Ethel Goodstein-Murphree, PhD, Assoc. AIA, is an Architectural Historian, Professor of Architecture, and Associate Dean of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. Her work engages mid-century modernism, its preservation, and the roles of women in its chronicle. A prolific scholar and lecturer, Dr. Goodstein’s work has been recognized by Preserve Arkansas, AIA Arkansas, and the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians.
A specialist in North American and British architecture and cultural studies, Dr. Goodstein has been engaged in architectural education and practice for more than four decades. Following her professional training and architectural practice in New York City, she earned graduate degrees in the history of architecture and historic preservation planning at Cornell University, culminating in an interdisciplinary doctorate in architecture and American cultural studies, earned at the University of Michigan. Before joining the University of Arkansas faculty in 1992, she served as architectural historian for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
With her husband, David Murphree, she is a partner in studio m2, an alternative design firm, founded in 2002.
Dr. Goodstein has published and presented papers on diverse topics ranging from the Arts and Crafts churches of Victorian England to the truck stops of the contemporary American roadside. Recent projects of note include Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture, a regional EMMY-award winning public television (Arkansas Educational Television Network) documentary for which she served as architectural historical consultant and co-author; “The Common Place of the Common Carrier: The American Truck Stop,” an essay in the anthology Visual Merchandising: The Image of Selling, from Ashgate Press (June 2013), for which she is the recipient of the Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians Publication Award; and "Nature and Humanity in a Simple Shed, The Pinecote Pavilion," in Shadow Patterns, The Architecture of Fay Jones, released by University of Arkansas Press (2017).
As an advocate of sustaining balance between the past and the present in the built environment, she remains active in historic preservation advocacy, having served as Chair of the Fayetteville Historic District Commission, on the Board of Directors of Preserve Arkansas, and on the Steering Committee for the development of a Campus Preservation Master Plan for the University of Arkansas, funded by the Getty Foundation. In service to the profession, she has been Southwest Region Director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, President of the Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, a member of the AIA/ACSA Research Council and editor of Arris, the Journal of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians.
Recognition of Dr. Goodstein’s accomplishments include teaching awards from the Department of Architecture and the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy; the American Institute of Architects Education Honors Awards; the American Review of Canadian Studies Award for Distinguished Articles; the Louisiana Preservation Alliance Award for Excellence in Preservation Education; the Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication from Preserve Arkansas; and the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society Silver Medal. In 2015, she was honored by Preserve Arkansas with the Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation, and in 2016 by the Arkansas AIA with its Award of Merit.