Preservation Alumni

April 2024 Newsletter

Spring has sprung! And with that, the board of Preservation Alumni is delighted to bring back our newsletter. We want to acknowledge our hiatus over the past two years and thank you for staying in touch with us through other communication and at events. If you are interested in helping continue the effort to keep up a regularly scheduled newsletter, we would encourage you to reach out and see more about this and other opportunities below in our Get More Involved! section.
Upcoming Events: 
Spring Work Day & Mentor Mingle
2024 Work Day @ Green-Wood Cemetery
April 21, 2024, 10:30am

Neela Wickremesinghe, HP Class of ’11 and Director of Preservation and Restoration at Green-Wood, will be our guide. We will learn about the ongoing restoration projects at the historic cemetery and participate in the cleaning, resetting, and pointing of a section of the cemetery. Light refreshments will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to work hands-on with fellow alums and current students and see a beautiful and historic part of NYC. Come join us! The event will be capped at 20 people.
Register here. 
Mentor Mingle
Matches have been made! We want to extend a big THANK YOU for all those participating in this new year of mentoring as well as all our past mentors and mentees. This year, we are planning to bring back an in-person Mentor Mingle event. Please stay tuned for updates and information if you are current participant in the program. 
Get More Involved!
Open Call for New Preservation Alumni Board Members

Preservation Alumni is seeking interested alumni from all class years to join our board to fill several open Board seats. Are you interested in getting more involved with Preservation Alumni and helping forge connections across Columbia’s preservation community? Contribute to PA as a Board Member at Large! 

New members attend monthly virtual PA board meetings, join at least 1 PA committee, and help coordinate PA activities. We are especially looking for people interested in leading the newsletter (like this one!), serving on the Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative, and assisting with the Placzek Fund.

If you are interested in joining the PA board, please send a resume and brief statement of interest to

Results are in: 
Avery Library Survey 
Last fall, the PA Board asked that you take part in a survey designed to assist the staff of Avery Library as they work to diversify their collection. We’re pleased to announce that the results of the survey are now available here.

We thank the members who took the time to complete the survey. We are sharing the information with Avery staff, and we will be following up soon with those members who noted that they would be interested in assisting further.

We welcome any questions or comments you have! If you haven’t provided your contact information already but would like to be involved further, please do let us know by emailing PA at

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Spring 2024 Program Enhancement Fund
New – Now being offered to early career professionals!

PA is now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 Program Enhancement Fund. For the first time, these grants may be awarded to students currently enrolled in Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program and early career professionals who graduated from the Program within the past five years. These grants may be used to fund travel, registration fees, accommodations, or other expenses related to attending or participating in a professional preservation-related conference or event in 2024.

Grants may be used toward either future conferences, or conferences attended within the last few months. Typical grant amounts will range from $250 – $500. Up to two grants will be awarded in a single application period to students and/or recent graduates.

Please send all submissions in PDF format, as well as any questions, to by May 1, 2024. Submissions must include the following:

  1. Contact Information: Name, contact information, and year of graduation.
  2. Description of relevance of the conference to current projects, thesis research, interests, those applicants who clearly demonstrate the benefit of conference attendance to their work and/or studies.
  3. Proposal: Conference information and anticipated participation (attendee, speaker, etc). Preference will be given
  4. Budget: Please indicate the amount requested.
Promoting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion:
Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative Updates

Earlier this year, we created a compilation of profiles of alumni, to highlight the wide variety of career paths – and salary ranges –  that can include preservation, with a particular focus on jobs that support underserved communities. Stay tuned, as we hope to expand the number of participants in the future! You can access the current compilation here. (member log in required)

As noted earlier in this newsletter, we received 55 responses to the survey that we developed to solicit ideas to help Avery Library diversify their collection. Thanks to all of you who responded! We compiled the results and have shared them with Avery Library staff. We plan to meet with the staff soon to discuss the findings. We also plan to follow up with PA members who expressed a desire to get more involved.  A report on the findings of the survey is available here.

After a number of unavoidable delays, our Alumni Speaker Series, created to educate Columbia students about career paths that further equity and inclusion within preservation practice, finally kicks off this spring! Rachel Erikson (PA Board member) will moderate a conversation between Lauren Hoogkamer (’13 HP/UP) and students. If you expressed interest in the past in participating, we will be in touch about future conversations.

If you haven’t told us already, and you are interested in taking part in any of these initiatives, please reach out to us at

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Upcoming Conferences
Please keep in mind, the Program Enhancement Fund is available for those wishing to attend these and other conferences.
April 17-21, 2024
The Society of Architectural Historians invites you to meet us in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for five days of intellectual exchange, professional networking, community building, and expert-led tours of the region’s architecture and landscapes. Registration is still open! 
PastForward National Preservation Conference 2024
October 28-30, 2024
Save the date for PastForward 2024 in New Orleans, October 28-30 at the Sheraton New Orleans, Louisiana. PastForward 2024 will kick off a celebration of the 75th> anniversary of the National Trust and the evolving practice of preservation in one of the country’s most historic cities. Joining us will be the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans celebrating its 50th anniversary, Main Street Louisiana marking its 40th anniversary, and the National Center for Preservation Trades and Technology founded 30 years ago. Sign up to receive updates on the conference and we’ll let you know when more details are confirmed.
APT Montréal 2024
November 12-16, 2024
Mark your calendars for the next upcoming conference already in the planning stages.
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Job Opportunities Below is a sampling of job opportunities submitted to Preservation Alumni. To see all open positions, become a Preservation Alumni member to access the Career Opportunities portal. This portal is updated as members of the Preservation Alumni community send in job opportunities. To submit an open position, please email Submissions for positions outside of the New York area are welcomed and encouraged. No unpaid internships or postings without compensation information will be posted. 

Conservator, Worcester Eisenbrandt
Worcester Eisenbrandt, a specialist in historic restoration, is looking for an experienced Conservator with professional experience in project management, in media such as brick, bronze, aluminum, and wood.
Manager of Historic Preservation, Cushing Terrell
Cushing Terrell is seeking a team member to manage projects throughout the United States. You will be called upon to lead architectural project development teams, in partnership with talented designers, engineers, and business professionals across our 14 offices.

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