Juan Luis Burke, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park.
The Global Renaissance
The Global Renaissance project is a scholarly-pedagogical experiment, made up of content produced by undergraduate students in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, at the University of Maryland-College Park, and headed by Juan Luis Burke, Ph.D., assistant professor of architectural and urban history at UMD.
The project operates under the premise that the teaching of architectural history has traditionally favored an idealization of the exceptional, and the teaching of Renaissance architectural history is no exception. The issue with this narrative is what is left out, namely, how classicism in the early modern period travels, is adopted beyond Italy, and becomes adapted, incorporated into local idioms, and for what reasons.
The Global Renaissance project features research into buildings localized in regions of the world that have traditionally been left out of the mainstream narratives, both in Europe and outside it.