BAC Historic Preservation Alumnae Present at Dynamic City Conference

Dorothy Clark, MDS ’15, and Linda Williams, MDS ’14, participate in Pecha Kucha session to examine historic preservation within a global context

Dorothy Clark and Linda Williams pose together after completing their presentations

On Saturday, April 2, Dorothy Clark and Linda Williams, recent graduates of the BAC's Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation program, presented at The Dynamic City: Futures for the Past conference. Held at Boston University, the conference examined the urban history of New England and its relationships within a global context. Both Dorothy and Linda participated in a Pecha Kucha session, where they spoke briefly on a specific topic related to their research.

Dorothy spoke on the subject of her capstone project, the Fowler Clark Epstien Farm in Mattapan, and Linda chose to present on the architecture of her hometown of North Omaha, NE. Sally Zimmerman, senior manager of historic preservation services at Historic New England, moderated the session of six speakers. Other topics of discussion included: the urban renewal of the Albany State Plaza, the safeguarding of African American heritage through burial landscape preservation, the adaptive re-use of horse transportation structures in Buffalo, NY, and the redesigning of Atlantic City's Segal building.

Dorothy and Linda complemented each other well in their presentations. They both have a passion for the stewardship of historic culture in underserved urban areas as well as the desire to foster the engagement of more people of color in the building and design industries, which was reflected in their chosen topics. Their energy and enthusiasm made for an impactful presentation.

"I believe that cultivating connections with the past can offer novel reflections on ways of looking back, living now and charting the future," commented Dorothy. "I'm so thrilled that I found my calling in historic preservation."

Dorothy is very active in the Boston community, expanding her work on her capstone project in Mattapan and finding ways to get the public more interested in preservation. She volunteers as a docent at the Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plan, serving on the house management committee and community education committee, and is studying for a certificate in archival science at UMASS Boston.

Linda currently owns her own company called ShotgunHaus Designers in Omaha and works with the local public school system, specifically conducting tuck-pointing studies of older buildings made of brick from the 1960's. She credits her degree from the BAC for helping her become an expert in this area and the success she has had with the local school system.

The Dynamic City: Futures for the Past conference was co-hosted by the Boston University Initiative on Cities, Historic New England, and Boston University's American and New England Studies Program. To learn more, visit their website