Research Associate - URBAN HERITAGE PROJECT / PennPraxis

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Research Associate - URBAN HERITAGE PROJECT / PennPraxis

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Oct 25, 2021


The Urban Heritage Project, a research group related to PennPraxis at the University of Pennsylvania's Stuart Weitzman School of Design, seeks applications for a Research Associate to work on its team focused on cultural landscape preservation projects.

The Urban Heritage Project (UHP) is a part of the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, connected to the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and PennPraxis. UHP addresses issues at the intersection of built heritage, cultural landscape, and societal change through multi-disciplinary research and practice. Our work includes a large portfolio of cultural landscape inventories, reports, and other projects commissioned by the National Park Service as well as planning and research projects with other partners. In addition to projects represented on the PennPraxis website , NPS project summaries can be found at .

The Research Associate will work principally on National Park Service projects, alongside other UHP staff. Specific tasks for this position will include conducting archival research, authoring written histories, and undertaking field documentation and mapping. Many of the projects are located in the greater Washington, DC, area.

The principal tasks and responsibilities of the Research Associate will be:
  • Conducting fieldwork to document existing conditions;
  • Undertaking historical research utilizing primary and secondary sources, to chronicle the physical and social changes of particular landscapes;
  • Writing historical narratives and constructing timelines;
  • Identifying areas and periods of significance according to National Register criteria;
  • Evaluating the significance and integrity of landscape features/characteristics;
  • Designing treatment recommendations for cultural landscape features; and
  • Producing reports, including maps and graphics, that detail the condition of extant landscape features using narrative, images, GIS and architectural drawings.

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