R. Brooks Jeffery is Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona’s Office of Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI).  He is responsible for advancing innovative research in the arts, humanities, social sciences, professional colleges, the University’s three museums– Arizona State Museum, Center for Creative Photography, and UA Museum of Art – as well as selected centers and institutes that report to RDI.

Jeffery also maintains a faculty appointment as Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) focused on Heritage Conservation. Since 1988, his teaching, research, and outreach projects have advanced heritage conservation as part of a comprehensive ethic of environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability throughout the world, including the Middle East, Latin America, and the American Southwest.   At CAPLA, he has also held the positions of Associate Dean, Chair of the Heritage Conservation Graduate Program, and Director of the Drachman Institute.  

Jeffery has authored/co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, books and technical reports, including Cross-Cultural Vernacular Landscapes of Southern Arizona (Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2005, co-edited with Laura Hollengreen),  “From Azulejos to Zaguanes:  The Islamic Legacy in the Built Environment of Hispano-America” (Journal of the Southwest, Spring/Summer 2003), A Guide to Tucson Architecture (University of Arizona Press, 2002, with Anne M. Nequette), Joesler & Murphey:  An Architectural Legacy for Tucson (City of Tucson, 1994) and Yemen:  A Culture of Builders (American Architectural Foundation, 1989).  Jeffery has been a principal investigator on numerous grants and contracts from local, regional and national agencies, totaling over $2 million.  He has received numerous awards including the “Director’s Partnership Award” (2015) and the “Excellence in Resource Stewardship Award” (2006), both from the National Park Service. 

In addition to his administration, teaching and research responsibilities, Jeffery collaborates with governmental and civic agencies on preservation issues locally, regionally, and nationally while serving as a board member on the University of Arizona Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee, and the National Council for Preservation Education.  He’s been honored with two “Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards” (2012, 2014) and Tucson’s highest preservation honor, the “Alene Dunlap Smith and Paul C. Smith Award” (2007) from the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission for the “high level of dedication and long-term commitment toward historic preservation in our community”. He was also awarded the 2008 Common Ground Award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance for his involvement in the Wilmot Library Planning Charette advocating for the preservation, rather than the proposed demolition, of a landmark Modern design as part of an overall sustainable development proposal.

To view a selection of Jeffery's Heritage Conservation research and outreach projects, click here.


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PDF icon Mixing Sacred and Profane: Hispanic-American Hybrid Towns in the 19th Century American Southwest (UNAM, 2018)4.31 MB
PDF icon Sistemas Tradicionales Constructivos: Terrados y Otras Techumbres (UNAM, 2015)12.87 MB
PDF icon Missions Initiative: An International, Multi-Disciplinary Partnership for Cultural Resources (National Park Service, 2012)733.48 KB
PDF icon Guide to Tucson Historic Neighborhoods (City of Tucson, 2011)1.88 MB
PDF icon Architects of Influence - Nicholas Sakellar (Tucson Home Magazine, Fall 2009)313.17 KB
PDF icon The TICRAT Model: A Binational Adobe Workshop (Archaeology Southwest, 2009)314.99 KB
PDF icon Architects of Influence - Annie Graham Rockfellow (Tucson Home Magazine, Winter 2008-09)287.45 KB
PDF icon Architects of Influence - Arthur Brown (Tucson Home Magazine, Fall 2008) 167.81 KB
PDF icon Architects of Influence - Judith Chafee (Tucson Home Magazine, Spring 2008)390.15 KB
PDF icon Architects of Influence – Roy Place (Tucson Home Magazine, Summer 2008)292.33 KB
PDF icon Photo Essay - Missions Initiative TICRAT 2008 (SMRC Revista, Spring/Winter 2008)743.76 KB
PDF icon Odds-on Favorite: Tucson's Odd Fellows Hall (Tucson Lifestyle, May 2007)644.19 KB
PDF icon Cross-Cultural Vernacular Landscapes of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide (Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2005)16.44 MB
PDF icon From Azulejos to Zaguanes: The Islamic Legacy in the Built Environment of Hispano-America (Journal of the SW, Spring 2003)10.52 MB
PDF icon Book Review - Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem (New Mexico Historical Review, 2003)144.24 KB
PDF icon Design Heritage - Our Modern Heritage (Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, Summer 2002)1.11 MB
PDF icon Design Heritage - Historic Neighborhoods (Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, Spring 2002)865.02 KB
PDF icon Historic Homes and Neighborhoods (Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, Spring 2002)3.42 MB
PDF icon Point: Reconstruction Doesn’t Work! (Archaeology Southwest, Spring 2001)140.44 KB
PDF icon Librarians as Generalists: Redefining Our Role in a New Paradigm (Art Documentation, Fall 1998)1.13 MB
PDF icon Urban Conservation in the Old City of San'a (University of Florida, 1997)2.12 MB
PDF icon Architecture, Modernity and Preservation: The Tower House of Sana’a Yemen (Arid Lands Newsletter, Spring 1989)469.34 KB
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