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.

 

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A Special Message for the 4th of July, 2020

R. Christopher Goodwin, Ph.D.

President & CEO

 

 

These are difficult times for us individually, as a corporate family and for our Nation. We continue to struggle with the Coronavirus pandemic, which now is impacting every corner of our country. Yesterday, over 50,000 new cases were recorded. At the same time, the recent killings of black Americans, including George Floyd, have sparked national outrage and called attention to decades and centuries of inequality. This timing coincided with the anniversary of Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery, as well as with the 51stanniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising. As professional stewards of American heritage and of the tenets and principles of American history, I ask each of you to reflect this 4th of July on our special role as a company, as well as our individual responsibilities to our Nation.

 

Fully 244 years ago at the birth of these United States, our Founders wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence ends with a stirring call to action: “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” As a company, our stated Mission is to provide Stewardship and Leadership in preservation, to enhance understanding of and provide appreciation of our past. Our Guiding and Operational Principles include Integrity, Honesty and Respect. Today I ask all of you to reflect upon the words of our Founders and upon our mission as stewards of American Heritage, and to redouble our efforts to help “forge a more perfect Union.” We have much to contribute.

 

As anthropologists, archaeologists, architectural historians and historians, we have had the honor and opportunity to study the panoply of American history. We have a special perspective. From our studies of plantations in the Deep South including slave quarters and African America cemeteries throughout Louisiana’s River Parishes, to our work at the Benjamin Banneker House in Baltimore County, to our recent documentary on the African American Jim Crow era Club Desire in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, to large excavations of immigrant communities in some of America’s greatest cities, we have had the unique opportunity to touch, feel and learn about our heritage. Through our excavations in Lower Mid-City New Orleans and in Baltimore’s Camden Yards, we have learned about our unique immigrant heritage and the process of acculturation and Americanization. We have seen first-hand what the playwright Israel Zangwill in 1908 called the American Melting Pot, and through the material remains of our ancestors we have discerned the process of Americanization. We have seen how immigrants became fully Americanized in a single generation, contributing mightily to the strength and diversity of our country. In New Orleans, we have observed archaeologically and historically the birth of a neighborhood settled by Free People of Color, Emancipated Slaves and Immigrants from Cuba, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Germany and other European countries. All of those people, including the first generation descendants of slaves, were working Americans who shared common aspirations for economic opportunity and decent lives for their families. As elsewhere across this country, they literally helped to build America. Through our work, we give voice to the untold stories of lives otherwise unrecorded in written history. We are their chroniclers. As such, we have a special responsibility to their memory. We also have a special responsibility to assume a role of leadership in telling their story.

 

In the aftermath of recent killings of black Americans and the calls for Justice and Equality that have ensued, let us reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental principles of fairness, accountability and a system that treats all with Equal Justice. On this 4th of July especially, let us also remember that we all stand on the shoulders of our Veterans who fought through all our wars so that we remain free. As a company, we reaffirm an American commitment of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, including racism. Through both our actions and our words, we recommit our efforts to honor and respect the dignity and diversity of the peoples who helped build our nation, including, if not especially, Native Americans, from whom so much was taken. As a company, let us remind ourselves and each other that through inclusiveness and diversity, our perspectives and contributions to American Heritage stewardship are strengthened mightily. Let us rededicate our collective efforts to promote Social and Economic Justice and inclusion, and to help focus the discussion through our work at America’s historic sites. As leaders in American Heritage stewardship, we have a special responsibility to do so.

 

The events of the past month have brought uncomfortable truths to the attention of the American public. Through our work, we have seen and felt the tangible remains and facts of many of those uncomfortable truths. But in their recognition, as in the protests we have seen across our nation, we should find hope. Hope for a better tomorrow for all of us and for our Nation. As Americans, we should know that we can achieve anything. Anything that we imagine can be attained. As a People, we are never afraid. When we experience a defeat, we simply redouble our efforts and achieve victory. Our mission as a company is clear and remains unchanged: To continue to tell the unblemished facts of American history, and to interpret those facts in a manner that respects the dignity and diversity of our people. We reaffirm the fundamental precepts and aspirations of Social and Economic Justice. We acclaim the enduring truth so beautifully expressed 244 years ago, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”