Congratulations to three School of Architecture professors for their recent Jefferson Trust Awards!

Guoping Huang, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, received a grant of $35,100 to support the project "A virtual exploration of Central Grounds through time and space.

Elgin Cleckley, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design Thinking and Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor of Architectural History, were awarded a collaborative grant for $17,837 in support their work on "Strategies of Interpretation II: Highland."

In an excerpt from project abstract, Guoping describes, "Recent events around historical monuments and landmarks in Charlottesville have highlighted the importance of presenting the history of our physical environment with completeness and authenticity. Many efforts have been made by The University community to achieve this goal. Today we have historical drawings, maps, photos, and archives from those efforts, but they are managed by different programs and offices. This proposed program aims to use Geographic Information System (GIS) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies to spatially and temporally reference all the products from those efforts in order to build a centralized system to present the findings and data. With 4D web-mapping and VR, we can provide an engaging learning environment for future generations to learn the rich history of UVA's physical environment."

Elgin and Lisa will use the Jefferson Trust's support for a course, Strategies of Interpretation II: Highland and accompanying public lecture series - to create the opportunity for the University and Charlottesville community to interrogate further the issues of historical interpretation and its public presentation. In collaboration with James Monroe’s Highland, teams of interdisciplinary students will address the challenge of reinterpreting Highland in light of new discoveries about its history by creating an interpretive plan and models for new exhibitions. Using strategies of design thinking, they will learn how to construct and present a revised narrative about Monroe’s plantation that addresses the needs and interests of diverse audiences.

Established in 2006, the Jefferson Trust is an unrestricted endowment that distributes funds annually through a University-wide grant program. The trust’s mission is to support initiatives that enhance teaching, scholarship and research, allow faculty and students to work closely together while engaging in hands-on learning, and enable the University community to make an impact on other communities locally, nationally and globally.

Integrating GIS, architectural history, and digital visualization to reflect on how our physical environment has evolved with different ideologies over time, these projects enhance the Trust's mission to support innovative scholarship that has an impact on the local community.

A virtual exploration of Central Grounds through time and space

Strategies of Interpretation II: Highland