Preservation Alumni

April 2022 Newsletter

April showers bring May…events with Preservation Alumni! We cannot wait to see you virtually, in person, or both! 
Upcoming Events:
Preservation Leadership Awards & Members Only Tour
(Virtual) Preservation Leadership Awards
May 4, 2022 at 7:30pm EST
Members Only Tour: House of the Redeemer
May 17, 2022 at 6:00pm EST
There’s still time to register to celebrate Erica Avrami at the 2022 Preservation Leadership Awards! Join us over Zoom on Wednesday May 4th at 7:30pm to honor Erica Avrami, this year’s award recipient. REGISTER HERE

Have a special message to share with Erica in a video during the event? Please upload a 15-30 second video here by May 2nd (deadline extended)!

Spots remain for PA’s first members only tour since 2019 which will take place at House of the Redeemer on the Upper East Side (7 East 95th Street), a mansion described as a “hidden gem in New York City.” REGISTER HERE

This tour is reserved for members and limited to 15 people. Become a member here! The venue will require proof of vaccination and masks.

Opportunity to Participate:
New Alumni Speaker Series 
Do you do preservation work in underserved communities?
Does your firm do projects that support diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Are you interested in sharing your experiences with students at Columbia?
Preservation Alumni’s Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative is partnering with the HP Program to start a new Alumni Speaker Series devoted to conversations about preservation projects that are related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The series will provide opportunities for alumni to engage virtually or in person with current students in a relaxed, informal setting. It’s a great opportunity to share your invaluable experience and knowledge with the students!

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to with a brief description of relevant work that you do by May 24th. You are also welcome to email any questions you might have.

Conference Assistance Grant Recipient:
Luxi Yang ’22
Congratulations to second-year HP student Luxi Yang for receiving Preservation Alumni’s Conference Assistance Grant. This grant, awarded to students currently enrolled in Columbia University’s Historic Preservation program, may be used to fund travel, registration fees, accommodations, or other expenses related to attending or participating in a professional preservation-related conference.

Through support from this grant, Luxi will attend two international preservation conferences. Luxi has spent almost five years exploring ways of preserving traditional carpentry crafts, construction methods, and vernacular architecture research and preservation, and she hopes to present a paper on timber structures in China.

Promoting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion:
Recommendations from PA’s Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative
The Anti-Racism/Equity Initiative is committed to engaging with DEI issues through discussions, events, and the sharing of information. As a part of this effort and in response to members’ requests that we provide relevant educational resources, check this section each month for recommendations on how to actively engage with current DEI conversations in preservation.
Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and the American Dream Children’s Book Reading
Event Details: 
St Paul’s Chapel
Columbia University
Saturday, May 21, 2022
1:00-2:00pm EST
Join APT Northeast for a special family event of the reading of Immigrant Architect: Rafael Guastavino and the American Dream. One of the authors, Kent Diebolt, will read excerpts of this children’s book surrounded by one of Rafael Guastavino’s most significant installations at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University. Children of all ages are invited and children under 18 years old will receive a free book that can be signed by Kent after the reading. More information and registration here.
Columbia University to Memorialize Its Historic Past of Slavery and Racism
Read the article by Veronica Miller here! She reports, “Columbia University is set to add historical markers to four of its residence halls this coming fall that the university claims will be used to acknowledge legacies of slavery and racism and to commemorate African American Students.”
PA Entertainment:
What else we’re reading, listening to, touring, & attending… 

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