from the European Research Council, 2013-2017, Domestic Devotions The Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home, 1400-1600 which has resulted in a number of publications. Her most recent project Technological Invention & Architecture in the Veneto in the Early Modern Period was under the 2017-19 Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship.
Howard's book Venice & the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture demonstrated how fourteenth- and fifteenth-century trade with Muslim states (including Cairo, Damascus, Acre, Aleppo, Baghdad and Amman) were key to shaping the design of Venice: with Islamic patterns and shapes incorporated "symbolically" into architecture, city planning following demarcations of business and leisure seen in North African states, and new technologies for building domed roofs brought back alongside traded goods. The book is illustrated with Howard's own photographs.
Awards and honours
Howard was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010 and has worked as a Council Member, on working groups, committees and is currently a peer reviewer for grant and fellowship applications in History of Art and Architecture.
During her long career, Professor Howard has acted on numerous external academic committees as well as in more community based posts. For example, Professor Howard is a Trustee of the Venice in Peril Fund. More locally she is School Governor of St John’s College School Cambridge having previously been a governor of St Margaret’s School in Edinburgh and the Perse School for Girls (now the Stephen Perse Foundation) in Cambridge.
- The Sacred Home in Renaissance Italy, (with Abigail Brundin & Mary Leven), Oxford University Press, 2018, ISBN 9780198816553
- Venice Disputed: Marc'Antonio Barbaro and Venetian Architecture,1550-1600, New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0300176858
- Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Music, Acoustics, with Laura Moretti, New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2009, ISBN 0300148747
- The Architectural History of Venice (revised edition with new photographs by Sarah Quill and Deborah Howard), New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2002, ISBN 0300090285
- Venice & the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture 1100-1500, New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2000, ISBN 0300085044, ISBN 978-0300085044
- Scottish Architecture: Reformation to the Restoration, 1560-1660, Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1995, ISBN 0748605304
- Jacopo Sansovino; Architecture and Patronage in Renaissance Venice, New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 1975, ISBN 0300018916
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