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Women in Preservation

The “Women in Preservation” virtual speaker series features women from a variety of backgrounds who are working to save Arkansas’s historic places. All programs are free, thanks to generous support from DEMX Architecture, but advance registration is required. See below.

Join us on Tuesday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. for a program with Renee Vanegas, AIA, LEED GA, Senior Associate at Deborah Berke Partners in NYC.

Since joining Deborah Berke Partners in 2010, Renee has worked on several significant academic, cultural, and institutional projects, including the New School College of Performing Arts, the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center. She has experience working on the restoration and transformation of historic buildings by noted architects, such as Shreve, Lamb and Harmon in New York City and Edward Durell Stone in Fayetteville. Renee also has a deep commitment to working for mission-driven organizations, managing projects for the International Planned Parenthood Federation and The Women’s Building. Renee is a senior associate at Deborah Berke Partners and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona.

Renee Vanegas

Upcoming speakers:

November 15 – Pam Beasley, Superintendent, Historic Washington State Park


Previous talks are available below.

Watch the 10/13/20 talk with Patricia Blick here.

Watch the 11/10/20 talk with Lisa Skiles and Morganne Weaver here.

Watch the 2/9/21 talk with Mandi Curtwright here.

Watch the 3/16/21 talk with Cheryl L. Batts here.

Watch the 4/13/21 talk with Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan here.

Watch the 5/11/21 talk with Carla Hines Coleman and Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis here.

Watch the 6/8/21 talk with Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree here.

Watch the 7/13/21 talk with Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Paula Miles here.

Watch the 8/10/21 talk with Rose Schweikhart here.

Watch the 9/14/21 talk with Dr. Rachel Miller here.

Watch the 10/12/21 talk with Laura Hendrix here.

Watch the 11/9/21 talk with Claudia Cathcart Shannon here.

Watch the 2/8/22 talk with Elise Hampton here.

Watch the 3/15/22 talk with Dr. Mel Zabecki here.

Watch the 4/12/22 talk with Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita here.

Watch the 5/10/22 talk with Secretary Stacy Hurst here.

Watch the 6/14/22 talk with Pat Johnson here.

Watch the 7/12/22 talk with Vanessa Norton McKuin here.

Watch the 8/9/22 talk with Hannah Ratzlaff here.

Watch the 9/13/22 talk with Ruth O’Loughlin here.

This project is generously supported by DEMX Architecture.