Catherine W. Zipf Executive Director of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society

Catherine W. ZipfCatherine W. Zipf, PhD, is an award-winning architectural historian and author with expertise in historic preservation. Her research examines women’s participation in American architectural and decorative arts history during the 19th and 20th centuries. She earned an AB from Harvard University and a MaH and PhD from the University of Virginia. Her book, Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement, was named Outstanding Academic Book by Choice Magazine.

Zipf writes frequently for a wide range of print and online publications, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Leadership Forum Blog and Architexx.org. She is a contributing author to the anthologies Monuments to the Lost Cause and A Gendered Profession, and has written scholarly articles for Buildings and LandscapesRadical Teacher, and The Journal of City, Culture and Architecture. She also writes a monthly column on architecture for The Providence Journal.

Zipf lectures often at universities, conferences, museums, and non-profit agencies on topics ranging from women in architecture to The Green Book to preserving Mid-century-Modern structures. She has taught courses in architectural history and historic preservation at the University of Virginia, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University, where she won three major awards. She has experience with student-faculty research projects that engage with real-world problems, including HABS drawings, Historic Landscape surveys, Section 106 compliance, architectural survey, and National Register nominations. She also served multiple terms as the book review editor for Arris: The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and Preservation Education and Research.

Zipf’s research has been supported by institutions like The National Trust for Historic PreservationThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. She is currently writing her second book, Making a Home of Her Own: Newport’s Architectural Patronesses, 1850-1940, while serving as the Executive Director of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society.

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