William A. Dupont, M.Arch
San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor
Architecture - Historic Preservation
Director, Center for Cultural Sustainability
William Dupont, an architect and expert in heritage conservation, is active locally and internationally in heritage preservation: consulting, teaching, writing and researching. He directs the Center for Cultural Sustainability (CCS), a research center which undertakes design, documentation and planning projects with a focus on the cultural heritage continuity of places, engaging faculty and students for the benefit of people and their communities. Dupont is also the San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor at UTSA. He established the Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation in 2009 and teaches preservation and architectural design.
Dupont’s experience in the field includes three decades of historic preservation in private practice, government, non-profit and academic sectors. At the CCS, his research and sponsored projects focus on cultural resource management in international, transnational, and multi-cultural contexts. Dupont’s most visible project is Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s estate in Havana, where he has led a government-sanctioned “U.S. Technical Team” advising Cuban colleagues since 2005 regarding conservation of Hemingway’s legacy.
Professor Dupont’s service to the profession includes his role on the Board of Advisors for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation program at the University of Notre Dame, and, previously, nine years on the Advisory Council of Villa Finale (a National Trust historic site) and six years on the Board of the US International Council on Monuments and Sites. Previously, Dupont served eleven years as the architect for the National Trust engaged in master planning and preservation of historic sites, including Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and President Lincoln’s Cottage National Monument.