Since 1998 Richard Laub has been the Director of the Heritage Preservation Master's Degree Program in the Department of History at Georgia State University. Richard’s duties include administration of the program, student advisement, organizing studies abroad and teaching responsibilities.
Richard has worked in the field of historic preservation for over 25 years, receiving his initial training as a restoration craftsman with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Subsequent to his work at the National Trust, he received training in the theory and practice of architectural conservation at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, Italy. Upon returning to the U.S., Richard attended the University of Virginia, where he received a Master's Degree in Planning with a Certificate in Historic Preservation in 1987.
After graduating from the University of Virginia, Richard worked for the Georgia Historic Preservation Division, where he worked for 14 years as their Architectural Reviewer and Community Planning Coordinator, providing individuals, communities and organizations throughout the state with preservation planning assistance. Richard teaches courses in the Conservation of Building Materials, Preservation Planning and Case Studies in Preservation. Richard has led Study Abroad trips which have provided students opportunities to study in Cairo, Havana, Berlin, South Africa, Barcelona, Thailand and Venice.