Dr Giovanna Guidicini PhD

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Lecturer in History of Architecture and Urban Studies


Mackintosh School of Architecture



Giovanna Guidicini
Lecturer in History of Architecture and Urban Studies

Giovanna Guidicini


Dr Giovanna Guidicini

Giovanna Guidicini is a Lecturer in Architectural History and Urban Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. She holds a Laurea Magistrale (Master’s Degree) in Architecture from the Università degli Studi di Ferrara and a Ph.D. in History of Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. She passed the registration exam for the Albo degli Architetti (Italian Register of Architects) in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2013.

Giovanna has taught at the Università di Ferrara, at the University of Edinburgh, and at Plymouth University; she had taught both Design-related courses in the studios and lecture-based courses in Architectural History. She joined The Glasgow School of Art in 2014.

Giovanna is particularly interested in the role of the urban environment as performative space during triumphal entries celebrated in Europe -and in Scotland in particular- during the early modern period; she is writing a monograph on the use of palatial and urban spaces by the Stewart dynasty during triumphs, festivals and ceremonies. In her work, Giovanna compares Scottish festivals and triumphal entries with their foreign counterparts, particularly Florence, Paris, Antwerp, and London to discuss cultural similarities and reciprocal influences. She is also working on a digital recreation of Charles I's entry into Edinburgh in 1633, and is interested in the lasting influence of early modern triumphal entries on the welcoming ceremonies organised for monarchs after the industrial revolution, particularly at King George IV and Queen Victoria's urban entries.

As a side project, Giovanna is working on Italian Villas in the 16th and 17th centuries as physical representations of the personal rise, cultural awareness, and political engagement of their owner; her main case study is Villa Angelelli Zambeccari, near Bologna.


G.Guidicini (forth), Performing spaces: Triumphal Entries and Festivals in Early Modern Scotland (Routledge, - )

G.Guidicini, 'Imagining and staging an urban border: the role of the Netherbow gate in early modern Edinburgh', in The Design of Frontier Spaces: Control and Ambiguity, edited by C.Loeb and A.Luescher (Ashgate, 2015)

G.Guidicini, ‘The Political and Cultural Influence of James V’s Court on the Decoration of the King’s Fountain in Linlithgow Palace’ in Art and Identity: Visual Culture, Politics and Religion in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, edited by S. Cardarelli and E.J. Anderson. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012)

G.Guidicini, 'Municipal Perspective, Royal Expectations, and the Use of Public Space: the case of the West Port, Edinburgh 1503-1633', Architectural Heritage, Vol XXII, 2011

G.Guidicini, ‘Scottishness on stage: creating and performing Scotland’s national identity during triumphal entries in the XVI and XVII centuries’, in The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the World Beyond, edited by J. Campbell, E. Ewan, and H. Parker (Guelph Series in Scottish Studies, II, 2011)

G.Guidicini, A.Rosignoli, S.L. Vacondio, Nobiltà Bolognese tra Città e Campagna: la Villa Angelelli-Zambeccari di Argelato, edited by A. Marino (Franco Angeli: Milano 2011)

G.Guidicini, ‘A Scottish triumphal path of learning at George Heriot Hospital, Edinburgh’, International Review of Scottish Studies, Vol. 35 (2010)

Papers and seminars (selection)

2017 (forth.) - Whose Power? Iconography and Agendas in Early Modern Scottish Ceremonies, College Art Association Conference, New York

2017 (forth.) - Early Modern High-Rise Living and the Tenement Experience, Society of Architectural Historians Conference, Glasgow

2016 - 'Gender, Age, Politics, and Religion: Problematic Scottish Monarchs and/in the Urban Space, 1503-1633', Society of Renaissance Studies Biannual Conference, Glasgow

2016 - 'Ordering the World: The Game of Trionfi and the Architectural Iconography of Stirling Castle, Scotland', Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Boston

2016 - 'Romanitas and Local Folklore in Scottish Early Modern Urban Ceremonies', Society of Architectural Historians Annual International Conference, Pasadena/Los Angeles, California

2015 - "’with great merrienes and game’ : the reception of Mary of Guise in Edinburgh and St Andrews in 1538", French Institute in Scotland, Edinburgh

2015 - 'The Netherbow gate and the creation of urban borders in Early Modern Edinburgh', The Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge

2015 - 'Power, imagery and urban spaces in early modern Scotland', Arts and Politics Conference, University of Bari

2015 - ‘The Staging of Citizenship during Early Modern urban ceremonies in Edinburgh’, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 17th Century Conference: Cities & Citizenship, Durham University

2015 - 'Rituals of Space and Monarchical Celebrations at the Scottish Court', Renaissance Society of America Conference, Berlin