Travis McDonald is the Director of Architectural Restoration at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat located outside of Lynchburg, VA. He received his Master’s in Architectural History from UVA in 1980. Travis has been with Poplar Forest for thirty years, overseeing the restoration of Poplar Forest. During this time, also, he leads an architectural history field school at the beginning of the summer. Because of Travis’s work, he is often consulted on historic properties outside of Poplar Forest. One of his most recent projects has been for the Anne Spencer house, in Lynchburg, VA. In his talk, "The Genius of Place and Space: Anne Spencer's Autobiographical Creation in Lynchburg, VA", he discusses the relationship between her writings and the construction of her house.