A group of people looking at the exterior of an old building.
Julie Riesenweber studied anthropology as an undergraduate, and then enrolled in the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in Material Culture, where she became interested in the spatial and architectural contexts for objects, as well as the emerging field of vernacular architecture. After working at the Kentucky Heritage Council, the State Historic Preservation Office, in various capacities, she joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky’s master’s degree program in historic preservation and staff of its Center for Historic Architecture and Preservation in 2000. Doctoral work in cultural geography has given Julie a multidisciplinary approach to research. She synthesizes ideas and methods from vernacular architecture studies and cultural landscape geography to investigate how architecture/landscape -- whether historic, contemporary or preserved -- channels human experience, behavior and assumptions.