Alexander Toprac

student

My major life interest is in the relationship between human psychology and the built environment. My undergraduate degree, received from Goucher College in 2009, was in Psychology with a Studio Art minor. During the first year after my undergraduate education I worked as a preschool teacher at the Jewish Community Association in Austin, Texas. I then moved to Baltimore to work for Bolton Hill Nursery for the summer and switched to special education as an IEP Aide during the academic year. I continued to work summers at Bolton Hill Nursery and entered into the University of Maryland Historic Preservation in the fall of 2012. During my graduated education I took on volunteer work in Baltimore by helping Bolton Hill Nursery with research for grant writing purposes for their newly acquired historic property. I also worked as a graduate assistant for the UMD Historic Preservation Program as a academic librarian and National Park Service cultural resource surveyor on the C&O Canal in Maryland. I have a particular interest in regional cultural patterns, especially as reflected in vernacular architecture, urban planning and landscaping. I also firmly believe historic preservation and heritage tourism can and should be essential tools in community organization and neighborhood revitalization.