Jacob Torkelson is a researcher for the Urban Heritage Project, an initiative of PennPraxis and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, working on the documentation and planning of cultural landscapes. His research interests include landscape preservation, vanishing/lost landscapes, intangible heritage, and national parks. Before joining the Urban Heritage Project team, he worked in the Division of Cultural Resources at Redwood National Park and served as a backpacking guide in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
Torkelson holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota, summa cum laude. He is also the recipient of the King Medal from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium for excellence in architectural + environmental research.