Member of the Week: Caitlin Moriarty

Caitlin Moriarty, Ph.D. Place Present & Moriarty Meats Instagram @moriartymeats Describe your research interests. How have they evolved throughout your career?  I have always been interested in how retail spaces and commercial streets relate to neighborhood identity, and more broadly, the social and cultural functions of place. Places are more than just the setting of […]

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Member of the Week: Hector Berdecia-Hernandez

Héctor J. Berdecía-Hernández Graduate Student, Program in Historic Preservation University of Pennsylvania Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  My current research focuses on vernacular architecture and construction policies in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean from the late 19th century until the early 20th century. I am interested in its impact at […]

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Previewing Our February Metro of the Month: Northern Virginia

If you find yourself in Northern Virginia and you feel a burgeoning hunger in your belly, you won’t find many better spots for Korean and Vietnamese food. Swing down to Annandale for the former (maybe check out Honey Pig) and over to Falls Church for the latter, where Eden Center has numerous sumptuous options. The […]

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Mid-Century Modernism on the Fringes of D.C.: Charles Goodman and NOVA’s Hollin Hills

When one thinks of Northern Virginia, Old Town Alexandria might be the first place that comes to mind. Historic, compact, and on the water, Old Town remains a popular brunch and tourist destination and a way station for intrepid souls proceeding on to nearby Mount Vernon. Yet, since the 1960s, Alexandria’s industrial areas such as […]

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Member of the Week: Vyta Baselice

Vyta Baselice PhD Student in American Studies George Washington University Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  My dissertation explores the cultural history of concrete. I examine why concrete became the second most consumed material on the planet and how it came to define architectural and social modernity in the United States. […]

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Member of the Week: Joseph Watson

Joseph Watson Ph.D. Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture University of Pennsylvania School of Design Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  I am currently wrapping up my dissertation. It’s a study of competing ideas about the future of metropolitan America during the 1930s. I focus primarily on two architectural projects, […]

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Member of the Week: Ellen Hartman

Ellen Hartman Research Landscape Architect, US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory Part-time PhD Student, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  My current research at work covers a few areas, but it’s mostly focused on military aspects of cultural resources management and […]

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Member of the Week: Christine Henry

Christine Henry, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Historic Preservation University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA @craehenry   Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  My current research is focused on several aspects of the history of Fredericksburg, VA including the influence of women in the preservation of local landmarks, and the role […]

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Member of the Week: Matt Lasner

Matthew G. Lasner Associate Professor, Urban Policy and Planning Hunter College, City University of New York   Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest? I am writing a new book tentatively entitled the rather cumbersome Bay Area Urbanism: Architecture, Real Estate, and Progressive Community Planning in the United States from the New […]

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Preserving Law and Order: The Fight for Los Angeles’ Parker Center

By Meredith Drake Reitan, MPL, PhD On February 7, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council ruled against colleagues on the Cultural Heritage Commission. After a lengthy and emotional public comment period, the Council decided not to designate Parker Center, the longtime headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department, a local historic monument. The following month, […]

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