A Q&A with History Alum, Natalie Karas
What is your current job?
I currently work as an architectural conservator at Materials Conservation Co., in Philadelphia. I work as part of a project team to implement conservation treatment programs for historic structures.
How did you find this position?
During graduate school I interned with my current employer (Materials Conservation) and I kept in touch with the owner after graduation. When a full time position opened up I was happy to return to the company.
What was your major/s and minor/s at Flagler?
Did you go to graduate school? If so, what did you study?
I received my M.S. in Historic Preservation from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. My focus was architectural conservation.
Which classes do you think most helped you decide your career and/or help you attain your career goals?
Without hesitation, I can say that it was American Architectural History with Leslee Keys. This course opened my eyes to a field of study I had not explored. It was a combination of all the topics I was passionate about; history, art, and anthropology.
What was the single most important thing you did as an undergrad to prepare you for your current position/career?
To take the courses that I felt drawn to and found the most interesting. When I originally started at Flagler, I intended to major in Fine Art. I also took several history courses and I quickly realized that history was my passion.
Where would you like to go from here?
I hope to continue my work as an architectural conservator and gain the necessary experience to become an expert in the field. My ultimate goal is to someday teach architectural conservation courses at the undergraduate or graduate levels.