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Lucas Giles


Lucas Giles is a PhD candidate in History of Art from the University of Cambridge and is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council as well as the recipient of an Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award. 

His research is focussed on reconstructing medieval choir screens in central Italy using innovative new technologies such as ground-penetrating radar, LiDAR scanning, photogrammetry, 3D modelling and extended reality. As part of his doctoral research, he is reconstructing the tramezzo screens at three mendicant sites in Pisa including Santa Caterina, San Francesco and Santa Maria del Carmine. 

In 2019, he spent nine months as a Visiting Scholar in the Engineering Department at the University of Pisa. He also worked as a Research Assistant for six months in the Wired! lab in 2017 (a specialist digital humanities laboratory) based in North Carolina at Duke University. Prior to to his studies at Cambridge, he received an MA in Digital Art History from Duke University (GPA 3.9/4.0), as well as a First Class Honours degree in History of Art and Italian from the University of Warwick where he spent a year at the University of Federico II in Naples as part of the Erasmus programme. He is currently an editor and director at Contra Journal, an arts charity and annual publication focussing on the intersection between art and conflict. 


Research Interests

  • Digital Humanities 
  • GPR technology 
  • Tramezzo screens
  • Mendicant art and architecture 

Key Publications

"Factum Foundation's Reconstruction of Kamukuwaká Cave", Contra Journal, 3 (2020), pp. 28-31.

"Out of the Ashes: An Interview with Michael Rakowitz", Contra Journal, 3 (2020), pp. 44-55.

“Technology & Medieval Architecture: Using GPR to Reconstruct the Choir Screen at S. Chiara in Naples”, Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture, 6, 4 (2018), pp. 123-160.

With C. Bruzelius, A. Giordano, L. Repola, E. De Feo, A. Basso, E. Castagna, “L’eco delle Pietre: History, Modeling, and GPR as Tools in Reconstructing the Choir Screen at Sta. Chiara in Naples”, Archeologia e Calcolatori, 10 (2018), pp. 81-103.