Brinker Ferguson is a co-recipient of the Mellon Foundation Grant to Develop Course for MIT’s “Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative”

The undergraduate course titled “Histories of Heritage: Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation in a Global Perspective” will be administered through the MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning as well as its History Theory and Criticism Program.
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This year I was part of a teaching team that included Professor Peter Probst, Chair and Professor in the Department of Art History, Tufts University, and Professor Michelle Apotsos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Williams College. We developed an undergraduate course titled “Histories of Heritage: Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation in a Global Perspective” for the “Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative” or GAHTC at MIT. The GAHTC is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and its History Theory and Criticism Program. The course was conceived to be a semester/term long and aimed to provide an introduction to the growing importance of historic preservation. The lectures I focused on included “Futures: Vision, Virtuality and Digital Heritage” highlighting case studies from Pakistan, Syria, digital preservation libraries, and online virtual worlds, and “Properties: Disputes over Ownership” highlighting case studies from Greece/Great Britain, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Thailand, and New Zealand.

This October we will present our course at a MIT conference in Seattle.