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Building Preservation/Restoration

BPR Degree Leads to Career and International Travel

Sarah Aly, a summer 2018 graduate of Belmont College’s Building Preservation/Restoration Program, has made the most out of her educational experience. Sarah is from Denair, California and enrolled in the BPR program in August of 2017.


The very next month, she attended the International Preservation Trades Workshop in Detroit where she made a number of important contacts. In the spring of 2018, she applied for the first Chris Robinson International Studies Scholarship from the Preservation Trades Network (PTN). Competing against other students, many from graduate programs in historic preservation across the country, Sarah was one of two students selected to be the first recipients of the award.


On Sarah’s last day of class at Belmont, she left at 4:30 p.m. and raced to Pittsburgh International Airport where she caught a plane to Krakow, Poland. She spent the next two weeks performing marble restoration on the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, alongside eleven other volunteers from nine different countries. Sarah also toured and worked on numerous historical sites across Poland, Scotland, England, Ireland, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Sarah returned to the United States on August 29th, just in time to move to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she will begin her first professional job in historic preservation as the Historic Structures Manager of the National Trust for Historic Preservation site, Brucemore. At Brucemore she will work under 2001 BPR Alumnus Chris Roddy, Director of Buildings and Grounds.

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