Lydia Brandt is an architectural historian, historic preservationist, and advocate for community history.

I grew up in a log cabin (really) outside of Charlottesville, Virginia and have long gravitated to historic places. Why? Because buildings and landscapes are fundamental to the identities of communities and individuals. Plus, I’m nosy and like looking at other peoples’ houses.

I earned my undergraduate degree in art history at New York University and my graduate degrees in architectural and art history at the University of Virginia. I have taught the history of architecture, American art history, and the methods and theory of historic preservation at the University of South Carolina since 2011.

Email me at lbrandt.usc@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @LydiaMBrandt