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Ashley Wilson, AIA, ASID, is the Chief Architect for the Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in an endowed position named the Graham Gund Architect. This position provides broad oversight responsibilities related to the conservation and preservation of the architecture and landscapes of the Trust’s twenty-eight historic sites. The Historic Sites team has been implementing a new Sites Vision to re-imagine the traditional historic site museum model and to provide sustainable public benefit, while modeling exemplary preservation, collections management and interpretation. With over twenty-five years’ experience as a Preservation Architect, Ashley specializes in modernizing and stewarding significant historic buildings to make them relevant within the modern built environment.
Before working at the National Trust, she was a founding and tenured professor at the Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program for Historic Preservation in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to her academic career, she was in private preservation practice in Washington, D.C. and in Virginia. She is a graduate of the architecture schools at the University of Virginia and the University of Notre Dame. Currently she serves on the Senate Curatorial Advisory Committee for the United States Senate, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Building Committee, and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association. She was the 2016 Chair of the AIA’s Historic Resource Committee.