Christine Madrid French, an advocate for the study and preservation of American architecture, was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Utah in Architectural Studies and worked for the National Park Service as an historian in Washington, D.C. Ms. French earned a master’s degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and worked as the Director of the Modernism Program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in San Francisco. She is an Expert Member on the 20th-Century Heritage Committee for the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
Ms. French was the Project Director of Preservation Capen, a successful conservation effort to save and move a 200-ton, 1885 home over water to the Albin Polasek Museum, and consulted on the second move of the 1987 Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. French teaches at the University of Florida in the Historic Preservation Program and is Executive Director of Casa Feliz (an historic home in Winter Park, Florida, designed by James Gamble Rogers, II, in 1933) featuring public events and education in wellness, arts, architecture, and design.
Photo and biography courtesy of Chris Madrid French.