SPOTLIGHT: Preservation Alumni

Since 1977, Preservation Alumni (PA) has been advising and assisting students, faculty, and alumni of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University. Formally organized in 1982, they continue to bring together members from around the world and take an active interest in advancing preservation as a diverse field of public and professional endeavors. They are the largest preservation alumni association in the United States and their members have collectively helped preserve countless monuments and sites around the world.

Members of PA on a behind-the-scenes tour of the exterior restoration work at the iconic Woolworth Building 
Preservation Alumni is a non-profit corporation that provides support and networking opportunities to their members and the preservation community. They work with the students and Columbia's Historic Preservation program to enhance student experience, as well as offer mentoring, scholarship, and career development assistance. PA members are exposed to a wide network of alumni, preservation professionals, and students who collaborate on current issues though regular social, educational, and volunteer activities. PA also works to share knowledge with the community through news updates, job opportunities, grants, and fellowships.

PA sponsors a variety of events throughout the year that focus on the work of fellow alumni, promote preservation causes, and strengthen professional relationships within the field. Additionally, they offer prizes, grants, and awards that recognize exceptional student work and highlight achievements of distinguished alumni in the profession.
PA 2018 Leadership Award presented to Kevin Sarring (center)  

PA's annual Spring Party, celebrating the recipients of the Preservation Alumni Leadership Award and Cleo and James Marston Fitch Thesis Grant, will be on Thursday, May 16th at the historic Stonewall Inn. All are welcome to attend. For more information and to register, click here.

NPC is thrilled to have had Preservation Alumni as a Virtual Office group since 2014. For more information about our virtual offices and workstations, please visit our website