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Catherine W. Bishir, a native of Kentucky, has lived in North Carolina since 1966 and has been a member of VAF since 1980. From 1971 through 2001 she served in the architectural survey and National Register programs in the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. She is currently curator in architectural special collections at North Carolina State University Libraries, developing the Web-based North Carolina Architects and Builders: A Biographical Dictionary ( She is author or coauthor of numerous prize-winning publications, including North Carolina Architecture; Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building; the three-volume Guides to the Historic Architecture of Eastern, Western, and Piedmont North Carolina; and Southern Built: American Architecture, Regional Practice.

James Michael Buckley is a lecturer in housing at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, with more than twenty-five years of experience in housing and community development in California. He has a BA from Yale University in American studies and art history, and he holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning and a PhD in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a member of the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission and a board member of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. He is a former board member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

Thomas Carter is a professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Utah. His research interests lie in the vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes of the American West.

Mary Ellen Hayward works as a preservation and museum consultant in Baltimore. She is the coauthor, with Charles Belfoure, of The Baltimore Rowhouse (1999). Her most recent book, Baltimore’s Alley Houses: Homes for Working People Since the 1780s (2008) examines, among other things, how high-style architectural elements filtered down for use on even the smallest and least expensive city row houses. It received the 2009 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize from the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

William Littmann teaches architectural history at the California College of the Arts and has taught at University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. He received a PhD in architectural history from UC Berkeley and an MA in journalism at Columbia University. An essay on the history of student activism in architecture schools will appear in the forthcoming Design on the Edge: A Century of Teaching Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, 1903–2003. He is also working on a book that traces the history of the architecture and landscape along El Camino Real in California.

Sarah Lynn Lopez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change and the Bancroft Library. She received her BA in interdisciplinary studies and her MS in architecture from Berkeley. Her dissertation research investigates the impact of migrant remittance [End Page 109] dollars earned in the United States and sent to families and communities in Mexico on the architecture and landscape of rural Mexico.

Stephanie May de Montigny holds an MA and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently she is associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Religious Studies and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, where she teaches courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology and art, gender, and Native American studies.

Burçak Özlüdil is a doctoral student at the urban systems program of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. An architect and architectural historian by training, she is currently working on her dissertation on mental institutions in the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic.

Arijit Sen, assistant professor of architecture, teaches architectural design, urbanism, and cultural landscapes at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is the co-coordinator of the Buildings Cultures Landscapes doctoral program initiative between the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Milwaukee. His research interests include physical and cultural landscapes of immigration in the United States.

Jessica Sewell is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at Boston University. She...


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