SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

William Chapman

Professor of American Studies, Department Chair and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Historic Preservation
M.S. Historic Preservation, Columbia; D.Phil. (Ph.D.) Anthropology, Oxford

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Office Room Number
Moore 308

Email Address
wchapman@hawaii.edu

Phone Number
Office: (808) 956-8574

Website
http://manoa.hawaii.edu/amst/

My approach is for students to learn by doing. Many of my classes have a field component, where students work on "real-life" projects. Other courses involve a considerable amount of research and require in-class presentations. I believe strongly on the need for individual initiative and creativity. The teacher is a guide and sounding board for the development of independent--and sometimes team--ideas.    

Research and Creative Work

1877 Volcano House, the subject of a recent monograph published by the National Park Service (2017)
1877 Volcano House, the subject of a recent monograph published by the National Park Service (2017)
Cover for new book on ruins in Southeast Asia (2017)
Cover for new book on ruins in Southeast Asia (2017)
Cover photo for A Heritage of Ruins, a published study of conservation in Southeast Asia (2013)
Cover photo for A Heritage of Ruins, a published study of conservation in Southeast Asia (2013)
French explorers in Cambodia, an illustration from a recent (2017) article on the French School of the Far East (EFEO)
French explorers in Cambodia, an illustration from a recent (2017) article on the French School of the Far East (EFEO)
Climate Change in The Pacific, a study funded by the National Park Service (2015)
Climate Change in The Pacific, a study funded by the National Park Service (2015)
Cover of a publication for the National Park Service on the military uses of the parks in World War II (2012)
Cover of a publication for the National Park Service on the military uses of the parks in World War II (2012)
The Wright Brothers National Memorial, the subject of a National Park Service study
The Wright Brothers National Memorial, the subject of a National Park Service study
Cover of Asia Conserved, part of a nearly twenty-year program by UNESCO in which Chapman has played a central role
Cover of Asia Conserved, part of a nearly twenty-year program by UNESCO in which Chapman has played a central role

Profile

  • Areas of Interest

    Architectural History
    Historic Preservation
    Urban Conservation
    Vernacular Architecture

  • Professional Experience

    Faculty member, UH Manoa (1993- present);

    Associate Professor University of Georgia (1985-1993);

    Historian National Park Service (1983-1985);

    Associate Director and Historian

  • Selected Publications

    Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia: A Traveler’s Guide through History, Ruins, and Landscapes. Bangkok: River Books. Scheduled for 2017. 

    A Heritage of Ruins: The Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and their Conservation. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013.

    “Neat, Roomy and Well-Kept…” The Story of Hawai‘i’s First Volcano House(s), 1844-1940. Special Anniversary Publication. Kilauea, Hawai‘i: National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 2017.  

    Architectural Conservation Training in Asia. In John H. Stubbs and Robert G. Thomson, eds. Architectural Conservation in Asia: National Experiences and Practice. London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 18-22. 

    New Design in Heritage Contexts. In John H. Stubbs and Robert G. Thomson, eds. Architectural Conservation in Asia: National Experiences and Practice. London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 146-149.

    Cambodian Vernacular Architecture. In Vernacular Architecture. London: Thames and Hudson, scheduled for 2016.

    Vernacular Architecture of Thailand. In Vernacular Architecture. London: Thames and Hudson, scheduled for 2016.

  • Courses

    Arch 628 Preservation: Theory and Practice

    Arch 715 Asia-Pacific Architecture

    Arch 473 History of American Architecture

    Arch 474 Preservation: Hawaii, Asia, and the Pacific

    AmSt/Plann 677 Historic Preservation Planning 

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