🔗Architectural Historian (AH)
Website The Public Archaeology Laboratory
What We Do: Established in 1982, PAL has completed thousands of projects in the Northeast and throughout the United States and the Caribbean Islands. We have a proven record of providing innovative management strategies and quality services that withstand rigorous technical reviews. Our reputation is built upon facilitating projects efficiently and effectively, while maintaining the highest caliber of standards. Who We Are: PAL’s success as one of the leading providers of cultural resource management services is in large part due to our talented team. Our multidisciplinary approach integrates the skills of our historic, pre-contact, and industrial archaeologists, architectural and industrial historians, historians, preservation planners, conservators, and technical specialists. Together, we are dedicated to providing clients with responsive service, expert advice, and high-quality products.
The Architectural Historian (AH) conducts and manages the technical and logistical aspects of historical research, field survey, and analysis to identify and evaluate historical architectural properties, including buildings, structures, objects, landscapes, and districts. The AH synthesizes and presents its investigations’ results in report formats tailored to achieve specific project goals and meet applicable Federal and State standards and guidelines for content, accuracy, and scholarship.
· Identifies and records historical architectural properties within defined project areas
· Manages the technical and logistical aspects of preparing for and conducting fieldwork by PAL standards and procedures
· Prepares clear and accurate notes, sketch maps, and high-quality photographs to document field investigations and provide the basis for historic property evaluations and project effects assessments
· Supervises and mentors associate architectural historians through effective communication and promoting a cooperative atmosphere
· Applies sound judgment and problem-solving to resolve unanticipated circumstances that may arise during fieldwork
· Conducts fieldwork in compliance with PAL’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Protection Plan and demonstrates awareness of physical conditions that may pose hazards to one’s safety and the safety of other team members
· Applies appropriate research techniques to thoroughly document the history of properties and the context in which they were developed
· Understands the level of research required for a specific project and matches the effort to meet those standards
· Organizes and conducts research in local, state, and federal archives and other types of repositories and makes optimal use of online information
· Takes detailed and accurate research notes that document sources and repositories consulted
· Prepares citations and bibliographical references by the style formats PAL uses in its products
Analysis and Reporting
· Analyzes information collected during fieldwork and research and applies the National Register Criteria for Evaluation to properties identified.
· Assesses project effects on historic properties
· Prepares thorough and concise survey reports, inventory forms, National Register nominations, and historical documentation that convey the results of investigations and conform to state and federal standards, including the US Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation
· May organize in-house research resources, assist with marketing, and participate in industry conferences and events
· Other duties as assigned