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Historic Preservation

Roger Williams University offers a four-year Bachelors of Science, a Masters of Science and a combined 4+1 B.S./M.S. dual degree in Historic Preservation. An HP minor is also offered for students in other programs.

For over three decades the Historic Preservation Program has harnessed University- and community-wide resources to provide in-depth preservation studies and professional practice in the context of a liberal arts education whose diversity mirrors the communities and cultures we help preserve. The goal of all historic preservation degrees at RWU is to provide an education in historic preservation that empowers students to realize their own personal and professional potential.

Historic Preservation Mission Statement

The program couples a multi-disciplinary approach with a rigorous core of field-based professional offerings. Students gain an understanding of the preservation field through coursework in preservation history and philosophy, documentation and research, architectural conservation, community planning, law and regulation, design and economics. Students are placed into practice through field-based workshops and an internship—all in partnership with regional, national and international organizations and firms.

The Historic Preservation Program is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education.

 

Jeremy C. Wells, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation
Ph.D. Clemson University, M.S. University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Southeast Missouri State University
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Contact Information
(401) 254-5338
AR 253
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation/Heritage Conservation, World Heritage, Preservation Law, Community Planning, Place Attachment, Environmental Design and Behavior Research, Social Science Methods

Jeremy C. Wells

Jeremy C.
Wells
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation
Ph.D. Clemson University, M.S. University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Southeast Missouri State University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/jeremy_wells_-_curriculum_vitae.p.pdf
Contact Information
(401) 254-5338
AR 253
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation/Heritage Conservation, World Heritage, Preservation Law, Community Planning, Place Attachment, Environmental Design and Behavior Research, Social Science Methods

We know that people like historic buildings, places, and landscapes. Quantitatively, we also know that everyday people--across the planet--spend large sums of money engaging in heritage tourism. In surveys, the majority of people support saving historic buildings and places. Yet, most people do not self-identify as “historic preservationists”. Why?

We also know that people like natural or "wild" places; in fact, many of the reasons that people like historic places seem to also hold true for natural places as well. As a concept, "conservation" has very similar goals for historic and natural environments. Yet, historic preservationists and environmentalists don't often work effectively together. Why?

What if we were to conserve all human-experienced environments under the common concept of "place"? A focus on "place conservation" recognizes that nearly all environments have some combination of cultural and natural elements and that everyday people don't separate the two into discrete concepts when experiencing a place.

Arnold Robinson, AICP
Director, Community Partnerships Center
B.A. Bates, M.A. Boston University
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x3307
AR 239
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation, Architecture, Community Participation

Arnold Robinson

Arnold
Robinson
AICP
Director, Community Partnerships Center
B.A. Bates, M.A. Boston University
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/robinson_cv_2011.pdf
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x3307
AR 239
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation, Architecture, Community Participation
Philip C. Marshall
Professor of Historic Preservation
B.A. Brown University, M.S. University of Vermont
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x3061
AR 247
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation

Philip C. Marshall

Philip C.
Marshall
Professor of Historic Preservation
B.A. Brown University, M.S. University of Vermont
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/marshall_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3061
AR 247
Areas of Expertise: 
Historic Preservation

Philip Marshall has consulted and taught in the field of preservation for thirty years. Mr. Marshall has combined two undergraduate degrees (in geology and studio art) from Brown University and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont with field experience in construction and conservation.

Since 1980, Mr. Marshall has held faculty positions in graduate and undergraduate preservation programs at the University of Vermont, Columbia University, Swain School of Design, Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth) and Roger Williams University, since 1990, where he is tenured as a full professor.

In his capacity as an advisor to Heritage Preservation, Mr. Marshall has undertaken architectural conservation assessments for many organizations including the Newport Historical Society, Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Paul Revere House.

Hasan-Uddin Khan
Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation
Diploma, Architectural Association, London, Registered Architect
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x3601
AR 240
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Historic Preservation/International Architecture and Conservation

Hasan-Uddin Khan

Hasan-Uddin
Khan
Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation
Diploma, Architectural Association, London, Registered Architect
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/khan_2011_cv.pdf
Contact Information
x3601
AR 240
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/Historic Preservation/International Architecture and Conservation

I consider myself a modern nomad who believes in crossing boundaries – both geographic and disciplinary. I was born in India, grew up in Pakistan, studied architecture in England, worked and lived in several countries, and travelled all over the world.

I graduated as an architect from the Architectural Association, London, in 1972, in the era of the Beatles and the Vietnam War. I was lucky enough to study with and be influenced by Keith Critchlow, Elia Zenghelis, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Peter Cook and the Archigram group, John Turner and Paul Oliver. This gave me a wide perspective of views that has stayed with me. I worked in London for Payette Associates and then returned to Karachi, Pakistan, to my own architectural and planning firm UNIT 4, between 1974 and ’76.

Gail Fenske, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Arizona State University; M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Registered Architect
Contact Information
x3640
AR 242
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/History of Modern Architecture/History of American Architecture/Skyscrapers

Gail Fenske

Gail
Fenske
Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Arizona State University; M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Registered Architect
Contact Information
x3640
AR 242
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/History of Modern Architecture/History of American Architecture/Skyscrapers

Gail Fenske teaches subjects in the history of modern European architecture and American architecture.  Her lecture courses and seminars emphasize architecture’s intersection with broader cultural contexts, among them urban, technological, and visual, with the latter incorporating the fine arts, photography, and film.

She is author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and co-editor of Aalto and America (Yale University Press, 2012).  She is currently preparing Skyscrapers for publication with the Library of Congress and W. W Norton & Company.  She is also the author of several essays in books, among them The American Skyscraper: Cultural Histories (Cambridge University Press, 2005), The Landscape of Modernity (John Hopkins University Press, 1997), and The Education of the Architect (MIT Press, 1997).

Sara A. Butler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Wake Forest University, M.S.T. University of New Hampshire, B.Arch. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, M.Arch.H., Ph.D. University of Virginia
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x3415
AR 254
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Historic Preservation

Sara A. Butler

Sara A.
Butler
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Wake Forest University, M.S.T. University of New Hampshire, B.Arch. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, M.Arch.H., Ph.D. University of Virginia
sites/default/files/faculty-staff/cv/butler_cv_2011.pdf
Contact Information
x3415
AR 254
Areas of Expertise: 
Art and Architectural History/Historic Preservation

Sara Butler is Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University, where she teaches courses on the history of American architecture, history of American art, and the history of landscape architecture. Butler earned a Ph.D. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She co-authored University of Virginia, The Campus Guide and was a contributing author and assistant editor for the Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, a volume in the Buildings of the United States series sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians.