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BAC Student to Present at National Trust Conference

Sarah White, Historic Preservation Student, Selected to Present at the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Sarah White and instructor Mike Riegert conserving terracotta over mantle in the BAC's 951 Boylston Street building during the on campus intensives

Sarah White and instructor Mike Riegert conserving terracotta over mantle in the BAC's 951 Boylston Street building during the on campus MDS Historic Preservation intensives

© Boston Architectural College; Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Sarah White, a student in the College's graduate program in Historic Preservation, was one of four students nationally selected to present papers at the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Savannah, GA, on November 11-14, 2014.

Sarah will participate in "Student Thinking, Student Perspectives," a panel discussion in which the four competitively selected students will present on New Thinking and New Perspectives on Historic Preservation. Topics to be examined range from using new technologies to reach new audiences to seeking new methods to integrate historic preservation into the larger cultural, economic and environmental issues facing America. Participants in the session will also be engaged in debating how these visions can be achieved.

Sarah is currently in her final semester of the MDS-Historic Preservation program at the BAC and has worked for several years in the field in different capacities, including organization building, educational programing, fundraising, regulation and policy. She has served as President and Board Chair of the Newburyport Preservation Trust, Chair of the Local Historic District Study Committee in Newburyport, member of the Newburyport Historic Commission, Director of the Newburyport Public Library, and a Co-Founder of the Greater Newburyport Area Cultural Heritage Association.

"Sarah has demonstrated her leadership abilities as graduate student and in her community's efforts to maintain a balance between historic preservation and the overall quality of life. This acknowledgement of her work by the National Council for Preservation Education and the National Trust for Historic Preservation serves as exemplar for the quality of students and faculty in our program," commented Robert Ogle, BAC Director of Historic Preservation.

This is the second year in a row that a Historic Preservation student from the Boston Architectural College has been selected to present at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference. Graduate student David Ewing presented at the 2013 conference in Indianapolis, IN.

The theme of this year's conference is "Past Forward," which the National Trust intends to challenge preservationists to examine new and innovative ideas to grow the historic preservation field in the 21st century.

The call for submissions was open to all students enrolled in National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) member programs. Both the Master of Design Studies and Bachelor of Design Studies in Historic Preservation meet the standards for degree granting programs established by NCPE.

The Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Historic Preservation at the BAC addresses the technical and cultural issues confronting today's preservationists. Students explore the philosophical and ethical roots of preservation and gain practical experience in preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and sites. The MDS is delivered in a low-residency format that combines online and face-to-face learning. For the first time, students and working professionals earn accredited masters degrees in historic preservation from wherever they live and work. Key to the low-residency format are brief periods of study at the BAC's Newbury Street campus, in which students use Boston's historic built environment as a laboratory.

The Bachelor of Design Studies (BDS) in Historic Preservation features a wide range of historic preservation topics that allows students to pursue a course of study tailored to their own interests and career objectives. Students complete an experiential learning component in which they work in professional preservation settings. As a result, graduates usually leave the BAC with substantial resumes, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio.