graduate spotlight: VANESSA MOREHEAD
September 16, 2009 § 2 Comments
Vanessa Morehead, a second year graduate student in the historic preservation concentration, is working diligently on her thesis, Conserving America’s Recent Past Heritage: A Study of the Mid-Century Modern Rehabilitation Process, in which she is investigating how to assist recent past resources in the transition between past and present without jeopardizing their potential of becoming historic sites. She is concentrating her research on eight Lownestein properties and ways to make them more sustainable by assisting the building systems, such as HVAC, to support each other and live up to their full potential.
Previous to graduate school, Vanessa has worked in the military, law enforcement, medical, and retail fields and also earned her undergraduate degree in interior architecture from UNCG in 2001. She acknowledges that her experiences in these different fields help her to be a better designer by providing insight into how different people use space. Vanessa has her own business, Studio 37 Design Galleries, that takes on several kinds of jobs, including working with architects, decorating, jewelry design, interior design, and graphics. She also holds an assistantship position here at UNCG as a TA and says that it has been an absolute treasure to work with and learn from the professors because of their expansive knowledge and experience. In the future, Vanessa hopes to work with a firm involved with historic preservation, continue to look at recent past strategies, teach, and take her company to the next level.