MHP Directory

Faculty and Staff

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Wayde Brown

Associate Professor


Wayde Brown grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada. After studying architecture at Dalhousie University, he worked in architectural offices in Canada and in the African nation of Lesotho. Subsequently, he undertook post-graduate studies in Britain, and holds a Master’s degree in architectural conservation from the University of York, and a PhD in the history and theory of architecture from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff. For thirteen years Wayde worked for the Province of Nova Scotia, as manager of built heritage programs. He has been at the University of Georgia since 2002, and is currently associate professor. At UGA, Wayde has served on many university committees, and was previously Assistant Dean for Research within the College of Environment & Design. He participates in several preservation and architecture related organizations, both in the US and abroad, and is a professional member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has presented his research at scholarly conferences in Canada, Britain, Australia, and Sweden, as well as the United States.

Degrees Held

PhD – Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
MA (architectural Conservation) – Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York
BArch – Dalhousie University
BEDS (environmental design ) – Dalhousie University

Research Interests

History of the historic preservation / heritage conservation movement; development and interpretation of ‘historic sites’, especially the use/role of reconstructions and simulacra; ‘unofficial’ historic sites, and the relationship between historic sites and collective memory, and the many ways in which the past is employed to legitimize the present.

Personal Interests

History of the preservation movement, historic site interpretation, and twentieth century heritage


Phone: 706-542-4700


Donna Gabriel

Graduate Programs Advisor


Phone: 706-542-4720


Cari Goetcheus

Associate Professor


Cari L. Goetcheus, Associate Professor in the College of Environment + Design, teaches in the graduate Historic Preservation Program. With training in both Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation, Cari’s expertise lies in cultural landscape research, documentation and management.

Prior to her academic career, Ms. Goetcheus worked in both the public and private sectors. As a Historical Landscape Architect with the National Park Service in Atlanta, GA and Washington, D.C., Cari worked with the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) program. In Washington, D.C. she further worked with NPS regional colleagues to assist the then 396 national parks with a variety of cultural landscape issues. In private practice, Ms. Goetcheus worked in both traditional landscape architecture offices on master plans, site designs and construction drawings, as well as in preservation firms known for their cultural landscape work and developing National Heritage Areas. On a volunteer basis at the national level, Cari was instrumental in developing the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) program and its documentation guidelines.

With 25 years of experience in research, planning, preservation, and project management, Ms. Goetcheus is a licensed landscape architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Georgia. Current and past research projects include: directing theUGA Cultural Landscape Laboratory; partnering with ten Gullah Geechee communities in coastal South Carolina to document the tangible and intangible qualities of their historic communities; guiding consultants to develop the Getty Foundation funded Clemson University Preservation Master Plan; development of cultural resource documentation for a c. 1785 property on the Clemson University campus; working with students to craft a Scenic Byway Management Guide for Sumter National Forest, and contributing to an Environmental Impact Assessment Report for Dyea, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska.

Degrees Held

Master of Historic Preservation, University of Georgia
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Utah State University
Associates in Applied Science (Landscape Development), State University of New York-Cobleskill

Research Interests

Goetcheus’ research interests include landscape preservation education, vernacular and ethnographic land use history, and specifically the impact of African American culture on the landscapes of the South-eastern United States


Phone: 706-542-0061


Eric MacDonald

Associate Professor


Eric MacDonald is an Associate Professor who teaches environmental design history and landscape management in the college’s landscape architecture and historic preservation programs. His research focuses on American environmental history, and cultural landscape management. This work has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and a Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. His professional experience includes cultural landscape documentation and management plans for Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Voyageurs National Park, and the grounds of the Wisconsin state capitol. In 2009 he co-founded the College of Environment and Design’s Cultural Landscape Laboratory, which initiated cultural landscape research and planning at Hyde Farm in metropolitan Atlanta, Wormsloe Plantation near Savannah, Georgia, and Stratford Hall Plantation on Virginia’s Northern Neck peninsula. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation. Since 2011, he has coordinated the Tanyard Creek Chew Crew, a student-led initiative to test the ecological, social, and cultural dimensions of prescribed grazing as a landscape management technique.

Degrees Held

Ph.D., Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan
Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
BS, Architecture, University of Michigan

Research Interests

Environmental history, historical ecology, and sustainable landscape management

Mailing Address

105A Denmark Hall
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-0118


Scott Nesbit

Assistant Professor


Scott Nesbit is an assistant professor of digital humanities at the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design. His work explores the intersection between digital tools and humanistic questions, particularly questions touching on the history and spaces of the American South. He earned a PhD in history at the University of Virginia in 2013, where he wrote about the geography of slavery and emancipation in the Civil War South. From 2009 until 2014 he was the associate director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. He has led digital history projects such as Visualizing Emancipation, which used a wide array of textual sources—ranging from military correspondence to runaway slave advertisements found in southern newspapers–to map out where and when slavery fell apart during the American Civil War.

Degrees Held

2013 Ph.D., History, University of Virginia: Dissertation Title: “The Irony of Emancipation in the Civil War South”
2005 M.A., History, University of Virginia
2001 B.A., Latin, Swarthmore College

Research Interests

Historic Preservation; Public History; Civil War Era; Digital Humanities; GIS

Selected Publications

2015 Mapping Occupation: Force, Freedom, and the Army in Reconstruction website, coauthor with Gregory P. Downs.

2013 “Creating Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives through Design,” with Mia Ridge and Don Lafreniere, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 7 (October 2013): 176-189.
2013 “Visualizing Emancipation: Mapping the End of Slavery in the American Civil War,” in Justyna Zander and Pieter J. Mosterman, eds., Computation for Humanity: Information Technology to Advance Society (New York: Taylor & Francis), 427-435.
2012 Visualizing Emancipation website,
2011 “Seeing Emancipation: Scale and Freedom in the American South” with Edward L. Ayers, Journal of the Civil War Era, 1, no. 1 (March 2011): 3-24.


Society for Civil War Historians; Southern Historical Association; American Historical Association

Mailing Address

285 S. Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602



James K. Reap

Professor, MHP Program Coordinator


James K. Reap, is Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Historic Preservation Program. He was director of the University of Georgia Croatia Study Abroad Program (2007-13) and is an affiliated faculty member of the UGA African Studies Institute. Professor Reap taught law and heritage conservation as a Fulbright Scholar at the Jordan University of Science and Technology and as a visiting professor at the Orenburg Institute of the Moscow State Law Academy. In 2016, he was appointed by President Obama to a three-year term on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee.

He is past President and current Secretary General of the Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and a Fellow and Legal Advisor of US/ICOMOS. He is serving as an Officer of the ICOMOS Scientific Council, an organization of all ICOMOS international scientific committees. He has worked on preservation issues in Eastern and Southern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Professor Reap is currently a board member of the United States Committee of the Blue Shield and a past board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action. He has provided training and technical assistance to preservation commissions throughout the United States. Professor Reap has served as chair of the preservation commissions in the City of Decatur and DeKalb County and as vice chair in Athens, Georgia. He is a founding member of both the Georgia Alliance and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and is a former board member of both organizations. He has served previously as President of the Athens (Georgia) Historical Society and the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.

His background in planning includes service as Georgia’s first regional preservation planner and as Deputy Executive Director of the Northeast Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission (now Northeast Georgia Regional Commission.) He has served in several Georgia state agencies including Departments of Archives and History, Natural Resources, and Technical and Adult Education (now the Technical College System of Georgia).

Degrees Held

JD, University of Georgia
BA, American Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Legal, financial and administrative issues of heritage conservation. International organizations and issues in heritage conservation.


Phone: 706-542-4706


Mark Reinberger



Mark Reinberger, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia, has over thirty years experience in the fields of architecture and historic preservation. He holds degrees in architectural history, historic preservation, and the history of urban planning from the University of Virginia and Cornell University, spent fifteen years in architectural firms specializing in historic architecture, and has taught for twenty-five years in schools of architecture and environmental design, including twenty-one years at the University of Georgia. His research specialty is American architecture, particularly of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries but with many forays into twentieth-century material. He is widely published in both books and scholarly journals, and his The Philadelphia Country House: Architecture and Landscape in Colonial America will be published in 2015 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Degrees Held

Ph.D. Cornell University, 1988: Architectural History, History of Urban Planning, Art History
M.A. Cornell University, 1982: Architectural History and Preservation
B.A. University of Virginia, 1977: Architectural History

Research Interests

American Architecture and Urban Planning
Vernacular Architecture
Building Materials Conservation


Phone: 706-542-4172


John Waters

Professor Emeritus

Personal Interests

Historic preservation philosophy, history, practice, and advocacy

Mailing Address

106 Founders House
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-9006



Students in the Master of Historic Preservation program come from all over the country and have varied academic/professional backgrounds. The flexibility of the MHP program allows students to explore a wide array of interests while receiving a top-notch education from the CED’s dedicated staff.

2016-2017 Graduates
Second Year Students
First Year Students


2016-2017 Graduates


James Bridgforth
James Cabaniss Bridgforth
Millsaps College, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2010
Hometown: Yazoo City, Mississippi
Research Interests: Rural Preservation, Vernacular Architecture


kimberly ellis
Kimberly Ellis
Temple University, B.A. Geography and Urban Studies 2010
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Research Interests: domestic vernacular architecture, material reuse, planned industrial communities


Olivia HeadOlivia Head
Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, B.A, in Anthropology and Archaeology
Hometown: Birmingham, AL.
Research Interests: cultural landscape preservation, rural preservation, and the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.


Kristin Morgan

Kristin Morgan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. in History, 2005
Syracuse University, Master of Arts in History, 2007
Oklahoma State University, Doctor of Philosophy in History, 2013
Hometown:  Morris, IL

Research Interests: Preservation and adaptive reuse of shared buildings & spaces including churches, schools, courthouses, and other structures related to public shared use, and how preservation can be used to maintain and promote a sense of shared community.


mary candler scalesMary Candler Scales
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
Hometown: Suches, GA
Research Interests: Understanding cultural material and site destruction, both visible across the landscape and those present in archaeologically, in order to develop management plans for preservation, conservation, and stewardship.



Lauren Waldroop
Auburn University, B.S. Environmental Design and B.A. German with minors in International Business and Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies, 2014
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas



Shannon Winterhalter
Shannon Winterhalter
University of Georgia, B.A. History with a minor in Anthropology, 2015
Research Interests: Architectural history, vernacular architecture, material culture, intangible cultural heritage



Hollis Yates

University of Georgia, B.A. Art History, 2007

Hometown: Tucker, Georgia

Research Interests: foodways, intangible cultural heritage, adaptive reuse, architecture


Second Year Students


Jackson BeckJackson Beck
Goshen College, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2013
Hometown: Archbold, Ohio
Research Interests: Intangible cultural heritage, preservation and economics, preservation law
JD/MHP Dual Degree Candidate |LinkedIn

carter burns

Carter Burns
University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2005
Millsaps College, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2002
Hometown: Natchez, Mississippi
Research Interests: Preservation law, preservation and economics, historic tax credits, adaptive reuse, preservation easements


Lisa DemaraisLisa C. Demarais

Georgia State University, B.A. History with Sociology Minor, 2015
Hometown: Levittown, New York
Research Interests: Preservation planning, preservation law, sustainable and economic urban development, adaptive reuse of historic structures, historic landscapes and national parks


David Dobbs

Oglethorpe University, B.A. History, 2007
Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia
Research Interests: Preservation Resource Management, Preservation Advocacy,  Architectural History, Preservation within the National Park Services, and Adaptive Reuse and Sustainability



Dixie Gallups
University of Georgia, B.A. History
Hometown: Winder, GA
Research Interests: Southern architecture, Southern history, material culture, historic site interpretation, preservation of historic houses, materials conservation


Sean Griffith
Kennesaw State University, B.A. History
Hometown: Kennesaw, GA




Yoldez Halleb

L’École nationale d’architecture
Hometown: Sousse, Tunisia




Rebekah Helfgot

Rebekah Helfgot

University of Georgia, B.A. Anthropology and History, 2016
Hometown: Dunwoody, Georgia
Research Interests: Early American architecture, rural cemeteries, archaeological site preservation, site interpretation




Rachel Pearl Howell

Middle Tennessee State University, B.A. History, 2013
Research Interests: Preservation education and outreach, especially through public means



Caity_Hungate_100x150Caity Hungate
Brigham Young University, B.A. in History
Hometown: Kathleen, GA
Research Interests: Preservation of Historic Structures, Colonial American Architecture, Native American Cultural Preservation, Southern Architecture and Landscapes, Stained Glass Preservation and Restoration.


chris-jacksonChris Jackson

Georgia College & State University, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, 2010
Concentrations: Anthropology, Geography, Philosophy and Art
Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
Research Interests:  Architectural history, rural preservation, preservation technologies, and cultural landscapes.


Maura Jackson

Maura Jackson

Winthrop University, B.A. Art History, 2014
Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina
Research Interests: Historic Preservation in tourism, Residential historic districts, Adaptive reuse



Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Kennesaw State University, B.S. Political Science, History Minor, 2015
Hometown: Woodstock, GA
Research Interests: National Park Service, Historic districts, Antebellum architecture, and the history and evolution of urban landscapes


Emma Keethler
University of West Florida – Studio Art
Hometown: Pensacola, FL



Chase Klugh
University of Georgia, B.A. History with a minor in Anthropology, 2015
Hometown: Commerce, GA
Research Interests: Vernacular architecture and Building Materials Conservation


Sophia LatzSophia Latz
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts in History, minors in English and Fashion Merchandising, 2014
Hometown: Thomasville, GA
Research Interests: Architectural history up to 1850, Material reuse, Doors |LinkedIn


James Locke
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, B.S. Economics
Hometown: Charlotte, NC



mallory_millerMallory Lauren Miller
University of Alabama, B.S. in Interior Design and minor in Art History, 2015
Hometown: Rockmart, Georgia
Research Interests: Historic Interiors and Furnishings, Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures, 19th and early 20th Century Architecture, Mill Villages, and Residential Structures built from early Architectural Pattern and Plan Books.


Bethany Moore

Truman State University, B.A. History, 2016
Hometown: Troy, Missouri
Research interests: Residential Historic Districts, Adaptive Reuse, Downtown/Main street Revitalization



Hannah Murphey
University of Georgia, B.A. History
Hometown: Woodstock, GA



Maria Rachal

Maria Rachal

University of Louisiana, B.A. French and History, Minor in Business, 2014
Hometown: New Roads, Louisiana
Research Interests: heritage tourism, preservation economics, cultural landscapes



Caroline RaineyCaroline Rainey
Sweet Briar College, B.A. in Archaeology and Art History
M.A. Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, London
Hometown: Anderson, SC.
Research Interests: Interiors are my planned area of expertise, specializing in researching wallpapers, paint analysis, room design, and moldings.


Paige RitterPaige Ritter

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, B.A.S. Diversified Agriculture, 2016
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Research Interests: the process of restoring an historic structure and converting it into a museum, because it entails many different disciplines of historic preservation



SheppardRoss Sheppard
Georgia College & State University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2013
Hometown: Sandersville, GA
Research Interest: My background in business, real estate, and politics has drawn me to the intersection of those three things in the context of historic preservation. Specifically, I’m interested in the economics of restoration and rehabilitation for repurposing large state-owned resources like Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA.

dylan stearnsDylan Stearns
Stetson University in Deland, FL, B.A. in History and Minor in American Studies, 2015
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Research Interests: Preservation of historic houses and neighborhoods, battlefield preservation, preservation of historic sports stadiums, preservation and display of artifacts, reuse of historic materials, and rural community and homestead preservation.


Audrey Thomas
Appalachian State University, B.S. Public History with Appalachian Studies concentration
Hometown: Kernersville, NC



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Daniel White

Auburn University, B.S. Environmental Design, 2016
Hometown: Madison, Alabama
Research Interests: vernacular architecture, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, social equity



Anders Yount

Anders Yount

University of Georgia, B.A. History, Minor in Sociology, 2016
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Research Interests: architectural history, material culture, adaptive reuse, and the evolution of urban landscapes


First Year Students


MacKenzie Carroll

Chadron State College, B.A History, Minor in Museum Studies
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Research Interests: Adaptive reuse and sustainability, the connections between culture and the build environment, early 20th century architecture, planned development



James Dorn
Graduated Lander University in Greenwood, SC with a B.S. in History in 2017

Hometown:  Edgefield, SC

Research Interests:  Rural architecture and landscape preservation, reuse and repurpose of historical buildings in rural areas as well as small towns.



Casey Emmet

I graduated from UNG (formerly North Georgia College & State

University) with a B.A. in History in 2012. I’m from Gainesville, Georgia which is about an hour north of Athens. I’m interested in architectural history and preservation. For our honeymoon, my wife and I visited Barcelona and toured several Antoni Gaudi sites, including the Sagrada Familia.



Carter Finch

Covenant College, B.A. History with Political Studies Concentration
Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
Research Interests: Rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings particularly in small towns in the Southeast, preservation of historic homes, battlefield preservation.




James Lineberger

James has a BA in Art from Valdosta State University. He has two Master’s degrees from UGA—one in Art History and one in Special Education Administration. For OLLI@UGA he teaches two courses, Architecture in Athens: Then and Now, as well as Architecture in Athens: The Greek Revival style. Additionally, James has volunteered at the Athens Welcome Center, where he gives the Museum Mile tours and the Heritage tours. James and his wife just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. They worked in education jobs for a combined total of about 80 years.


Nick Moss

University of Georgia, B.A. – Spanish & Political Science
Hometown: Woodstock, Georgia
Research Interests: preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures and materials, 19th & 20th century architectural history, craft traditions and techniques





Courtland Nation

Georgia College & State University, B.A. History, Art History Minor, 2017

Hometown: Buckhead, GA (NOT the Atlanta one)

Research Interests: Southern architectural history, Native American history, Civil War history, historic preservation education and tourism, National Park Service, archaeology, and historic site preservation and interpretation


Lauren Patterson

University of Florida, B.S. Advertising, Minor in Business Administration, 2013
Hometown: DeLand, Florida
Research Interests: Adaptive reuse, sustainable development, blight remediation and affordable housing alternatives



Cailtin Plesher

University of Georgia, Anthropology and Art History

Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
Research Interests: Heritage Tourism, Historic Interpretation, etc.


Sherrie’ Raleigh

Mercer University, B.A. English, B.A. Communications, 2003
Middle Georgia State University, B.A. History, 2007
Hometown: Macon, Georgia
Research Interests: Railroad-Related Preservation, Historic Preservation within National and State Parks/Historic Sites, Preservation of Historic Homes, Cemetery Preservation, Native American History, Military History, Museum & Artifact Preservation


Jim Rooks

I received my baccalaureate degree from Georgia Gwinnett College. I majored in Western Civ. studies but I focused primarily on Colonial North American warfare and Anglo-Native American acculturation processes. My interests and career goals meet in the middle with Historic Preservation as the center focus. I hope to combine historical studies with archaeology as a means of preservation in cultural resource management. I am very interested in cemetery studies as well as plantation and battlefield preservation (preservation of cultural landscapes).


Savannah Young

University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, 2015
Previous M.A. candidate in Forensic Anthropology at Texas State University, 2016
Hometown: Port Orange, Florida
Research Interests: historic architecture preservation, adaptive reuse, building materials conservation, national park service, cemetery preservation, archaeological site preservation, preservation economics and planning, Arts and Crafts movement