Aaron Wunsch has earned the 2023 Henry J. Magaziner Award, given by the AIA Philadelphia in recognition of a person or organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of Philadelphia’s built environment.
Wunsch is an associate professor of historic preservation and landscape architecture, teaching courses in architectural history and the public history of the built environment. He is also a Research Advisor for the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites. His research has included topics ranging from the 'rural' cemetery movement in Philadelphia, the formation of Charlottesville, Virginia's, park system, and the architecture of early electric utilities.
An active preservationist, in 2018, he helped to found Repoint Philadelphia, the area’s first preservation-oriented political action committee. He has successfully nominated numerous sites to the Philadelphia and National Registers of Historic Places, and has written six Historic American Building Survey (HABS) reports.
“Aaron is being recognized with the Magaziner Award for his impact on countless preservation professionals, through his role as an educator at Penn, for consistent and impassioned advocacy for endangered or overlooked buildings, and for his continued dedication to promoting community-based approaches to preservation,” said the AIA in an announcement.