The faculty who will guide you through the curriculum at Goucher are not just professors, and they're not just at Goucher. They are distinguished leaders in their fields. They bring a depth of practical experience that is invaluable to students.

Remembering Professor Stuart Meck

M.A. in Historic Preservation lecturer Stuart Meck (1947-2018) passed away on April 15, 2018. Stuart was a core faculty member in the MAHP program. We thank him for his years of dedicated teaching at Goucher.

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Core Faculty

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker
Academic Director
Phone: 410-337-6447
Email: Thomas.Walker@goucher.edu

Thomas Walker currently directs the Masters programs in Environmental Studies and Historic Preservation at Goucher College and had previously served as a co-director of the M.A. in Cultural Sustainability program.  With ties to these different programs, he promotes their complementarity, interrelationship, and common focus on a human dimensions approach to the study of the natural and built environments. He has worked in museums and arts organizations involving historic preservation projects, including a virtual museum developed at Indiana University based on a collection of historic log buildings and documentation of traditional culture of the area.  He has also conducted oral histories of historic preservation in Indiana and documented maritime culture in the Chesapeake Bay region as well as in New York harbor to contextualize the history of the seaport and its collection of historic vessels and buildings.  As a venture philanthropist, he has served as a trustee for a foundation www.walker-foundation.org which funds research, policy, and projects investigating environmental economics in areas of climate change, energy and tax policy, ecosystem services, ecotourism, and sustainability in forests and fisheries. 

Ph.D. in Folklore and Anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington
M.A. in Folklore and Anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington
B.A. in English, St. Lawrence University

Betsy H. Bradley
Adjunct Lecturer

Betsy H. Bradley is experienced as a heritage preservation specialist, historian, and professor of history and historic preservation. Her professional and academic interests center on the critique of policy, practice, and the evolving nature of the preservation field. She serves as Academic Specialist for the Goucher Historic Preservation Program, and keenly monitors the ever-changing historic preservation field in the United States.

Dr. Bradley has taught in the Goucher Historic Preservation program since 2007. Her courses include Introduction to Historic Preservation, Documentation, and Preservation Public Policy and she has directed over twenty thesis projects. She has also taught historic preservation at the University of St. Thomas Art History graduate program; Ursuline College’s undergraduate program, and in the Youngstown State University’s undergraduate and graduate departments. Betsy’s interest in industrial buildings resulted in her book, The Works: The Industrial Architecture of the United States (Oxford University Press, 1999). She has also written about how property owners addressed old dwellings prior to the formal historic preservation program in “Reviving Colonials and Reviving as Colonial” in Re-Creating the American Past: Essays on the Colonial Revival. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006).

Dr. Bradley has over twenty years of experience working with preservation policies and practices at the local level. She worked for several years for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and has also served on the commissions of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Taylors Falls, Minnesota and Spokane, Washington, where she now resides. From 2011 to 2016, Bradley was the director of the historic preservation program in the City of St. Louis. She oversaw the review of thousands of building permits, and addressed the current topics of demolition review in a Legacy City, the design of new construction, the regulation of solar panels in historic districts and the integration of historic districts and form-based zoning. She has worked as a consultant in Minnesota and on the staff of the Wyoming State Historic Preservation office.

William Jackson Cook
Adjunct Lecturer

William Cook is the Associate General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation involved in litigation advocacy for federal, state and local preservation laws and corporate legal matters. Mr. Cook was a former Assistant Professor of law at the Charleston SC School of Law where he taught property, constitution, preservation, and art & cultural heritage law. He has practiced law in Charleston as well as New York City and served as Judicial Clerk in the South Carolina Court of appeals. Mr. Cook has also written extensively on preservation and cultural property law, as well as given numerous lectures at local statewide and national preservation and law conferences. 

Melanie Lytle
Adjunct Lecturer

Melanie Lytle is a graduate of Goucher College's MAHP program and the executive director of the non-profit Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions, which has been providing training and support to Maryland's historic preservation commissions since 1979. In her staff role, she manages the day-to-day operations of the statewide organization and is a technical resource on all historic preservation issues for Maryland's forty-nine historic preservation commissions and staff. She also develops the organization's training courses and serves as an instructor.

As an architecture historian at AECOM, Ms. Lytle is a consultant for federal, state, and local governments and private clients on projects with a diverse array of historic property types and challenges. She specializes in assessing the effects of undertakings on historic properties pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act, and advises clients on the management and treatment of cultural resources.

Ms. Lytle is active in international preservation, an outcome of living abroad in South Africa and France, travel, research, and her role on the board of directors of Restoration Works International, a volunteer-led non-profit organization devoted to the restoration of cultural heritage alongside communities in Mongolia, Nepal, and India.

M.A. in Historic Preservation, Goucher College
B.A. in History, California State University-Sacramento


Bryan D. Orthel
Adjunct Lecturer

Bryan Orthel is an assistant professor in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University.  His teaching prepares students to develop pragmatic and evidence-based design solutions that support people.  His scholarship and previous professional practice emphasize work in small communities addressing history, preservation, and cultural change.  His recent project has been supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

Orthel holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary design and history from Washington State University, a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky, and a professional bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon.  His scholarship examines how people understand and use history in their lives and environments (historical consciousness).  He also researches design pedagogy, design thinking, and problem solving. His scholarship has been published in Buildings & Landscapes, Interiors, and Preservation Education & Research, among other titles.

Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Design and History, Washington University
M.A. in Historic Preservation, University of Kentucky
B.A. in Architecture, University of Oregon

Lori Durio Price
Adjunct Lecturer

Lori Durio Price is a senior architectural historian currently located in St. Petersburg, Florida, with more than 22 years of professional experience in the cultural resources field. She currently serves as the Cultural Resources National Practice Lead for CH2M, an international consulting firm, where she leads a team of cultural resources practitioners across the country who perform environmental reviews; conduct and facilitate Section 106 and tribal consultation; handle agency coordination; develop mitigation strategies and draft Section 106 agreement documents; and perform cultural resources field surveys. Prior to her 15 years in the consulting field, she held positions as SHPO staff and as the Principal Architectural Historian for the City of New Orleans. She has worked as a liaison between FEMA and SHPO during disaster recovery from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, served as the Cultural Resources Program Lead for the SR 520 Bridge Replacement Program in Seattle to replace the world’s longest floating bridge, and drafted complex Programmatic Agreements for transportation, military, and redevelopment/divestment projects. Mrs. Price has practiced preservation advocacy and outreach at the local level for many years, currently as a member of the Board of Directors for her local preservation non-profit, St. Petersburg Preservation.

M.F.A. in Historic Preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design
B.A. in English and Political Science, Louisiana State University

Lauren Schiszik
Adjunct Lecturer

In her position at the Baltimore City Department of Planning, Lauren Schiszik is involved in many facets of historic preservation planning, including architectural design review for landmarks and local historic districts, regulatory reviews, historical and architectural research, and archaeological assessments and reviews. She coordinates the Baltimore City Landmark designation program and the conservation program for Baltimore's historic monuments. She also works on departmental and inter-agency initiatives that integrate preservation into large-scale planning efforts that address issues such as climate resiliency and neighborhood stabilization and revitalization.    

Prior to her position with Baltimore City Department of Planning, she worked as a public archaeologist and cultural resources planner with Anne Arundel County's Lost Towns Project, and in the private sector as a cultural resource GIS specialist.

Ms. Schiszik is the Vice President of Friends of Maryland's Olmsted Parks and Landscapes, a volunteer-led non-profit organization. She has also served as adjunct faculty in the Public History Department at Stevenson University, and co-teaches courses in John Hopkins University's Odyssey Program. Ms. Schiszik has authored and presented papers on topics in historic preservation and archaeology.

M.H.P. in Historic Preservation, University of Maryland-College Park
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, Earlham College

Kennedy Smith

Kennedy Smith
Adjunct Lecturer

Kennedy Smith has been a leader in downtown economic development for 25 years. After serving as director of Charlottesville, Virginia’s downtown revitalization organization in the early 1980s, she joined the staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center in 1985 and became its director in 1991, a position she held for 13 years. During Ms. Smith's tenure the Main Street program was recognized as one of the most successful economic development programs in the U.S., generating $18 billion in new investment and stimulating development of 226,000 new jobs and 56,000 new businesses and expanding to a nationwide network of almost 2,000 towns and cities, with additional programs abroad.

In 2004, Kennedy and several colleagues launched the Community Land Use and Economics (CLUE) Group, a private consulting firm that helps civic leaders gather and apply market information to create dynamic downtown economic development strategies. She has won numerous accolades for her work, including receiving a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University and being named one of Fast Company magazine’s first Fast 50 Champions of Innovation, recognizing creative thinkers whose sense of style and power of persuasion change what our world looks like and how our products perform. She has been featured in news media ranging from Business Week and The New York Times to CBS Sunday Morning and The Donohue Show. In addition to her work with the CLUE Group, she is a columnist for Planning Commissioners Journal.



Bruce D. Judd
Adjunct Lecturer

In 1980, Bruce D. Judd, FAIA, co-founded Architectural Resources Group, one of the first architectural firms in the United States to specialize in historic preservation. Over thirty years later, Mr. Judd has gained a national reputation as a thoughtful and experienced practitioner. He has directed over 250 planning, rehabilitation, and development projects involving architecturally and historically significant buildings and complexes throughout the western United States, including restoration of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, seismic retrofit of the Pasadena City Hall, restoration of the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, as well as served as preservation consultant to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Judd has served on the boards of a number of distinguish organizations, including Expert Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; Member, Committee for Preservation and Security for the White House and the Capitol; Member, Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Member, Board of Directors of Preservation Action; and Member, Board of Trustees of the California Preservation Foundation to name but a few.

Robert Z. Melnick
Adjunct Lecturer

Robert Z Melnick is a recognized expert on cultural landscapes and historic landscape preservation planning. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Robert has published widely on theoretical and practical issues relating to cultural and historic landscapes. He has served as lead and consultant for landscape preservation projects in states across the country. His written works, including the co-edited Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America (2000), and professional projects have received numerous national awards. Professor Melnick regularly lectures at universities and professional meetings.  In 2008 he received the James Marston Fitch Preservation Education Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Preservation Education. His current research addresses the impact of climate change on significant cultural landscapes   Robert Melnick is former Dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and is a Senior Cultural Resources Specialist with MIG, Inc., in Portland, OR, and Berkeley, CA. While on leave from the University of Oregon (2005-2007) he was a Visiting Senior Program Officer at the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles.  Professor Melnick serves on the editorial board of Change Over Time, an international journal of conservation and the built environment, and is guest editing an issue on Landscape and Climate Change.  He is a past member and chair of the board of directors for Oregon Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Patricia Samford
Adjunct Lecturer

Patricia Samford is the Director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, Maryland. The Lab is the Maryland’s repository for over 7.5 million archaeological artifacts, home to a state of the art archaeological conservation laboratory, and engages in highly regarded research programs.

Samford holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests are in the archaeology of free and enslaved African Americans in the American South, and particularly in the cultural transformations that occurred in the context of the African Diaspora.  She was a staff archaeologist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for thirteen years and has also worked in North Carolina, Maryland, Bermuda and France.

Samford’s dissertation research was recently published by the University of Alabama Press and is entitled Subfloor Pits and the Archaeology of Slavery in Colonial Virginia (2007).  She has also co-authored a book on archaeology for children entitled Archaeology for Young Explorers:  Uncovering History at Colonial Williamsburg (1995).

Richard D. Waters
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, School of Management, University of San Francisco
A.B.J., Public Relations, University of Georgia; M.S. Public Relations, Syracuse University; PhD Mass Communications, University of Florida  

Richard D Waters is a recognized expert in public relations and communications for nonprofit organizations. A member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Media Communications, the International Communication Association, and the Public Relations Society of America, Prof Waters has won awards from the Florida Public Relations Association, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Public Relations Society of America to name but a few.  Author of Public Relations in the Nonprofit Sector: Theory and Research (Routledge, 2014) and co-author of Coming Out of the Closet: Exploring LGBT Issues in Strategic Communications Theory and Research (Peter Lang, 2013), numerous book chapters and over 50 refereed articles on public relations and communications.  Prof Waters is also in demand as a speaker at conferences and symposiums.