In addition to housing an extensive library of books, prints and maps of Rome the Studium Urbis is frequently used as a small lecture hall whose walls are lined with originals and reproductions of the actual prints and maps used in the lectures. Upon request individual lectures on Roman urbanism, cartography and architectural history are given at the Studium Urbis (capacity 30 seats) to U.S. university groups visiting Rome.  Some of the lectures are associated with specific walks through the city, which can be scheduled for different days.  Requests for subjects not listed in the table below require an anticipated time of four weeks.


DESCRIPTIO VRBIS: The urban development of Rome through historic maps.
Using modern analytic maps of the ancient and medieval city, and historic maps from the 15th century on, the growth, contraction and re-expansion of Rome is discussed over a range of nearly three millennia. Prints, drawings and photographs round out the analysis of the urban tissue.

Baroque Ovals and Urban Form
The oval as an urban form appears in the work of Michelangelo, Bernini, Specchi and others, but the figure itself goes as far back as the Colosseum, and is illustrated by Serlio in the first of his Five Books on Architecture, not long before it appeared in the design of Piazza del Campidoglio. Ovals, in contrast to ellipses, also appear in church design starting in the mid-16th century.

PIAZZA S. PIETRO: Axes, Alignments & Asymmetry
A study of the pre-existing urban and architectural constraints that affected the design of both parts of Bernini’s Piazza S. Pietro as well as the Scala Regia in the Vatican palace, and the architect’s decisions resulting from these constraints.


TITLESUBJECT (when not explained in the title)
1551: Bufalini's Exploration of RomeCartographic deductions
Acqua Virgo GreenwayTracing the Acqua Virgo through modern Rome
AlbanoCastrum to modern town
Archaeological Park or Urban Desert?The Forum/Palatine area
Area Sacra ArgentinaLargo Argentina and its urban history
Asymmetry in SymmetryNon-alignment of symmetrical designs
BanchiThe Quartiere de' Banchi and its Trivium
Barbey 1697G.B. Nolli's immediate predecessor
Baroque Ovals & Urban Form
Baroque Urban Planning
BorgateDumping grounds for the undesirables
Bufalini 1551: Distortion & Rectification
Bufalini and the Imago Urbis
CelioTopography of an urban triangle
Civitatis PiaePius IV Medici's Borgo Pio
Descriptio UrbisUrban development of Rome through historic maps
Forma Urbis3c. Marble map of Rome
Forum ChronologyRoman Forum images
GarbatellaHousing for the dispossessed
Individuality of the StreetRoute maps by PSU students
Medieval StreetsReconstructions based on Nolli
Monumental vs. UrbanContrasting approaches to urban studies
Nolli as an Instrument of Urban Analysis
Nolli Map, The
Piazza S. PietroAxes, Alignments & Asymmetry
Piazza di SpagnaEvolution of an urban space
PincioStory of a parking garage battle
Porta LeoneA vanished Renaissance neighborhood
Possesso1655: Alexander VII Chigi's processianal print
Renaissance Planning and Via Papale
Roman Towns
Roman ViewsDrawings, paintings & prints of Rome
Termini: Transformation of a SiteFrom suburban villa to railroad station
TriviumsForm and adaptation in Renaissance planning
Una Roma VisualeNolli and Vasi
Urban ReciprocityStreet/building Interactions
Urban setting of the PantheonReconstruction of the ancient street net
Vasi and Public SpaceStudies in the Magnificenze
Via della ConciliazioneThe destruction of Borgo
Villa AdrianaHadrian's Villa near Tivoli
Villa BorgheseHistory of a park
Leonardo to DesarguesProjective Geometry