Dr. Emily Makaš has been appointed to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission by Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. The commission is the shared city and county entity that recommends the designation of sites for landmark status as well as secures their preservation through design review and the buying and selling of endangered historic properties. The commission has 12 members: six appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, four appointed by City Council, and two appointed by the mayor.
Makaš is associate professor of heritage and architectural history in the David R. Ravin School of Architecture. Her research focuses on connections between memory and identity and the built environment. She is interested in architecture, urbanism, heritage, commemoration, and politics and has recently led teams of faculty and students on public history and heritage projects exploring identity in Charlotte and its region.
Makaš has a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Tennessee.