University of Virginia: School of Architecture

Cammy Brothers

Associate Professor
Mario di Valmarana Professorship in Architecture
Director, Venice Program
Cammy Brothers
Discipline Architectural History
Education BA Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges (1991); MA Courtauld Institute, University of London (1992); Ph.D. Harvard University (1999)
Phone 924-6463
Office 412 Campbell Hall

Personal Statement

Cammy Brothers specializes in Italian Renaissance Architecture. Her book, Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture (Yale University Press, 2008) argues that Michelangelo's architectural drawings are best understood in terms of his experience as a painter and sculptor. It explores the idea of drawing as a mode of thinking, using its evidence to reconstruct the process by which Michelangelo arrived at new ideas. By turning the flexibility and fluidity of his figurative drawing methods to the subject of architecture, Michelangelo demonstrated how it could match the expressive possibilities of painting and sculpture. It was the 2010 winner of the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. Her research and publications focus on architectural drawing, artistic exchange around the Mediterranean, Renaissance theories of architecture and literature, and interaction between the practices of painting, architecture and sculpture. She teaches lecture courses on Italian Renaissance Architecture; on Rome, Venice, and Istanbul; and on Mediterranean Architecture. Her seminars have considered topics such as The Architecture and Landscape of Islamic and Renaissance Spain; Architecture and Urbanism in Renaissance Rome; Architecture and Painting; Venice; Ruins in the Renaissance; Renaissance Drawing; and Theory and Methods of Architectural History. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Commission (1991-92), the American Academy in Rome (Rome Prize Fellow, 1996-97), the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies (2001-02), the Canadian Centre for Architecture (2006), Dumbarton Oaks (2006-07), and the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (2007 and 2011). She is currently completing a book on Giuliano da Sangallo and the Ruins of Rome, and working on another one about architectural exchange between Italy and Andalusia.  She also writes criticism, which has appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  As Valmarana Professor, she has launched several new initiatives: a semester long undergraduate program in Venice; a Valmarana Family Summer Internship in the Veneto; and the Veneto Society Visiting Lectureship for Venetian scholars. 

Personal Gallery

1 of 5 Yale University Press, 2008
2 of 5 ed., with Michael Waters, 2011
3 of 5 Conference organized, 2011
4 of 5 Conference organized with Sheila Crane and Lisa Reilly, 2010
5 of 5 Is Drawing Dead? Yale SOA 2012, panel with Juhani Pallasma, Deanna Petherbridge, and Antoine Picon