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  • 22 Feb 2019 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PA announces a call for submissions for the 2019 Cleo & James Marston Fitch Thesis Grant.

    The Cleo & James Marston Fitch Thesis Grant was established in 2001, and is made possible by a bequest from James Marston Fitch, the founder of the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University. The grant is named in honor of Dr. Fitch and his wife, Cleo Rickman Fitch.  It is awarded annually to a Columbia University Historic Preservation thesis candidate for mid-year thesis research or travel. The grant amount will not exceed $500. Additional information about the grant and past recipients can be found here

    If you are interested in applying for the grant, please send an email to info@preservationalumni.org. The email should include the subject line: Fitch Thesis Grant Submission. Please attach one PDF with the following information:

    • Thesis Abstract
    • Student's name and email address
    • Name of thesis advisor
    • Description of how the grant money will be/was used, including line item estimates for cost.
    • The Fitch Grant may be used in conjunction with other moneys for travel and research. Therefore, please also submit any other funding that you have been awarded and a detailed description of the use of those funds.

    Please send your submissions for the 2019 Cleo & James Marston Fitch Thesis Grant to info@preservationalumni.org by Friday, April 5, 2019. Any questions about the grant can also be sent to this address.

  • 22 Feb 2019 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PA is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Preservation Alumni Leadership Award

    The Preservation Alumni Leadership Award is presented annually to an outstanding graduate of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program who has contributed significantly to the preservation field, while devoting his or her time and talents to support the mission of Preservation Alumni. This award recognizes our community’s leaders who are an essential part of keeping preservation relevant and innovative, as well as ensuring that the alumni network remains strong and accessible to current students. The award is presented at PA’s annual spring party.

    Since the inaugural Preservation Alumni Leadership Award in 2015, PA has presented the award to Frank Emile Sanchis III, Director of U.S. Programs at World Monuments Fund and PA’s founding president; Andrew Dolkart, the former director of Columbia's Historic Preservation Program; Chicago-based architect Gunny Harboe; and Kevin Lee Sarring, architect for the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. You can learn more about past winners here.

    Please send your nominations for the 2019 Preservation Alumni Leadership Award to info@preservationalumni.org by Friday, March 15, 2019. Any questions about the award or nomination process can also be sent to this address. 

    Information should include:

    • Nominee’s name
    • Nominee’s graduation year from CU’s historic preservation program
    • A short paragraph describing why this person should receive the 2017 Preservation Alumni Leadership Award

    All nominations will be reviewed by the Preservation Alumni Board.

  • 10 Dec 2018 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Architecture Specialty Group (ASG) of AIC offers stipends to fund AIC Annual Meeting attendance in the amount of $1500-2000 to cover travel costs, registration, receptions, accommodations, and meals. This speaker stipend is intended to support early-career professionals who are presenting in an ASG session at the Annual Meeting. Awards will be given at the discretion of the ASG review committee based on available funds.

    The deadline for applications is December 15th! For more information please view their website

  • 29 Oct 2018 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join the Columbia GSAPP Historic Preservation program for a networking reception with current students and alumni at The Liberty on Friday November 9th. We invite all Historic Preservation alumni and current students to attend! Pre-registration is required.

    Please register here.

    Friday, November 9th, 2018, 6:30PM-8:30PM
    The Liberty, 29 West 35th Street, New York, New York 10001



  • 22 Oct 2018 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday, October 24 is Columbia's Giving Day 2018. This year, donors have the opportunity of selecting the program where their funds will be used. For PA members, this means the chance to directly help promote current and future priorities of the Preservation program by donating specifically to the HP fund (found here). Donations will be applied towards tuition relief, travel stipends, facilities upgrades, research, publications, and other perennial priorities. Feel free to spread the word!

  • 02 Oct 2018 10:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Volunteers wanted: National Register survey of 306 post-war vernacular houses in Sag Harbor, NY on Columbus Day weekend, 2018.

    The neighborhoods of Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Ninevah (aka “SANS") together comprise a multi-generational African American summer beach community in Sag Harbor on the South Fork of Long Island. Created, like many other such communities, under conditions of segregation before the Civil Rights Era, these three post-war subdivisions are now some of the very last surviving examples of such communities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.  Sharply rising tear-down rates (fueled by the second-home real-estate market of the Hamptons), along with other issues, are threatening the SANS community’s social and architectural fabric. 

    In response, a group of neighborhood volunteers have been working on National Register listing (the area is not a part of Sag Harbor Village’s 19th-century historic district).  Based on a cultural resource survey completed earlier this year, the New York SHPO has declared the area NR eligible, primarily for cultural rather than architectural criteria. Now, to complete the NR nomination itself, SANS is looking for help completing formal building descriptions for the 306 mostly mid-20th-century single-family homes. With volunteers from NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) they’re planning a field survey push this Columbus Day weekend to get the descriptions written, and they welcome additional volunteers, especially those with experience with NR surveys and/or formal description of post-war vernacular residential architecture. This survey help would be 100% pro-bono, but community members have offered to provide room and board. (Sag Harbor is 95 miles east of NYC.  Hampton Jitney provides direct bus service between Manhattan and Sag Harbor.  The nearest train station is Bridgehampton on LIRR’s Montauk line.)

    We are looking for willing and experienced surveyors for this weekend, there may be other opportunities to contribute later on. If you are interested, please contact Chris Neville at cneville@pipeline.com
  • 16 Aug 2018 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Submissions are now being accepted from current students for the 2018 Cleo and James Marston Fitch Prize. Named in honor of James Marston Fitch (1909-2000), the founder of the Columbia Historic Preservation program, this prize is awarded annually for the best paper or project completed during the first year of studies. Submissions may include projects completed by an individual or team of 2. 

    Through the generous contributions of PA members, in recent years the prize has carried a $500 award. For more information and a list of past recipients, see here.

    Send all submissions and any questions to info@preservationalumni.org by September 10th at 5:00 pm. The Fitch Prize will be awarded at the Fall Party on September 20th, so please remember to RSVP and attend!

  • 31 May 2018 9:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Preservation Alumni is seeking nominations for new board members to expand our leadership. Are you interested in joining the PA board to support our mission of enriching the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia? Send your resume and a brief note to info@preservationalumni.org. Open to alumni of all class years!

  • 17 Mar 2018 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many of our HP alum working at the New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project nominated Earl Hall as the site of meetings and dances of the Student Homophile League, the first gay student organization in the country, for the National Register of Historic Places. It was just listed this week! See their news release for more information and browse their great website that maps historic LGBT sites all over the five boroughs!

  • 28 Jan 2018 9:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Getty Conservation Institute in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism is organizing a training course on the conservation of earthen architecture and archaeological sites. The course is targeted to mid-career professionals (architects, engineers, conservator-restorers, scientists, etc.) working with earthen heritage from the North African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian regions. The course will be held in Al Ain, UAE and Nizwa, Oman from October 28th – November 22nd 2018.

    Please visit the Getty website for more information on the course including content, eligibility criteria, costs and application details.



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