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Preservation in France: Reflections from Three Hunt Fellows
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Since 1990, the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, co-sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation and the French Heritage Society, has offered mid-career American and French licensed architects an intensive six-month exchange experience that showcases the latest scholarship and practice around historic preservation and architectural heritage.

The Hunt Fellowship is named for Richard Morris Hunt, the first American architect to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Hunt, one of the most renowned 19th-century American architects, helped to formalize architecture as a profession in the U.S. and to promote urbanism.

The American Architectural Foundation and French Heritage Society conceived the Hunt Fellowship as a means to introduce experienced preservation architects in France and the United States to preservation practice and technique in each other's countries. Awarded in alternate years to an American and to a French fellow, the program carries a stipend of $25,000 and includes extensive travel and interaction with local preservation professionals in the host country. It affords design professionals the opportunity to broaden their outlooks on architectural and cultural heritage. Americans see a variety of current projects and are introduced to the state institutions that govern French historic monuments and landscapes. French recipients are introduced to federal, state, and local preservation organizations and professionals in public and private practices. They also visit significant historic sites and projects applicable to their proposed study in the United States.

The alumni fellows from France and the U.S., now numbering 24, constitute an active professional network for the program. They gather for biennial reunions in both France and the U.S. Three American Hunt fellows share their experiences in the following essays.


The Politics of Contemporary Architecture in Historic Contexts by Wendy Hillis, AIA.


Technical Preservation in France by Mary Brush, AIA.


Heritage Architecture and Sustainable Development by Tina Roach, AIA.

Copyright © 2013 National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States
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T1 - Preservation in France: Reflections from Three Hunt Fellows
JF - Forum Journal
VL - 28
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SP - 23
EP - 35
PY - 2013
PB - National Trust for Historic Preservation
SN - 2325-7296
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/forum_journal/v028/28.1.article01.html
N1 - Volume 28, Number 1, Fall 2013
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