Author Biographies

Author Biographies

Daniel Benjamin Abramson is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Planning; Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; and member of the China Studies Faculty at the University of Washington, Seattle. He holds a B.A. degree in history from Harvard University; master’s degrees in architecture and city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a doctorate in urban planning from Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has undertaken scholarly exchange, teaching, research, publication, and practical planning and design for urban and rural conservation and development across China, and in historic Chinatowns of Vancouver and Seattle, as well as historic mills in New England.

Brian Ladd, a research associate in history at the University at Albany, is the author of Urban Planning and Civic Order in Germany, 1860–1914 (1990); The Ghosts of Berlin (1997); and Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age (2008).

Michele Lamprakos teaches at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland–College Park, where she holds a joint appointment in the Architecture and Historic Preservation programs. Trained as an architect and an historian, she is interested in the historical layers of buildings and cities, and their ongoing transformation in the present. Her career has combined teaching, research, and practice in architecture and preservation, with a geographical focus on the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Peter J. Larkham is Professor of Planning at Birmingham City University, U.K. He has researched and published widely in urban form, change, and conservation. Most recently he has worked on the period of wartime and postwar reconstruction, trying to explain why today’s cities took the shape we have inherited from this crucial period. He recently co-edited The Blitz and Its Legacy (Ashgate, 2013, with Mark Clapson).

Randall Mason is Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. His education includes degrees in geography from Bucknell and Penn State, and a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University; his books include The Once and Future New York, on the origins of historic preservation in New York City (University of Minnesota Press, 2009, winner of the SAH’s Antoinette Forester Downing Award), and Giving Preservation a History (with Max Page; Routledge, 2004). Forthcoming works include a book on the economics of historic preservation and several essays on urban history and urban conservation. In 2012–13, Mason held the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome.

Kevin D. Murphy is Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History of Art at Vanderbilt University. Previously, he taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Memory and Modernity: Viollet-le-Duc at Vézelay (2000) as well as other books and articles, many of which focus on the history of the preservation movements in France and the United States.

Baird Smith, FAIA, FAPT, Director of Preservation, is a senior project manager and principal for Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C. Smith directs projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic area ranging from small consulting efforts to multi-million-dollar building preservation projects for both the private and public sectors, including a host of nonprofit organizations. His public sector experience includes work with every major federal agency as well as with state, county, and local governments and universities. His work includes projects at more than twenty National Historic Landmarks and six hundred buildings listed on the National Register. Smith was inducted into the College of Fellows of both the Association of Preservation Technology (APT) and the American Institute of Architects.

James L. Wescoat Jr. is Aga Khan Professor in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he offers courses on water resources, landscape history and theory, heritage conservation, and disaster-resilient design. His research concentrates on water systems in South Asia and the United States from the site to river basin scales. For much of his career, Wescoat has focused on the small-scale historical waterworks of Mughal gardens and cities in India and Pakistan. At the larger scale, Wescoat has conducted water policy research in the Colorado, Indus, Ganges, Great Lakes, and Mississippi River basins. He has a long-standing interest in cultural exchange between South Asia and North America.

Guido Zucconi teaches at the University IUAV of Venice. He has also taught at the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Udine, and has been visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, Fudan University in Shanghai, and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. His main field of interest is Italian architecture, urban history, and conservation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His books include La città contesa 1885–1942 (1989) and L’invenzione del passato, focused on Camillo Boito and neo-medieval architecture in Italy (1997); he has edited collections on the work of Camillo Sitte (1992), Gustavo Giovannoni (1997), and Daniele Donghi (2006).