Historic Preservation Faculty Profiles

Faculty

Patricia Fisher-Olsen

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MS Historic Preservation, Pratt Institute, New York
Office: TYL PUB
Phone: (215) 968.8286
Email: fisherol@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST151: U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST194: Historic Preservation Planning & Sustainability
  • HIST197: History & Theory of Historic Preservation
  • HIST203: Internship in Historic Preservation
  • HIST210: Preservation Field Studies
  • INDP290: Independent Study

Patricia Fisher-Olsen, serves as the Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program overseeing the Internship in Historic Preservation and teaching classes in Funding for Preservation Projects, History and Theory of Historic Preservation and American History.

As a practicing consultant and alumni of the program, she brings insight to the challenges facing preservationist today and the role education plays in finding solutions. As a former Associate Partner at Accenture, she has carried her multifaceted business experience into her work as a consultant in historic preservation projects. She has adapted best practices of large scale project management disciplines to diverse historic preservation projects, including grant writing for procurement of federal, state, and private monies. Pat is a dedicated preservationist who has leveraged her business expertise and disciplines to the business side of historic preservation.

Pat’s preservation work includes national, regional, county, and municipal agencies and private parties. In the metro area she serves as a visiting professor in the Historic Preservation Program at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, New York City, NY. She serves as Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission in her local community in New Jersey and devotes time to the restoration committee of the Tyler Mansion at Bucks County College, Newtown, Pennsylvania.

She has worked on four projects for the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) housed in the Library of Congress and is a recipient of the Charles E. Peterson Prize in 2005 and 2008 for recordings at the Monacacy National Battlefield in Frederick, MD. Pat earned her Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation, with highest honors, from the Pratt Institute.


Kathryn Auerbach

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Part-Time Faculty
BA, College of William & Mary; Preservation Institute; Royal Oak Foundation of England National Trust
Office: TYL PUB
Phone: (215) 968.8286
Email: auerbach@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST198: History: American Architecture
  • HIST199: Methodology & Documentation in Historic Preservation
  • HIST207: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Workshop
  • HIST208: History, Society, and Architecture of the Delaware Valley
  • HIST218: Drawing Fundamentals for HABS
  

Kathryn Auerbach has been an Instructor in the Historic Preservation program at Bucks since its inception in 1991 and brings more than 35 years of knowledge and experience to the classroom.

A native of Bucks County, Ms. Auerbach has her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary in 1976 with interdisciplinary curricula she specially designed in American Studies. She continued her studies at W & M with architectural design and in 1977 in historic preservation with the Preservation Institute Nantucket, sponsored by the University of Florida. Additional master’s level studies were undertaken through the Royal Oak Foundation of England’s National Trust during a five-week Country House Seminar. Since 1976 Ms. Auerbach has been employed in the field of Historic Preservation, first working for the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology, under Dr. William Kelso. In 1977 she initiated work in Bucks County designing and conducting detailed historic sites surveys, historical research reports and National Register nominations. In 1986 she expanded to consulting work in other regions including New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland as well as Pennsylvania.

In her work, Ms. Auerbach has specialized in detailed historical research, documentation and evaluation of building construction chronology. Additionally, Ms. Auerbach has offered insightful plans for village growth while preserving the character of the surrounding open space, has been a strong preservation advocate for saving historical bridges and has been involved with all aspects of local Historical, Architectural and Review Boards as well a revitalization projects utilizing the Historical Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. Clients include private property owners, municipalities and the National Park Service. She continues to be a strong advocate for preservation, serving on several local and county committees.

Ms. Auerbach has lead numerous teams of students on HABS documentation projects in Bucks County, as well as in Virginia and Maryland and has been recognized four times with the Charles E. Peterson Prize (a national competition sponsored by the AIA, NPS and Athenaeum), most recently in 2008 with First Place.


John Evans

John Evans

Part-Time Faculty
BS History & Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; MS Historic Preservation (credits); University of Pennsylvania
Office: TYL PUB
Phone: (215) 968.8286
Email: evansjo@bucks.edu

Recent Projects:

  • City of Fort Lauderdale, FL Historic Preservation Design Guidelines [2012]
  • Marshall Building at the George School - Newtown, PA Interior Renovation [2011]
  • Matlack Carriage House - Philadelphia University Stabilization [2010]

Courses Taught:

  • HIST205: Restoration Workshop I
  • HIST206: Restoration Workshop II
  • HIST214: Preservation Lab

John Evans is a designer and project coordinator at Preservation Design Partnership, LLC, in Philadelphia, PA.

Prior to joining PDP, he worked as a preservation specialist at RMJM/Hillier Architecture – an international architectural design firm – and as an architectural conservator at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust. As a designer, John has worked on several National Historic Landmarks, including the Virignia State Capitol (designed by Thomas Jefferson), President Lincoln’s Cottage, and the United States Supreme Court Building.

Mr. Evans specializes in the application of new technology and documentation techniques to preservation architecture. This includes the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM), Geographic Information System (GIS), orthophotography, and non-destructive testing. John also focuses on the integration of sustainability and preservation architecture.


Michael Hirsch

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Part-Time Faculty
Office: TYL PUB 
Phone: (215) 968.8286
Email: hirschm@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST194: Historic Preservation Planning & Sustainability

Michael Hirsch is an experienced urban planner and design architect with significant experience in the resort and tourism market.

His work over the past ten years has included architecture and planning projects including Red Sky Ranch Member + Guest Clubhouses (Eagle County, CO); Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail; and a new base ski village for Breckenridge Mountain Resort, in Colorado. Serving as a preservation planning consultant to the New York City Department of City Planning, he completed work on design guidelines and signage recommendations for the Coney Island Redevelopment Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY. He also worked on large scale planning projects overseas in Abu Dhabi and Monaco. Prior architectural experience includes the Doubletree Hotel, Tarrytown, NY (2005); and the Parker Meridien Hotel / Spa / Conference Center, Palm Springs, CA (2004).

Mr. Hirsch received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute (1986), and a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning, with a Preservation Planning certification, also from Pratt Institute (2006). Michael has served on the board of The Doo Wop Preservation League, in Wildwood, NJ since 2003. The organization’s educational mission is to foster awareness of the popular culture and imagery of the 1950's and 1960's, and to promote the preservation of the largest collection of Doo Wop (mid-century modern) resort architecture found in the United States. In this role he wrote the “How to Doo Wop”, handbook of design guidelines for the Wildwood Hotel/Motel District. He was also involved in the research of the Chateau Bleu Motel, for its nomination to the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places, now a National Landmark motel.

Mr. Hirsch is also a board member of the Society for Commercial Archeology, established in 1977, the SCA is the oldest national organization devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th–century commercial landscape. He has received A.I.A. and A.P.A. awards for his urban planning/community design work.


Hilary Krueger-Jebitsch


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Part-Time Faculty
BA, History and Anthropology , Indiana University of Pennsylvannia; MA, Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York
Office: TYL PUB
Phone: (215) 968.8286
Email: jebitsch@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST219: Management of Historic Sites

Hilary Kreuger-Jebitsch's interest in history and museums began when she was four years old and fell in love with the Mercer Museum/Bucks County Historical Society. Her passion for the field has never waned since!

Ms. Kreuger-Jebitsch holds a B.A. is History and Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program/State University of New York at Oneonta.

She has worked in a variety of settings, including the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as a Regional Curator, a Site Curator, and as the Historic Site Administrator at Washington Crossing Historic Park. She has also worked as a Museum Consultant, specializing in collections care and exhibit related projects. Whatever the task, she always enjoys learning something new!


Roberta Mayer


Roberta Mayer

Professor, Visual Arts Area Head
BS, MS, BA, Rutgers University; MA, PhD, University of Delaware
Office: HICKS 201
Phone: (215) 504.8676
Email: mayerr@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST200: Material Culture in Historic Preservation
  • VAFA191: Art History Before 1450
  • VAFA192: Art History After 1450
  • VAFA194: American Art History
  • VAFW190: History of American Furniture

Roberta Mayer completed her Ph.D. at the University of Delaware in 2000 with a specialty in American Art History and a minor in decorative arts.

She has published articles on various aspects of the decorative arts in Winterthur Portfolio, 19th Century, Studies in the Decorative Arts, and Journal of Modern Craft. Dr. Mayer has also contributed an essay to Cincinnati Art-Carved Furniture and Interiors (2003) and authored Stella Elkins Tyler: A Legacy Born of Bronze (2004).

Her most recent book, Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India was published by the University of Delaware Press in 2008.

In 2010, Dr. Mayer was recognized for her contributions to the advancement of teaching and awarded the prestigious Pennsylvania Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


Lyle Rosenberger


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Professor Emeritus
BS, Millersville State University; MA, Lehigh University
Office: TYL PUB
Phone: (215) 504.8500
Email: rosenbel@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST195: Historical Archaeology
  • HIST197: History & Theory of Historic Preservation
  • HIST210: Historic Preservation Field Studies
  • HIST216: Historic Garden Preservation

Lyle L. Rosenberger is Professor Emeritus at Bucks County Community College where he founded the Historic Preservation Certificate Program in 1991 and continued as its Coordinator until 2005. He earned an MA in History from Lehigh University and has studied at the University of Illinois and the University of Virginia.

Professor Rosenberger is a passionate promoter of preservation and continues to teach preservation theory and archaeology at Bucks. Currently, he is actively pursuing preservation research in projects dealing with Tyler Hall and its formal gardens on campus. His new book, Tyler Elegance: A Garden Odyssey, has received an enthusiastic response in the gardening and landscape architecture communities since its publication in 2010.

His recent awards include the 2006 James Marston Fitch Preservation Education Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Preservation Education and the 2008 James Biddle Award for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation.


Ellen Freedman Schultz


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Part-Time Faculty
BA, History, Vassar College; MS, Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania
Office: PENN 301
Phone: (215) 968.8270
Email: Schultze@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST151: U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST197: History & Theory of Historic Preservation
  • HIST198: History: American Architecture
  • HIST245: Teaching Historic Places & Preservation in Schools

Ellen Freedman Schultz is a historic preservationist with extensive experience in historic research and education.

Since March 2004, she has been an Education Consultant with the Philadelphia Water Department developing and teaching environmental education programs at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center in Philadelphia. She has developed pre-K through 12 hands-on programs at the Water Works, classroom/community-based partnership programs related to watershed management education as well as advocacy and education programs related to the global water crisis.

Ms. Schultz is an adjunct faculty member of Bucks County Community College. In 2001, she launched the first of two new Distance Learning Courses in the Historic Preservation Program at the College and teaches History and Theory of Historic Preservation, History of American Architecture and U.S. History II online. In 2003, her consulting firm Preservation Partners completed a two-year statewide Women's Heritage Trail project for New Jersey in which they surveyed women’s historic sites and published a guide. They recently completed a survey of a state by state assessment of historic markers’ programs as well as a context study of the history of Women's Clubs in New Jersey. Formerly, as the Director of the Education at the Foundation for Architecture in Philadelphia, she administered the internationally acclaimed K-12 built environment education program "Architecture in Education."

She received a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History from Vassar College.


Ray Tschoepe


Ray Tschoepe

Part-Time Faculty
MS, University of Pennsylvannia, Historic Preservation Program
Office: TYL PUB
Phone: (215) 968.8286
Email: tschoepe@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST201: Building Conservation
  • HIST205: Restoration Workshop I

Ray Tschoepe grew up in Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. After spending a number of years in medicine as both a researcher and scientific illustrator, he returned to Penn and was graduated from the Master’s program in Historic Preservation.

Mr. Tschoepe worked for almost 10 years as an independent restoration contractor before joining the staff of the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust in the summer of 2000. As the Director of Conservation there, he works with a small talented staff to conserve about 20 18th and 19th century buildings and dozens of sculptural pieces scattered throughout the 9000 acre park.

At around the same time, he joined the adjunct faculty of the historic preservation program of Bucks Co. Community College where he teaches a core course in Building Conservation. He lectures at conferences and workshops throughout the east and was recently appointed to the position of contributing editor for the Old House Journal.


Constance Walsh


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Part-Time Faculty
BA, Penn State; MA, University of Delaware, Department of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (Historic Preservation)
Office: TYL PUB
Phone: (215) 504.8500
Email: walshcon@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST204: Oral History

Connie is a 2005 graduate of Historic Preservation program. Her undergraduate degree was from Penn State University in 1980. She obtained a M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Delaware through the Department of Urban Affairs and Public Policy where she worked as a graduate research assistant from 2004 through 2006.

Regional oral history, cultural ethnography and changing landscapes are continuing interests. She co-authored a National Register Nomination for Greenville Country Club in Greenville, Delaware in 2009. Memberships include the Vernacular Architecture Forum, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Oral History of the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR), and the Bucks County Historical Society.

Ms. Walsh is a docent at Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, Pa. For bread labor, she works for PennDOT as a consultant with Dawood Engineering. Her scholar-heros are Henry Glassie, William Cronon and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. She taught History 204 Oral History in Preservation, Spring 2009.


Vanessa Zeoli


Vanessa Zeoli

Part-Time Faculty
BA, Millersville (History); Certificate, Bucks County Community College (Historic Preservation); MA, University of Kentucky (Historic Preservation)
Office: TYL PUB
Phone: (215) 968.8286
Email: zeoliv@bucks.edu

Courses Taught:

  • HIST199: Methodology & Documentation in Historic Preservation

Vanessa Zeoli is an Architectural Historian with 10 years experience in historic preservation and cultural resource management in the Mid-Atlantic region. Her work has included various documentation and regulatory compliance projects including Historic Architectural Surveys, Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Documentation, National Register nominations, Section 106 studies, and Historic Tax Credit Applications.

Ms. Zeoli has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and property types across the United States including the California High-Speed Train Project (2010-2012); H.A.B.S. Level II Documentation of Millhurst Mill in Manalapan Township, NJ (2010); National Register Nomination for the Woodford-Fishback-Venable Farm in Winchester, KY (2008); National Register Nomination for the Upper Reaches of Boone Creek Rural Historic District in Central KY (2007-2009); Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of Memorial Hall/Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia (2004-2005); and H.A.B.S. Level II HABS Documentation of the Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia (2005). She was also part of the 2003 and 2005 BCCC teams awarded Third and Fourth place in the Charles E. Peterson Award for their H.A.B.S. Documentation of the Brawner Farm in Manassas, VA, and the Thomas Farm Outbuildings in Frederick County, MD.

Ms. Zeoli earned a Master's degree in Historic Preservation from University of Kentucky in 2007, a certificate from the BCCC Historic Preservation Program in 2005, and a Bachelor of Art degree from Millersville University in 1999. As a former student of the BCCC Historic Preservation Program, she was honored to return to the college as a part-time instructor in Spring 2011.