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Kathryn Holliday, PhD, is founding director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. While officially a native Texan, she grew up in New Orleans and went to college on the east coast before coming back to the Lone Star state. Dr. Holliday is an associate professor in the School of Architecture where she teaches courses in architectural history that use Dallas-Fort Worth as an urban laboratory. As the Center’s director, she directs student projects, organizes the Dillon Symposium, and writes and lectures about the urban and architectural landscapes of north Texas. For more on her work, see her full faculty profile.


Lily Corral is the 2018-19 graduate research assistant for the Dillon Center. Lily is a current student in the MArch program, and brings her experience as a journalist writing about real estate and architecture in Dallas to the studio.

Jennifer Sloan is a doctoral student in Urban and Public Affairs with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. She is working on her dissertation which examines the ways that exurban cities in the sprawling landscape of Dallas-Fort Worth use city halls and designed and programmed public space to build social capital with their citizens.

Estefania Barreto and Clodagh Ryan, undergraduate students in art history and architecture, completed a research project in Spring 2018 that became Historic Fort Worth’s Fall Architour on architect Wiley G. Clarkson. Estefania is now a graduate student in historic preservation at UT Austin and Clodagh is an architectural associate at SHM Architects in Dallas.

Molly Plummer completed her thesis in landscape architecture in Spring of 2018, investigating the political, economic, and racial factors that influenced the implementation of the 1911 Kessler Plan for Dallas and the lasting effects on issues of equity in the urban landscape. She is using her research skills as the Parks for People Program Manager for the Dallas office of the Trust for Public Land.

The Dillon Center advisory committee meets three times a year to provide perspective from the professional and academic community.

Willis Winters, FAIA, director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is chair of the committee. He is the author of many books and articles about Dallas and Texas architecture, including Crafting Traditions: The Architecture of Mark Lemmon (2005) and Great American Suburbs: The Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas (2008).

Virginia McAlester is one of the most influential voices in historic preservation. She is the author of the Field Guide to American Houses, a standard text for historic preservation students and one of the most powerful voices of the historic preservation movement in Dallas.

Nancy McCoy, FAIA, is principle of the McCoy Collaborative, which specializes in preservation architecture. Her projects are the receiptiens of multiple awards and she is also the author of Architecture that Speaks: Ten Remarkable Buildings by S.C.P. Vosper at Texas A&M (2017).

Robert Fairbanks, PhD, is professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has published extensively on planning history and housing in Sunbelt Cities and is the author of For The City as a Whole: Planning, Politics, and the Public Interest in Dallas, Texas, 1900–1965 (1998).

Kevin Sloan, FAIA, ASLA, is an architect and landscape architect and principle of Kevin Sloan Studio in Dallas. His designs have been recognized by numerous awards and he is also an articulate advocate for rewilding the Trinity River in Dallas though a series of provocative editorials in the Dallas Morning News.