At present I am working on my dissertation. The subject is the worker villages at the Alabama Power Company dam construction sites on the Coosa River and the Gorgas Steam Plant on the Black Warrior River, all built during the nineteen-teens and nineteen-twenties in the roughest, most remote locations imaginable. The Alabama sites will be compared with the Tennesee Valley Authority's worker village at Norris, TN and the worker village in Boulder City, NV built for the construction of the Hoover Dam, a Federal Project.
This year I will present a paper on the history of five historic black neighborhoods in Atlanta which will discuss the changes over time and the reasons for these changes. This will be presented at a conference in New Orleans in October.
An ongoing project is the Haiti Container Project at Marietta High School. This is a student project which has a real-world, hands on components and aims to benefit the people of rural Haiti in the Plain de L'Arbre district. A prototype is in the late planning phase as of summer 2016, the construction of which will take place on the Marietta High School grounds in 2017. I am acting as the architecture instructor, ensuring that students keep an eye on the big picture while researching and making inprovements to their initial designs. Each student has a part of the project for which he/she is the designer, and all must work together as in an architecture/engineering/construction firm. Further, each student has been paired with a professional in the field so that they each have a personal mentor to help with research and realization of their design. I serve with other professionals, professors from KSU, and other universities all over the country, alongside Mr. Leon Grant, who is the engineer/high school teacher who has led this award-winning project for the last three years.