BA, College of William & Mary; Preservation Institute; Royal Oak Foundation of England National Trust
Kathryn has been an instructor in the HP program at Bucks SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1991. A native of Bucks County, she has her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary in 1976 with interdisciplinary curricula she specially designed in American Studies. She continued her studies at W& M with architectural design and in 1977 in historic preservation with the Preservation Institute; Nantucket, sponsored by the University of Florida. Additional master's level studies were undertaken through the Royal Oak Foundation of England's National Trust during a five-week Country House Seminar. Since 1976 Ms. Auerbach has been employed in the field of Historic Preservation, first working for the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology, under Dr. William Kelso. In 1977 she initiated work in Bucks County designing and conducting detailed historic sites surveys, historical research reports and National Register nominations. In 1986 she expanded to consulting work in other regions including New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland as well as Pennsylvania. She specialized in detailed historical research, documentation and evaluation of building construction chronology. Additionally, Ms. Auerbach has offered insightful plans for village growth while preserving the character of the surrounding open space and has been involved with all aspects of local Historical, Architectural and Review Boards as well a revitalization projects utilizing the Historical Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. More recently Ms. Auerbach has advocated for the documentation and preservation of historical bridges. Clients include private property owners, municipalities and the National Park Service. She continues to be a strong voice for preservation, serving on several local and county committees.
Ms. Auerbach has taught a number of courses at Bucks including History of American Architecture, Methodology and Documentation in Historic Preservation, History, Society & Architecture in the Delaware Valley and Fundamentals of Historic American Building Survey with the HABS Workshop. She has lead numerous teams of students on HABS documentation projects in Bucks County, as well as in Virginia and Maryland and has been recognized four times with the Charles E. Peterson Prize (a national competition sponsored by the AIA, NPS and Athenaeum), most recently in 2008 with First Place.