Caitlin has a Ph.D. in Architecture (Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University. She moved to Buffalo in 2011 to pursue dissertation research about the relationship between commercial spaces and neighborhood identity within the dynamics of post-World War II urban change. Her approach to architectural history emphasizes the cultural and social meanings of the built environment, and she views historic preservation as an avenue for encouraging others to discover the rich history of buildings, neighborhoods, and cultural landscapes in which we all live.
Caitlin is active in the Women’s Leadership Initiative and Marketing Committee for Western New York’s Urban Land Institute satellite and is a board member of The Friends of the Buffalo Story, a nonprofit that facilitates place-based heritage programs in Buffalo. She lives in Buffalo with her husband, Tom, and son, Cashel.