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In this lunchtime workshop, #DAHRG’s inaugural event, Fern demonstrated how CAD software can be used in conjunction with primary research documents to recreate lost architecture. Furthermore, Fern clarified how mapping architecture via SketchUp had enhanced her understanding of early-modern Scots’ perceptions and use of interior space.

Meg provided insight into UCLA Professor Meredith Cohen’s Paris Past and Present project and her experience using Vectorworks and photogrammetry as pedagogical tools, providing students with an iterative approach to learning about architecture.


This session ended with a SketchUp activity to clarify its simplicity. By referring to primary sources, we began to make a model of the destroyed St Maria ad Nives (The Snow Kirk) of Old Aberdeen. Follow-up materials, including the original primary sources worksheet and a beginner’s guide to SketchUp are available below.

Dr Fern Insh (Courtauld Institute of Art) is the Research Forum’s Digital Project Officer and a specialist in early-modern Scottish art and culture. Prior to working at the Courtauld, Fern was a Teaching Fellow and Researcher at the University of Aberdeen. During this time, she produced and published a successful tourism app called Discover: Old Aberdeen. The app includes digital reconstructions of buildings damaged or destroyed after the Scottish Reformation.

Meg Bernstein (University of California, Los Angeles/Courtauld Institute of Art) is Kress Pre-Doctoral Institutional Fellow and an Associate Lecturer. Meg is currently conducting research for her doctoral thesis on the architecture of the thirteenth-century English parish church. Previously, Meg worked as a Graduate Research Assistant/3D Modeler for the Paris Past and Present project (UCLA Art History/Center for Digital Humanities), and has supervised undergraduate researchers/modelers doing fieldwork and photogrammetry for the project onsite in Paris.


Follow-up material:

A Beginner’s Guide to SketchUp

St Maria ad Nives (The Snow Kirk) Sources

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