Ed FitzGerald began his work with NCPTT in summer of 2008 as a graduate intern with the Architecture & Engineering Program. That summer, he began a study of commercially available paint strippers for use on historic brick facades and undertook a complete overhaul of the website and membership management system of US/ICOMOS, a long-standing non-profit partner of NCPTT. In 2009, FitzGerald was asked to return to NCPTT to further his work developing Preservapedia, a wiki for preservation professionals. His current projects include development of a system for documenting cultural resources after a disaster using mobile devices and expanding the content and usership of Preservapedia.org.
FitzGerald also supports the National Center’s Technical Services Division, conducting testing and analysis on building materials, and is currently engaged in a comparative study of the weathering and durability of window glazing compounds. He holds a degree in History and Anthropology from Northern Illinois University and undertook his graduate studies in preservation at Cornell University. Before coming to NCPTT, he worked as an architectural metal refinisher in Chicago and participated in the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program with an internship in Scotland. His research interests and experience include materials conservation, leveraging open source technologies for historic preservation, and the preservation of the traditional building trades.
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