As a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, I am pursuing a Master of Science in Historic Preservation with an emphasis in materials conservation and a particular interest in finishes, 20th century materials and wood. I earned a BA in Urban Studies with a concentration in architecture from Barnard College in 2007 and completed a thesis focusing on the controversy behind the removal of Richard Serra's "Tilted Arc" from its site in NYC. My work has included outdoor sculpture condition assessments, treatment and maintenance; historic structure documentation, material analysis and condition assessments; generation of CAD drawings for documentation and construction; and archival research and National Register nominations. I have presented projects at both national and international conferences and am currently working on a thesis studying 20th century site specific wood building materials and the ethics behind their conservation treatments.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies (Concentration in Architecture), Barnard College, 2007
  • Master of Science in Historic Preservation (Emphasis in Materials Conservation), The University of Texas at Austin, Expected 2016
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