Justin W. Gunther

Historic preservation professor


  • B.S., biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000
  • M.F.A., historic preservation, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2004


Excelsus Laureate, class of 2004, SCAD

Awards, recognitions and honors

  • Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 Honoree, Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project and Pittsburgh Magazine, 2009
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, SCAD, 2008


  • Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, board member
  • Ten Chimneys Preservation Advisory Committee, member
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Recent Past Preservation Network
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites
  • Association for Preservation Technology
  • International Working Party for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites
  • Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO)

Publications and Presentations



  • "Fallingwater's Interiors: Rustic Elegance and Flexible Living," In Fallingwater, edited by Lynda S. Waggoner, 2011
  • "The Kaufmanns of Fallingwater: Modern Tastemakers," Modernism Magazine: 34-41, 2011
  • "George Washington, American Palladian, at Mount Vernon," Palladiana, 2009
  • "Historic Color: Fallingwater," in Color Planning for Interiors, edited by Margaret Portillo, Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
  • "Mount Vernon: An Architectural Identity," Society for Commercial Archeology Journal, 2006
  • "Historic Signs of Savannah," Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2004



  • Fallingwater, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Museum of Art's Private Domains/Public Displays: The Modern House Interpreted Symposium. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Paper: "Preserving and Interpreting Fallingwater at 75," 2011
  • Preservation Society of Newport County's Newport Symposium. Newport, Rhode Island. Paper: "Fallingwater: A Modern Villa in Harmony with Nature," 2009
  • Mount Vernon's The George Washington Symposium. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Paper: "Fixing Fallingwater: The Challenges of Preserving a 20th-century Icon," 2008
  • Center for Palladian Studies' Palladio: From Rome to America Symposium. Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia. Paper: "Designing the Virginia Capitol," 2002
  • Williamsburg Institute's Jefferson and the Capitol of Virginia Symposium. Williamsburg, Virginia. Paper: "The Creation of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Capitol," 2002