Saundra Weddle earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism at Cornell University. Before coming to Drury, she taught in the University of Illinois Study Abroad Program in Versailles, France, and in the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. With a joint appointment shared between the HSA and the Department of Art and Art History, she teaches the history and theory of art, architecture and urbanism, offering introductory surveys as well as upper level courses on Renaissance, Baroque and Asian art and architecture, the History of Museums and Collecting, Theories of Architecture, and the architecture Senior Seminar.
Dr. Weddle’s research focuses on the form and function of Florentine and Venetian Renaissance convents. In addition to presenting her work at national and international conferences, and publishing articles in several edited volumes, she has published an edited and annotated translation of the chronicle of the Florentine convent of Le Murate, completed by Sister Giustina Niccolini in 1598. The manuscript is one of a small number of surviving documents that presents a nun’s own interpretation and synthesis of historical events. It recounts the roughly two hundred-year history of Florence’s largest convent, providing a rare view of life behind the enclosure walls and of nuns’ interaction with the world outside. Dr. Weddle's current research on Venice focuses on local convent typologies and urban patterns of convent foundation and development. Her research projects have been supported by a J. William Fulbright Grant, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, a Graham Foundation Grant, and a Gladys Krieble Delmas Grant for Venetian Research.
In 2011, Dr. Weddle collaborated with Marc Neveu to co-edit a theme issue of the Journal of Architectural Education on the integration of historical and design studio methodologies and pedagogies. She currently serves on the editorial board of Architectural Histories, the journal of the European Architectural History Network.
She received the Drury University Faculty Award for Scholarship in 2011.
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1986
M.A., Cornell University, 1992
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1997
Drury University faculty member since 2001
Professor since 2012