Professor Pellecchia received her B.A. from Smith College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her primary area of research is Renaissance architecture and theory with a special focus on the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Her publications in several scholarly journals (Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorisches Institutes von Florenz, Renaissance Quarterly, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians) deal with issues of patronage, the interplay between ancient texts and Renaissance designs, and the function of architectural drawings. She is currently writing a book, "Family, Property and Identity: the Gondi Palace in Florence from Giuliano da Sangallo to Giuseppe Poggi," which will study how the individual, family, and civic identity of the Gondi are bound to and represented by their palace.
Professor Pellecchia, who has been nominated several times for the University's Excellence in Teaching Award, teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses. Topics include "The History of Architecture," "Renaissance Florence," "Renaissance Women and the Arts," and "Brunelleschi and Alberti."
Professor Pellecchia has also served as senior architectural historian for the Foundation for Documents of Architecture, a Getty-funded computer project based at the National Gallery of Art. In 1991-92, she won the Mellon Fellowship in Art History at the American Academy in Rome. In 1993-94, she was a Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.