The American Academy in Rome awarded alumna Ashley Hahn (MCP’08, MSHP’08) the inaugural Adele Chatfield-Taylor Rome Prize for Historic Preservation and Conservation for her project "Preserving the life between buildings." These fellowships are highly competitive and chosen by a national jury, and support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. Hahn will use this opportunity to explore examples of successful and failed approaches to preserving Rome’s historic urban environs in order to uncover a more expansive approach to preserving the city.
Hahn is a creative/nonfiction writer and scholar who focuses on historic preservation and public spaces. She is the former managing editor of PlanPhilly, where she remains a columnist, as well the local organizer for Jane's Walk, a walking festival that brings Jane Jacobs' philosophies to life on city streets around the world. Raised an Angeleño with stints in Los Angeles, Boston Chicago, and New York, she is proud to call Philadelphia her home.
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