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 currently a Senior Specialist with the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation. She leads the Rehabber Club initiative and the City's deconstruction & salvage policy initiative, the latter 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, national, and international levels, including the board of the Power of Preservation Foundation (POP); the Reuse Council Steering Committee of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR); the national board of Build Reuse; the national board of Preservation Action; and an international workgroup of the Climate Heritage Network.
 
In May 2019, Stephanie was selected as a POCACITO (Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow) in Germany Fellow focused on circular economy policy. She is a 2020 Fellow of the New Leaders Council - San Antonio chapter. 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. 

 

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

"Picking Up the Pieces: Deconstruction's Role in Heritage Conservation." Paper and presentation, co-authored with Shanon Shea Miller, for the 8th National Forum on Historic Preservation Policy, Virtual, April 16, 2021. 

"Making the Case for Building Reuse through Better Metrics for Avoided, Operational and Embodied Carbon." Panel presentation at Culture x Climate 2020 Global Forum, Virtual, November 13, 2020.

"Planning for Climate Change and Cultural Heritage." Panel presentation at the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions (NAPC) FORUM Conference, Virtual, August 7, 2020.

"A Culture of Reuse: Deconstruction and Historic Preservation." Presentation for the Bay Area Deconstruction Workgroup, Virtual, May 6, 2020. 

"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 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." Panel presentation 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.

photo of Stephanie Phillips
  • Circular economy policy, building material salvage and reuse, climate heritage, heritage trades education, right to repair policy, designing for deconstruction, embodied carbon, urban equity