Historic Preservationists have a reputation when it comes to city building. We address it head-on, and discuss the important role preservationists play in our communities with Sehila Mota Casper (National Trust for Historic Preservation.)
In our first season of Shaping Cities, Ticco is partnering up with professional organizations that serve the people who design, build, and manage the cities and communities we live in. In Episode 3 of this season, we collaborated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For 70 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has led the movement to save America’s historic places. In addition to grassroots advocacy, the organization serves as the primary professional association for preservation professionals through online professional development content and their annual PastForward conference.
Sehila Mota Casper sat down with us to talk about her work as a preservationist, and how it takes shape through her role as Senior Field Officer in Houston, Texas with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Sehila leads efforts on-the ground in Houston on behalf of the organization, and spends much of her time connecting with local organizations and building support for at-risk sites. Sehila earned her MFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD.) Through her work, Sehila advocates for a more diverse preservation practice by serving on the Executive Committee of Latin@s in Heritage Conservation, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites board, and as a Diversity and Inclusion Liaison for the National Trust.