Elaine B. Stiles is an Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation in the School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She is concurrently a Ph.D. Candidate in the history of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Berkeley. Elaine’s research focuses on the design politics that shaped twentieth-century suburban development and affordable housing agendas in the US. Her dissertation, “Suburban Design Thinking: Home Builders and the New American Domestic Landscape 1934-1960,” examines the design processes of large-scale merchant builders as they reconciled art, politics, technology, and market factors to transform Americans' attitudes about the home and American housing culture.
Elaine returned to graduate school after a decade of working as an architectural historian, historic preservation planner, and preservation advocate. She earned a BA in Art History from Smith College and an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University.