I am an architectural historian and designer, originally from Texas and raised in Texas and California. My research investigates the landscapes, buildings, and families of Spanish and Mexican ranching in the Southwest. My creative work is centered on practices of drawing as a means of understanding and interpreting historical spaces.

I earned an M.Arch. degree and a Ph.D. in Architecture at UCLA. I then held postdoctoral fellowships in digital history and spatial history at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Rice University, and was a digital history specialist at Stanford University prior to joining the College of Architecture + Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture in 2021.

email: msaldan2@utk.edu