Congratulations to Amanda Davis (BA Architectural History, '04) for recently being named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's '40 Under 40: People Saving Places' list for her work as project manager of the New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project!
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes exceptional young professional from across the country who are dedicated to telling America's full history through their '40 Under 40' list. Described as 40 "movers and shakers," the list honors "innovators [who] are expanding our view of what it means to save places."
All honorees were chosen by the National Trust for their significant impact on historic preservation and related fields such as architecture, community activism, storytelling, and business, as well as for their contributions to the public’s understanding of why places matter.
Amanda noted, "I never knew architectural history and historic preservation existed as a profession until I took Thomas Jefferson, Architect [with Professor Camille Wells in 2001]. The following semester, I transferred to the A-School and took Early American Architecture with [Professor] Louis Nelson and had many other wonderful courses over the next three years."
Helping to shape her next steps following graduation, the School of Architecture's Architectural History department left a lasting impression on Amanda's commitment to making visible the public history of New York City's LGBT community.
Selected within the 'Public History' category which selects honorees focused on diverse projects that bring history alive for people through community education, engagement, and empowerment, Amanda has served as the project manager for the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project since its founding in 2015.
The initiative is the first to comprehensively document the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community's cultural heritage in New York City and was partially funded by the National Park Service’s Underrepresented Communities Grants program. Amanda oversees the project’s survey and research efforts and manages its interactive website, which she helped conceive. She also gives educational talks and engages with various stakeholders to broaden the public’s understanding of LGBT history. These sites illustrate the richness of the city’s LGBT history and the community’s influence on America.
In 2017, she authored the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Caffe Cino, the pioneering 1960s Off-Off-Broadway and gay theater venue. Amanda previously served as the Director of Preservation and Research at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and gained experience conducting cultural resource surveys at Architectural Resources Group in Los Angeles and the Landmarks Preservation Commission in New York.
The School of Architecture is proud to highlight Amanda and her recognized impact as she helps to define the next generation of architectural historians and preservationists.