Janet Foster

Janet W.Foster is an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant with over 30 years experience in the New Jersey-New York-Pennsylvania region. She studied at Columbia GSAPP's Historic Preservation program and founded Acroterion, a preservation consulting firm, in 1983. The firm has prepared numerous National Register nominations, Historic Structures Reports and building surveys, and works with municipalities to develop local ordinances for promoting historic preservation as part of their land-use regulations.

A noted teacher and lecturer, Ms. Foster developed the Drew University Continuing Education Program in Historic Preservation, which ran from 2000-2013. She has been an adjunct assistant professor at GSAPP since 2009, when she introduced a class on Patternbooks and American Architecture. She has also taught a mini-course on Vernacular Architecture of the US.

Her interest in vernacular architecture led her to bring the international organization, The Vernacular Architecture Forum, to her home state of NJ for its annual conference in 2014. She is also actively serving on the NJ State Review Board for Historic Sites, and is currently Vice President of the New Jersey Historic Trust.

Her recent projects include a study of museum villages and their significance as an alternative mode of preservation in the United States in the mid-20th century.

Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4341‑1 Fall 2016
PREMODERN AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
Janet Foster REQUIRED HP 1
115 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16155
A6308‑1 Fall 2015
VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE : A CONTINUING AMERICAN TRADITION
Janet Foster
201 FAYERWEATHER
TU 2 PM - 4 PM
SES B 10/26-12/4
1.5 Points
66798