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Education

     •Harvard University's Graduate School of Design 
                      Master's Degree in Architectural History & Theory
     •School of Visual Arts - Architecture Program
     •Xavier University - MBA
     •Thomas More College - AB
     •Our Lady of Providence Academy


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The Building That Started It All
Our Lady of Providence Academy, Newport, KY
designed in 1890 by Samuel Hannaford

Yes, it is true.  My interest in architectural history goes back a long, long way.  When I learned at age ten that this monumental Beaux Arts building was a girls' high school, I told my mother I had to go there. We were in the family car at a Stop sign when I looked up and saw this magnificent example of Samuel Hannaford's work.  Unbeknownst to me, he had also designed Cincinnati's City Hall, Music Hall and many other important buildings in the area.  All I knew was that if it were possible for a girl to go to school in such a space, I had to be there.  And so I did.  There began my love affair with architecture.  During an economic crisis in the 1990s, my school merged with a boys' school and this building was converted to condominiums and is now a residence hotel.

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                                      Professional Background
My love of architecture and the firm belief that one must see and experience it in person, led me in 1996 to create something that did not exist at the time:  an architectural study tour company, ARCHETOURS.

My company created travel programs for architects, designers, professors, artists, engineers and anyone interested in a learning vacation focused on architecture and design.  Within a short time, we had a loyal following and offered small group tours with over 20 different architectural itineraries.

In 2006, I made the decision to close ARCHETOURS so that I could focus solely on research, teaching and lecturing.  Since then I have lectured on tours for many highly-respected study tour companies and am an Adjunct Faculty Member at both NYU and Hunter College.

I live in Manhattan and when not traveling, I teach, lecture and give architectural walking tours in the city. Click on NY TOURS for more information on all of these.

I also give tours of Ellis Island's recently restored Art Deco Ferry Building (on the left) as a volunteer for Save Ellis Island Foundation and of New York's historic City Hall and Tweed Courthouse as a volunteer for New York City's Design Commission.  You can also find me frequently at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where I am a volunteer for the Gallery Programs, Family Programs and other areas of the museum.

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Clients

                      •Smithsonian Journeys                                   •AIA - NY Chapter
                      •The National Trust for Historic Preservation  •ZBI
                      •National Geographic Expeditions                  •Philadelphia Foundation for Architecture
                      •Celebrity Cruises                                         •Azamara Cruises
                      •Cruise West                                                 •Archaeological Tours
                      •Metropolitan Museum of Art                         •Philadelphia Art Museum
                      •Tacoma Art Museum                                    •Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville
                      •Mississippi State University College of Architecture & Design