This month, HISP Alum Gilbert Mbeng (MHP 2010) returned to his homeland of Cameroon to continue an on-going research and preservation project on the vernacular architecture of the Kom, the principle ethnic group of Cameroon’s Northwest Provence. The Mbainwol Initiative, a co-sponsored program with UMD’s Historic Preservation Program and an extension of Gilbert’s masters thesis, aims to preserve, educate and create a legacy of architectural heritage for the Kom people.
Assistant Clinical Professor Brent Leggs and Historic Preservation student Jamesha Gibson co-facilitated the African American Preservation Meeting at The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Past/Forward Conference in Houston last month. This year the National Trust had multiple community conversations on the topic of Preservation 50 to envision news ways of communicating the value of historic preservation and brainstorm strategies for achieving greater social impact.
Associate Professor Ronit Eisenbach led a bi-national team to design Hot/Cold, an engaging art installation in Haifa, Israel, for the Holiday of Holiday Festival celebrating Christmas, Chanukah and Ramadan.