Rebecca Smith is a third-year Ph.D. student in Medieval art. She received a B.A. in Art History from Penn State University and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Georgia. Rebecca's M.A. thesis, "The Square Chevet of Laon Cathedral," focused on Gothic architecture and examined the role of the crossing tower in the reconstruction of the chevet. Her Ph.D. 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.