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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 historic places in Arkansas and across the country. All programs are free, thanks to generous support from DEMX Architecture.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. for a talk by Angela Courtney and Alison Turner.

Angela Courtney is the executive director of the Alex Foundation. She and her mother established the Alex Foundation in 2010 in memory of their beloved Alex, who majored in architecture at Prairie View A&M University before he passed at the age of 20. The Alex Foundation’s STE+AM (science, technology, engineering, architecture, and math) program is offered to middle and high school students in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta Region and Central Arkansas throughout the year at no cost to school districts, schools, teachers, parents, or students.

Alison Turner is an architectural designer and a teacher. In 2008, she started her own practice, sitio architecture + design, that focuses on residential and commercial projects with an emphasis on regional, environmentally responsive, and sustainable architecture. Also in 2008, she began teaching at the UA Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design. In addition to teaching and practice, Turner is involved with community outreach programs to teach young students about design and the profession of architecture, including the Alex Foundation’s STE+AM program.

Angela Courtney (left) and Alison Turner



Upcoming webinars:

May 9 – Natalie Henshaw, Director of Historic Trades, The Campaign for Historic Trades, Baltimore, MD

June 13 – Veronica Lilly, Vice President, Revival Architecture, and Construction Manager, Historic Works, LLC, Scott, AR

July 11 – Melissa Roach, Project Manager, Kinco Constructors, Springdale, AR

August 8 – Britin Bostick, AICP, Long Range Planning and Special Projects Manager, City of Fayetteville, AR

September 12 – Antoinette Johnson, Ph.D., Johnson Consulting: Historic Preservation and Interior Design, Little Rock, AR

October 10 – Lori Ferriss, AIA, Director of Sustainability and Climate Action, Goody Clancy, Boston, MA

November 14 – Jill Judy, Co-owner, Downtown Dwellings, Little Rock, AR


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.

Watch the 10/11/22 talk with Renee Vanegas here.

Watch the 11/15/22 talk with Pam Beasley here.

Watch the 2/14/23 talk with Holly Hope here.

Watch the 3/14/23 talk with Dr. Paige Ford here.

This project is generously supported by DEMX Architecture.