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Ph.D. – History and Theory of Architecture, McGill University, 2018

M.Sc. – History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Oxford, 2010

M.Arch. – History and Theory of Architecture, McGill University, 2002

B.Arch. – Bachelor of Architecture (professional), minor in Art History, Pratt Institute, 1997

I am an historian of early modern mathematics and architecture, and an Associate Member of the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. Originally from Istanbul, I was trained as an architect in New York, studied history of science, medicine, and technology at Oxford, and in 2018 received a Ph.D. from McGill University in the history and theory of architecture with my dissertation ‘Robert Hooke’s Praxes: Reading, Drawing, Building’ where I studied these shared practices in the scientific and architectural work of the 17th-century virtuoso Robert Hooke (1635–1703).

Most recently, I have been a Researcher with the AHRC-funded project ‘Reading Euclid’s Elements of Geometry in Early Modern Britain’ based at the Faculty of History, Oxford and affiliated with the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library. I organised the networked exhibition ‘Seeing Euclid’ and am also one of the editors of ‘Robert Hooke’s Books Database’, an online source launched in 2015. Between 2012 and 2016, I was also a Research Assistant for the SSHRC-funded ‘Early Modern Conversions’ project based at the Department of English at McGill.

My research interests include mathematical diagrams and non-representational and heuristic uses of drawing, which I have touched upon in my chapter ‘Reading by Drawing. The changing nature of mathematical diagrams in seventeenth-century England’ published in Reading Mathematics in Early Modern Europe. Studies in the Production, Collection, and Use of Mathematical Books by Routledge in October 2020. I am also interested in the cross-pollinations between mathematics and architecture, different conceptions of praxis, and book collecting practices in the early modern period. I am currently developing a digital humanities project provisionally titled Catalogue of Catalogues: A Database of British Book Catalogues, in Print and Manuscript, up to 1700.


I may be reached via email at yelda.nasifoglu [at] or on Twitter @YeldaNasif.