University's Graduate School of Design
Master's Degree in
Architectural History & Theory
•School of Visual Arts
- Architecture Program
•Xavier University - MBA
More College - AB
•Our Lady of Providence Academy
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.
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.
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.
•Smithsonian Journeys •AIA - NY Chapter
•The National Trust
Historic Preservation •ZBI
Foundation for Architecture
•Celebrity Cruises •Azamara Cruises
•Metropolitan Museum of Art •Philadelphia Art Museum
Art Museum •Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville
State University College of Architecture & Design