Historic Preservation

Clarissa Carr

Clarissa Carr

Historic Preservation Program
Research Assistant Professor
ARCH 146

Research Interests:

  • Preservation of Mid-century Modern and the recent past
  • Values and significance in preservation
  • Memory and nostalgia

Clarissa Carr has over ten years of professional experience in historic preservation, exhibit design, and public outreach and education. She is responsible for day-to-day program operations as well as the graphic development of grant and project deliverables. A 2010 Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN) alumna, Ms. Carr is responsible for PIN program marketing and enrollment.

She received her Bachelor of Interior Design in 2011 with a minor in Landscape Architecture and Master’s in Interior Design in 2013 from the University of Florida with graduate certificates in Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, and Web Design and Online Communication. She is in the process of completing a Ph.D. in Historic Preservation focusing on a prolific Mid-century Modern architect and professor who specialized in intertwining the built and natural environments.

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Cleary Larkin

Cleary Larkin

Historic Preservation
Director, Historic Preservation // Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
(352) 294-1438
ARCH 148

Cleary Larkin (clarkin@ufl.edu) is a licensed architect with specialized practice experience in historic preservation and community planning. She holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Urban Planning from the University of Florida.

She has worked as an architect and a preservation planner at Frazier Associates in Staunton, Virginia; Beyer Blinder Belle in New York City and for the City of Gainesville, Florida. Her practitioner experience includes adaptive re-use, restoration and rehabilitation; design and project management of architectural projects from programming through construction; research and writing for Historic Structure Reports, National Register nominations, rehabilitation tax credits, and design guidelines; design review in historic districts; new design within historic contexts; and use of fiscal incentives for redevelopment.

Dr. Larkin’s dissertation, Expanding the Historic Preservation Narrative: The intersections of planning, preservation and social context in the Vieux Carré Historic District designation, explored the collaboration between architects, preservation activists and planner Harland Bartholomew to create the New Orleans’ first Comprehensive Plan in 1929 and first legislation for the French Quarter historic district in 1925 and 1937, respectively.

Prior to her role as Acting Director of UF’s Historic Preservation program, Dr. Larkin was Program Coordinator for the newly formed Florida Resilient Cities (FRC) program at UF’s Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER). The first FRC project focused on sustainable recovery and growth of Port St. Joe, a historic mill town in the Florida panhandle, damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Dr. Larkin’s research interests include the intersections of architecture, preservation and planning, both in historical and contemporary practice; historic land-use decisions as a source of inequity in communities; and historic preservation as a social justice practice. She currently teaches Intro to History and Theory of Historic Preservation at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels, and two courses in the summer field course at Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN): World Heritage Research and Stewardship, and Preservation Policy and Current Topics.

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Linda Stevenson

Linda Stevenson

Historic Preservation
ARCH 140

Linda Stevenson, Ph.D., AIA, has served as a lecturer with the University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program, since 2012. She is a Florida-licensed architect, with extensive experience in the field of historic preservation.

Linda has taught a variety of graduate-level historic preservation courses, including the History and Theory of Historic Preservation, History of the Built Environment (for historic preservation), Preservation Building Technology, Built Heritage History and Materials Conservation I and II, and Practicum in Historic Preservation (renamed Cultural Resource Survey).

Working with students in the Practicum class and with graduate research assistants, recent projects in the City of Gainesville and the City of Port St. Joe have focused on the research area of inclusive heritage, and include documenting and assessing historic resources in under-represented communities. Other research interests include the role of heritage in well-being, and innovative interpretation of historic sites through participatory multi-media experience.

Linda received her Ph.D. in December 2011 from the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning with a concentration in Historic Preservation. She has a Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida, a Bachelor of Architecture (five-year), and a Bachelor of Arts (Art History), both from the University of Maryland.

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