D.Phil Oxford University
William is Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Educated at Columbia (M.S. in Historic Preservation, 1978) and at Oxford University in England (D.Phil. in Anthropology, 1982), he specializes in architectural recording, the management of historic districts, and materials conservation. A former Fulbright scholar and American Candidate at the International Center for Conservation in Rome (ICCROM), he has been a two time Fulbright Senior Specialist, teaching in both Thailand (2006) and Cambodia (2002). He has a special interest in international preservation, particularly in the Pacific and Asia and serves on three International Specialized ICOMOS Committees: History and Theory, Historic Towns and Urban Areas and Vernacular Architecture. Since 2000, he has been a member of the UNESCO committee for Heritage Awards in Asia and the Pacific.
The author of numerous scholarly articles, books and book chapters, technical reports, and professional publications, he has just completed a book on ruins in Southeast Asia and is at the end of a manuscript on museums in the 19th century. Many of his reports for the National Park Service and other governmental agencies are also in print. His articles have appeared in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, Antiquaries Journal, New Research in Museum Studies, Winterthur Portfolio, Preservation Forum, The Bulletin for the Association for Preservation Technology, CRM (Cultural Resource Management) and Historical Archaeology.
A frequent consultant to state, national and international historic preservation organizations, he received national attention for his reports to the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Hurricane Hugo’s damage to historic structures in the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. His work with the U.S. National Park Service has also received heritage awards. In 2011, he received the Haines Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation from the Historic Hawaii Foundation. He is also the recipient of an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Dr. Chapman is widely recognized as a leading authority in recording historic architecture and in policies and procedures for historic preservation at both the local and national levels. He has been a study tour leader for numerous organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Smithsonian Institution. With several years of experience in the Caribbean, he has since been a Visiting Scholar in Thailand, the Philippines and Burma on behalf of the State Department (USIA) and has presented USIA-sponsored lectures in many parts of India and in Mexico. Most recently, he has been involved in both conferences and conservation projects in Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries and the Pacific islands, serving as a consultant to the U.S. National Park Service, UNESCO, and the World Monuments Fund.