Javier Ors Ausin, MDes – Critical Conservation, 2017
Organization: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: Greater Boston Community Service Fellowship
” My last week as a Community Service Fellow at the National Trust for Historic Preservation was as exciting and great as my entire time with the organization.
I spent most of the week wrapping up my work, leaving everything organized for the next people who will continue the work. I was able to complete two of the main projects. The first was design of the new spaces at Woodlawn in Virginia. This project took much of my time throughout the summer with the Historic Sites Division. Secondly, I finalized my research report on The Shadows-on-the-Teche, an old plantation in Louisiana.
On Wednesday I attended a very fun and interesting event. Some of the Historic Sites peers and I were invited by US/ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) to the 2016 Final Program Symposium and Poster Presentation. This event was hosted by U/ICOMOS to share the work that their 2016 summer interns had developed through the summer in many cities all over the world. Our peer and friend, Desiree Valadares, was the ICOMOS intern at the National Trust this summer. I had the opportunity to attend her talk and meet other interesting professionals and scholars at the reception.
Finally, I want to thank the Community Service Fellowship Program for having supported and funded my project and my work at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This experience has been beyond great and unforgettable. I have been able to expand my understanding of the role an architect can play in an institution at the national level. I’ve also learned how important it is that architects, landscape architects, urban designers and planners assume positions with important organizations and government that are shaping the built environment. The Community Service Fellowship Program has certainly opened my eyes to a new professional path that I had never considered before. I hope to explore this path more deeply after graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.