R. Brooks Jeffery
Associate Vice President for Research, Research, Discovery & Innovation
Professor, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture
(520) 621-2991
B. Architecture, University of Arizona, 1983; M.Information Science, University of Arizona, 1992

R. Brooks Jeffery is Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona’s Research, Discovery & Innovation. He is responsible for advancing innovative research in the humanities, arts, 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 the Research, Discovery & Innovation.

Brooks also maintains a faculty appointment as Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) focused on Heritage Conservation. 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.

Brooks 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.

Selected Citations: 

Jeffery, R. Brooks. 2016. “Arquitectura Vernacula: Identidad y Sostenibilidad” Sistemas Tradicionales Constructivos, edited by Rocio López de Juambelz. Mexico DF: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. (forthcoming)

Jeffery, R. Brooks. 2016. “TICRAT y Iniciativa Misional: Avanzando Patrimonio Sin Fronteras” Boletin de Monumentos Historicos, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. (forthcoming)

Jeffery, R. Brooks and Jason Fox, 2016. “Arizona: Introductory Essay” Society of Architectural Historians Archipedia of Classic Buildings, http://sah-archipedia.org/ (forthcoming)

Jeffery, R. Brooks and Rebecca Caroli, 2016. Interior Condition Assessment Report, Tumacácori National Historical Park, National Park Service; 166 pp. 50%

Jeffery, R. Brooks. 2015. “Arizona misiones de la Pimeria Alta: Arquitectura y Conservación” Misiones de la Pimería Alta Hermosillo: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (forthcoming)

Jeffery, R. Brooks. 2015. “Spanish Colonial Missions: Architecture and Preservation” in National Park Service’s Heritage Travel Itinerary Series website, http://www.nps.gov/subjects/travelspanishmissions/architecture-and-prese...

Jeffery, R. Brooks and Allison Kennedy, 2015. Architectural Condition Assessments and Emergency Repairs Final Report on 7 Historic Sites, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, National Park Service; 308 pp. 50%

Jeffery, R. Brooks, Rebecca Caroli and Starr Herr-Cardillo, 2015. PZ Ranch Documentation Report, Archaeology Southwest; 167 pp. 25%

Jeffery, R. Brooks, and Laura Burghardt, 2014. Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Framework for Cultural Resources, National Park Service Intermountain Region Vanishing Treasures Program; 98 pp. 50%

Jeffery, R. Brooks, and Barry Price Steinbrecher, 2014. Acequia and Compuerta Preservation Plan, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Arizona; 223 pp. 50%

Jeffery, R. Brooks, and Allison Kennedy, 2013. Williams Ranch Historic Structures Report, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas; 146 pp. 50%

Jeffery, R. Brooks, and Allison Kennedy, 2012. Pratt Cabin Historic Structures Report, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, done in conjunction with ARC/LAR 4/597j class; 116 pp. 50%

Jeffery, R. Brooks and Susan Bartlett, 2012. Hubbell Trading Post Furnishings Report and Plan, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona; 129pp. 25%

Jeffery, R. Brooks and Carol Heffern. 2011. Morefield Campground District Determination of Significance, Mesa Verde National Park; 32 pp. 75%

Jeffery, R. Brooks, Dan Pierce, and Karie Westphal. 2010 Rocking K Ranch Documentation Report, Pima County, Arizona. 562 pp. 25% (Peer reviewed by Pima County Cultural Resources Office staff and US Army Corps of Engineers)

Jeffery, R. Brooks, Allison Kennedy, Paul Weiner, and Dan Pierce. 2010. Timpanogos Cave National Monument Visitors Center Feasibility Study. Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah. 32 pp. 25% (Also reviewed by National Park Service Development Advisory Board)

Jeffery, R. Brooks and Allison Kennedy. 2010. Dos Lomitas Ranch and Gachado Well & Line Camp Preservation Report, Organpipe Cactus National Monument; 96 pp. 25%

Research Themes: 
Urban Environment
Building technology
Climate change impacts
Landscape studies
Urban development
Urban planning
Urban tourism
Urbanization effects on weather and climate

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