Kathryn Horak

Adjunct Assistant Professor


BA, Whitworth University MHP, USC School of Architecture

Katie Horak is a lecturer in the Heritage Conservation program, bringing nearly ten years of professional experience in the public and private sectors. She currently works at Architectural Resources Group in Pasadena, California as an Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner. Katie’s professional experience includes a wide range of historic preservation projects in the Los Angeles region, including ongoing work on the SurveyLA citywide historic resources survey; a historic resource evaluation and study of the proposed rehabilitation of the Century Plaza Hotel, one of the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2009; the award-winning historic structures report for the Village Green, a National Historic Landmark; and a Historic Context Statement for Garden Apartments in Los Angeles County. Prior to her work in Los Angeles, Katie worked for the City of New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, where she conducted historic resources surveys in all of the City’s five boroughs. Katie is a graduate of the University of Southern California Historic Preservation program.

Currently Teaching
  • 552
    Introduction to Historic Site Documentation
    Introduction to Historic Site Documentation
    Explore new ways of observing and thinking about the built environment through practical applications of documentation methods and fieldwork exercises. Learn the various techniques employed in the field of heritage conservation for recording and documenting historic resources, including methods of architectural classification such as historic resources surveys; National Register, California Register, and local registration standards; photographic documentation; historic structure reports and cultural landscape reports; and HABS/HAER documentation.
  • 554 - Survey
    Heritage Conservation Practicum Survey
    Heritage Conservation Practicum Survey
    Assessing historic buildings, sites, neighborhoods, and landscapes within their historic contexts forms the foundation of contemporary heritage conservation practice. Through lectures and fieldwork, this course will examine the tools required for assessment including research, writing historic contexts, understanding the vocabulary of the region’s architecture, assessing architectural character and integrity, utilizing state-of-the-art data collection techniques, basic architectural photography, and other best practices. As a non-design based studio course, students will be responsible for research and fieldwork to craft a cohesive survey evaluation of the area of study selected for each semester, in addition to a community presentation of their findings.
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