Upcoming

Housing Tower Blocks in the United States: Locating Ideological Narratives of a Vanishing Heritage; part of the panel The Soft Iron Curtain: Reappraising East/West Heritage Dichotomies, organized with Vladana Putnik Prica
5th Biennial Conference of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies; London England / August 26-20, 2020 [VIRTUAL]

Past

Reclaiming the Built Environment for the People: The Urban Renewal Activities of Jeff-Vander-Lou in St. Louis
Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference; San Antonio, Texas / May 9, 2020 [VIRTUAL]

American Architectural Styles
Alton Area Landmarks Association; Alton, Illinois / March 28, 2020 [POSTPONED]

Keynote Panel
National Walking Summit; St. Louis, Missouri / March 10, 2020

The Emerging Ungovernable City: Consolidation and Compression in St. Louis, 1962-75
18th National Society for American City and Regional Planning History Conference; Arlington, Virginia / November 2, 2019

Water and Stupid Men: A Walking Tour of Seventh Street
Part of Real Estate Row, an installation by Jennifer Colten / The Luminary; St. Louis, Missouri / October 26, 2019

Public Interview of Heidi Aronson Kolk for Taking Possession: The Politics of Memory in a St. Louis Town House
Left Bank Books; St. Louis, Missouri / October 22, 2019

Goodbye Columbus?: The Future of Monuments in an Age of Inclusion
Ritz Park; St. Louis, Missouri / October 5, 2019

The Gateway Arch Reconsidered
St. Louis Chapter of the American Planning Association; St. Louis, Missouri / August 21, 2019

Historic Preservation and Uneven Development
Vernacular Architecture Forum Biennial Conference; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA / June 1, 2019

Metonyms for Changing Cities: Shrinking American Cities Confront Vacant Houses
The Thrill of the Dark: Heritages of Fear, Fascination and Fantasy; University of Birmingham; Birmingham, England / April 25, 2019

Segregation By Design: Conversations and Calls for Action in St. Louis (with Michael Willis, Denise Ward-Brown and Sudarsan Kant)
Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts; Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri / April 11, 2019

How Not What: Power, Time and Landscape
Art + Landscape STL / Granite City Art and Design District; Granite City, Illinois / April 6, 2019

How Not What: Power, Time and Landscape
The Mississippi: An Anthropocene River Field School / Granite City Art and Design District; Granite City, Illinois / March 10, 2019

Exaggerated Rumors of the Death of Modernism: The Legacy of Pruitt-Igoe in St. Louis
Cities at the Crossroads; Urban History Association; Columbia, S.C., USA / October 18-21, 2018

The Vernacular as Repossession Project: JeffVanderLou in St. Louis, 1966-1974
The Politics of Tradition; International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference; Coimbra, Portugal / October 4-7, 2018

The ABCs of STL: 26 Urban Conditions
Ritz Park; St. Louis, Missouri / August 24, 2018

Opening Plenary: The Challenge of Middle Neighborhoods in Legacy Cities (with Alan Mallach, Jean Follett and Nicholas Hamilton)
reGENerated: Legacy Cities 2018; Buffalo, New York / July 13, 2018

Vacant Land as Infrastructural System in the Depleted City: Landbanking, Stormwater and Participation in St. Louis
The Fragile City: Creation, Expansion, Collapse and Resilience; Università Ca’ Foscari; Venice, Italy / June 11-13, 2018

The Spatial Production of the Middle Class in North St. Louis, 1900-1930
The Primary Source: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory and Identity; St. Louis, Missouri / May 18, 2018

Citizen Space (with Heather Woofter)
Summer City Seminar; Divided City Initiative, Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri / May 10, 2018

Tower Grove Park and Emerging City Systems in the 19th Century City
Friends of Tower Grove Park Lecture Series; St. Louis, Missouri / May 6, 2018

Greetings From Our Future City
Dwell in Other Futures; St. Louis, Missouri / April 28, 2018

A Few Stones Left Upon One Another
Society of Architectural Historians, St. Louis Chapter; Central Library; St. Louis, Missouri / April 24, 2018

Historic Preservation’s Long Arc: And Where It May Bend
Historic Preservation Association Annual Banquet, Southeast Missouri State University; Cape Girardeau, Missouri / April 21, 2018

Finding Our Way to the Future: Historic Preservation In the Active Tense
St. Louis Regional Library Network; St. Louis, Missouri / April 18, 2018

Historic Preservation’s Long Arc (Or, Where Are We Going?)
Alton Area Landmarks Association; Alton, Illinois / March 31, 2018

Who Design Fails (panel with Catalina Freixas and Mark Abbott)
Design for America; Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri / March 22, 2018

The Red Lines Around Fairground Park: Segregation Territories in St. Louis
Missouri Conference on History; Jefferson City, Missouri / March 16, 2018

Predictive Speculation: Researching the Spatial Future
Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity; University of Arizona, Tucson / February 23, 2018

Democracy Is Overrated (Performance)
Granite City Arts & Design District; Granite City, Illinois / January 27, 2018

The East St. Louis Massacre and the Larger Jim Crow Geography of St. Louis
Conference on Illinois History; Springfield, Illinois / October 5, 2017

The Entropic City: St. Louis, 1967-2067
At the Edge of Everything Else; St. Louis, Missouri / October 4, 2017

Centennial: Remembering the East St. Louis Massacre (Panel)
Americanist Dinner Forum; St. Louis, Missouri / September 28, 2017

The Radical Past: The Landscape Begs Us to Act
United We Stand Conference; St. Louis, Missouri / September 9, 2017

The Origin and Evolution of St. Louis’ Urban Form
Ritz Park; St. Louis, Missouri / August 24, 2017

Re: In The Shadow of the Arch
Contemporary Art Museum; St. Louis, Missouri / July 8, 2017

Shaping the Future: Notes from Historic Preservation in St. Louis
Walter Burley Griffin Society 18th Annual Conference; Edwardsville, Illinois / June 17, 2017

The Project Domesticated: Postmodern Retrofits for Public Housing (written and presented with Susanne Cowan)
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference; Glasgow, Scotland / June 7-10, 2017

The East St. Louis Massacre and the Larger Jim Crow Geography of St. Louis
East St. Louis Centennial Commission Conference; East St. Louis, Illinois / May 27, 2017

Higher Ground: Honoring the Spirit of Washington Park Cemetery (panel)
Missouri History Museum; St. Louis, Missouri / May 24, 2017

Fairground Park and the Geographic Means of Segregation in Twentieth Century St. Louis
Material World of Modern Segregation Symposium, Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis, MO / April 21, 2017

Historical Memory – Panel Respondent
Graduate History Association Conference; St. Louis, Missouri / April 1, 2017

Keynote Lecture: State of St. Louis
Political Round Table, St. Louis University / November 21, 2016

Preservation 50: Striking Gold
PastForward: National Preservation Conference; Houston, Texas / November 15-18, 2016

Careers in Public History
Expanding Western Horizons: 56th Annual Western History Association Conference; St. Paul, Minnesota / October 20-23, 2016

Deconstructing and Reconstructing St. Louis
Pulitzer Arts Foundation; St. Louis, Missouri / September 29, 2016

Historic Preservation and Industrial Heritage in the American Bottom
45th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial Archeology; Kansas City, Missouri / June 2-5, 2016

What Has Historic Preservation Done for You Lately?
National Council on Public History Annual Meeting; Baltimore, Maryland / March 16-19, 2016

Baldwin Hills Village: Race, Community Associations and the Ethics of Preservation
16th National Conference on Planning History; Los Angeles, California / November 5-8, 2015

Vacant to Vibrant
Missouri Preservation Conference; Cape Girardeau, Missouri / October 21-23, 2015

Recultivating the City: Urban Agriculture and St. Louis Today
Urban Land Institute; St. Louis, Missouri / October 14, 2015

Preservation and Revitalization
Des Moines Rehabbers Club; Des Moines, Iowa / August 28, 2015

There’s Nothing Pure About Preservation
Iowa Downtown Summit; Des Moines, Iowa / August 28, 2015

The Vacant As Vernacular
Vernacular Architecture Forum; Chicago, Illinois / June 3-7, 2015

The Architectural Heritage of St. Louis Lost (And Found)
Missouri History Museum; St. Louis, Missouri / May 21, 2015

Is the National Register of Historic Places Helping or Hindering Legacy City Preservation?
Landmarks Illinois Preservation Snapshot Lecture Series; Chicago, Illinois / May 11, 2015

The Politics of Public Memory and Site Definition at Pruitt-Igoe
Artifacts As Evidence: The Material Record of Politics; Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis / October 2014 (written and presented with Heidi Kolk)

Delineating Modernity: Reflections on 20th Century American Buildings and their Architects
Sheldon Art Galleries; St. Louis, Missouri / November 2014

Regeneration or Repetition of Urban Renewal?: Land Assemblage, Historic Preservation and Community in North St. Louis
Urban History Association; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / October 2014

Beyond Saving Buildings: Historic Preservation in the Age of the “Selfie”
St. Louis Design Week; St. Louis, Missouri / September 26, 2014

Seeking the Landscape of Civic Identity: The Gateway Mall and Serra’s Twain
St. Louis Art Museum; St. Louis, Missouri / June 19-20, 2014

Thinking Outside of the Box: New Directions for Historic Preservation
Preservation Partners of Fox Valley; St. Charles, Illinois / June 2014

Perpetual Disruption? Losing DeSoto-Carr and Pruitt-Igoe
Lost Neighborhoods Series, Landmarks Association of St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri / April 25, 2013

Pruitt-Igoe Discussion (with Sylvester Brown, Jr. and Juan William Chavez)
Laumeier Sculpture Park; St. Louis, Missouri / January 12, 2013

The Promises of Pruitt-Igoe
Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri / November 18, 2012

Pruitt Igoe Now
Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University; New York, New York / October 12, 2012

A Preservation Ellipsis: The AAA Building and Our Recent Architectural History
FORM Contemporary Design Show; St. Louis, Missouri / September 29, 2012

The Past, Present and Future of the Clemens House
Landmarks Association of St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri / May 10, 2012

Pruitt Igoe Now
Rust Belt to Artist Belt; St. Louis, Missouri / April 13, 2012

After Pruitt Igoe: Narratives of an Urban Forest as a Cultural Resource
Annual Symposium of the Society of Architectural Historians-Landscape Chapter; Detroit, Michigan / April 2012 (written with Nora Wendl)

Public Housing in St. Louis: Vanishing Mid-Century Modern Architecture (with Lynn Josse)
St. Louis Artists Guild; St. Louis, Missouri / June 23, 2011

The Pleasure of the Landscape: Placemaking and Identity in the St. Louis Place Neighborhood
Fontbonne University; St. Louis, Missouri / April 28, 2011

Embodied Histories, Fragmented Landscapes: Making Sense of the Post-Urban Renewal St. Louis Built Environment
Space and Place: Interdisciplinary Approaches / St. Louis University; St. Louis, Missouri / April 11, 2011

Regeneration (with Stephen Acree, Antonio D. French and Paul J. McKee, Jr.)
Open/Closed: Exploring Vacant Property in St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri / March 19, 2011

Making Parks in the Central City: The Evolution of the Gateway Mall
Collective Memory in St. Louis Symposium, Fontbonne University; St. Louis, Missouri / October 2010

Modernism and the Rise of the Early St. Louis Preservation Movement
Mid-Century Modern Masters Series, Landmarks Association of St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri / September 12, 2010