The Management Team – Architectural & Historical Services Division
The Managers of the Architectural & Historical Services Division are introduced below. These professionals are supported by teams of Architectural Historians, Architectural Assistants, Historians, and Historic Preservation Specialists who also have broad experience on projects across the country, as well as in their home regions. This organization allows professionals to be assigned to Managers in any office on temporary duty and gives our firm tremendous surge staffing capabilities for large-scale survey and inventory projects, as well as for disaster recovery efforts.
Kathryn M. Kuranda, M.Arch.Hist. – Senior Vice President, Architectural and Historical Services Division
A court-qualified architectural historian with 35 years of industry experience, 27 of them with the Goodwin team, Ms. Kuranda established and directs the firm’s Architectural and Historical Services Division. Ms. Kuranda holds degrees in American Studies from Dickinson College (B.A.) and in Architectural History from the University of Virginia (M. Arch. Hist.), where she was a Thomas Jefferson Fellow. Over the course of her career, she has directed hundreds of architectural and historical investigations throughout the United States and has served as Principal Investigator for such major studies as National Historic Context for Department of Defense Installations, 1790 – 1940; Housing an Army: The Wherry and Capehart Era Solutions to the Postwar Family Housing Shortage (1949-1962); and the Historic Context for the Army Materiel Command’s World War II Facilities.
Katherine E. Grandine, M.A. – Senior Project Manager, History
Ms. Katherine Grandine has over 32 years of professional experience, including 25 years with the Goodwin team. She holds degrees in History and Geography from the University of Delaware (B.A.) and in American Civilization with Emphasis on Historic Preservation from the George Washington University (M.A.). Her experience includes historic research for nationwide military historic context studies, architectural surveys in numerous states, Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation, National Register of Historic Places nominations, local landmark and historic district nominations, cultural resources planning documents, and historic property mitigative documentation. In addition to her work at more than 60 military installations nationwide, Ms. Grandine has worked in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Kirsten Peeler, M.S. – Senior Project Manager, Architectural History
Ms. Kirsten Peeler has 21 years of professional experience, including 15 with the Goodwin team. She holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.S.), with specialization in Historic Preservation. Ms. Peeler has conducted numerous surveys and evaluations applying the National Register criteria. She compiled Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plans (ICRMP)s for a number of federal clients including the U.S. Naval Academy, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and several Air National Guard bases. Ms. Peeler completed the nationwide context on Army family housing constructed between 1949 and 1962. As part of that project, she developed design guidelines for Army neighborhoods built during the 1950s and early 1960s and produced a 20-minute, broadcast-quality video documentary. A similar historic context also was prepared for the Departments of the Air Force and Navy. She has worked in Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
Susan Barrett Smith, B.A. – Senior Historian
Ms. Susan Barrett Smith has 34 years of professional experience, and she has been part of the Goodwin team for 26 years. She holds a B.A. in History from Southeastern Louisiana University and completed coursework for a Master’s degree in History from the same institution. Her particular areas of expertise include map study, historical background research, land title research, and investigation of public records. During her tenure with the Goodwin team, Ms. Smith has contributed archival, title chain, and historical research to over 200 reports, including architectural surveys, land-use histories, remote sensing surveys, and cultural resources surveys for such projects as natural gas pipelines, wind farms, levees, borrow pits and revetments, and highways. Ms. Smith has researched and co-authored reports for projects in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Molly Soffietti, M.A. – Architectural Historian
Ms. Molly Soffietti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Allegheny College with a concentration in contemporary art and a Masters in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University with a concentration in real estate development. Her experience includes documenting agricultural complexes in Maryland, preparing historic structures reports for National Historic Landmarks in New York, and preparing measured drawings for National Register properties. Most recently, she has authored National Register nominations for historic properties in Connecticut, and conducted architectural field investigations and contributed to Section 106 reports in Minnesota and Georgia.
Martha R. Williams, M.A., M.Ed. – Senior Historian
Ms. Martha Williams has over 40 years of professional experience, including 27 with the Goodwin team. She holds a B.A. from Lebanon Valley College, a Masters of Education with emphasis in the Social Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in History with emphasis in Applied History from George Mason University. Ms. Williams has prepared archaeological predictive models and disturbance studies; conducted Phase I and II archaeological surveys and evaluations; participated in and co-authored Phase III archaeological data recovery projects; and prepared many cultural resources planning documents for federal agencies and local governments. She has been recognized for her contributions by the Society for Historic Archaeology and has been named Professional Archaeologist of the Year both by the Archaeological Society of Virginia and the City of Alexandria. She has worked in virtually all of the Eastern and Southeastern states.
Samuel H. Young, B.F.A. – Historic Preservation Specialist
Mr. Samuel Young holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a concentration in Cultural Landscapes. His experience includes documenting and restoring three National Historic Landmark (NHL) buildings and of one National Register District in the District of Columbia and Maryland. He has conducted site surveys and reports in Georgia and in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He managed the Fountain Avenue urban renewal project in Paducah, Kentucky; acted as Project Manager for the William Paca House restoration in Annapolis, MD; and, he revitalized the easement program at the Historic Annapolis Foundation.