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  • 05 Oct 2012 11:16 AM | Anonymous member
    The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) is looking for a new Director/CEO.  Check out PA's career opportunities page.
  • 07 Jun 2012 9:52 AM | Anonymous member

    Sunday, June 10 @ 10 a.m.

    Bike Tour of Historic Morningside Heights

    Gather at St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave at W. 112th Street

    Subway: Broadway Local to 110th/ Cathedral Station For more info:

    Get the ins and outs by the seat of your bike as you travel around one of NYC's most scenicundefinedand significantundefinedneighborhoods. Get the inside scoop on Olmsted’s parks, Grant's Tomb, Columbia University, Saint John the Divine, and a host of other institutions that made Morningside Heights the quintessential “Acropolis of the New World" by the turn of the twentieth century. Architectural Historian Gregory Dietrich and Adam Cohn will lead this cycle-delic tour which promises to leave no cornerstone unturned.

  • 06 Mar 2012 9:43 AM | Anonymous member
    See PA's Career Opportunities page for more details.
  • 03 Mar 2012 12:28 PM | Anonymous member
    Check out PA's Career Opportunities page for details.
  • 07 Feb 2012 4:17 PM | Anonymous member
    Dear Alumni,

    I am writing to tell you the very sad news that our dear colleague Yoshiko Sato died on Sunday, February 5 after a long illness.  Yoshiko joined GSAPP’s faculty in 1999 and ran the JAPAN Lab-SEARC.  Teaching here was a very important part of Yoshiko’s life, as she was of ours.  It allowed her to fulfill her lifelong pursuit to repair the world through design and passion for exploring design in a world beyond ours.  Her groundbreaking work in this field led to collaborations with NASA, international scientists, engineers, artists and others around the globe.

    Yoshiko’s funeral services will be private; those wishing to honor her may donate to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

    Condolences can be sent to her husband and partner, Michael Morris, at:
    Morris Sato Studio
    219 East 12th Street, 1st Fl.
    New York, New York 10003

    We want to recognize Yoshiko’s contribution to our school and will let everyone know when arrangements for this have been confirmed.  She will be very much missed.

    Mark Wigley
  • 24 Jan 2012 11:54 PM | Anonymous member
    For Preservation Alumni, 2011 brought a new website, a 30th anniversary celebration, numerous well-attended alumni events, and a half-dozen new board members. With 2012 now upon us, we’re planning new ways to enhance PA’s engagement with its impressive network of alumni, so stay tuned.

    But first, some big news: PA has a new Board President. Ben Baccash (class of 2010) was chosen to assume the mantle of leadership from outgoing President Cleary Larkin (class of 2007). He is currently a Development Assistant at World Monuments Fund (WMF). While at Columbia he concentrated on preservation policy and land use law, with an emphasis on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and its enforcement procedures. The Board looks forward to achieving new goals with Ben.

    Preservation Alumni is truly indebted to Cleary after 6 years of dedication on the Board. She brought an infectious enthusiasm and “can-do” spirit to her role as president. Under her leadership PA has undeniably strengthened its mission and broadened its outreach. We wish her best of luck in all of her endeavors.

    We also tip our hats to Mikel Travisano (class of 2005), who is stepping down as the Board’s Vice President after several years of dutiful service. His presence at Board meetings will be missed. Bob Hartman (class of 1979) has agreed to fill Mikel’s shoes. Thank you to both of you!
  • 24 Jan 2012 11:49 PM | Anonymous member
    Norman Weiss began his teaching career in the Preservation Program in 1977. This fall will mark his 35th year and it coincides with the conference on Stone Conservation that is being hosted this year by GSAPP. The Program will honor Norman during the conference for his contributions to the field and his dedication as a teacher. A fund has been set up in his name–the Norman Weiss Education Fund– to both improve the facilities in the conservation laboratory and help conservators in private practice attend the conference.
    Norman was a mentor and teacher to many of us alumni. Any contribution to this fund would be most appreciated. Checks can be made out to “The Historic Preservation Education Fund” (with “Norman Weiss Education Fund” written on the lower left of the check) and sent to:

    Richard Pieper 
    Jan Hird Pokorny Associates 
    39 West 37th Street, Floor 12A 
    New York, NY 10018 
    For questions, contact Richard Pieper: 212-759-6462
  • 24 Jan 2012 11:36 PM | Anonymous member
    In November, current students and alumni of the Historic Preservation Program mingled under the magnificent coffered ceiling of the Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory. It was clearly apparent that many of us are engaged in some very exciting preservation-related projects. In fact, the very building in which we were gathered is currently undergoing substantial rehabilitation, much involving the expertise and handiwork of many of our fellow alumni. They include Kirsten Reoch, Senior Project Director for the Armory; Bridgitte Cook, Project Architect with Platt Byard Dovell White (PBDW); Debora Barros, also with PBDW; Ray Pepi, principal-in-charge of the conservation consultant firm Building Conservation Associates (BCA); Claudia Kavenagh, project manager with BCA; Erica Morasset and Amanda Stauffer, team members with BCA; Chris Girr, project architect with Walter B. Melvin Architects, the exterior restoration consultant; and Lizzie Olson, project member for Robert Silman Associates, the structural engineer. Congrats to the Columbia Preservation team for their great work!

    Visit PA’s Flickr page to see photos from the event.
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