Ed Triplett

Lecturing Fellow in Art, Art History and Visual Studies
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Ed Triplett received a PhD in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia in 2015. He also has an MFA in 3D Modeling and Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MA in History & Museum Studies from the University of Delaware. His dissertation focused on fortress-monasteries and castles occupied by Iberia’s military-religious orders, and he continues pursuing his two main interests: medieval architecture and historical and cultural visualization. Ed teaches courses on historical mapping, medieval castles, and Gothic cathedrals. His publications include a chapter in Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology discussing historical uses of photogrammetry and 2D and 3D viewshed analysis, (2016) and an article for a special issue of Historical Geography discussing architectural projections of power and influence on medieval Iberia’s fluctuating frontier (2017). Ed originally came to Duke as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow tasked with data curation for visual studies in 2015, and he continues to work with the Wired! Lab and other digital scholarship groups on campus. His collaborative digital project seeks to spatially reconstruct “The Book of Fortresses” – a bound collection of perspective drawings and plans of 58 castles on the border between the kingdoms of Portugal and Spain in 1509-1510.


Historical Mapping with GIS

Medieval Castles of Europe

Monasteries & Cathedrals

Wired! The Lives of Things


Alife Arch App

Art of the Americas Interactive

The Book of Fortresses

Building Duke

Modeling Medieval European Castles

A Portrait of Venice


Publications & Presentations


Triplett, Edward. “Mapping Spheres of Influence on Medieval Iberia’s Religious Frontier via Viewshed Analysis and Cost-Distance Analysis.” Historical Geography 45 (2017): 66-91.


Triplett, Edward. “The Book of Fortresses: An Early Modern Visualisation of a Historical Buffer-Zone.” Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 6-7, 2018.

Triplett, Edward. “Drawing Borders with Castles and Maps —Making Sense of the 16th Century Livro das Fortalezas.” The Spaces of Early Modern Architectural Production, Max-Planck-Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2018.

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Video: Ed Triplett on Unreal Spaces and Real Places