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2016

Glen Umberger (M.F.A. 2015) secured a position in January as the Manager of Special Projects for The New York Landmarks Conservancy in New York City.

Evan McWilliams (B.F.A. 2008; M.A. 2009) earned his Ph.D. (2016) in the History of Art at the University of York in England.  He is the third student from our program to earn a Ph.D.  His dissertation topic: “The English Use: Liturgy and the Arts in the Church of England 1895-1965”.

2015

Glen Umberger (M.F.A. 2015) received an appointment as Adjunct Instructor, NYU-School of Professional Studies, Center for Liberal Arts in the Humanities, Arts and Writing Department in November.

Jessica Archer (M.F.A. 2014) started in June 2015 as a Graduate Research Intern for the Society of Architectural Historians
archiving the Richard Longstreth photography collection for SAH’s online database, SAHARA. It requires researching pertinent information regarding the 1,700+ photographs Longstreth has donated to the database including address, latitude/longitude, historic designations (if applicable), and building construction. Also, correct classifications within SAHARA and ARTSTOR are applied to the photographs to ensure the finding aid’s consistency.

Glen Umberger (M.F.A. 2015) served as a subject matter expert at a hearing in Austin, Texas, in August regarding the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from the South Mall at the University of Texas. The hearing received news coverage with photos of Glen on the stand.

Amanda Gierke (B.F.A. 2015) secured a position as architectural historian with the City of Annapolis in June 2015, where she is a member of the Weather It Together team, a team of professionals in charge of creating a Flood Mitigation Plan for the city of Annapolis, which focuses on the protection of Annapolis’ cultural resources. In July 2015, she also secured a position as architectural historian with the management consulting firm Civil Logistics.

Claudia Rosa-Lopez (M.F.A. 2011) directed the students at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico who won First Place in the 2015 Charles E. Peterson Prize competition (presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects). The students documented Casa Wiechers-Villaronga in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  This is the second year in a row that Claudia has guided her students to win first place in this prestigious competition.

Marisa Gomez (B.F.A. 2007), currently a Ph.D. student at University of Wisconsin Madison, delivered a paper “The Forest Products Laboratory All-Wood Unit House and the Promotion of Rational Design in Depression-Era America” at the Vernacular Architecture Forum annual meeting in Chicago in June 2015.

Marisa Gomez (B.F.A. 2007), currently a Ph.D. student at University of Wisconsin Madison, delivered a paper, “Defining ‘Modern’ in Postwar Amarillo: The Schell-Munday Co., Synthetic Living, and the 1947 Perma-Stone Protest” at the 5th International Congress on Construction History in Chicago in May 2015. The paper will also be published as part of the conference proceedings.

Katherine Williams (M.A., 2014) secured the position of Pprogram Ccoordinator with the Savannah Development Renewal Authority in May.

Ruben Acosta (M.F.A. 2010), currently at the Nebraska State Historical Society, organized the Preservation: Plain & Simple Conference, which was sponsored by the Nebraska State Historical Society’s State Historic Preservation Office, Friday, May 1, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006), Assistant Professor of Architectural History, College of Charleston, presented a paper, “American Crossroads: General Motor’s Mid-Century Campaign to Link Urban Freeways and Economic Prosperity in the Minds of Millions,” at the 9th Savannah Symposium, Feb. 6, 2015.

2014

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006), currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, presented a paper, “We Are the Heirs of All the Ages: Appropriation of Global Architectural Traditions in the Quest for Universal Modernity, New York, 1888-1892,” at the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Dec. 16, 2014.

Marisa Gomez (B.F.A. 2007), currently a Ph.D. student at University of Wisconsin Madison, delivered a paper, “Defining ‘Modern’ in Postwar Amarillo: The Schell-Munday Co., Synthetic Living, and the 1947 Perma-Stone Protest” at the Construction History Society of America Biennial Meeting (held jointly with AIA Minnesota) in Minneapolis in November 2014.

Jessica Archer (M.F.A. 2014), currently a Ph.D. student at University of California Santa Barbara, delivered a paper, “A Road Runs Through It: The Evolution of a Cultural Landscape along Victory Drive in Savannah, Georgia,” at the Preserving the Historic Road conference, Savannah, Sep. 27, 2014.

Ruben Acosta (M.F.A. 2010), currently at the Nebraska State Historical Society, chaired the “Best of the South” Preservation Award Committee for the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH), presenting that award at the annual meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Oct. 31, 2014.

Olivier Maene (B.F.A. 2014) conducted a summer internship with the UNESCO department of the City of Bruges in Belgium, doing historical research, writing reports and staff recommendations to city council, prior to entering the M.A. program in city planning through the European Union  4 Cities program based in Bruxelles, Belgium, in fall 2014

Evan Allen (B.F.A. 2014) entered the M.A. history of art and architecture program of the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014.

Jessica Archer (M.F.A. 2014) entered the Ph.D. history of art and architecture program at the University of California, Santa Barbara in fall 2014.

Nathaniel Walker (M.A.  2006) secured the Assistant Professor position in architectural history at the College of Charleston, beginning fall 2014.

Michela Davola (M.F.A. 2013) secured a position in August 2014 as an Admissions Counselor at Montserrat College of Art in Saugus, Massachusetts.

Lauren McCardel (M.F.A. 2013) secured a position in August 2014 as an Adjunct Professor teaching architectural history in the architecture & planning department at Community College of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In April 2014 she secured a separate position, which she still has, as an Administrative and Marketing Assistant for PZS Architects.

Claudia Rosa-Lopez (M.F.A. 2011) directed the students at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico who won First Place in the 2014 Charles E. Peterson Prize competition (presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects). The students documented Casa Cautiño in Guayama, Puerto Rico, an outstanding example of Spanish colonial architecture, built 1885-87.

2013

Ruben Acosta (M.F.A. 2010) secured the position of National Register and Certified Local Governments (CLG) Coordinator at the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office in December and starts in January 2014.

Caroline Warner (B.F.A. 2003) assumed the position of Highway Marker Program Historian & Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, based in Richmond, in August 2013, while continuing in her position as Inventory Regsitrar at the Maryland Historical Trust.  Her new position involves a broad range of responsibilities: Manage historic highway marker program, the oldest program of its kind in the country with more than 2400 standing roadside markers, for the Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). With approximately 10 -15 applications in queue a quarter and 1 dedication per week, multi-task all steps of the program from receipt of applications to approval by the State Historic Review Board (HRB) to installation and dedication. Develop close working relationships with sponsors. Conduct primary research on marker topics. Analyze topics using a defined set of criteria to determine statewide significance. Edit and concisely write grant-funded marker texts within 100 word limit. Supervise one assistant. Chair Marker Editorial Committee (MEC) meetings. Present markers at quarterly State Review Board meetings. Maintain close contact with HRB. Coordinate installation of markers with Department of Transportation (VDOT) and local public works offices. Order markers from foundry and manage related expenses, payments and TEA-21 grant funds. Plan dedications ceremonies with sponsors. Act as an advocate for the state and DHR at dedication ceremonies. Prepare press releases for and give speeches and presentations at dedication ceremonies. Manage hard-copy archival files and database records on all markers. Assign marker numbers.

Kimberly Barnard (M.F.A. 2012) began a field survey position with AmeriCorps through August 2014, working with the Cleveland Landmarks Commission documenting 150 buildings for the Ohio Inventory Form in the Cleveland area.

Craig Potts (M.A. 2001) was appointed in June as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and as the State Historic Preservation Officer.  Link to the Kentucky Heritage Council’s press release.

Mallorie Chase (M.A. 2011) entered the Art and Architectural History Ph.D. program at the University of California Santa Barbara, in fall 2013, having received a

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006) published a book review of Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs, ed. Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia and the Garden (2012) in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), vol. 72, no. 1 (March 2013), 117-118.  His exhibition “Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future” at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, which ran from Sept. 3-Nov. 6, 2011, was reviewed in the same issue of the JSAH, pp. 103-104.

Morgan Harrison (M.F.A. 2006) secured the position of Job Captain, Associate AIA, at the firm Humphreys and Partners Architects in May 2013.

Bradley Gordon Allen (B.F.A. 2011), currently a graduate student at the University of Virginia, presented a paper on “Coal, Mourning, and Modernity,” at the 8th Savannah Symposium on February 9, 2013.

Todd Levine (M.F.A. 2003) in January 2013 began a new position as the historian at the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office.

2012

Patti Kuhn (B.F.A. 2000) was the co-author of a substantial report, “A Model for Identifying and Evaluating the Historic Significance of Post-World War II Housing,” published by the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP).

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006) delivered a paper, “A Style for All Time: Orientalist Hybridity as Futurism in Victorian Utopian Architecture,” at the conference Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, November 2012; he also served as chair for the conference session Territories and Affiliations.

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006) co-authored a paper (with Professor Mikesch Muecke of the College of Design at Iowa State University), “Junkerhaus: Hans Prinzhorn and the Myth of Modernist Madness,” presented at the IASTE conference The Myth of Tradition, held at the University of Oregon, Portland, October 2012.

 Marc Belanger (M.F.A. 2002) taught a one-day Senior Symposia course on Frank Lloyd Wright at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in November 2012.

Nicholas Fuqua (MFA 2010), a Planner at the City of San Antonio, Office of Historic Preservation, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians, a regional professional organization, as the Texas representative.

Christen DeNicholas (BFA 2012) began in fall 2012 a law degree at Tulane University, where she received a generous scholarship offer and the opportunity Art and Museum Law as well as Property and Preservation Law. She reports that “I was very pleased that my degree in Architectural History was well received by so many schools.”

Todd Levine (MFA 2003), who is still at the Connecticut Trustis, with his staff, writing a 200-site State Register of Historic Places thematic nomination on Connecticut barns. He is also in the development stage for a new Connecticut Barn Trail, which will include an iPhone app.  He and his staff are also preparing for a national barn conference next June.

Brittany Paige Bryant (MA 2011) secured a position in August 2012 as a Historic Preservation Plan Reviewer within the City of Denver’s Department of Environmental Health. (She was one of 52 applicants for the position.)  She reports: “I will be conduction Section 106 Reviews, under a grant to provide funding to make historic properties (both residential and commercial) energy efficient. This will include properties that are within Denver’s Historic Districts and those without. Therefore, I will be determining if it complies with local ordinances within zoned districts and determining if a property is eligible for Historic Listing and the impact the proposed energy efficiency upgrades will make on these properties.”  The work is very similar to what she did both as an intern and subsequently in her position as an assistant planner at the City of Savannah’s Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Marc Belanger (MFA 2002) started a new position of Marketing and Public Relations for the Springfield Museums as of mid-September 2012.

Mallorie Chase (MA 2011) works at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Renee Hutter (MFA 2006)  started a new position in July 2012 with the Minnesota Department of Transportation working in the Office of Environmental Stewardship as a State Program Administrator Coordinator – Historian.  She reports: “With MnDOT I direct and perform statewide cultural resources contract management, consultation, training, and liaison activities related to federally funded MnDOT and local projects.  This involves communication with consultants, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), other federal agencies, MnDOT offices and districts, local agencies, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO), and members of the public.  I work to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal historic preservation laws, rules, procedures, and policies that must be satisfied for transportation projects throughout the State before the projects may be constructed.”

Bradley Allen (BFA 2011), currently a Master’s of Architectural History student at the University of Virginia, received the Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia awarded by the Society of Architectural Historians to support his work during summer 2012 researching the availability of architectural catalogues and of pre-cut houses in the antebellum period in Mississippi and their impact on architecture in that state. This research supports the Buildings of Mississippivolume authored by Jennifer Baughn and Michael Fazio.

Nicholas Fuqua (MFA 2010), a Planner at the City of San Antonio, Office of Historic Preservation, writes the monthly newsletter for the historic preservation office in San Antonio. He co-authored an article in their March newsletter on slave structures in San Antonio and South Texas entitled “Hidden History: Searching for the Structures of Slavery in San Antonio.”

André Natta (BFA 2001), an independent “urban conversationalist,” remains active in the field.  Besides his on-going position as treasurer for the Jefferson County Historical Commission in Birmingham, Alabama, he’ll be one of the members of the design team for the Design Alabama Mayors Summit in Prattville, AL, in Feb. 2012.  He is also scheduled to be leading two lightning round sessions and one full-length educational session at the National Trust Main Streets Conference in Baltimore in April 2012 tied to using social media to help engage various interests around revitalization projects.  He received his Certification in Main Street Management from the Trust back in 2008.  He’ll also be  leading a session at the Rosenwald Schools Conference the National Trust is helping to organize in June 2012 at Tuskegee.

2011

Megan (Harrison) Lord (MA 2011) secured a part-time position as the Director of the Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Morgan Harrison (MFA 2006) reports that after graduating with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M University in 2009 she worked as both an architectural intern and architectural historian for Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture. “With the downturn in the economy I took a job working as a contract employee at the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity helping with site plans, deed research, and permits. In April 2011 I started work at Humphreys & Partners Architects in Dallas, Texas, where I am currently pursuing my architectural license. I am also entering my second term of serving on one of Dallas’ Historic District Task Force committees as both an architect and architectural historian.”

Claudia Rosa-Lopez (MFA 2011) was invited in fall 2011 to be part of the Editorial committee of the Journal POLIMORFO, which is produced by ArqPoli, the Architecture Department at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, where she teaches.

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006) published an article, “Savannah’s Lost Squares: Progress versus Beauty in the Depression-era South,” in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), vol. 70, no. 4 (Dec. 2011): 512-31.  The article is based on his M.A. Thesis project at SCAD and is the first time one of our students or alumni has had an article published in this prestigious journal.  He also published an article, “Sister Cities: Corporate Destiny in the Metropolis Utopias of King Camp Gillette, Thea Von Harbou, and Fritz Lang,” in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review 23, no. 1 (Fall 2011), 41-54.

Kelley Stroup (M.F.A. 2011) published an article, “‘Where the Church Is, There is the Spirit of God’: Coptic Orthodox Architecture in the Southern United States,” in ARRIS: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 22 (2011): 70-85.  The article is based on her MFA thesis and is only the second time one of our students has had an article published in this notable journal.

Kristin Rourke (BFA 2010) delivered a paper entitled “Housing the Help: Spatial Restriction in William Jay’s Domestic Interior Space in Savannah, Charleston, and England in the Early Nineteenth Century” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) held in Charleston, SC, Oct. 28, 2011.

Mallorie Chase (MA 2011) delivered a paper entitled “The Space of the Surface: Ceramic Tile Architecture in the Lisbon Metro” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) held in Charleston, SC, Oct. 28, 2011.

Kelley Stroup (MFA 2011) delivered a paper entitled “Picturesque or Polyester? Baltimore FormStone as a Case Study in Taste” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) held in Charleston, SC, Oct. 28, 2011.

Bradley Allen (BFA 2011) delivered a paper entitled “Solving an Identity Crisis: Cass Gilbert’s Design for the West Virginia Sate Capitol Building” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) held in Charleston, SC, Oct. 28, 2011.

Ruben Acosta (MFA 2010) delivered a paper entitled “Railroad Stations and the Branding of Southeastern American Cities” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) held in Charleston, SC, Oct. 27, 2011.

Nathaniel Walker (MA 2006) has curated an exhibition “Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future” at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, running from Sept. 3-Nov. 6, 2011.  The exhibition draws from Nathan’s dissertation research.  See also the press release.

Claudia Rosa-Lopez (MFA 2011) is serving as a lecturer in Architectural History in the Architecture Department at the Politechnic University in Puerto Rico during fall 2011.  She is assisting with the teaching of a survey class called the “History of Architectural Space” from the ancient world to today.  Claudia reports that her submission of a paper proposal to the 2012 Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting led to her being invited to submit an essay to a book on Sacred Precincts.

Mark Davison (BFA 2005) reports on his latest endeavors: My fiance and I moved to Tetouan, Morocco, in late September and we will be working with the regional tourism ministry to create English language promotional materials. We are really happy here because we think it will help us reach our long term goal of one day opening a heritage tourism/urban marketing firm. Plus, Tetouan is beautiful, the medina is a UNESCO site, and the new city is full of Moroccan/Andalusian flavor. In the meantime I am working on applications to a few PhD programs.

Bradley Allen (BFA 2011), began his Master’s of Architectural History degree at the University of Virginia in fall 2011.  To keep up with his latest news, view his personal blog at http://argyleaddendum.blogspot.com/

Bradley Allen (BFA 2011) conducted an internship with the Historic American Building Survey in Washington D.C., working on a project documenting the history of WPA-era projects.

Tyler Frazier (BFA 1999) earned his Ph.D. (the first of our alumni to do so) in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning from the Zentrum fur Entwicklungsforschung (Centre for Development Research) at the University of Bonn.  He also published an essay, “Transforming Accra towards a Sustainable Future: Comprehensive Land Use Planning and the Greater Accra Urban Simulation System (GAUSS),” in UGEC Viewpoints No. 5 (April 2011).  See http://ugec.org/docs/ViewpointsV_final.pdf

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006), currently pursuing his Ph.D. in architectural history at Brown University, delivered a paper entitled “A Slave in His Place: Racial Regulation and Segregation in the Savannah Squares” at the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians in New Orleans on April 15, 2011. This is the first time one of our alumni has presented at this national conference. His paper drew on his Master’s Thesis, which won the Outstanding SCAD Thesis Award for 2007 and which will be published in an article in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians in December 2011.

Brittany Bryant (MFA 2011) began working in spring 2011 as an assistant Preservation Planner in the Historic Preservation department at the Metropolitan Planning Commission in Savannah.

Julie Smith (MA 2009) in July 2011 secured the position of Preservation Planner at Historic Charlotte, Inc., where she worked from March-June 2011 as the Marketing and Development Assistant.  Her current responsibilities as planner include membership development (new and existing members), grant writing, produce bi-annual magazine, working with all major fundraising and educational events, volunteer coordinator, website and Facebook manager.

Ruben Acosta (MFA 2010) has secured a position as an Instructor of History at Clayton State University, in Clayton, GA.

Laura Lee (Fisher) Corbett (MFA 1999) reports on her  current endeavors: “I am mainly doing work as a FEMA EHP reservist “deployed” locally at the FL SHPO.  I’ve been doing lots of Tribal consultations for them.”

Abhijit Athalye (MA 2004) now teaches architectural history at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies in Mumbai, India.

Evan McWilliams (BFA 2008; MA 2010) is pursuing his Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History at the University of York, where his research focuses on the study churches of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries whose designs were influenced by what are commonly known as the English Use liturgies.

Nathaniel Walker (MA 2006) delivered a paper entitled “Paradise on Earth: Technological Modernism as Religion Kemalist Turkey,” at the 7th Savannah Symposium in Feb. 2011

Nicholas Fuqua (MFA 2010) delivered a paper entitled “Piety, Profanity and Mythology: The Spiritual Evolution of the Alamo from Religious Outpost to Secular Shrine, at the 7th Savannah Symposium, Feb. 2011.

Nicholas Fuqua (MFA 2010) has served since January 2011 as a Planner in the Office of Historic Preservation in the City of San Antonio.  Following his graduation in 2010, he did curatorial work for the opening of the first National Trust site in Texas, Villa Finale in San Antonio.

2010

Keri (MacDonald) Stevens (MA 2000) was appointed the first City Planner and Community Development Officer for the community of Avondale Estates, Georgia.  Her hiring was covered in the local press, “Avondale Estates hires city planner”.

Tyler Frazier (BFA 1999) secured a new position as Senior Scientist at Department of Transportation System Planning and Telematics – TU Berlin.

Melanie Smith (MFA 2010) works as an architectural historian/historic architect for Sutherland Conservation & Consulting in Maine, assisting owners and architects with Historic Tax Credit Applications, National Register Nominations, Preservation Planning, and conducting some HABS Documentation projects.

Patricia Kuhn (BFA 2000) published a chapter “J. W. Marriott and the Development of the Motor Hotel,” in Housing Washington: Two Centuries of Residential Development and Planning in the National Capital Area, ed. Richard Longstreth (Chicago: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2010).  This essay addressed the specific hotel used by the Vernacular Architecture Forum in their recent conference, May 19-22, 2010, and was part of a 394-page volume of essays documenting major themes that participants in the conference got to address.

Abhijit Athalye (MA 2004) is now freelancing/consulting with different architects in the city. They are largely heritage realted works (just because they are older than 50 years otherwise no merit as such). As he notes, “I did manage to get some research related projects which are right up my alley, and I am also part of a team that is going to do the heritage listing of an old 17th-century settlement not too far from Mumbai.”

Nathaniel Walker (MA 2006), currently a Ph.D. student in architectural history at Brown University, was awarded the Society of Architectural Historians Study Tour Fellowship, which allowed him to participate in a trip to MoMA in New York City in January.  He wrote about his experience on the SAH Study Tour blog.

Kristin Rourke (BFA 2010) began her Master’s of Architectural History degree at the University of Virginia in fall 2010.

Kristin Rourke (BFA 2010) delivered a paper entitled “Dead Space: Urban Graveyard Displacement in Savannah, Georgia” at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in Chattanooga, TN, in October 2010.

Diane Galt (MA 2002) began in 2010 a new position as the Director of Facility Operations at the Yale University School of Dance.  Prior to taking up that position, she was the Executive Director of the Casa del Herrero Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, for seven years.

Renee Hutter (MFA 2006) started a new position in March 2010 at Summit Envirosolutions in Saint Paul, MN. The company is environmental and cultural resource management (www.summite.com, for more info)  Her Architectural Historian position involves a broader range of duties with the company, including writing a National Register nominations,  creating a Minnesota Historic Property Record documentations and working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Section 106 compliance surveys.  She had formerly been with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Caroline Warner (BFA 2003) was hired in March 2010 as the State and National Register Assistant for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources – http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/homepage_features/staff2.html.   She is involved in every aspect of the nomination process, from PIF evaluations, to researching and writing nominations, to fielding questions from the public and consultants, to presenting projects at the quarterly State and Historic Review Board Meetings.

Mark Davison (BFA 2005) took up a position in early 2010 as a social studies teacher at a global citizenship program in Taichung Taiwan.   As he reports, “The chance to teach architectural history and urban planning electives, and the chance to experience another culture, was too great.”

Megan Masana (MFA 2003) is working on a PhD in Art History at the University of Iowa, focusing on American Art, Architectural History and African Art.  Her dissertation topic focuses on the artist Winold Reiss, known for a number of reasons:  (1)  his work with Alain Locke and W.E.B. Dubois on the art for The New Negro, (2) the mosaics for the Cincinnati Union Terminal (several of which are now on display permanently at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, (3) importing the Art Deco style from Europe (he did Longchamp’s Restaurant in New York (at the Empire State Building) and well as the Crillon, etc.).  You can see some of his work/biography at a site maintained by his daughter-in-law, Renate, at www.winold-reiss.org.   Reiss is serving Masana as a sort of case study to explore her interest in the creation of an American identity (visually) at the turn of the last century — what was at stake, what was promoted, what was rejected, etc.  Masana also has taught the History of Western Art (both before and after the Renaissance), Art and Visual Culture, African Art, etc. and worked as a research assistant helping to catalog and maintain the University of Iowa’s collection of works by Eve Drewelowe.  She has also worked twice as symposium chair at Iowa, helping raise student attendance from 12 students from Iowa and almost all of the papers presented were from Iowa students to over 400 people in attendance, and over 10 presenters (1 of whom was a professor) all from outside of Iowa, etc.  In coordination with the symposia, she helped to develop an online journal (no longer in production, however) in conjunction with the event, and helped to create an exhibit in conjunction with the event as well (this allowed for a lot of interaction with the studio artists, and helped to satiate my inner curator for a bit!).   She notes, “I always think of SCAD and how constantly inspiring/diverse it was.”

2009

Patricia Kuhn (BFA 2000) has been working on a project for the historic naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and a large cultural landscape documentation in Virginia — Prince William Forest Park.  Hear Patti chat with Robin Williams about her work at the Louis Berger Group.  Listen to the interview (approx. 17 minutes).

Patti Kuhn at her work in Washington, DC

Julie Smith (MA 2009) is serving as a Restoration Intern at Old Salem Museums & Gardens working with David Bergstone (Director of Architecture) and John Larson (VP of Restoration).

Caroline Warner (BFA 2003) finished her Master’s degree in American Studies at William and Mary  in August 2009 with a graduate thesis entitled “Let All Things Be Done Decently and in Order: Gender Segregation in America’s Early Churches”. During her program she continued to work for Carl Lounsbury and Colonial Williamsburg doing CAD drawings of Bruton Parish Church for an upcoming book, before moving to Richmond last winter.

Todd Levine (MFA 2003)became Director of the Historic Barns of Connecticut program in 2009, charged with documenting 2000 barns in 40 towns across Connecticut over the next 2 years. According to Todd, “we intend to go through all the 169 municipalities and attempt to document ALL of the barns. It will be the first comprehensive state-wide barn survey in the nation! I will be on a panel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference in Nashville this fall discussing my program. I have recently met with the SHPO of Rhode Island and they are using our program as a template for their own. I have indeed been busy with barns!”    a  presentation at the National Trust annual conference in Nashville in October 2009 on the Connecticut Barn Survey that he directs, leading to invitations to help a number of other states organize their own barn surveys. They documented over 1500 barns during the second half of 2009.

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Todd and his staff Todd and his staff

Mark Davison (BFA 2005) secured a position in 2009 as City Planner for the City of Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Nathaniel Walker (MA 2006), currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Architectural History at Brown University, took over direction of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Listserv in June 2009. This enormous responsibility puts him at the epicenter of news distribution within the field of architectural history.

Nathan Walker on campus at Brown University

Morgan Harrison (MFA 2006) received her Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M (with a certificate in Historic Preservation) in May 2009 and completed a three-month summer 2009 internship at Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture, one of the leading preservation architecture firms in Dallas.

Carmie (Jones) McDonald (MA 2008) is working in the restoration department of the Fox Theatre through the Fox Theatre Institute in Atlanta, an outreach division of the Fox that does historic preservation and operations consulting for historic theatres around the state of Georgia.

Renee Hutter (MFA 2006) secured a new position in April with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Jennifer Adams (MA 2008) works at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in the Office of Affordable Housing in Atlanta, overseeing the design and construction of multi-family housing built with a variety of state and federal subsidies.

Tyler Frazier (BFA 1999) reports “I’m just wrapping up my PhD here at the University of Bonn — so it will be a PhD in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.  My dissertation forecasts electricity consumption for the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Accra is a fascinating city, which has its roots in Portuguese and British colonization (primarily) as well as Nigerian migrants absorbing local Ghanaian tribes and the Asante kingdom’s influence from Kumasi.  There are a number of old castles/forts which date to the 18th century, as well as many old british buildings from the 19th and early 20th century.  Very little preservation, recording, or analysis has been made here, but it seems like an untapped treasure trove in my estimation. Africans have an interesting interpretation of the slave forts.  I will submit my dissertation shortly after Christmas, and should defend in the following month or so.  Thereafter I am being considered for a fellowship that would take me back to Accra for 3 more years to continue building upon my model (I would move from Bonn to Berlin).  Ideally, by the time I am finished, I will have developed a discrete choice modeling framework for electricity, transportation, water – sewer, stormwater — but education, public safety, and public health could also be included.”

2008

Amanda Boyaki (MA 2001) is pursuing her PhD in Critical Studies and Artistic Practice at the School of Art, Texas Tech University.

Martha (Gravely) Marcille (MFA 2000), after almost six years as the Tax Incentives Coordinator at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Historic Preservation Division (2001-06), initiated a career switch and completed Emory University’s Paralegal Certificate program in July 2008.

Marc Belanger (MFA 2002) presented a paper on Asher Benjamin to the Greenfield Historical Society in fall 2008.  He continues in his role as Director of Marketing for Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA.

Marc Belanger Marc Belanger

Betsy Pate (MFA 2007) is working for the NHB Group, LLC, a small architecture firm with 7 employees. According to Betsy, “We do a lot of work with the local school systems and right now, they have bond money that needs to be used so they have been going ahead with their building and renovation projects. We haven’t been short of work.” Betsy serves as an administrative assistant and marketing coordinator, as well as taking field measurements and doing basic CAD work.

Tyler Frazier (BFA 1999) posted a blog in April 2008 of his Ph.D. research activities in Germany at http://www.zef.de/1186.0.html

Martha (Gravely) Marcille (MFA 2000) initiated a career switch and completed Emory University’s Paralegal Certificate program in July 2008.  She had worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’  Historic Preservation Division from 2001-2006.

Krista Benson (M.F.A., 2005) has been named historic sites supervisor at the Washington County Historical Society in Stillwater, MN.  Ms. Benson is supervisor to both the Warden’s House and the Hay Lake School museum.

2007

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006), currently working at the architectural firm of Mitchel/Matthews Architects and Planners in Charlottesville, VA, presented a paper at the 2007 Southeast Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, Oct. 24-27, 2007 titled “Savannah’s Lost Squares: Progress and Beauty in Civic Turmoil, 1929-1935”

Kirsta Benson (MFA 2007) reports that “Things are going very well in Minnesota. The weather is finally warming up, and my museum is open for the tour season (May – October). I am still working as the Historic Sites Supervisor for the Washington County Historical Society.”  Read a newspaper article and view a TV story about one of the properties she supervises, the Prison Warden’s House, and includes an interview with Kirsta.

Andrew Needham (M.A. 2007) secured a position in 2007 working in acquisitions for the Oregon State Archives.

2006

Renee Hutter (MFA 2006) works as the Architectural Historian in the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She reports “I mostly deal with compliance surveys for Section 106. The stimulus package has allowed for more Department of Transportation projects to be started, therefore more Architectural History and Archaeology surveys have been trickling through. In fact I was hired specifically for the anticipated influx of projects to the group.”

Amy Fehrenbacher (BFA 2006) has served as the Project Developer at Pace Community Action Agency, Inc., since 2006.

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006), secured a position at the architectural firm of Mitchel/Matthews Architects and Planners in Charlottesville, VA, where he is involved with a wide variety of responsibilities: design and ArchiCAD drafting on a variety of commercial, residential; mixed-use projects in Virginia and neighboring states, including TND masterplans; Managing the drafting of construction drawings; Conducting extensive research in local and regional architectural traditions in preparation for a building style “pattern book,” to be published in coordination with a large mixed-use masterplan; creating architectural and planning proposals for potential clients; fulfilling office editorial needs – wrote advertisement copy, press releases, and professional correspondence; coordinating joint projects and consultancy partnerships with other firms.

Diane Galt (MA 2002) began her position as the Director of Operations at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City in 2006.  Prior to taking up that position, she was the Executive Director of the Casa del Herrero Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, for seven years.

Galt2sm Diane Dodson Galt seen in front of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum

Carleen (Lawson) Huxley (BFA 2003) completed her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Oklahoma in 2006 and currently works as a reference librarian at the Bartlesville Public Library.

Abhijit Athalye (MA 2004), upon returning to Mumbai, India, in 2006 has served as an associate of Vikas Dilawari, Conservation Architect.

2004

Craig A. Potts (MA 2001) has been the director of architectural and cultural history, senior architectural historian and principal investigator, architectural history at Cultural Resource Analysts Inc., a cultural resource management firm in Lexington, Ky., since 2004. His duties include marketing, coordination with state and federal agencies and private sector clients, development of scopes of work and budgets, project staffing, and report writing and editing.

Abhijit Athalye (MA 2004) served from fall 2002 to 2006 as the principal research assistant on the Virtual Historic Savannah Project, directed by department chair Robin Williams.  He conducted a thorough survey of building footprints of all buildings throughout the whole district, correcting errors in the GIS source footprint data used as a starting point for modeling. He has also assisted with the processing of slide and digital photographs of buildings, compiling a master image table of data, including the recording of specific data about each image. In 2003, he compiled a master list of lost buildings, working from building inventories and Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. Since January 2004, he compiled pre-1897 addresses for relevant existing buildings, expanded address ranges and secondary addresses for all existing buildings; he has also compiled the main physical characteristics for existing buildings, and assisted in compiling the architects’ data.  In summer 2005, he conducted a systematic survey of the Bldg permits at the Savannah City Hall archives. He is currently working on expanding the lost buildings master list in terms of assigning pre-1897 addresses, building modifications and archival images.

Laura Lee (Fisher) Corbett (MFA 1999) established her own company, Laura Lee Corbett Consulting, in October 2004.  According to Laura Lee, she offers a variety of historic preservation services with an emphasis on community revitalization, not-for-profit development and cultural resource management. She provides technical assistance to Main Street programs, Community Redevelopment Agencies, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies on the local, state and federal levels. She is an approved consultant in the areas of organizational development, fund-raising, business recruitment, property development, historic preservation, promotion, public relations and advertising by both the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Florida Department of State.  As a professional architectural historian and historic preservationist, Ms. Corbett meets the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications standards. She assists private sector clients to comply with various cultural resource laws in development projects. She is experienced in handling Section 106 or Federal undertakings, Developments of Regional Impact and local regulations. Ms. Corbett also provides technical assistance to FEMA’s disaster programs to fulfill the agency’s legal responsibilities under various historic preservation laws, Executive Orders and regulations.

2003

Megan Masana (MFA 2003) worked as an assistant curator at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama, for two years while she finished up her thesis.  In 2003 she entered the Ph.D. program in Art and Architectural History at the University of Iowa.

2001

Martha (Gravely) Marcille (MFA 2000) worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’  Historic Preservation Division from 2001-2006. She reports that, “I last served as the tax incentives coordinator for the Federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit program, the Georgia Preferential Tax Assessment program and the Georgia Income Tax Credit program for rehabilitated historic property.  In August 2006 I left the state of Georgia to start a family.

Tyler Frazier (BFA 1999) completed his degree in Urban Planning at Georgia Tech in 2001.

2000

Patti Kuhn (BFA 2000) continues in her position as an architectural historian as part of the Cultural Resources Group of the Louis Berger Group, Inc., in Washington, DC. She reports, “Things are good here in DC. I’ve had a few friends that have been impacted by the economy, in particular a fellow SCAD graduate who is an interior designer. I’ve been lucky. My firm has had a lot of federal projects so we’ve been keeping busy. In addition, my co-worker recently left the company after she had twins so I’m basically the sole architectural historian in our DC office and we decided not to replace her for now. Currently, we have contracts with the Navy and the National Park Service who still have some funding for Section 106 and 110 projects. I’ve been staying local as of late and all of my projects in the last 6 months have been in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.”

Laura Lee (Fisher) Corbett (MFA 1999) served as the Florida Main Street Coordinator in the Florida Department of State from 2000-2004.

1999

Laura Lee (Fisher) Corbett (MFA 1999)served as the Main Street Manager for the City of Lancaster, South Carolina, from Nov. 1997-Feb. 2000.

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