Meet Our Faculty: Lori Aument
Professor Aument teaches in the historic preservation program in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, and works as a building conservator.
What’s your role at Jefferson?
At Jefferson, I teach the Architectural Forensics and Documentation class, a foundational course in the Historic Preservation department of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment. In the class, students learn how to survey, measure, and draw existing buildings, and explore ways to use this documentation to tell stories about historic sites.
What do you do outside of Jefferson?
Outside of Jefferson, I work as a building conservator in private practice. I focus on the history of architecture and the practical methods needed to protect and repair historic sites. In my work, I peel back the layers of a site’s history to help make the best decisions for its future. I have worked on sites of national significance, such as Independence Square, the Washington Monument in D.C., and Civil Rights landmarks in Alabama and Georgia. Currently, I am working on a series about the history of Philadelphia’s streets as part of my Philly history podcast, Found in Philadelphia.
How long have you been at Jefferson?
What is the best part of your job?
I learn so much from the students. I enjoy fostering a collaborative class environment where students feel safe supporting each other, while also challenging themselves with their individual work.
What’s one piece of advice you give students?
History is a powerful force. It has been used both to celebrate and to oppress. Whenever you have a chance to be part of a site’s history, make sure you are using this power for good.
What’s something people would be surprised to find out about you?
While I love history and historic sites, I don’t love many museums or tours.