Historic Preservation Program Research

Notable Faculty Research

James Michael Buckley, Associate Professor and Venerable Chair in Historic Preservation

James Buckley's previous research includes an investigation of urban development related to the redwood lumber industry in 19th-century California and a study of the built environment of Latinos in California’s Central Valley. In 2015, he served as a Fulbright Senior Fellow at the Universidad Politécnica Madrid studying new approaches for “urban regeneration” in historic neighborhoods in Spanish cities. Current research projects include the design of public buildings and spaces in the mid-20th century and the use of historic preservation approaches to assist minority and low-income communities. 

Jessica Engeman, Instructor and Historic Preservation Specialist

For more than 10 years, Engeman has worked as a historic preservation specialist and project manager for Venerable Group, Inc.—a boutique real estate development firm in Portland that specializes in historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse projects. She has particular expertise in historic preservation incentives, unique financing strategies, and feasibility assessment for historic building reuse. A recent publication includes “Meeting the Secretary’s Standards for Historic Rehabilitation: The Developer’s Perspective” in the Spring 2013 edition of Forum Journal.

Kingston Heath, Professor Emeritus

In addition to several articles and book chapters, Heath has authored The Patina of Place: The Cultural Weathering of a New England Industrial Landscape, winner of the 2002 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize by the Vernacular Architecture Forum "in recognition of the outstanding work in North American vernacular studies," and Vernacular Architecture and Regional Design (2009). Heath recently served as co-editor of a special issue of the journal Industrial Archaeology on the industry of New Bedford, MA.

Thomas Hubka, Instructor

Hubka has been recognized for his study of 18th-century Polish wooden synagogues culminating in the book Resplendent Synagogue: Architecture and Worship in an Eighteenth Century Polish Community (Brandeis University Press and The University Press of New England, 2003), for which he received the Henry Glassie Award from the Vernacular Architectural Forum and an award from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. His initial research on New England farm architecture resulted in the book Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England (University Press of New England, 1984), for which he received the Abbot Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Hubka’s most recent book, Houses without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America’s Common Houses (University of Tennessee, 2013) examines the transformation of American housing and domesticity in dwellings such as workers' cottages, bungalows, and duplexes from 1900–30.

Chad Randl, Art DeMuro Assistant Professor

Randl’s research involves various aspects of US domestic architecture. He recently co-edited a special issue of the APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology on cast and wrought iron.