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John H. Stubbs is Christovich Senior Professor of Preservation Practice and Director of the Master of Preservation Studies program at the Tulane School of Architecture, Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He was Vice President for Field Projects for the New York based-World Monuments Fund from 1990-2011; he will continue with WMF as an advisor and consultant. From 1989-2009 he was an Adjunct Associate Professor in Columbia University’s graduate program in historic preservation and taught architectural history, theory and international architectural conservation practice. His prior experience includes ten years as an associate at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners in New York City and two years in the Technical Preservation Services division of the U.S. National Park Service in Washington, D.C. John Stubbs served for six years as Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America, Chairman of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, and he currently serves as a Trustee of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

A native of Louisiana, Stubbs’s international experience began in the 1970s working as a surveyor on archaeological excavations in Italy and Egypt and as a UNESCO Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome (ICCROM).

World Monuments Fund Announcement, Tulane School of Architecture Announcement


Emily Gunzburger Makaš is an Assistant Professor of architectural and urban history at the University ofNorth Carolina at Charlotte. She has a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a Bachelors in History from the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on the history of modern European cities and specifically engages the relationships between architecture, cities, heritage, memory, identity, and politics.

Makaš co-edited Capital Cities in the Aftermath of Empires: Planning in Central and Southeastern Europe (Routledge, 2010, with T.D. Conley).

She is currently working on a book about the interrelationships between urban and national identities and the reconstruction of heritage in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Makaš also serves on the board of the historic preservation non-profit organization, Historic Charlotte, Inc.


Robert G. Thomson is trained as a historical archaeologist and historic preservation planner.  He currently serves as the Acting Federal Preservation Officer for the Presidio Trust, a US federal agency tasked with the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Presidio of San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark and former Army base in San Francisco, California. Prior to his work at the Presidio, Thomson served as a Graduate Intern in the Education Department at the Getty Conservation Institute, contributing to the development of training programs for conservation training in Southeast Asia.

Prior to his work on Architectural Conservation in Asia, Thomson has researched and published articles concerning post-disaster recovery in historic communities in Southeastern Europe and South Asia, and on the history of conservation training at Angkor. In addition to his work in Asia, Thomson has participated in archaeological field investigations in Virginia, California and in Tanzania, East Africa. While studying with Professor Stubbs at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, Thomson served as the founding student editor of Future Anterior, the first US academic journal focused on critical inquiry, theory and practice of historic preservation.

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