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For the past decade I’ve been a writer and editor specializing in the built environment. Currently, I’m a freelance writer and the editor of a series called City Makers on The Atlantic‘s website CityLab. From 2006 to 2011 I was senior and then executive editor of Architect, the monthly magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In that job I wrote about everything from architects’ Myers-Briggs test scores to building information modeling, from a gait lab designed for wounded veterans to the Kinks and historic preservation. I edited feature and front-of-book articles by stellar journalists and got to collaborate with the likes of Bruce Mau. I also created the magazine’s annual Architect 50 firm ranking.

Before that, I was an associate editor at Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I have a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Bristol in England and an M.A. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and now live in Silver Spring, Md.

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