David Trayte is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Historic Preservation. With an undergraduate degree in architecture, his preservation interests include modern heritage of the recent past, cultural landscapes, and the integration of contemporary design with historic resources. David currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, where he works as a preservation specialist for a local architecture firm in addition to volunteering with several cultural landscape initiatives.
With the Winter Olympics in full swing, you’ll forgive me if I have more on my mind than figure skating, ski slopes, and curling. After months of studying the impact Olympic Games have on our cities for my graduate thesis, "Olympic Theatrics on the Global Stage: Evaluating the effects of temporary and permanent event structures on historic urban landscapes," it’s nearly impossible to acknowledge the Games at face value.