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Widely regarded as the English language authority on the history of Baroque Rome and its water supply, Katherine Rinne trained as an architect at The University of California at Berkeley, practiced as an urban designer in Los Angeles, and taught architecture, landscape architecture and urban design studios, and architectural history at The University of Arkansas, Berkeley, Harvard University, and California College of the Arts. When she moved to Rome, her background in architecture, teaching, and urban design allowed her to study Rome and its water supply across
time and at the scale of the city.
Her numerous publications include The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City (Yale: 2010), which won the 2012 Spiro Kostof Award for Urban History from the Society of Architectural Historians and the 2011 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize for Landscape History from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. More recently she co-authored Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present, with Rabun Taylor and Spiro Kostof, (Cambridge University Press: 2016). She is currently writing a history of hydraulic experiments and fountain design in Italian Renaissance Villas titled Experiments with Beauty.
Katherine has lectured widely to academic and general audiences across the United States and Europe including The Library of Congress, Dumbarton Oaks, MIT, The University of Miami, The Accademia di San Luca (Rome), Cambridge University, and Microsoft World Headquarters. She has received funding from The American Philosophical Society, The National Science Foundation, The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT, The National
Endowment for the Humanities, and The Fulbright Foundation.