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Career Information Interviews

Listen to the perspective of practicing architectural historians as they discuss their role in the field, their training and some of the remarkable experiences they have had.

Interview 3 — Jan. 20, 2010: Travis McDonald, Director of Architectural Restoration at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, interviewed by Dr. Robin Williams, chair of the Architectural History program at SCAD and six SCAD Architectural History students.  Mr. McDonald discusses how he got into studying architectural history at the University of Virginia and his various career experiences.  He comments on notable aspects of the restoration of Poplar Forest, including opportunities for further research.   Listen to the Interview (approx. 59 minutes).

Interview 2 — Dec. 7, 2009: Patti Kuhn (B.F.A. 2000), alumna of our program and practicing architectural historian in the Cultural Resources division in the Washington, D.C. office of the environmental engineering firm The Louis Berger Group — interviewed by Dr. Robin Williams.  Ms. Kuhn speaks about her various projects that she has worked on, her opportunities for travel, research and writing, and the role played by her training in architectural history at SCAD and her Master’s in Historic Preservation at George Washington University.  Listen to the interview (approx. 17 minutes).

Interview 1 — Nov. 11, 2009: Dr. Richard Cloues, Deputy Historic Preservation Officer at the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office in Atlanta, interviewed by Dr. Robin Williams, chair of the Architectural History program at SCAD and six SCAD Architectural History students.  Dr. Cloues discusses his training, how he moved from Cornell to Atlanta, the various positions he’s held at the SHPO in Atlanta, his experiences with the National Register of Historic Places and how important his architectural history training has served him in those positions.   Listen to the Interview (approx. 45 minutes).

Other Resources:

Newspaper Article and TV Show story interviewing alumna Kirsta Benson (MA 2006) about the historic site management of the Prison Warden’s House in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Link to the article and TV spot.

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