Aaron Wunsch

Assistant Professor
Historic Preservation

115 Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia PA 19104



B.A., Haverford College
M.Arch.Hist., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Aaron Wunsch currently teaches three core courses in Penn's Preservation Program: Documentation (HSPV 600), Site Analysis (HSPV 601), and American Architecture (HSPV 521). His seminars, generally taught in the spring, have focused on broad aspects of the American cultural landscape, from commercial architecture, to cemeteries and suburbs, to cartography and the idea of landscape itself. His publications and papers have addressed such diverse topics as the 'rural' cemetery movement in Philadelphia, the formation of Charlottesville, Virginia's, park system, and the architecture of early electric utilities. He has taught at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture and received long-term fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Winterthur Museum. Wunsch is also an active preservationist. He has served as vice president of Virginia's Preservation Piedmont, written numerous reports for the Historic American Buildings Survey, and been employed by that agency, the Cambridge [Mass.] Historical Commission, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. His efforts on behalf of Charlottesville's James D. Nimmo House were recognized in Preservation Virginia's Outstanding Domestic Project Award for 2008.