Historic Preservation Program
Thomas D. Visser, Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, has directed the Historic Preservation Program since 1994. He is a tenured member of the UVM History Department and has taught courses in researching historic buildings, architectural conservation, building technology, and other preservation topics at the University of Vermont since 1985. Prof. Visser has served on the Burlington Design Advisory Board and as a Vermont District Environmental Commission member. He has also served on the executive committee of the National Council for Preservation Education. As a recipient of a National Endowment for the Art grant award, much of Visser's scholarly research has focused on the history of rural, urban, and suburban vernacular buildings, features, and spaces. His award-winning Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings was published by the University Press of New England. His recent research has focused on the history and preservation of porches and porch-like building features. His book, Porches of North America was published by the University Press of New England in 2012. In addition to numerous professional reports and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, Prof. Visser's articles, reports, and reviews are published in such journals as the Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology, Preservation Education & Research, and the New England Quarterly.
Prof. Visser teaches HP 206 Researching Historic Structures and Sites, HP 303 Historic Preservation Internship, HP 304 Historic Preservation Planning and Policy, HP 306 Architectural Conservation I, and HP 307 Architectural Conservation II. He is also responsible for HP 391 Thesis, and HP 397 Special Readings and Research.
Robert McCullough, Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, serves as a full-time faculty member of the Historic Preservation Program and is a tenured member of the University of Vermont History Department. Formerly the Historic Preservation Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation in Montpelier, Vermont, where he conducted regulatory review to ensure that transportation projects comply with federal and state historic preservation laws, McCullough holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning, a J. D. degree in Law, and masters degrees in historic preservation planning and public policy law. He is the author of The Landscape of Community: A History of Communal Forests in New England published by the University Press of New England and numerous other publications. Other books that Robert McCullough has authored include: Crossings: A History of Vermont Bridges and A Path for Kindred Spirits: The Friendship of Clarence Stein and Benton MacKaye.
Prof. McCullough teaches HP 200 History of American Architecture, HP 201 History on the Land, HP 205 Historic Preservation Law, HP 302 Community Preservation Project, and HP 305 Historic Preservation Practice Methods.
Adjunct Lecturers and Guest Speakers
In addition the above tenured historic preservation faculty, adjunct lecturers and guest speakers provide students with a broad range of professional preservation perspectives.