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Westminster Street, circa 1950

Dr. Ann Norton, Education Initiative Award, Providence College

The Providence Preservation Society’s Education Initiative Award recognizes innovative and exceptional preservation educational programs or curricula. Dr. Ann Norton’s class at Providence College participated in a comprehensive program prepared by Dr. Norton that examined architecture and design as integral parts of our culture. Entitled Architecture, Culture, and Design, the course’s integration of historical architecture, culture, design and community involvement has broadened the students’ awareness of the built environment and its significance in everyday life. Dr. Norton challenged her students to become active participants in design projects throughout the city—raising their awareness of the historical importance of each site while integrating all types of architectural media as learning tools. The students not only learn about historical forms of architecture and revitalization techniques, but acquire valuable skills in documenting and presenting their research. Dr. Norton was selected for this award for her dedication and hard work, which help PPS in its mission to educate the public about the importance of the built environment.