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Architectural History alumnus Craig Potts shares his perspective on the value of his SCAD education

November 1, 2017

Craig Potts with studentsDuring the winter and spring quarters of the 2016-2017 academic year, Craig Potts (M.A. 2002), the State Historic Preservation Office for the state of Kentucky, served as the Architectural History alumni mentor.  The SCAD mentor program allows alumni to reconnect with the college and share their professional perspective with students.  Craig summarized the benefits of his SCAD education in the following words:

“SCAD helped me turn my passion for the historic environment into a successful and fulfilling career.  Architectural History gave me the tools I needed to understand context within the built environment, to better evaluate those places that are worthy of physical preservation and to broaden my perspectives on significance. I was able to tailor my ideal learning experience at SCAD through a full slate of applied and academic learning.  I am able to protect and revitalize historic properties in Kentucky almost every day through consensus building and creativity. I developed those skills along with confidence and leadership abilities at SCAD.”

 

 

Alumna Elizabeth Clappin delivers talk at SESAH annual meeting

October 15, 2017

Elizabeth Clappin (M.F.A. 2016) delivered a conference paper, entitled “Degenerate Receptacles: The Role of Typology in the Preservation of State Hospitals,” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians held in Lynchburg, Virginia.  A recent graduate of the SCAD Architectural History program, she is currently teaching online at the University of Rhode Island Providence.

Robin Williams involved in public debate about the Talmadge Bridge and Confederate Memorial

October 1, 2017

DSC_6546_smSCAD Architectural History chair Robin Williams served as one of seven panelists at the “Renaming the Talmadge Bridge” public forum held at the Savannah Theatre on September 5.  The bridge currently honors Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge who was an outspoken supporter of racial segregation and white supremacy during the 1940s and 1950s.  The public forum, sponsored by Span the Gap and the Beach Institute, attracted about 300 people, has generated considerable local media attention and a formal resolution by Savannah City Council on September 28 to change the bridge’s name, which requires approval of the Georgia Assembly to take place.   Williams has also been invited to serve on a task force of local historians organized by the Mayor of Savannah to investigate courses of action for addressing Savannah’s Confederate Soldiers Memorial in Forsyth Park in light of the recent debates and controversies over monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders.

Latest Career Data Results Posted

October 1, 2017

The semi-annual review of full-time positions advertised for architectural history in the public and private sectors (and excluding academic positions), representing the period of July 2016 through June 2017, have now  been posted to the Careers section (see tab above).  Compiled by faculty member Karl Schuler, the most recent data show some interesting trends:

  • the number of advertised positions nationally remains strong, though declining slightly, but still well above recession-era levels. This is partly due to the increase in the number of temporary positions, such as those with FEMA
  • positions in architectural research and preservation planning continue their long-term trend of dominating opportunities
  • the geographic distribution of jobs is more evenly spread across the country, with the West being the leading region for the first time
  • salaries are increasing for positions requiring the least experience — a B.A. with some experience or a Master’s with limited experience

Williams delivers TEDx talk on historic street pavement

May 26, 2017

Department chair Robin Williams presented a talk on “How Historic Street Pavement Modernized the City” as part of the 2017 TEDxSavannah event on May 19.  The talk can be be viewed on YouTube.

Schuler delivers talk on Fort Screven

May 26, 2017

Departmental faculty member Karl Schuler delivered a public talk, “Fort Screven in Context,” to the Tybee Island Historical Society on April 28.  Fort Screven was constructed in the 1890s as the last phase of military defences built in the Savannah area and protected the Georgia coast and the entrance to the Savannah River from enemy attack.  Schuler has made the area’s military heritage a focus of his research.

Williams’ talk on historic pavement attracts crowd and media attention

January 27, 2017
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Source: WTOC News

A standing-room-only crowd attended Chair Robin Williams’ public talk, “History Underfoot: Appreciating the Significance of Savannah’s Street and Sidewalk Pavement,” delivered as part of the Friends of Massie Lecture Series on January 24.  His research on historic street pavement has evidently struck a nerve with public interest.

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In anticipation of the event, he was interviewed by Emily Jones at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Savannah, and following the lecture local TV station WTOC aired a news storywtoc-news-coverage-24i17

As part of his research, Williams visited numerous American cities during 2016, documenting examples of historic street and sidewalk pavement and curbs, which are shared through his website historicpavement.com.

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