Evenings at Whitney January 12

Evenings at Whitney January 12

Published: Saturday, December 31, 2022

The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is excited to announce the return of the Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series in spring 2023. The first lecture of the spring series, hosted by the Whitney Laboratory, will be Thursday, January 12, 2023, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Preservation Institute St. Augustine: Exploring coastal heritage through research and pedagogy”.

Dr. Cleary Larkin, Acting Director of the Historic Preservation Program and an Assistant Scholar in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Florida, and Dr. Sujin Kim, Research Assistant Professor with the Historic Preservation Program and School of Architecture and Director of Envision Heritage at the University of Florida, will be the speakers.

This free lecture will be presented in person at the UF Whitney Laboratory Lohman Auditorium, 9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard, in St. Augustine. Those interested also have the option of registering to watch via Zoom live the night of the lecture.

Register to watch online: 


The University of Florida’s Historic Preservation (UFHP) program has been involved with St. Augustine preservation initiatives for decades and, since 2007, has partnered with UF’s Historic St. Augustine, Inc. on stewardship of 38 state-owned buildings. In April 2017, UFHP officially launched Preservation Institute St. Augustine (PISA), with the mission of preparing the next generation of heritage specialists as part of multidisciplinary, applied research and learning that helps document, conserve, and interpret the City’s diverse range of historical, cultural, architectural and archaeological resources.  PISA is a partnership with UF HSA, the City of St. Augustine, Flagler College and other organizations to collaborate with students and community on heritage challenges, and develop ideas and solutions through engagement, innovative methodologies and new technologies.

Dr. Cleary Larkin and Dr. Sujin Kim will be presenting some of the projects that UFHP and PISA have undertaken to consider how heritage communities can protect and adapt to new climate conditions, more frequent storms, and changing economic conditions. Examples of work will include 3d laser scanning and visualizations of St. Augustine, new archival research for the National Historic Landmark designation, historic building documentation, and materials studies making use of the new PISA conservation lab.

Cleary Larkin, Ph.D., R.A.

Dr. Cleary Larkin is the Acting Director of the Historic Preservation Program and an Assistant Scholar in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Florida. As Acting Director, she also runs the program’s Preservation Institutes in Nantucket and St. Augustine. She is a licensed architect with specialized practice experience in historic preservation and community planning. She holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Urban Planning from the University of Florida.

Prior to her role as Acting Director of UF's Historic Preservation program, Dr. Larkin was Program Coordinator for the newly formed Florida Resilient Cities (FRC) program at UF’s Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER). The first FRC project focused on sustainable recovery and growth of Port St. Joe, a historic mill town in the Florida panhandle, damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Dr. Larkin’s expertise lies within community development and planning for marginalized communities, adaptive reuse and restoration for historic structures and neighborhoods, and climate resilience and adaptation for heritage communities. Her focus in St. Augustine is working with the Historic St. Augustine, Inc. on documentation and preservation of the almost 40 state-owned buildings, collaborating with the City government on creation of preservation outreach for residents, and developing the new conservation lab at the Preservation Institute for use on local and regional preservation projects.

Sujin Kim, Ph.D.

Dr. Sujin Kim is a Research Assistant Professor with the Historic Preservation Program and School of Architecture and serves as the Director of Envision Heritage, a research initiative that harnesses digital technology to help document, analyze, and manage built heritage ranging from urban environments to building details. His technology specialty includes 3D terrestrial laser scanning (lidar), close-range and aerial (drone) photogrammetry, and GIS database development. Dr. Kim, with his team, has recorded and inventoried historic buildings and sites in different states and countries through grant-funded and sponsored projects. He has developed methodologies for using digital technology to meet various professional needs in historic preservation and engaging historic coastal communities in addressing new challenges like sea level rise.

In his coursework at UF, Dr. Kim teaches students to research and interact with historic buildings through the integrated virtual (3D data) and field experience, graphical representation, building evolution history, and material condition assessment. He also trains students in various documentation skills, such as 3D terrestrial laser scanning, photogrammetry, and visual communication.