Landmarks Collections Assistant

Ali is a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Historic Preservation with a concentration on architectural conservation. Throughout her studies, Ali has worked with the Edgar Miller Legacy, Chicago; the University Presbyterian Church, Austin; and the City of Dallas, completing condition and finish analysis projects on a variety of buildings and materials. Currently, Ali works as the collections assistant at Landmarks, UT’s public art program, where she is responsible for performing monthly condition reports and minor conservation treatments on a collection of forty-plus indoor and outdoor sculptures. Ali also holds a graduate research assistant position through the Historic Preservation Department.
Prior to entering graduate school, Ali spent time working as both a conservation technician and craftsperson. This combination has allowed her to develop hand-skills in traditional techniques as well as an understanding of conservation practices and ethics. A majority of her previous work and research is centered on decorative glass windows, their technological development, degradation mechanisms, and preservation. The focus of her current research centers on the treatment of fire-damaged, opalescent stained glass from the 19th and 20th century for which she has been the recipient of the American Glass Guild, James C. Whitney Scholarship; the Stained Glass Association of America, Dorothy L. Maddy Academic Scholarship; and the APT Texas, Educational Grant.
 

Education

M.S.H.P. candidate
University of Texas at Austin, anticipated 2020
 
Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation
The University of Arizona, 2019
 
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art Conservation
Studio Arts College International, 2015
 
B.A. in Art History and B.S. in Anthropology
Loyola University, Chicago, 2012
 

Organizations

American Glass Guild, student member
APT, Texas Chapter, student member
National Trust for Historic Preservation, student member
AIC, student member
AIC, Emerging Conservation Professionals Network, Austin Liaison
 

Awards

APT, Texas Chapter, Educational Grant. 2020
Dorothy L. Maddy Academic Scholarship, Stained Glass Association of America. 2020                                                                 
James C. Whitney Scholarship, American Glass Guild. 2020                                                                                                             
Emerging Professional’s Scholarship, MRCG. 2017                                                                                                                           
The Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium Scholarship. 2017