Historic Preservation

Frank G. Matero

Chair, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation


B.A., State University of New York, Stonybrook
M.S., Columbia University
Conservation Program, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University


Frank Matero serves as Chair of the graduate program in historic preservation and as professor of architecture. Professor Matero is founder and director of the Architectural Conservation Laboratory and is Editor-in-Chief of Change Over Time journal. His teaching and research are focused on historic building technology and the conservation of building materials, with an emphasis on masonry and earthen construction, the conservation of archaeological sites, and issues related to preservation and appropriate technology for traditional societies and places. He has consulted on a wide range of conservation projects including the fortifications of Cairo and San Juan (Puerto Rico), Drayton Hall, the Guggenheim Museum and Trinity Church (New York), the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Ellis Island, and the missions of California and Texas. His archaeological site work includes Mesa Verde, Casa Grande, Bandelier, Fort Union and Fort Davis, El Morro, and Indian Key in the United States, Gordion and Catal hoyuk in Turkey, and Chiripa in Bolivia.

He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and former Co-chair of the Research and Technical Studies Group and on the editorial boards of Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, the Journal of Architectural Conservation, and Cultural Resource Management. He has served on numerous professional boards including US/ICOMOS, Heritage Preservation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the AIA Historic Resources Committee, and the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, and The Woodlands.


Projects include:


Publications include: Saving the Bar BC Dude Ranch: A New Method for Setting Preservation Priorities (2016), Managing Change: Sustainable Approaches to the Conservation of the Built World (2003), Contributions Towards Reflexive Method in Archaeology: the Example at Catalhoyuk (2000), Architectural Ceramics (1996), Ancient and Historic Metals (1995), and Conserving Buildings (1994), as well as articles in professional journals and conference proceedings.


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