Research and Teaching Interests:
Vernacular architecture of the British Atlantic world and contemporary issues in historic preservation and cultural heritage.
Brent R. Fortenberry, PhD, is Director of Preservation Studies and Christovich Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Tulane School of Architecture. Brent specializes in the vernacular architecture of the British Atlantic world and contemporary issues in historic preservation and cultural heritage. His most recent research focuses on the cities and port towns of the Greater Caribbean, including St. George's, Bermuda, and Natchez, Mississippi, as well as the plantation landscapes of Barbados, Jamaica, and South Carolina.
Prior to joining TuSA, Brent was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University College of Architecture, teaching courses in architectural history and historic preservation. He served as Associate Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M and Chair of the Education Committee for the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Prior to his time at Texas A&M, Brent held faculty and leadership positions at Clemson University and Boston University since 2012. He has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations on early modern vernacular architecture and the application of technology in historic preservation.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from William & Mary, a Master of Arts in Historical Archaeology from Bristol University, a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology from Boston University.