Membership in PA is open to students and graduates of the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University and those interested in the purposes for which PA is organized.

Members enjoy:

  • Member-only tours, lectures & parties
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to PA’s extensive member directory & online career opportunities page
  • News updates regarding the Program and fellow alumni

Current Programs

Program Enhancement Fund

Preservation Alumni makes periodic grants to students currently enrolled in Columbia University’s Historic Preservation program. Recently, the funds have been used to cover travel, registration fees, accommodations, or other expenses related to attending or participating in a professional preservation-related conference.

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Mentorship Program

Some of the most valuable and integral components of the Program’s offerings geared towards professional development are the formal and informal opportunities to network with the Program’s alumni.

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Adolf K. Placzek Fund

Established in 1983 as the Avery Library Committee, PA has helped the Rare Books Collection at Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library acquire primary source materials related to the history of building technology in the United States.

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PA Leadership Award

The Historic Preservation program at Columbia University is well known for being the first graduate program in the United States, but it is the individuals associated with the Program that add to its prestige. On this page we are highlighting the achievements of distinguished alumni who have gone on to become leaders in the preservation profession and have received the Preservation Alumni Leadership Award, which was started in 2015.

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Fitch Thesis Grant

The Cleo and James Marston Fitch Thesis Grant was established in 2001 through an endowment by the estate of James Marston Fitch (1909-2000). It is given annually to a Columbia University Historic Preservation student to cover expenses incurred during research for their Master’s thesis.

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Fitch Prize

Named in honor of James Marston Fitch (1909-2000), the founder of the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University, this prize is awarded annually for the best paper or project completed during the first year of studies.

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