Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

4Culture Historic Preservation of Underrepresented Communities

This summer, 4Culture – a cultural services agency of King County, Washington – has hired a recent graduate of the University of Washington Urban Planning and Design Master’s program, Jialing Liu, as their historic preservation intern. The focus of this position is to identify and manage the documentation of cultural resources within King County that are part of underrepresented communities such as women, people of color, LGBTQ and the working class.

Specifically, Jialing has been helping to document the number and distribution of historic cultural resources within King County associated with these communities. “The more challenging part,” says Jialing, “is to analyze collected data to assess what may be missing from nominations of designated properties with regard to underrepresented communities, and to identify historic properties with an association that has not been recognized or did not qualify for nomination by looking at both official and anecdotal information.” Jialing’s work on this project is being overseen by Dana Phelan and Brandi Link of 4Culture and Manish Chalana who is both a Professor at UW and Co-Director of the UW Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse.

Long interested in preservation, Jialing took a preservation-centered studio during her time at UW and focused her Masters of Urban Planning and Design thesis on historic alley reactivation in the Chinatown-International District of Seattle. The work of this internship with 4Culture will help her continue to focus her attention on issues in historic preservation while also provding a valuable asset to historians, planners, and other local preservation organizations.