Desiree Valadares

Desiree Valadares
2018-2019 Visiting Student Researcher

M.Arch (Mcgill), MLA (Guelph), MLA-Exchange (UE), BA (McMaster)

Desiree Valadares is a 4th year PhD Candidate in Architectural History at UC Berkeley with outside specializations in legal history (Art and Cultural Property Law) and ethnic studies (Asian American and Native American Studies). She is a Canadian-trained landscape architect whose research centers on historic preservation (U.S.) and heritage conservation (Canada) law and practice as it intertwines with redress, reconciliation and recognition politics. In the U.S., Desiree has practiced as a historical landscape architect with the U.S. National Parks Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Center for the Environmental Management of Military Lands and has worked on re-interpretation strategies for massacre sites, plantations and World War II military highways and airfields to highlight histories of dispossession, conquest, slavery and militarization. For Spring 2019, Desiree is a Visiting Graduate Researcher at UVic’s Centre for Global Studies and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiative’s Landscapes of Injustice Research Initiative).