Reaching back to Vitruvius, Renaissance architects revived classical architecture, while animating it with disciplined, present-tense passion. In a few crowded decades, classicism was revived from a thousand year quietus—and transformed into a prototype for the next 500 years of architectural design.
Diane Ghirardo is professor of architecture and art history at USC. She teaches history and theory of architecture, with special emphasis on Italian Renaissance architecture and urbanism, 20th century Italian architecture, gender and architecture, and contemporary criticism. She has lectured across the globe, including periods in Italy, South Africa and Australia. In addition to her work on Italy, she has also begun a project on issues of identity, heritage, and place in Cape Town, South Africa.