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John H. Stubbs is Professor Emeritus of Preservation Studies in the School of Architecture at 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).

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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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William Chapman, DPhil, Associate AIA, is Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Educated at Columbia University in New York and at Oxford University in England, he specializes in architectural recording, the history of historic preservation and materials conservation. Widely published in scholarly journals, he has also written on subjects ranging from plantation ruins in the US Virgin Islands to the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. His most recent publication is Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia: A Traveler’s Guide through History, Ruins, and Landscapes. In addition to his international work, William Chapman has conducted research and teaching throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including cultural resource surveys for the National Park Service and state agencies.

Julia Gatley is an associate professor of Architecture at the University of Auckland. She gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and her Master’s degree from Victoria University of Wellington. Before embarking on her PhD, she worked for the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Subsequently, Julia Gatley’s research has focused on twentieth-century architecture and the conservation of modern buildings. She has published multiple books as author and editor, as well as articles in journals including Fabrications, The Journal of Architecture and Planning Perspectives. From 2016 to 2018, she served as Head of the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning. She currently leads the School’s programs in built heritage conservation and is Co-director of its History and Theory Research Hub. She is also Chair of DOCOMOMO New Zealand and a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Ross King is an emeritus professor in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, where he was previously Dean. His main present area of study is East and Southeast Asia, with a focus on the place of architecture and urban design in heritage and identity generally, and more specifically on the political economy of heritage and its conservation. Among recent books have been Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya: Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia (2008), Reading Bangkok (2011), Heritage and Identity in Contemporary Thailand (2017), and Seoul: Memory, Reinvention, and the Korean Wave (2018). Present work has a focus on the manipulation of architectural heritage in the exercise of political power. In earlier times, while based at the University of Sydney, he was active in protests for saving Sydney's architectural heritage, partly through the Green Bans movement and local community activism.

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