The Student Historic Preservation Association (SHPA) is an educational, departmental organization dedicated to the advancement of the preservation field and related areas of study through activities that include volunteering, advocacy, community outreach, extracurricular scholarship, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

SHPA membership is open to all students at the University of Texas at Austin. We have a collective goal to contribute to the School of Architecture and UT as a whole, creating partnerships of opportunity, understanding, and advancement across disciplines.

Contact us at for more information on membership and upcoming events.


  • Rosa Fry, President
  • Karen Kincaid Brady, Vice President
  • Morgan Quirk, New Student Liaison
  • Hanbaek Park, Event Coordinator
  • Rachel Rettaliata, Social Media Director
  • Meghan King, Public Relations Strategist


  • On April 6, 2017, SHPA sponsered their annual Preservation Mixer in partnership with APT. Students gathered with local preservation professionals and advocates to enjoy a social evening in a stunningly restored Congress Avenue home. 
  • On March 31, 2017 SHPA hosted a luncheon with Career Services to help students learn how to discover and apply for their ideal careers and internships.
  • SHPA members volunteered as docents during MidTexMod's annual Tour Day in San Antonio - part of a national event organized by DoCoMoMo to raise awareness and appreciation for 20th century architecture and design.
  • SHPA is teaming up with Preservation Austin for an ongoing series - Jugging and Jawing: Historic Austin Happy Hours - to gather students, local professionals, and lovers of architecture and cultural heritage at historic venues throughout Austin.
  • On April 12, 2016, SHPA, the Architectural Conservation Lab, and UTSOA Career Services hosted David Fixler, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, for a historic preservation lecture: "Innovation Becomes Tradition: Institutional Heritage and the renewal of Modern architecture." 


Preservation Mixer
UTSOA Historic Preservation Students at the annual Preservation Mixer in April, 2017.

Students with their AM Posters

A&M CHC Symposium Posters
Students Kelsey Riddle, Lori Martin, YJ Kim, & Kate Clarke presented their posters at the Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation Symposium in March, 2017


Scholtz Garten
On January 20, 2017, students gathered at historic Scholz Garten in downtown Austin for a happy hour with fellow students and professors, and local Preservation Professionals.