Faculty

Steven Bedford

Dr. Steven Bedford, an Architectural Historian at Louis Berger Group and formerly a Senior Planner at Fitzgerald Halliday, holds a Ph.D from Columbia University. He taught in the Building Conservation Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1989 to 2008 and was its director in 2009. Dr. Bedford teaches architectural history and researching historic structures, and will run the design studio.  He can be reached at sbedford@hancockshakervillage.org

Max Page

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Dr. Max Page is Professor of Architecture and History as well as Graduate Program Director for the Master of Science in Design in Historic Preservation at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he teaches urban, architectural, and public history.  He is the author of The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940, The City’s End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York’s Destruction, as well as the co-editor of Giving Preserving a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States.  Dr. Page teaches History and Theory of Historic Preservation.  He can be reached at mpage@art.umass.edu.

Michael Devonshire

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Michael Devonshire serves as Program Director at Hancock Shaker Village for the joint Historic Preservation Program.  He coordinates materials analyses, conditions assessments and project management efforts of restoration projects.  Mr. Devonshire is Principle and Director of Conservation at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates of New York.  His recent projects include the Russel Wright Studio, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the Longstreet Dutch Farm and the Nathaniel Rogers House.   He has taught Preservation Architecture at Columbia University since 1990. Mr. Devonshire teaches Building Conservation 1 and 2. He can  be reached at Devonshire@jhpokorny.com.

Jamie Duggan

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Jamie Duggan holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont; a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (historic archaeology) from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; and a Certificate in Preservation Skills and Technology from the Preservation Education Institute in Windsor VT. Jamie is also a master mason, with over 25 years experience in the building trades, and operated his own preservation contracting and consulting company specializing in preservation and restoration treatments on landmark buildings. Recent projects include masonry and plaster restoration at the Vermont State House, paint analysis of St. Gaudens National Historic Landmark- New Gallery Complex, paint analysis for the Vermont Department of Agriculture Building and masonry restoration and mortar analysis at DAR/Gen. John Strong Mansion Museum in W. Addison, Vermont. In addition, Jamie has been a Lecturer and Field School Instructor for the University of Vermont, National Park Service, Preservation Trades Network, Preservation Trust of Vermont and other organizations, providing hands-on training in preservation trades, historic building technology and materials testing and analysis. Jamie is currently the Historic Preservation Review Coordinator for the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and is based in Montpelier, Vermont where he also serves as a Historic Preservation Commissioner in our nation’s smallest capital city. Mr. Duggan teaches Architectural Materials Analysis I and II. He can be reached at jduggan@arthist.umass.edu .

Marla Miller

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Marla Miller, currently the Director of the Public History Program, is a historian of gender and artisanry in early America.  A former preservation consultant, as a public historian (both in the academy and as chair of her local historical commission) she has been involved in the documentation of agricultural landscapes and vernacular architecture of the Connecticut Valley, and also in a range of cultural resource surveys and reports, National Register nominations and a range of scholarship for National Park Service sites across the Northeast and servicewide.  She teaches courses in Material Culture and Museum and Historic Site Interpretation. She can be reached at mmiller@history.umass.edu.

Myron Stachiw

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Myron Stachiw received a BA in Anthropology (historical archaeology) from Brown University and an MA from Boston University, American and New England Studies (social history, archaeology, architectural history).  Since the early 1970s he has worked in museums and historical agencies such as Old Sturbridge Village, Colonial Williamsburg, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities as a curator, historian, and archaeologist; as a consultant to numerous state and local preservation agencies and museums; and as an adjunct and associate professor of history, architectural history, and historic preservation in universities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  Most recently he served as director of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine (2006-2012).  He currently lives n East Woodstock, CT.  Myron can be reached at myron.stachiw@gmail.com

Chris Skelly

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Chris Skelly is the Director of Local Government Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Commission, where he assists local boards and commissions in community-wide historic preservation planning.  Prior to starting at the Massachusetts Historical Commission in 1997, he was a city planner for the city of Lowell.  His degrees include a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Massachusetts Historical Commission publications prepared by Mr. Skelly include the Preservation Planning Manual, Preservation through Bylaws and Ordinances, A Guidebook for Historic District Commissions, two educational DVDs for local commissions and the five-year State Historic Preservation Plan.  He regularly holds regional educational workshops around the state for local commissions, elected officials and the general public on historic preservation planning and local preservation ordinances.  His interest in historic preservation goes back to growing up in Northborough, Massachusetts and exploring old buildings, stonewalls and farms.  His current projects include revising the Guidebook for Historic District Commissions, serving on the statewide historic preservation conference executive committee and researching the history of the Massachusetts Historical  Commission in preparation of its 50th anniversary.   His particular interests include historic preservation and sustainability, walkable and bikeable communities and how the past can be experienced on a daily basis.
Chris can be reached at skelly-mhc@comcast.net

Bonnie Parsons

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Bonnie Parsons is an architectural historian and preservationist with graduate degrees from University of Michigan and Columbia University. In New York and New England she has worked with architectural firms and public agencies researching historic buildings, writing National Register nominations, historic structure reports and conducting historic resource and heritage landscape inventories.  She was a member of the Massachusetts Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records team, has written monographs on the vernacular architecture of western Massachusetts and on the barns of the Highland Communities.   She has extensive experience with state and federal investment tax credit projects.  She may be reached at BonnieLParsons@yahoo.com.

L. Carl Fiocchi

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L. Carl Fiocchi, M.Arch, LEED Green Associate teaches Green Design and Historic Preservation in the Historic Preservation Program and Energy Modeling and Building Physics in the Architecture+Design program and Building Construction Technology department at UMass Amherst.  Additionally, he is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst, where his research and dissertation is: Energy Analysis of the Three Dominant Modernist Buildings at University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Lincoln Campus Center and Hotel, W.E.B. DuBois Library, and Fine Arts Center.  Carl can be reached at fiocchi@eco.umass.edu.