Throughout the year Preservation Alumni hosts or sponsors a variety of activities that spotlight the work of fellow alumnae, promote preservation causes, and strengthen professional relationships within the field. While most of PA's events take place in the New York region, we look to conferences and symposiums as opportunities to reconnect in different areas of the country or world. And as always, we encourage our members to organize their own events wherever they may be and share the details with us here.

Upcoming events

    • 14 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 11:59 PM

    Preservation Alumni is excited to announce the revamping of our current website! Launched over 15 years ago, has become a valuable place for us to connect with our members, organize and promote events, and support the mission of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University. We’re working hard to create a new website to better engage with our members in the coming months, complete with refreshed graphics and updated capabilities.

    As part of this initiative, we are launching a Call for Entries for a new logo design. We’re looking for a fun, creative logo that reflects PA’s long history and mission to bring together members and friends of the program. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2019, and the selected winner will receive $100 in prize money and a free year of membership to Preservation Alumni.

    Please see below for more details about the logo design competition, and we look forward to seeing your entries!



    The Competition is open to any individual, group of individuals, or legal entity worldwide.


    Eligible individuals, groups of individuals, and legal entities who are submitting logos in response to this request for Submissions (the “Participant” or “Participants”) must submit their Submissions (the “Submission” or “Submissions”) no later than June 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST to is no fee to participate in the Competition. No Participant may participate in more than one Submission.

    If a Participant is unable to submit online, please contact the Competition administration by emailing


    Logos must satisfy the following criteria:

    • create a recognizable identity for Preservation Alumni and communicate in some way the organization’s connections to the preservation community.
    • work within a circular frame for social media purposes (this can be the entire logo, or a select element or separate version of the logo created specifically for social media purposes)

    Note that the logo may include images, text, or a combination of both.


    Participants must submit the following materials to by June 15, 2019.:

    1) A Logo Narrative that includes a statement about the logo (maximum 150 words)

    2) The Logo Graphic, submitted:

    • On a transparent background
    • With a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch
    • If possible, delivered in vector format (.svg, .eps, or .ai files).

    3) A short bio of the individual, group of individuals, or legal entity entering the Competition (maximum 100 words)

    Failure to submit all of the required materials or to follow instructions for submission may result in disqualification.

    Any questions regarding conditions, eligibility, submissions, and logo criteria can be sent to

Past events

16 May 2019 PA Leadership Award & Spring Party
28 Apr 2019 Members Only Tour: Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House
05 Apr 2019 Annual Pub Crawl: Gramercy Park
28 Mar 2019 Historic Preservation Program Open House
31 Jan 2019 PA Mentor Mingle
09 Dec 2018 Members Tour: Great Hall, New York Hall of Science
24 Sep 2018 Alumni Reception at APT Conference
20 Sep 2018 Fall Party: 79th Street Boat Basin
10 May 2018 Spring Party: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
28 Apr 2018 Spring Work Day: Mt. Vernon Museum
06 Apr 2018 Annual Pub Crawl: Brooklyn
13 Sep 2017 Fall Party: Boat Basin Cafe
21 Jul 2017 RESCHEDULED: Members Only Tour: Woolworth Building
14 Jun 2017 Fitch Fellows Welcome Reception
18 May 2017 Spring Party and PA Leadership Award Presentation
29 Apr 2017 Spring Work Day: Green-Wood Cemetery
13 Apr 2017 Martha Demas: Mogao Grottoes - Taking the Long View of Cultural Heritage
06 Apr 2017 Leo Schmidt: The Fall and Rise of the Berlin Wall
30 Mar 2017 PA @ DOCOMOMO_US - Happy Hour Event
28 Mar 2017 Members Only Tour: The Red Room at One Wall Street
24 Mar 2017 Annual Pub Crawl: Astoria
16 Mar 2017 Fitch Foundation / UPenn Design + Heritage Symposium
06 Mar 2017 Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture: Francine Houben
02 Mar 2017 Frank Matero: Material Matters
23 Feb 2017 GSAPP HP Lecture Series: The Shadow Casters
06 Dec 2016 Members Only Tour: St. Patrick's Cathedral
19 Nov 2016 Members Only Tour: Hispanic Society of America
09 Nov 2016 2016 Landmarks Lion Award
03 Nov 2016 Heroism & Hubris: Mark Pasnik
02 Nov 2016 Public Summit for the Future of Penn Station
27 Oct 2016 Round Table: Digital Technology for Heritage Preservation
22 Sep 2016 2016 Modernism in America Awards
15 Sep 2016 Annual PA Fall Party
21 May 2016 Members Only Tour: Gould Memorial Library
10 May 2016 PA Spring Party & Leadership Award Presentation
09 Apr 2016 Spring Work Day - New Bethel Way of the Cross Church of Christ
26 Feb 2016 Tribeca Pub Crawl
17 Oct 2015 The Fitch Colloquium: Beyond the Five Boroughs: International Preservation Insights
19 Sep 2015 Fall Work Day - Highbridge Park
16 Sep 2015 Annual PA Fall Party
17 Jul 2015 Members Only Tour with Andrew Scott Dolkart, Saving Place Exhibit at MCNY
05 May 2015 Preservation Alumni's Spring Party & Inaugural Preservation Alumni Leadership Award
22 Apr 2015 Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture: Gro Bonesmo, Nedregate Culture District/Space Group
13 Apr 2015 Inquiry HP: Andrew Burdick & Meisha Hunter Burkett
11 Mar 2015 Members-Only Tour of the Woolworth Building
02 Mar 2015 Inquiry HP: Xenia Vytuelva
16 Feb 2015 Inquiry HP: Bartosz Dajnowski
27 Sep 2014 Fall Work Day
23 Sep 2014 PA Fall Party
28 May 2014 West Coast Preservation Alumni Cocktail Hour
07 May 2014 PA Spring Party!
26 Apr 2014 PA Spring 2014 Work Day
26 Oct 2013 PA Fall Work day
24 Sep 2013 PA's Annual Fall Party!
27 Jun 2013 Members-Only Tour of 5 Beekman Street
22 May 2013 Harry Bertoia at the Intersection of Art & Architecture
15 May 2013 Spring Party at the Boat Basin Cafe
14 May 2013 NYC Design Week: Bertoia Unbound
25 Apr 2013 InQuiry HP: Kateryna Goncharova
18 Apr 2013 InQuiry HP: Barbara Campagna
09 Apr 2013 InQuiry HP: Benjamin Mouton
28 Mar 2013 InQuiry HP: Will Tippens
07 Mar 2013 InQuiry HP: Matt Reiley
04 Mar 2013 InQuiry HP: Francesco Bandarin
28 Feb 2013 InQuiry HP: Witold Rybczinsky
27 Feb 2013 Byard Memorial Lecture
19 Dec 2012 New York Preservation Archive Project's Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit
06 Dec 2012 From the Colonial Era to the Colonial Revival: the Installation of Two Period Rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
04 Dec 2012 Urban Fabric: Building New York's Garment District
15 Nov 2012 [INQUIRY:HP] Edward Durell Stone: American Modernist // HICKS STONE
13 Nov 2012 Preserving the Metropolis - APT NYC 2013 Conference Fundraiser
01 Nov 2012 Neighborhood Preservation Center Birthday Celebration
27 Oct 2012 PA Fall Work Day: Prospect Cemetery, Oct. 27
23 Oct 2012 World Monuments Fund Hadrian Award Gala After Party
25 Sep 2012 Fall Party at the Merchant's House Museum
20 Sep 2012 PA in LA: Our First West Coast Meet Up!
21 Jun 2012 Informal Get-Together at The Frying Pan!
13 May 2012 CANCELLED: PA Spring Work Day at the South Street Seaport Museum!
10 May 2012 Spring Party: A Toast to Janet Foster
31 Mar 2012 Fitch Colloquium
31 Mar 2012 PA Career Fair at the Fitch Colloquium
30 Mar 2012 Preservation Class of 2014 Meet & Greet
23 Mar 2012 The Monuments Conservancy's 22nd Annual Symposium
02 Mar 2012 The Great Outside: Preserving Public and Private Open Spaces
10 Feb 2012 PA Winter Pub Crawl
02 Feb 2012 GSAPP Paul S. Byard Lecture: David Chipperfield
29 Nov 2011 The Roebling Legacy Book Reading with Clifford Zink
12 Nov 2011 PA Fall Work Day at the Dyckman Farmhouse
01 Nov 2011 PA Fall Party at the Park Avenue Armory
22 Oct 2011 Exclusive Columbia alumni-only tour of Richardson Olmsted Complex
20 Oct 2011 Columbia alumni building tour & reception at Trust Conference
16 Sep 2011 [Pres]Arch Website Launch Party
30 Aug 2011 PA Vice President and HP Alum Mikel Travisano will lecture on his role in the current Merchant’s House Museum restoration
19 May 2011 PA's 30th Anniversary Party
19 Apr 2011 Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City
11 Dec 2010 PA Fall Work Day at West-Park Presbyterian Church
22 Nov 2010 Hubert-Jan Henket on new preservation approaches for the Modern Movement
25 Mar 2010 Happy Hour at Amsterdam Café
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