Stephanie is a 2015 graduate of the Historic Preservation master's program. While at UT, she served as a Coordinator for the Career Services office, Graduate Teaching Assistant for Construction I and Creative Problem Solving, Graduate Research Assistant for the Architecture & Planning Library, and Dean's Ambassador for UTSOA.

Stephanie Phillips is a Senior Specialist with the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, where she helps facilitate the design review process and contributes to the development of projects and policies centered around San Antonio’s many historic and cultural resources. She leads the Rehabber Club initiative, which provides hands-on training opportunities in an effort to make repair and restoration skills more accessible and affordable to all. Additionally, she is currently spearheading the City's deconstruction & salvage policy initiative, which aims to maximize material salvage and reuse opportunities from older structures while achieving key sustainability and waste diversion goals. Previously, she worked as a Project Design Assistant for the State Preservation Board in Austin, where she helped manage the 2016 Exterior Preservation Project of the Texas State Capitol building.
 
In addition to her role with the City, Stephanie is committed to serving organizations at the local, state, and national level, including the fundraising event committee of the Power of Preservation Foundation (POP); the Reuse Council of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR); the national board of Build Reuse; and the Executive Committee of Preservation Action.
 
In May 2019, Stephanie was selected as a POCACITO (Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow) Fellow, which brings emerging environmental leaders from the U.S. to Germany to foster international collaboration relating to environmental policy and sustainable development. Her professional and extracurricular work aims to strengthen the cooperative relationship between preservation and sustainability professionals, particularly those focused on circular economy policy, climate resiliency and equity, and embodied carbon in the built environment. Stephanie is also interested in progressive federal policy related to the protection of our shared cultural and environmental resources and attends Preservation Action's National Advocacy Week in Washington, DC, annually.

 

EDUCATION

Master of Science in Historic Preservation
The University of Texas at Austin, 2015

Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
 

PRESENTATIONS

"Achieving Heritage and Sustainability Goals through Local Deconstruction Policy." Presentation at the Build Reuse Deconstruction & Reuse Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, October 28, 2019.

​​"Game Changers in Texas: Technology and Policy Advancing Construction & Demolition Material Management." Panel presentation session at the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Summit in San Antonio, TX, October 8, 2019.

"Beyond Design Review: Building Community Support and Engagement." Paper session co-presented with Cory Edwards at the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions (NAPC) FORUM Conference in Des Moines, IA, July 21, 2018.

"Restored by Light: Using Policy and Technology to Facilitate Interpretation and Community Engagement with World Heritage Sites." Paper session at the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and National Trust of Canada Joint Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 14, 2017.

"Capitol Complexes and Town Squares: The Value of Taking a Cultural Landscape Approach with Historic Civic Architecture." Paper session at the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Conference in San Antonio, TX, November 1, 2016.

"Building Austin: The History of the Calcasieu Lumber Company." Lecture at Preservation Austin's annual Greening Your Vintage Home event, Austin, TX, July 12, 2016.

"Connect + Collaborate: Building Meaningful Relationships Between Alumni and Students." Lecture co-presented with Garrett Loontjer and Lisa DeLosso at the U.S. Higher Education Career Service and Alumni Engagement Strategies seminar in Austin, TX, September 22, 2015. Sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission.

 

ORGANIZATIONS & SERVICE

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), Reuse Council member (appointed November 2019)

STAR is a 501(c)3 recycling organization whose mission is to advance recycling through partnerships, education, and advocacy for the benefit of Texas.

Build Reuse, Board Member (elected June 2019) and Conference Planning Committee Member

Build Reuse is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to empower communities to turn construction waste into local resources.

Preservation Action, Executive Committee (Vice Chair, Membership Committee, elected March 2019) and Board Member

Preservation Action is a 501(c)4 that serves as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation.

Association for Preservation Technology - Texas Chapter, Executive Committee (Secretary, elected February 2018) and Regional Director

APT aims to cultivate the exchange of technical preservation knowledge throughout the international community.

Power of Preservation Foundation (POP), Fundraising Events Committee

POP seeks to promote the literal “power” of preservation in San Antonio through trades education, local partnerships, and events.

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  • Circular economy policy, building material salvage and reuse, climate heritage, heritage trades education, right to repair policy, designing for deconstruction, sustainable development, urban equity