Katie has a PhD in Art & Architectural History and an MA in Art & Architectural History from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Art History & Studio Art from the University of Waterloo.
She joined the University of Edinburgh as the Teaching Fellow in Architectural History for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Katie’s research interests concentrate on the architecture of the central and eastern part of the European continent during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Applying interdisciplinary approaches to architectural history, such as the history of art, material culture, anthropology, and theory has influenced her thinking about the built environment and has shaped her teaching philosophy, which aims to provide an inclusive model of studying architecture through a global lens.
She is currently revising for publication an article manuscript on a grain merchant’s testament from 1616. The study will shed light on the merchant’s material world and the beliefs and values that governed the disposition of his possessions and buildings. Her first book project explores the granary, a building type constructed to store and preserve grain, and a forum for material encounters. She is also in the process of translating the first Polish architectural treatise into English.
Katie is the author of a book chapter, Polish Stone, Venetian Glass and Red Hungarian Marble: The Materials of a Renaissance Chapel in Jagiellonian Poland (Manchester University Press, 2015) a study that explores dynastic use of architecture and the ways in which materials of construction became a language of connecting and mapping an empire.
She has given papers at multiple international conferences, has taught at the University of Toronto, the University of Regina, and Sheridan College. She has worked in course development and new pedagogy and was a fellow at the Communicating Culture in Early Modern Europe MaPs Project (Concordia & McGill).
Finally, she is an avid world traveller and architectural and street photographer, keen to share her own experiences and perspectives in the classroom.