Cara Rachele
Curriculum vitae

Cara Rachele teaches Renaissance architectural history and theory, as well as further courses in architectural representation and textual analysis, at the chair of Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke at the Institut for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich.

Cara is a specialist in early modern Italian art and architecture, with a secondary interest in the nineteenth century. Her research focuses on representation and works on paper – disegno and drawing practice more broadly – and the development of architectural practice and education. Her current project investigates the emergence of the artist-architect in early sixteenth-century Italy through an exploration of the development of drawing practice in Florence and Rome. It sheds new light on the importance of drawing for architecture, as well as disegno as a unifying theoretical framework for artistic creation. In the early stages is a second project, provisionally titled “Fear of Falling: Unstable Architectures in Early Modern Italy”, which investigates structural solidity and anxiety of collapse in early modern artistic discourse.

Cara has been a fellow of the Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence), the Drawing Institute of the Morgan Library & Museum (New York), the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institut, and the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe of the Uffizi Museums (Florence), among others. She holds a BA in art history and architectural practice from Columbia University and a PhD in art and architectural history from Harvard University.