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Saundra Weddle

Visiting Professor

Campus Box 1079

Saundra Weddle is a visiting professor of architecture at the Sam Fox School, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural history and theory.

Her research focuses on convent architecture in Renaissance Italy, particularly in Florence and Venice. Her current project, Architectures of Control and Resistance: Venetian Convents through the Early Modern Period, examines practices and patterns of convent foundation, patronage, and development; the influences of local architectural and urban vernaculars; and power dynamics related to Venetian social, political, and religious contexts. This research has received funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. She has also received a Graham Foundation Grant and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend to support her work.

In addition to an edited and annotated translation of the chronicle of the Florentine convent of Le Murate (Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2011), Weddle has published a number of articles on the form and function of convent architecture. Examples from 2016 include "Suspect Places in Venetian Convents" (Encountering the Renaissance: Celebrating Gary M. Radke and 50 years of the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art, WAPACC), "’Tis Better to Give than to Receive: Client-Patronage Exchange and Its Architectural Implications at Florentine Convents" (Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F. W. Kent, Brepols), and "Domus Humilis: The Conversion of Venetian Convent Architecture and Identity" (Conversions: Gender and religious change in early modern Europe, University of Manchester Press).

Weddle has served two terms on the Journal of Architectural Education editorial board and has co-edited two issues of the publication, "Beyond Precedent" (issue 62:2 with Marc Neveu) and "Open Works" (issue 70:2 with AnnMarie Brennan).

She is a professor of architectural history and theory at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where, in 2014, she was awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal for distinction in design.