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Edward Triplett

Edward Triplett

Lecturing Fellow in Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Edward Triplett

Ed Triplett received a PhD in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia in 2015. He also has an MFA in 3D Modeling and Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MA in History & Museum Studies from the University of Delaware. His dissertation focused on fortress-monasteries and castles occupied by Iberia’s military-religious orders, and he continues pursuing his two main interests: medieval architecture and historical and cultural visualization. Ed teaches courses on historical mapping, medieval castles, and Gothic cathedrals. He is working on a book manuscript about the role castles played in the formation of borders in Medieval Iberia. His publications include an article about his current Wired! project The Book of Fortresses in Creating Place in Early Modern European Architecture, (2021) a chapter in Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology discussing historical uses of photogrammetry and 2D and 3D viewshed analysis (2016), and an article for a special issue of Historical Geography discussing architectural projections of power and influence on medieval Iberia’s fluctuating frontier (2017).

Ed originally came to Duke as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow tasked with data curation for visual studies in 2015, and he continues to work with the Wired! Lab and other digital scholarship groups on campus. His collaborative digital project seeks to spatially reconstruct The Book of Fortresses—a bound collection of perspective drawings and plans of 58 castles on the border between the kingdoms of Portugal and Spain in 1509-1510.

Past Collaborations

Statues Speak


Books & Book Chapters

  • Triplett, Edward. “Drawing Borders with Castles and Maps—Making Sense of the 16th Century Livro das Fortalezas.” In Creating Place in Early Modern European Architecture. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021.
  • Triplett, Edward. “Visualizing Medieval Iberia’s Contested Space through Multiple Scales of Visibility Analysis.” In Remote Sensing Current Methods and Applications, edited by Maurizio Forte and Stefano Campana. New York: Springer, 2017.

Public-Facing Scholarship


  • Jaskot, Paul B., Hannah L. Jacobs, Mark Olson, Victoria Szabo, and Edward Triplett. “Shaping the Discipline of Digital Art History: A recap of an advanced summer institute on 3-D and (geo)spatial networks.” The Iris. December 19, 2018.
  • Triplett, Edward. “Mapping Spheres of Influence on Medieval Iberia’s Religious Frontier via Viewshed Analysis and Cost-Distance Analysis.” Historical Geography 45 (2017): 66-91.


  • Triplett, Edward. “Maps and Views, Plans and Landscapes: The Capabilities of 3D GIS in Liberal Arts Teaching and Research.” Keynote Paper for “Fostering Humanistic Tools for Digital Mapping” ACM Faculty Career Advancement Program at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, July 2019.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., Paul Jaskot, Mark J.V. Olson, Victoria E. Szabo, and Edward Triplett. “Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D (Geo)Spatial Networks.” Panel presentations at the College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, February 13, 2019.
  • Triplett, Edward. “Borders and Panoramas in Early Modern Portugal: Integrating Architectural and National-Scale Spatial Analyses with 3D GIS.” in “DH in 3D: Multidimensional Research and Education in the Digital Humanities.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 2019.
  • Jacobs, Hannah L., Paul Jaskot, Mark J.V. Olson, Victoria E. Szabo, and Edward Triplett. Presentation at “Coding Our Collection: Datathon.” National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, October 25, 2019.
  • Szabo, Victoria E., Ciara Capulli, Cristina Mosconi, Estefanía López-Salas, Burcak Ozludil, Edward Triplett, and Augustus Wendell . “Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D (Geo)Spatial Networks.” Panel discussion at the College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL, February 13, 2020.
  • Triplett, Edward. “The Book of Fortresses: An Early Modern Visualisation of a Historical Buffer-Zone.” Paper presented at Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 6-7, 2018.
  • Triplett, Edward. “Drawing Borders with Castles and Maps—Making Sense of the 16th Century Livro das Fortalezas.” Paper presented at The Spaces of Early Modern Architectural Production, Max-Planck-Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2018.
  • Triplett, Edward. “Historical Mapping in Three Dimensions: Obstacles and Opportunities” in “Geographical History: From Maps as Documents to Maps as Method.” Panel presented and co-organized with Susan Gagliardi at the American Association of Geographers conference, Boston, MA, April 2017.
  • Triplett, Edward. “Recontextualizing Decades-old Excavation Materials Through 3D Visualization.” Paper presented at Computer Applications in Archaeology Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2017.

Funding & Sponsorships