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Originally from Vienna, I completed my undergraduate MA at the University of St Andrews (2014) in Art History and Ancient History, with an emphasis on architectural and decorative history, and the aesthetic cultural exchange facilitated by the Grand Tour. My MA dissertation examined Egyptianizing architecture in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain (supervisor Prof. Rebecca Sweetman). After this, I completed a part-time degree in Building History at Wolfson College, Cambridge, during which I worked for the estate of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry in curatorial, conservation and research capacities. In collaboration with this estate and its archives, I wrote a dissertation re-assessing the architectural history of Boughton House, Northamptonshire (supervisor Jeremy Musson). Since then I held the 2016/17 Giles Worsley Architectural History Research Fellowship at the British School at Rome, examining the adaptive re-use of ancient buildings in Rome.

My current work focuses on the architectural patronage of the 2nd Duke of Monatgu in 1709-49. Continuing and developing my collaboration with the estate of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, my PhD will examine a diverse portfolio of buildings, their significance and socio-political context, and the continuation of Gothic design in Britain.

Other Academic Interests

I am interested in the continuation of the Gothic, the Arts and Crafts Movement, in particular the architecture of M.H. Baillie Scott, the impact of gender roles on design, and the development of the open-plan home. More broadly, I am passionate about the conservation and use of the historic built environment.

Department: Faculty of Architecture and History of Art
Supervisor: Dr James Campbell
College: Robinson College
AHRC subject area: Architecture
Title of thesis: The Architectural Patronage of the 2nd Duke of Montagu, 1709-49.
 Jana Christina Schuster