Conference Papers and Presenters


Saturday, June 4

8:30-10:00       First Papers Session

1. Users Guide to the VAF: Gretchen Buggeln, Valparaiso University

Want to learn more about the VAF and how to get the most out of what we have to offer? Interested in publishing in Buildings and Landscapes? Presenting a paper at a conference? Posting an announcement or query in our newsletter? VAF members will introduce our programs, resources, and opportunities. Especially recommended for newer members.

2. Reframing Discourses on the Vernacular              

Chair and comment: Matthew Lasner, Hunter College

Thomas Hubka, University of Oregon: The Transformation of Working Class Housing and Domesticity: 1880-1940

Travis McDonald, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest: The Critical Role of Enslaved Craftsmen in Virginia

Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee: Exploring the Ethical Dimensions of Vernacular Architecture Field Work Using Digital Humanities, Oral History and Storytelling  Techniques

3. Salvaging Endangered African American Landscapes     

Chair and comment: Amber Wiley, Skidmore College

Michael J. Chiarappa, Quinnipiac Universitiy: Working the Delaware Estuary: African-American  Cultural Landscapes and the Contours of Environmental Experience

Lee Azus, Eastern Michigan University: The Community Center and the Barber Shop: Racialized Urban Policies in     Ypsilanti’s Southside

Wesley Cheek, Tulane University: There Were Houses Here Once: Affordable Housing as Vernacular Architecture in New Orleans Lower 9th Ward

10:00-10:30     Break

10:30-12:00     Second Papers Session

4. Geographies of Racial Segregation

    Chair and comment: Andrew Johnston, University of Virginia School of Architecture: 

            Elijah Gaddis, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill: Geographies of Pleasure and Terror: Locating Lynching in the North Carolina Piedmont

            Melina A. Patterson, University of Mary Washington: Mapping the History of Race and Play: Richmond’s Segregated Playgrounds, 1909-1959

            Jennifer Reut, Landscape Architecture Magazine: Mapping the Green Book: Documenting the Landscapes of African American Travel, 1944-1964

5. Investigating Institutional Architecture

Chair and comment: Annmarie Adams, McGill University

Lisa Pfueller Davidson, HABS - National Park Service: The Persistence of the Pavilion Plan: Three Hospitals at the Turn of the 20th Century.

Samuel Ross Palfreyman, Boston University: Washington Chapel: Material Symbol of the Mormon Return to the Eastern United States in the 20th Century

Janet R. White, UNLV School of Architecture: The Bishop Hill Colony: Impact of Leadership on Built Form at a Swedish-American Utopia

6. Landscapes of Memory

Chair and Comment: Daves Rossell, Savannah College of Art and Design

Emily A. Ford, Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation LLC, and Peter B. Dedek, Texas State University: New Orleans African-American Labor Heritage in Society Tombs

C. L. Bohannon, Virginia Tech, and Brian Katen, Virginia Tech: Siting the Past/Projecting the Future: Public Debate and Richmond’s Landscape of Memory

Kevin W. Barni, University of Delaware: Way Stations for the Dead: Receiving Vaults in the Great Philadelphia Region, 1830-1910

12:00-1:30       Lunch Break

12:15-1:15       Graduate Student Chapter Organizational Meeting

All graduate students are invited to join the first meeting of the graduate student chapter of the VAF. Come help shape this chapter to ensure that it plays an important role in the life of the VAF!

12:15-1:15       Historic Preservation Panel: From Analysis to Action, Putting Vernacular Architecture Studies to Work.

The VAF for years has photographed, recorded, analyzed, and published on our vernacular buildings and landscapes. The luncheon panel begins to address the real world problem of bringing preservation into play after the recognition of value is established. Panelists will present specific examples of preservation efforts and methods directed toward saving the vernacular buildings we value.

Panelists: Jennifer Baughn, Mississippi State Historic Preservation Office

Myrick Howard, Preservation North Carolina

Jennifer Wellock, State, Tribal and Local Plans &Grants Division, NPS

1:30-3:00         Third Papers Session

7. Digital Approaches to African American Resources

 Chair and comment: Kofi Boone, North Carolina State University

Gardiner Hallock, Thomas Jefferson Foundation: Exploring Rematerialized Multitemporal Vernacular Landscapes: Analyzing the Digital Reconstructions of Monticello’s Mulberry Row

Jobie Hill, Thomas Jefferson Foundation: Slave House Database: Slave House Documentation and Slave Narratives

James Hill, James Hill Architect: Victorians and Baptists: Preserved Structures and Lost Cultures: The Disappearing Black Churches of San Francisco’s Western Addition

8. Architecture of Education

Chair and comment: Paula Lupkin, University of North Texas

Yuko Nakamura, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee: The Gendered Landscapes of Higher Education: Interpreting  the Campuses of Women’s Specialized Schools in Pre-WWII Tokyo, Japan as ‘Negotiated Space’

Marta Gutman, City College of New York: I.S. 201: Space, Race, and Modern Architecture in Harlem

Tait Johnson: Manufacturing the Daylight School: Educational Pedagogy and  the Classroom Window Wall in the Postwar United States

9. Global Vernaculars

Chair and comment: William Littmann, California College of the Arts

Chris Bell, University of Oregon: Hidden in Plain View: The Japanese Furo in the Hood River Valley

J. Ritchie Garrison, University of Delaware: The Cultural Landscapes of Freight, 1660-1870

Hongyan Yang, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee: How Race Produces and Reproduces Homes: The Everyday Culinary Negotiations of Hmong Immigrants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

3:00-3:30         Break

3:30-5:00         Fourth Papers Session

10. Aspects of the Agricultural Landscape

Chair and comment: William Moore, Boston University

BranDee Bruce, Bureau of Reclamation, and Kelsey Doncaster, Bureau of Reclamation: Ditchrider Architecture: Housing the Human Element of Federal Irrigation Systems

Maire O'Neill, School of Architecture, Montana State University: Scale Shift: Framing a New Landscape in the Northern Rockies

11. American Architectural Typologies

Chair and comment: Emilie Johnson

Brent Fortenberry, Clemson Univeresity: Framing God’s House: The Timber-Framing Practices of the Carolina Lowcountry’s Anglican Parish Churches and Chapels of Ease

C. Ian Stevenson, Boston University: Fraternity, Furlough, and Family: Maine’s Civil War Veteran  Summer Retreats

Rebecca J. Sheppard, University of Delaware, and Catherine Morrissey, University of Delaware: Behind the Stucco Veneer: The Stone Houses of Delaware’s Piedmont Region, 1750-1940

12. Field Notes: New Directions for Research

Myron Stachiw, University of Massachusetts - Amherst: History vs. Heritage in Martha’s Vineyard and Stonington, Connecticut

Jennifer Glass, The Montpelier Foundation: Rediscovering Madison’s Temple: How a Frenchman, Irishman, and Two U.S. Presidents Influenced the Construction of a Garden Temple at Montpelier

Michael Emmons, University of Delaware: Documenting Historic Graffiti, Inscriptions, and Other Marks on Early American Buildings

Jose Lorenzo-Torres, School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico: New/Old Tools to Document and Sort Out Ideas (Architect’s Sketchbooks)

Veronica E. Aplenc, University of Pennsylvania: What Are We Studying? Challenges from East Central Europe

Wei Zhao, University of Utah: Making Participants the Photographers: Challenges, Validity, and Strengths of the Photovoice Method

Ellen Avitts, Central Washington University: The Contemporary House as Lived Experience

Shelly E. Smith, New York City College of Technology, CUNY: The Low-Rise, Postwar Apartment Building in Honolulu: Understanding a Housing Typology

5:15  Buildings and Landscapes Advisory Board Meeting

5:15  Special Series Advisory Board Meeting

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