Steve Hartley



I was born in Philadelphia, where I began my craft career working on a variety of historic buildings and monuments throughout the region. In 1999, I moved to South Carolina to attend Coastal Carolina University, where I earned my undergraduate degree in History. I then relocated to Savannah, Georgia, where I continued to work in the traditional crafts and conservation fields while attending graduate school.

After completing my M.F.A. in Historic Preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I have been employed as an instructor at various colleges within the Savannah area. My research focus is wide-ranging, but has concentrated on the reintroduction of traditional trade skills within underserved college populations, as well as urban revitalization and design issues within the United States. My specializations include:

  • Theory and History of Historic Preservation
  • Historic Preservation Philosophy and Criticism
  • Documentation Techniques of Heritage Sites
  • Sustainability and Historic Sites
  • Traditional Building Arts
  • Conservation Science
  • Neighborhood Planning and Revitalization
  • Urban Design Issues
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Architecture, Historic Preservation, Urbanism, and Planning


Master of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design / May 2005    

School of Building Arts/ Savannah, Georgia

Major: Historic Preservation

Concentrations: Preservation Planning and Conservation Science

Thesis: Dixon Park Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan

Cum Laude                    

Bachelors of Arts, Coastal Carolina University / May 2002    

Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts/ Conway, South Carolina

Major: History

Concentration: American History

Senior Thesis: “Those who build cities should not dwell in hovels”: The Homestead Steel Strike of 1892.


8.2007-Present   Department Head of Historic Preservation and Restoration: Savannah Technical College, Savannah, Georgia

2009-2010   Adjunct Professor of History: Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah, GA

2007-2009   Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

2006   Teaching Assistant: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2003-2012   Proprietor: Days Past Antiques and Architectural Salvage Savannah, Georgia

2005-2007   Stained Glass Project Manager/ Restoration Coordinator: DOCA Design LLC / Savannah, Georgia

2004-2006   Restoration Consultant: 112 E. Taylor Street Restoration Fund / Savannah, Georgia

1994-1999   Project Manager:  Fairmount Properties LLC / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Supervisors: Dr. Gillian Chitty and Dr. Kate Giles

Thesis Title: Craft Education in the United States and Great Britain: A cross-cultural examination of ideals, approaches and solutions

This project is a detailed examination into the approaches that the Unites States and Great Britain have taken to re-introduction heritage craft training to future traditional craftsperson. It will focus on the history of craft education, its current status as well as potential future directions within both cultures.

Both the United States and Great Britain face a crisis in the training and supply of traditional craft workers. Within both societies, different approaches have been taken to address these concerns, based on the evolving ethos of conservation theory within both cultures.  The approaches taken by both societies reflect the evolution of conservation theory within each culture, which is expressed through variations in perception of value, age, and methodology, as well as distinct differences in terminology.

This research will focus on qualitative studies of various training programs within each country, examining the perceived success and failures within each system, based on the philosophical context of conservation practice in both societies. Research methodology will include field interviews with both students and trainers, comprehensive reviews of training scheme delivery methods as well as analysis of industry needs. This contextual research will form a theoretical and practical framework for the delivery of heritage craft education within both societies. It is from this research that a comprehensive understanding of appropriate delivery methods for heritage craft education within both cultures can be attained

Framework will also be monitored, and the project intends to critically analyse the processes of transition in real-time and present the findings throughout the course of the project.

The project is due for completion in September 2016.



  • Lim, Jong Hyun and Hartley, Stephen. “In Search of the Utopian: The Urban Morphology of the “Main street” Movement” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. Vol. 22, no 1 (2010): 59-61 Working Paper Series: Reimaging the Politics of the Ideal, vol. 233.
  • Hartley, Stephen “Higher Education in Crisis: Teaching Historic Preservation Trades on Diminishing Budgets”. International Trades Education Symposium Conference Proceedings, Vol. 2 no. 1 (2012): 16-22.



  • Panel Moderator, “Stained Glass Education in the United States”. 2013 American Glass Guild Conference, St. Augustine FL. May 23 2013.
  • Instructor, “Extending a Great American Street: Bull Street South of Forsyth Park”. Pre-Conference Neighborhood Planning Workshop. 2013 US/ICOMOS Symposium, Savannah, GA. May 1 2013.
  • Hartley, Stephen, “Mid-Century Modern: A Conservator’s Dilemma”. 8th Savannah Symposium, Savannah GA., February 9, 2013.
  • Session Chair, “Maintaining a Medieval Icon in the 21st Century: The Lincoln Cathedral Works Department”.  Association for Preservation Technology International Conference. Charleston, South Carolina. October 1 2012.
  • Hartley, Stephen “Higher Education in Crisis: Teaching Historic Preservation Trades on Diminishing Budgets”. 4th International Trades Education Symposium, Lincoln, England May 19-22, 2011.
  • Ashlock, Dr. Phillip T. and Stephen Hartley, “Defining Spiritual Spaces: The Social Evolution of American Spirituality and its Effects on the Built Environment”.7th Savannah Symposium, Savannah, GA., February 17-19 2011.
  • Lim, Jong Hyun and Stephen Hartley, “In Search of the Utopian Concept in the 21st century Urbanism: Re-making American Urban Morphology by Pursuing Historic Illusions through “Main Street” Movement”. 2010 International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference, Beirut, Lebanon, December 15-18, 2010.
  • Hartley, Stephen, “A man who builds cities should not dwell in hovels: The Homestead Steel Strike of 1892”. Paper presented to Phi Alpha Theta Southern Conference. Raleigh, North Carolina. April 17 2002. 

(Public Presentations)

  • Hartley, Stephen. Historic Preservation Week 2011, Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA. May 7-14, 2011.

            -“Introduction to Blacksmithing” May 10 2011.

            -“Introduction to Stained Glass” May 12 2011.

            -“Log Hewing” May 14 2011.

  • Hartley, Stephen. “Documenting Vernacular Structures: Identifying Structural Details” presented to the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. April 8, 2011.
  • Hartley, Stephen.Historic Preservation Week 2010, Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA. May 10-13, 2010.

          -“Repairing Historic Wood Windows” May 10 2010.

          -“Tool Sharpening and Maintenance” May 10 2010

          -“Understanding Architectural Prints” May 11 2010.

          -“Researching Your Historic Home” May 11 2010.

          -“Reading and Understanding Historic Photographs” May 13 2010.

  • Hartley, Stephen.“Sustainability and Historic Preservation” presented to SoGreen Network for Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Savannah State University May 14 2009.
  • Hartley, Stephen. One of four panelists for Roundtable discussion: “Career paths in Historic Preservation” Historic Savannah Foundation Youth Preservation Camp, Savannah, GA June 22 2008.
  • Hartley, Stephen.“Gullah Heritage and Culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Coast” Paper presented to the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. May 22 2006.

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Contact details

Mr Steve Hartley
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor