Happy New Year! Cheers to a 2022 filled with friends, family, good health, and preservation successes! 
News from Campus: 
Columbia Student Workers Still on Strike 
PA wishes to inform our members that the Student Workers of Columbia – whose members include students in the Historic Preservation masters and PhD programs – remain on strike. They are striking for core demands including a living wage, dental insurance, and neutral third-party arbitration, including for cases of harassment against student workers. Columbia made an unprecedentedly high $3.3 billion in net assets during the pandemic, while faculty, staff, and student workers experienced pay freezes and austerity.

Based on these demands, student workers have been on strike since November 3. The Student Workers state that “This is not a strike against faculty; it is a strike against Columbia administrators for the way they have treated all academic workers in this institution.”

The striking workers are not being paid. If you wish to support the workers to help them pay their bills and handle financial emergencies, you can donate to their hardship fund.

Preservation Alumni Award Recipients 

Preservation Alumni recently awarded two prizes to two second-year students!

  1.  PA awarded the Fitch Thesis Grant to Preme Chaiyatham to assist with costs associated with her thesis “And There was Light: The use of projection mapping for historic preservation.”
  2. PA awarded the Fitch Prize to Lindsay Papke for her paper “The Lasting Effects of the Aramco Compound on the Built Environment of Saudi Arabia.”

Congratulations to Preme and Lindsay!

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Job & Internship Opportunities 

If you are a PA member, remember to check out our Career Opportunities page for up-to-date job and internship postings! Please email info@preservationalumni.org if you would like PA to post your career or internship opening! 


Executive Director 
Historic Districts Council (New York, New York)
The Executive Director will serve as the principal leader, advocate, and fundraiser for HDC with overall responsibilities for all its activities including advocacy, education, development, communications, finance, and general operations. Compensation ranges from $115,000-$125,000+, commensurate with experience. Read more here!

Executive Director 
Save Harlem Now! (New York, New York)
This position will be responsible for creating and implementing strategies that will safeguard Harlem’s existing historic districts and individual landmarks; be an advocate for greatly expanded landmarks protection through additional designations and contextual zoning; and be an educated voice for sound preservation policies in Harlem and New York City. Starting salary is $62,500. Read more here!
GIS Specialist
Preservation Society of Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina)
As a member of the Advocacy Department, you will support our community outreach and research initiatives using GIS databases and tools to narrate the importance of the Lowcountry’s historic resources and cultural history to inform government decision-making. Of special importance will be supporting our new strategic initiatives focused on growth, tourism management, and flooding. Salary range is $55,000-65,000. Read more here!
Public Policy Associate
New York Landmarks Conservancy (New York, New York)
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is accepting applications for the position of Public Policy Associate. This role will report to the Director of Public Policy and the President. Salary range is $65,000 – $71,000. Read more here!
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Calls for Submissions & Nominations 
Vernacular Architecture Forum 2022 Annual Meeting
The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper and poster proposals for its 43rd Annual Conference, May 18 to May 21, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. Papers may address topics relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide and how people use these sites. Deadline extended to January 5, 2022!

Additionally, VAF announces two awards to support attendance at its 2022 annual meeting:
1) The Access Award supports first-time attendance at a VAF annual meeting in an effort to bring fresh voices to the study of vernacular buildings and landscapes. Apply by January 15, 2022!
2) The Ambassadors Awards provide funding for student groups (undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, with a faculty sponsor, to attend VAF’s annual conference. Apply by February 1, 2022!

Vernacular Architecture Forum 2022 Bishir Prize
VAF is also accepting nominations for the Bishir Prize, named for longtime member and influential scholar Catherine W. Bishir. The prize is awarded annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2022. Learn more here!
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.
Out of The Shadows: Reinterpreting a National Trust Historic Site
Read here about how one National Trust Historic Site is developing a new interpretive plan that fully acknowledges its past. The Shadows-on-the-Teche is the only site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the Gulf South and one of only four further south geographically than Virginia.
Grants Available Through the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

If you or someone you know has a historic place such as a site, museum, or landscape representing African American cultural heritage, submit your Letters of Intent by January 14, 2022 for grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000. Apply and learn more here!

PA Entertainment:
What else we’re reading, listening to, touring, & attending… 

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