Andrea Basso

Visiting Student, Building Engineering & Architecture, University of Padua

Andrea Basso is currently studying Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Padua. In these years he has learned how new multimedia tools can be implemented in the field of Architecture and Engineering, and how they can improve both the visualization and the construction process of the buildings. He is currently working on the church of S. Chiara in Naples with Caroline Bruzelius, Lucas Giles, and his fellow student from Italy, Elisa Castagna, investigating the architecture of the past with the 3D visualization media. He is also developing the theme of display of architectural models through the study of UNITY software and of BIM models’ transfer into virtual reality environments such as the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.


Projects

Sta. Chiara Choir Screen

Elisa Castagna

Visiting Student, Building Engineering & Architecture, University of Padua

Elisa Castagna is a fifth-year student of five-years single-cycle degree in Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Padua. During these four years at the university she has been focused on the study of engineering and architectural subjects, taking a close interest in the use of IT tools for the development of architectural models and in the field of construction process. She is currently working on the church of S. Chiara in Naples with Caroline Bruzelius and Lucas Giles, developing the theme of display of architectural models through the study of UNITY software and of BIM models’ transfer into virtual reality environments such as the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.


Projects

Sta. Chiara Choir Screen

Davide Contiero

Visiting Student, Building Engineering & Architecture, University of Padua

My name is Davide, I am 24. I am studying at University of Padua in Building Engineering and Architecture. I am learning how multimedia programs can improve the visualization and the building construction process. Especially in this last field I will focus my master degree thesis. I would like to develop programs which allow you to facilitate the building construction process. Here at Duke I am working on a Krakow project with Professor Jaskot investigating the plan of the city of the past through 3D programs.


Projects

Mapping German Construction

Martino Dalla Valle

Visiting Student, Building Engineering & Architecture, University of Padua

Martino Dalla Valle is an MA student in Architectural Engineering from the University of Padua. His thesis work explores the different use of Immersive technology with the cultural heritage through laserScan survey.

Since 2017 he has been studying how to visualize the BIM data-set through virtual environments.
Now he is working at the Wired!Lab and looking for new methods for visualizing Ludovico Ughi’s Venice prospective to create a more involved cultural experience.


Projects

Imagining Venice

Lucas Giles

MA in Historical & Cultural Visualization | Class of 2016

Lucas Giles is a first year MA student in the Historical and Cultural Visualization program. He has a first-class BA in Art History with Italian from the University of Warwick in the U.K. His main academic interest is the art and architecture emanating from the Italian peninsula during the 13th and 14th centuries, particularly in Naples and Venice. He has spent a year in Naples studying at the University of Federico II and a semester in Venice as part of the Warwick in Venice program.


Projects

Alife Arch App

St. Chiara Choir Screen

Venice Interactive Visual Atlas


Publications & Presentations

Dissertation

Giles, Lucas. “Historic Architecture and Digital Modeling: The Reconstruction of the Choir Screen at Santa Chiara in Naples.” MA dissertation, 2016.

Ju-Yu Hung

MA in Digital Art History | Class of 2017

Ju-Yu (Ruby) is an MA student in the Digital Art History program. Her research interests are exhibition narrative, visitor behavior, and digital heritage presentation. She was a specialist in Cultural Heritage Department of Yilan County government in Taiwan (2013-2015), in charge of supervising the reuse of historic buildings, hosting Cultural Heritage Review Committee, and managing projects such as heritage research and subsidy application. Her previous job was a docent (2012-2013) in Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan. She provided guided tours for general and particular groups (e.g. vision-impaired) and assisted with content development for special exhibitions. Inspired by her working experiences, she seeks digital and innovative approaches to combining these components together and experimenting on them.  She received a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in International Business from National Taiwan University and spent one year exchanging in France which gave her collaborative working and international experience.


Publications & Presentations

Dissertation

Hung, Ju-Yu. “Immersive Projection: A Case Study on the Duke Chapel Interior.” MA dissertation, 2018.

Emily Leon

Class of 2018 | MA in Digital Art History/Computational Media

Emily Leon is an MA student in the Digital Art History program. Her research interests include modern art with a strong emphasis on marginalized religions and occult philosophies. Leon debuted Desert Suprematism in October of 2016, an online journal that presents essays and projects about visual artists, experimental musicians, and occultists who have been omitted from current art history pedagogy and academic curriculum. As a Digital Art History student, she is interested in developing a digital learning model that traces and acknowledges the complexities, influence, and relevance of esotericism and spirituality on visual art and artists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Before relocating back to the Triangle of NC, Leon worked in arts administration for organizations including SITE Santa Fe and the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (CCA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In addition to active intellectual labor, she is a performing artist, musician, and writer. Leon received her BA in Art History summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Manuela Maggipinto

Visiting Student, Building Engineering & Architecture, University of Padua

I am a Building Engineering and Architectural graduate student, from University of Padua, Italy. I am really interested in arts and architecture. During my studies I learned the importance of software for visualization and especially 2D and 3D technical drawing. Through my graduate thesis I analyze how a restoration project could be managed by these software.

At the Wired! Lab, I am involved in the Building Duke project to make an interactive digital 3D model of campus developments since the 1920s.


Projects

Building Duke

Stephanie Manning

MA in Digital Art History | Class of 2017

Stephanie Manning recently completed a Master of Arts in the Digital Art History Program in the Art, Art History and Visual Studies Department. Her main area of interest is in Historical GIS and its applications in visualizing and mapping ancient Roman material transportation routes. Read about her thesis research here.

In summer 2017, Stephanie was awarded a Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grant, which enabled her to participate in a summer course at Sotheby’s in London. Read more about her experience here. In 2018, Stephanie joined Apple via Apex Systems as a GIS Technician.

Stephanie holds a BA (2016) in Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.


Publications & Presentations

Dissertation

Manning, Stephanie. “Applying GIS to the Logistics of Material Transportation for Constructing the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.” MA dissertation, 2017.

Henrietta Miers

MA in Historical and Cultural Visualization | Class of 2015

I am a first year MA student in the Historical and Cultural Visualization program. I received my BA in art history at Princeton University, where I took a variety of classes in different branches of art history. I wrote my senior thesis on the British-Nigerian contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare’s Fake Death Series. I compared and contrasted Shonibare’s photographs to the original paintings he used, while looking at the literal and metaphorical death that appear in both. During my summers I interned for Maya Lin, transcribing videos for her What is Missing Project? I also interned at the SOHO gallery, Deitch Projects, and at Daniel Wolf’s studio.


Projects

Troyes Cathedral: Stained Glass


Publications & Presentations

Dissertation

Miers, Henrietta. “Mapping All Above: Sixteenth-Century Ceiling Painting in Venetian Churches at a Time of Religious Reform.” MA dissertation, 2015.


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