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Fellow for Preservation Engineering Announced

October 03, 2004

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that Susan Reynolds, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the first Robert Silman Fellow for Preservation Engineering.

Named in honor of Robert Silman and sponsored by Robert Silman Associates, PC, a structural engineering firm with offices in New York City and Washington, DC, the Silman Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to a recent graduate with a Master of Science in Structural Engineering. The 12 month program focuses on learning and practice in the methods of exemplary historic preservation with particular emphasis on the role and development of preservation engineering. Through exposure to all aspects of preservation – from the inner workings of associated federal agencies, to the professionals and craftspeople who perform the hands-on preservation – the position will give the Fellow unparalleled insight into the multi-faceted field of preservation that would be difficult to attain even with many years of experience.

“This new fellowship offers an exceptional opportunity to be an active participant at the forefront of historic preservation and to develop long-term relationships with some of the nation’s most prominent preservationists,” said William Dupont, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust. “At the conclusion of the obligations, the Robert Silman Fellow will be uniquely qualified to make immediate and lasting contributions to the field of historic preservation.”

The three-phase Fellowship will commence with 3 months of employment at Robert Silman Associates, followed by a 6-month stay as the Robert Silman Fellow for Preservation Engineering at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This 6 month term as an employee of the National Trust will be under the supervision of the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust, and will be an intensive period of work that will include master planning; condition assessments; consultant team selection; technical research; materials conservation methods; preventive and corrective maintenance; contract documents; bidding and negotiation practices; job site administration; and distribution of grant funds for various restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation projects at the 25 National Trust Historic Sites nationwide. Following this 6 month term, the Fellow will be expected to complete an article of benefit to historic sites that is suitable for publication in a professional journal within 3 months.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize communities. Its Washington, DC headquarters staff, six regional offices and 25 historic sites work with the Trust’s 200,000 members and thousands of local community groups in all 50 states. For more information, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s web site.

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