The following faculty are currently assigned to roles within the MSHP program. Additional teaching faculty are also available according to need and availability. These assignments are subject to change.
Steven W. Semes, Associate Professor and Program Director, is internationally recognized as a leader in the movement of historic preservation toward integration between historic and contemporary architecture. He earned the B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and an M. Arch from Columbia University. He joined the School in 2005 after thirty years of professional practice, mainly in New York and San Francisco. He was Academic Director of the School’s Rome Studies Program from 2008-2011. His main interest is in classical architecture and urbanism, and their relevance to the theory and practice of historic preservation. He is the author of The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation (W. W. Norton & Co., 2009) and The Architecture of the Classical Interior (W. W. Norton & Co., 2004), both standard references in their respective subjects, as well as articles in leading publications, including the National Trust Forum Journal, Traditional Building, and American Arts Quarterly. In 2010, he received the Clem Labine Award from Traditional Building magazine and was profiled in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. Professor Semes teaches the introductory design studio in classical architecture and the seminar in History and Theory of Preservation, among other courses.
Alan Robert DeFrees, Professor of the Practice, joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1994. He earned the Bachelor of Architecture degree from Notre Dame and pursued graduate studies in fine arts at Indiana University. A practicing architect, his professional practice spans nearly 30 years and includes a wide variety of building types. Professor DeFrees has specialized in teaching courses in building materials and technologies for both contemporary and historic construction. He teaches Historic Construction and Preservation for the undergraduate preservation concentration. In addition, he is a specialist in computer applications for architecture, engineering, energy design and perspective drawing. Professor DeFrees is an accomplished woodworker whose work in sculpture and furniture has been widely published. In 2008, he received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Professor DeFrees brings his experience in building technology to the MSHP program and supervises the conservation laboratory.
Krupali Uplekar Krusche, Associate Professor of Architecture and Academic Director of the Rome Studies Program, is a leading authority on the documentation and conservation of historic monuments. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Bombay University, India, a Master’s degree in architecture from Dessau, Germany, and is completing her Ph.D. in urban planning at the Technical University, Dresden, Germany. She teaches architectural design studio and historic preservation, with special attention to the transformations of historical city centers. Professor Krusche is chair of INTBAU India. In 2007, she founded the DHARMA (Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material Analysis) research team, specializing in 3D documentation of World Heritage Sites, such as the Taj Mahal and the Roman Forum, in partnership with the World Heritage Center of UNESCO. Professor Krusche is coauthor of Rediscovering the Hindu Temple, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012). She is currently in residence in Rome, where she directs the preservation studio and courses in research and documentation.
John W. Stamper, Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean, is an architect and architectural historian who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1984. He currently teaches architectural history in the undergraduate preservation concentration and fifth-year design studios. He served as Director of the Rome Studies Program from 1990 to 1999, and has served as Associate Dean since 2004. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's degree in Art History from the Williams College and Clark Art Institute graduate program. He earned a Ph.D. in architectural history at Northwestern University. Among his publications are Chicago's North Michigan Avenue: Planning and Development 1900-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 1989) and The Architecture of Roman Temples: The Republic to the Middle Empire (Cambridge University Press). Professor Stamper has recently focused his research on nineteenth and twentieth-century American and European architecture, and the expositions of nineteenth-century Paris.
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