I am currently working on two projects. The first one focuses on the idea of landscape in Roman luxury villas. I examine the architecture of Roman luxury villas together with the literary and visual representations of natural scenery in order to address the ways in which Roman ideas and idealization of landscape contributed to the creation of a novel language of architecture and landscape architecture.
A second project focuses on the urban areas of late Hellenistic Delos in order to examine the rapid urbanization resulting from economic development on the island between 167 BCE and the sacks of 88 and 69 BCE. The mixed-use neighborhoods attest to the cultural and religious diversity of the island during this period and serve as case studies for the ties between economic development and urbanization. I examine the neighborhoods as microcosms of the changes that Delos underwent during the late Hellenistic period. By combining analysis of the urban form with an evaluation of economic growth, public administration and private initiatives, this project will offer a new approach to the study of urbanism in classical antiquity.