Jennifer Leeds works as an architectural historian in the Knoxville Office of Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., starting in August 2017. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, where she was introduced to historic preservation. After studying architecture, she pursued her passion and received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the Clemson University/College of Charleston dual program in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jennifer’s thesis focused on the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, a law that was passed to ensure further protection of lighthouses. The thesis analyzed the success of the legislation, which allowed the federal government to convey lighthouses to nonprofits and other entities at no cost.
Prior to working at Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., Jennifer worked as a Historical Architect intern for the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Maryland, performing various tasks including research of historic properties and documentation of historic structures. She worked on several projects including historic structure reports for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Burnside Bridge at Antietam National Battlefield, and also several documentation projects at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. She also worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a preservation intern at the Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House site in Alexandria, Virginia. While working for the National Trust, she documented several early-nineteenth-century structures.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys traveling to new places, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.