I relocated to Wellington early in 2016 after having lived in Washington, DC, USA, for 16 years. Â While in Washington, I worked 4 years on contract and 11 years as a staff historian for the Historic American Buildings Survey - a national collection of architectural heritage held at the Library of Congress, and theÂ National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Program - the highest level of cultural resource designation in the USA. Â Both programmes are divisions of the USÂ National Park Service.
While in the US, I was an active member of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (metro Washington, DC). Â Work for these organizations ranged from committees to officer positions and included the planning and running of major meetings and events.Â I am a current member of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.
I hold a doctorate in American Studies from George Washington University, having concentrated on architecture, urbanism, and heritage conservation/preservation, a master's degree in architectural history from the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, and a dual bachelorâ€™s degree in history and the history of art & architecture from the University of Pittsburgh.
My academic work, projects for the National Park Service, and independent publications have included research and writing endeavours covering a full range of historical topics and epochs, and my approach to history aims to link the built environment -- architecture and landscape -- with the social and cultural history most affecting its creation and change over time.
I look forward to engaging with the history and built environment of New Zealand and to maintain an active professional life.
|Specialities||Architecture (in particular domestic); urban/suburban studies; cultural heritage documentation, listing, and designation.|
|Publications and Research||
Detached America: Building Houses in Postwar Suburbia. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015.
â€œThe President, the Press, and Proximity: The Creation of the White House Press Center.â€ White House History 37 (Spring 2015): 4-23.
Book Review. Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity by Jeffrey M. Chusid. The Public Historian 35 (Feb. 2013): 116-118.
â€œMaster of the House, Master of the Bath.â€ The Ultimate History Project (online history magazine). Apr. 2012.
â€œIn a White House Passageway, Evidence Survives of James Hobanâ€™s Building Skill.â€ White House History 29 (Summer 2011): 38-43.
â€œBeyond Levittown: The Design and Marketing of Belair at Bowie, Maryland.â€ In Housing Washington: Two Centuries of Residential Development and Planning in the National Capital Area, ed. Richard Longstreth. Chicago: Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2010. 85-109.
Co-author. â€œA Framework to Build Upon: HABS and the Impact of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.â€ In American Place: The Historic American Buildings Survey at Seventy-five Years. Washington, D.C. . 46-63.
â€œSocial and Spatial Change in the Postwar Family Room.â€ Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture 13:1 (2006): 70-85.
â€œWilliam Hamilton and The Woodlands: A Construction of Refinement in Philadelphia.â€ The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 130 (Apr. 2006): 181-209.
|PHANZA Joining Date||Mar-16|