Events

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

    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

    Join Preservation Alumni on Saturday, April 29th, as we partner with Green-Wood Cemetery for our annual Spring Work Day!  At present, the expected schedule is as follows:

    10-10:15AM: Coffee at Green-Wood’s restoration workshop! Perk up while we get a quick tour of the shop, an overview of ongoing restoration projects and further instructions about the day’s activities. 

    10:15AM-12:15PM: Work begins! We’ll break into small groups for cleaning of marble headstones under the guidance of Manager of Preservation & Restoration Neela Wickremesinghe (HP Class of ’11)

    12:15-12:45PM:  Headstone resetting demonstration!

    12:45PM – 1:15PM: “Trolley” Tour

    This is a great opportunity to work hands-on with fellow alums and current students and see a beautiful and historic part of NYC.  

    ** And for first-year students, Green-Wood has an open internship opportunity and a wealth of resources for possible thesis topics, so show up and network - We hope to see many of you there! **


    • 18 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Arsenal at Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue @ East 64th Street New York, NY 10065
    Join us for Preservation Alumni's annual Spring Party on Thursday, May 18, 2017. We will be presenting the third annual Preservation Alumni Leadership Award to Chicago-based architect Gunny Harboe, HP class of 1982. Gunny is the President of Harboe Architects, a firm which has worked on many Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Chicago with great success. He is also a US/ICOMOS Fellow, a founding member of DOCOMOMO_US, and holds leadership positions at an array of organizations dedicated to the preservation of the built form in Chicago. We are proud to recognize Gunny on May 18th!

    The award is given each year to recognize Columbia University Historic Preservation graduates who have significantly contributed to the field.

    We will also be presenting the Cleo and James Marston Fitch Thesis Grant. The grant is given annually to a Columbia University Historic Preservation student to cover expenses incurred in Master's thesis research.

    This year's party will be held at the Central Park Arsenal, one of two buildings within the park which predate it. The Arsenal was designed by architect Martin Thompson and built between 1847 and 1851 by New York State as a storage repository for munitions, though it has been used for park administration since 1857. 

    Please join us in recognizing the achievements of Gunny Harboe, as well as celebrate the Fitch Thesis grant awardee, and enjoy snacks and drinks with views of Central Park throughout the evening. 

    PA is also conducting a drive for used Columbia graduation gowns to donate to the Historic Preservation program for us by current and future students. Please bring your old graduation gowns to the party on May 18th for collection!

Past events

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
06 Mar 2014 THE MONUMENTS MEN MOVIE NIGHT
12 Dec 2013 MEMBERS-ONLY TOUR OF GRACE CHURCH
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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