Faculty

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.

Core Faculty

Melanie

Melanie Lytle
Academic Director

Melanie Lytle is a graduate of Goucher College's M.A.H.P. program and the former executive director of the non-profit Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions. 

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

 


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 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. 


Timothy Frye

Timothy Frye
Adjunct Lecturer

Timothy Frye is the Historic Preservation Officer with the San Francisco Planning Department. He has over 14 years of experience in Planning and Preservation, having also worked for the City of Chicago's Commission of Chicago Landmarks. Mr. Frye holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. from DePaul University in Public Policy: Urban Studies. As HPO, Mr. Frye staffs the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission and oversees long-range planning, entitlement review, survey, and designation responsibilities of the for the City’s Historic Preservation Program. He also serves on the board of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.


L Hamroun

Leila Hamroun
Adjunct Lecturer

Leila Hamroun, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is an accomplished historic preservation architect, with over twenty-five years of national and international experience providing design, planning, management and cultural analysis services primarily for existing buildings. Her multilingual and multicultural background informs a nuanced perspective on the historical, political, social and economic contexts that shape interventions on the existing building fabric. By bringing together design and technical knowledge from the combined disciplines of architecture, planning, conservation, and building diagnostics, she is committed to imaginative design solutions, that provide a contemporary experience while respecting the integrity and character of the building or structure.

Ms. Hamroun is a registered architect in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Recent projects include the Urban Resilience Master Plan for the Wilaya (Province) of Algiers (Algeria), Renovation of the Adrian Phillips Theater and the Limestone Façade Masonry Restoration at Boardwalk Hall (National Historic Landmark – 1929), in Atlantic City, NJ, Updated Historic Area Commission Design Guidelines and Standards for the New Castle National Historic Landmark District, in New Castle, DE, and Non-Destructive Evaluation Building Envelope Assessment of Trinity Church (c. 1890), Triad Building, Old Swedes Church (c. 1699 - National Historic Landmark) and the Christina Community Center, in Wilmington, DE.

Architect Diploma, Ecole Polytechnique d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme - Algiers, Algeria
Diploma, Centre d’Etudes Superieures d’Histoire et de Conservation des Monuments Anciens (Centre des Hautes Etudes de Chaillot) - Paris, France
MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware - Newark, DE


Bryan-Orthel

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 Price

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


Hyan Rah

Hyon Rah
Adjunct Lecturer

Hyon Rah, LEED AP, ENV SP, an expert in sustainable built environment and water and energy risk mitigation, helps connect historic preservation to sustainability and resilience.

She has supported development projects of diverse scales, scopes, and locations to formulate and implement people centered and integrated strategies that reduce water and energy risks, and, along with that, community and financial threats. Communicating in five languages, she has worked in over 30 countries, navigating different cultural and regulatory landscapes.

Ms. Rah is principal and founder of RAH Solutions, a Washington-DC based consultancy. She is a board-appointed member of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' (MWCOG) Air & Climate Public Advisory Committee, and adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES).

M.Sc., Water Management & Hydroinformatics, European Commission’s EuroAquae Programme, a consortium of: Newcastle University (UK), Polytech Nice Sophia Antipolis (FR), BTU-Cottbus (DE), and Barcelona Tech (ES
M.Arch, University of Michigan
B.A., Architectural Studies with minor in Japanese, University of Washington


David

David Rotenstein 
Adjunct Lecturer

David Rotenstein is a public historian and folklorist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rotenstein has worked in historic preservation and public history since 1984. He began his career as an archaeologist, doing cultural resource management with private-sector firms and with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Before starting his own consulting practice in 2001, Dr. Rotenstein worked for consulting companies, designing, executing, and supervising archaeological, architectural history, and historic context studies for compliance with local, state, and federal environmental laws. He participated in a working group of telecommunications industry representatives, historic preservation professionals, and federal officials revising National Historic Preservation Act compliance rules for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Dr. Rotenstein has taught history, folklore, and cultural anthropology. His adjunct appointments include the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and Montgomery College (Maryland). He also taught a course for the National Preservation Institute on National Environmental Policy Act compliance for FCC licensees.

In Montgomery County, Maryland, Dr. Rotenstein served two full terms on the Historic Preservation Commission. He also was appointed to a panel rewriting the county’s zoning code. Dr. Rotenstein also has served on the Society for Industrial Archeology board of directors and he has been an active member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and the National Council on Public History. Dr. Rotenstein has published widely in anthropology, history, and folklore on subjects ranging including industrial history, blues history and heritage tourism, and gentrification and displacement.

Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Anthropology, Georgia 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.