Rebecca Smith

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Rebecca Smith
Graduate Student

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Rebecca Smith is finishing her dissertation, “Measuring the Past: The Geometry of Reims Cathedral,” which examines the possibility of a unified plan and the underlying geometry dictating the cathedral’s design. She received a B.A. in Art History from Penn State University and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Georgia.  Her research interests include Gothic architecture and design, the role of geometry in architectural design, and the interaction between design and structure in buildings.  Before arriving at the University of Iowa, Rebecca worked as an intern at the Children's Museum in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, researching and giving tours of the palazzo's architecture and art. There she worked on a project involving the structure of Vasari's roof design over the Sala dei Cinquecento, which sparked her interest in architectural structure and design. Rebecca recently published an article on the design and structure of Gothic rose windows in the AVISTA Forum Journal titled “Flowers of Fragility: Examining the Structure and Design of Gothic Rose Windows.”