Thomas D. Visser, Professor of Historic Preservation, is the director of the graduate Historic Preservation Program in the Department of History at the University of Vermont. He has taught courses at UVM since 1985 on such topics as historic preservation planning and policy, researching historic buildings, architectural conservation, history of American building technology, and other historic preservation topics.

As a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant award, much of Thomas Visser's scholarly research has focused on the preservation of vernacular architecture. His award-winning Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings was published by the University Press of New England.

His latest book, Porches of North America, examines how this remarkable building feature in its many forms and uses has evolved in the United States and Canada. It is also published by the University Press of New England in hardcover and as an e-book.

In addition to completing nearly two hundred professional report contract projects and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, Visser's articles and works are published in such journals as the Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology, Preservation Education & Research, Vermont History, and New England Quarterly. He leads professional workshops and speaks regularly to preservation organizations and historical societies on a variety of preservation topics, including historic barns, building preservation technology, and the history of porches.


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Historic Preservation


  • MS, Vermont 1986


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Office Location:

Wheeler House, Room 204