William L. Tilson is Professor Emeritus of Architecture. Since 1992, he has been the Director of the Preservation Institute: Caribbean (PI:C), the College’s off-campus program in the Caribbean Basin and Latin America. Tilson has been lead researcher and consultant on numerous documentation and planning projects for historic sites and communities throughout the region including locations in Antigua, Barbados, Yucatán, Jamaica, Miami and Fernandina.
Professor Tilson teaches design studios at all levels, design theory seminars, preservation coursework, and mentors students on masters’ research projects and Ph.D. dissertations. He is a member of the United States International Council on Monuments and Sites sub-committees on Historic Towns and Historic Landscapes and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Amelia Island History Museum. His research focuses on the impact of new architecture and public space in historic rural and seacoast towns particularly the role codes and the media play in constructing the identity of these communities.