Timothy Orwig is an architectural and social historian with a special interest in historic preservation. Tim earned his Ph.D. in American and New England Studies and an M.A. in Preservation Studies, both from Boston University. He also holds an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Arkansas. He has taught the history of art, architecture, and design at Boston University, Simmons College, Brandeis University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
After receiving his B.A. from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Tim worked as a community preservation activist and co-founded the preservation organization SiouxLandmark. His preservation consulting includes successfully nominating more than two dozen sites to the National Register of Historic Places, from an African-American church in New Hampshire to entire neighborhoods. He served as the Preservation Chair of the New England chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Tim Orwig’s books include Morningside College: A Centennial History (1994) (revised edition 2018); Historic Photos of Boston (2007) and Remembering Boston (2010); and Cape Cod Canal (2013). Historic New England magazine recently published articles by Orwig that examine the careers of architects Joseph Everett Chandler (restorer of the Paul Revere House and the House of the Seven Gables) and Frederick Stahl, the Boston Modernist pioneer who also restored Quincy Market, as well as the construction of the Cape Cod Canal. Tim Orwig is teaching courses at Northeastern in both the Department of Architecture and Art + Design.