Faculty & Staff
Assistant Scholar, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Cleary Larkin 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 fieldcourse at Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN): World Heritage Research and Stewardship, and Preservation Policy and Current Topics.
Dr. Sujin Kim is a Research Assistant Professor with the Historic Preservation Program and School of Architecture who joined the UF faculty in 2021. He also serves as the Director of Envision Heritage. Envision Heritage harnesses digital technology to help document, analyze, and manage built heritage ranging from urban environments to building details. Technology specialty includes 3D terrestrial laser scanning (lidar), close-range and aerial (drone) photogrammetry, and GIS database development.
Dr. Kim, with his team, has recorded and inventoried historic buildings and sites in different states and countries through grant-funded and sponsored projects. He has developed and tested methodologies of using digital technology to meet various professional needs in historic preservation and engage historic coastal communities in addressing new challenges like sea level rise. His research examines how preservation pedagogy and practice are adapting to new tools and needs. He is also interested in urban heritage study and design with historic built environments.
Dr. Kim teaches Built Heritage Documentation I and II. In Documentation I, students study and interact with a historic building through the integrated virtual (3D data) and field experience. This project-based, research-oriented course concentrates on graphical representation, morphological and temporal understanding (building evolution history), and material condition assessment. Documentation II helps students gain various documentation skills, including 3D terrestrial laser scanning, photogrammetry, and visual communication. He also provides Envision Heritage graduate assistants with training in professional workflows, engaging them in funded projects.
Linda Stevenson, Ph.D., AIA, has served as an adjunct assistant professor 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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