University Graduate Continuing Fellowship (2018-2019)
Jean and Bill Booziotis Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Architectural History (2018-2019)
New-York Historical Society, Patricia and John Klingenstein Short-Term Research Fellowship (2017-2018)
Texas Architecture Foundation, San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation Fellowship Honoring Brooks Martin, FAIA (2017-2018)

Anna is a PhD candidate in Architecture and Historic Preservation and is completing her dissertation, "Preservation Professionals: American Architects and the Transatlantic Origins of Architectural Preservation, 1876-1926." Her research re-evaluates the role of the American architectural profession in the early history of architectural preservation in the United States by examining key preservation and restoration projects led by prominent architects, such as Charles F. McKim and Frank Miles Day, and their connections to European preservation practice. It illuminates how their contributions to preservation helped define architectural heritage and identity in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century United States. 
Anna continues to practice preservation with Ford, Powell & Carson Architects and Planners in her hometown of San Antonio, where she has worked for over a decade on projects at the San Antonio Mission churches. Anna served on the writing team for the official UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the San Antonio Missions, which were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2015.


  • MSc, Architectural Conservation, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • MA, Architectural History, Certificate in Historic Preservation, University of Virginia
  • BA, Art History, Southwestern University


Book Chapters 
“Ruskin, Morris, and the Arts and Crafts Idea.” In The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America, edited by Monica Penick and Christopher Long. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.

“Church of Mission San José: Using Construction History to Inform Preservation Approaches” (Co-authored with Quentin Collette, PhD). In Building Knowledge, Constructing Histories: Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018), eds. Ine Wouters, et al. London: CRC Press, 2018.

"Charles Eliot and Origins of Cultural Landscape Preservation"; "Is Landscape Heritage?" In Environmental Readings 2016, Plumeria J. Alexander, Anna Nau, and Doug Norman, editors. Austin: Center for Sustainable Development, 2016.

“Heritage and Identity in the Early Twentieth Century Preservation of the San Antonio Missions.” Arris (The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians) Vol. 28 (2017): 30-45.

"Worthy of World Heritage" (Co-authored with Rachel Wright, FAIA) Texas Architect (Vol.64, No.1 January/February 2014): 78-83. View issue

"English-American Identity and the Gothic Revival: The Episcopal Churches of St. James the Less and St. Mark's, Philadelphia." Nineteenth Century (Vol.33, No.1 Spring 2013): 10-19.



photo of Anna Nau
  • Historic Preservation History and Theory; Historic Preservation Practice; Nineteenth-century Architecture; World Heritage