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Kathryn Clarke

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Kate focused on a diverse knoweldge set while at UT Austin, taking classes and researching in topics such as Finance for Social Innovation at the School of Public Policy, Materials Conservation, Mexican Architectural History and Preservation, Preservation Law and Planning, and the use of innovative databases for cultural heritage inventories.  For her masters thesis, she received several sources of funding to travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania, to research historic architecture in the World Heritage Site, and to learn KiSwahili in order to communicate with the local community about the topic.  Her thesis is titled Heritage Documentation & the Doors of Zanzibar, and is available online through the University of Texas Libraries.  Before graduate school at UT, she graduated cumma sum laude from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Ceramics, and she also served 27 months as an aquaculture Peace Corps Volunteer in central Zambia.  She currently lives in New Orleans, Louisana, and is working for Bayou Preservation, LLC, as a masonry conservator.

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Kathleen Conti

Teaching Assistant

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Izabella Dennis

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

As a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, I am pursuing a Master of Science in Historic Preservation with an emphasis in materials conservation and a particular interest in finishes, 20th century materials and wood. I earned a BA in Urban Studies with a concentration in architecture from Barnard College in 2007 and completed a thesis focusing on the controversy behind the removal of Richard Serra's "Tilted Arc" from its site in NYC. My work has included outdoor sculpture condition assessments, treatment and maintenance; historic structure documentation, material analysis and condition assessments; generation of CAD drawings for documentation and construction; and archival research and National Register nominations. I have presented projects at both national and international conferences and am currently working on a thesis studying 20th century site specific wood building materials and the ethics behind their conservation treatments.

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Vishal Joshi

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Vishal is a Master’s student in the Historic Preservation Program. He has a background in architecture and has received his degree from the University of Mumbai in India. His interest in history and conservation is clearly reflected in his undergraduate thesis where he concentrated his study and design on how history, memory and migration can affect, shape and influence today’s dynamic neighbourhoods and in a similar context help preserve its unique way of life.

After receiving his B.Arch. he worked professionally as a junior architect in an international architecture firm, where he assisted in developing designs for villas, community centres, townships and was also responsible for designing brochures/ reports for his clients. His interest in history made him change his course and then he joined a Conservation Architect in Mumbai, where he worked as a senior architect. This leap inspired him to consider Historic Preservation as his future career.


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Jessica Kulow

Sr Student Associate

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography) | Myers School of Art, The University of Akron 
Master of Science Historic Preservation | School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin | expected 2016
SHPA officer | Event Coordinator 2015-16
HP Program | Website Design & Curator 2015
SOA Visual Resources Collection | Teaching Assisant 2014-16

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Andrew Leith

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Hometown: Chicago
Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago
                          Major: Anthropology, focus: Archaeology & Museology
                          Minors: Art History & Studio Art
Graduate: University of Chicago
                 Historical Archaeology
Professional: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
                      Anthropology Collections Management
Current Graduate studies: Historical Preservation 

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Johanna Molander

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Master of Science,
 Historic Preservation
The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Engineering with honors, Structural Engineering with Architecture
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Anna Nau

Ph.D. in Architecture

Anna is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Architecture and Historic Preservation. Her dissertation, "American Architects and the Transatlantic Origins of Architectural Preservation, 1876-1926," examines how and to what extent American architects engaged in early preservation theory, advocacy, and practice, arguing they played a more significant, or at least complex, role in the promotion and practice of preservation by the 1920s than has been previously acknowledged, and were part of a transatlantic intellectual network of architects concerned with safeguarding historic buildings and sites. 
Anna has worked as an architectural historian and architectural conservator with Ford, Powell & Carson Architects and Planners in her hometown of San Antonio for over a decade. Prior to coming to UT, she contributed to numerous conditions assessment reports, historic structure reports, and master plans for historic sites. She also served as a project manager for preservation and conservation projects at the San Antonio Mission churches. Anna served on the writing team for the official UNESCO World Heritage nomination document of the San Antonio Missions, which were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2015.
Anna is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), and the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS). She was co-chair for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) and was a local planning committee member for the 2016 APT Conference, both held in San Antonio.

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Magdalena Novoa

Ph.D. in Architecture

Magdalena is a Ph.D. candidate in Historic Preservation. Her research interests involve heritage as a socio-cultural process, community-based heritage and planning, and the politics of inclusion and memory in Latin America. She is a founding member of Aldea, a non-profit architecture, education, and participation organization based in Chile and the UK, and of Open House Santiago (Chile) the largest architecture festival in the city, giving free public access to 70+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend each year.

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Stephanie Phillips

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

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.

Currently, Stephanie is a Senior Historic Preservation Specialist with the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation. Her role facilitates the design review process and contributes to the development of community-based projects centered around the city's many historic resources. Prior to joining the OHP team, Stephanie served as a Project Design Assistant with the State Preservation Board in Austin, primarily in the coordination and execution of the 2016 Exterior Preservation Project of the Texas State Capitol building. During that time, she assessed the condition of over 400 of the Capitol's historic wood windows, monitored project progress in the field, and advocated for the implementation of new technologies into traditional processes, which resulted in the integration of digital modeling and 3D printing technology into the replication of original brass hardware dating to 1888.

In 2016, Stephanie joined the inaugural class of ARCUS leadership fellows, organized by the Preservation50 Coalition. She is the San Antonio Regional Director for the Texas Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI).

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Rachel Rettaliata

Sr Student Associate for Study Abroad Admin Team

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Rachel is a graduate student in Historic Preservation. She recieved her undergraduate degree in history and international affairs from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she published an article on the history of suburbanization in Baltimore. She worked with her home state's nonprofit preservation organization, Preservation Maryland, as a research and advocacy intern and gained experience lobbying for preservation positive legislation at the Maryland State House and on Capitol Hill.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, Rachel served as a Fulbright Student Researcher in the Republic of Moldova. In Moldova, Rachel conducted archival research on the history of public monuments, preservation policy, and national identity construction. Working with Moldova's national preservation agency, she also designed and implemented a preservation outreach campaign which reached over 200,000 Moldovans and provided a platform for the public to celebrate their diverse cultural heritage.

At UT Austin, Rachel is a Graduate Assistant in the International Office tasked with researching and writing for the Mexico Roadmap Manual, a project funded by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to promote increased programming for Mexico study abroad. The manual was published in February 2018. She is currently the Social Media Director for the Student Historic Preservation Association.

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Kelsey Riddle


Master of Science in Historic Preservation

BA History | University of Central Arkansas 2014
MS Historic Preservation | Expected May 2017

Kelsey is a Historic Preservation student and a TA at the Visual Resources Collection. Her research interests include music venue preservation, urban planning and development, cultural conservation, and adaptive reuse. She is also a production assistant at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, a museum that specializes in historic and current Austin-area music posters and ephemera.

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Andrea Roberts


Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning

Dr. Andrea Roberts was a 2016-2017 Emerging Scholar Fellowship in Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture. Her research and teaching explores African American diasporas and heritage through ethnographic study and documentation of the history of African American placemaking and planning in early ex-slave settlements as well as contemporary grassroots planning and social constructions of "free Black " communities. She brings to her research and writing more than a decade of experience in community and economic development, public management, and planning. While pursuing her doctoral degree, she supported outreach and beta testing for the Austin Historical Survey Wiki, a crowdsourcing architectural survey application. In 2012, she created and served as Project Manager for The Fifth Street Project, a community-based planning initiative and market study conducted under the auspices of the Center for Sustainable Development at UT.  
 Andrea holds a MA in Governmental Administration and Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Vassar College.  She has served as a City of Austin Historic Landmark Commissioner. She is currently Assistant Professor Urban Planning and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A & M University.  

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Lyndy Secrist

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning

Lyndy (Secrist) Morris is from Apple Valley, CA. She completed her graduate degree in Community and Regional Planning with a specialization in Historic Preservation. Her research interests include placemaking, adaptive reuse, walkability, and sustainable land-use planning.

Mission Murals Inventory Intern
City of San Francisco Planning Department | Summer 2016

Professional Report | Repurposing Austin's Historic School Buildings to Increase Affordable Housing | Spring 2017 


Bachelor of Arts, History | Minor, Urban & Regional Planning | Brigham Young University, Provo, UT April 2015

Master of Science, Community and Regional Planning | Specialization, Historic Preservation | University of Texas at Austin | May 2017

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Hannah Simonson

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Hannah is pursuing a MS in Historic Preservation with a focus on issues of recent past preservation, and Modernist architecture and design. 

Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Anthony Alofsin | UTSOA Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Diamond Heights Context Statement Intern
San Francisco City Planning Department | Summer 2016

Graduate Research Assistant | Center for Sustainable Development | UTSOA Spring 2016