Abigail Dolan

Abigail Dolan

Irvington, NY, US

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I am a practical person who grew up loving art and architecture. Going to Rensselaer I learned that while I am still passionate about design, all architecture isn't the same. I wanted to do work that could also inspire me, and so I enrolled in a summer course at the ICAA in NYC that focused on Classical Architecture. It was exactly what I needed to find my niche and set me off to get a Master's of Historic Preservation at UPenn. Together I think I can use what I have learned to work with the new and the old as well as think deliberately about social issues in the built environment. Architecture is more than just design, it's building environments for people to work, live, and enjoy.


WSA Modern Ruins, Irvington, NY, US, intern

Responsible for project drawings and feasibility research, including compiling reports using NYC Building, Fire Code, and Zoning analysis. All work was for small scale alterations in the NYC area. Also produced 3D models and renders for clients to visualize alterations.

Jun 2020 - Dec 2020

Kislack Center for Rare Books - UPenn, Philadelphia, PA, US, Student Worker

Worked in UPenn's Rare Books and Manuscripts department helping with final processing for new material. I also built protective housing for worn books and organized based on Library systems.

Oct 2018 - Apr 2020

Greater Portland Landmarks, Portland, ME, US, Summer intern

Along with three other interns we conducted a survey pertaining to the historic neighborhoods that have come under threat from flooding. In addition to documenting resources and inputting data into a state system, we conducted research on endangered resources in the city and presented our individual projects to the board for approval.

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

USA Architects, Somerville, NJ, US, summer intern

Worked for commercial architecture firm working on interior design and drawings. I selected finishes, contacted representatives, organized presentations, and spreadsheets for individual projects.

May 2017 - Aug 2018


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Historic Preservation

After completing my undergraduate degree, I enrolled in the Master's of Historic Preservation at UPenn. With the range of curriculum, it exposed me not only to preservation, but also social issues, economic, and policy related topics. I completed courses that introduced me to research techniques and how to handle public engagement. There were also key classes in building pathology and diagnostics of potential decomposition sources.

Aug 2018 - May 2020

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

For undergraduate school I studied architecture and received my Bachelors degree in Architecture. I was on the deans list from 2015 ​until I graduated in 2018. My years there were spent learning about design technology, building assemblies, and creative problem solving. Mechanical systems, green building design, and code requirements were subjects I found compelling and crucial to my professional goals. I was also a part of the UPAC Cinema, a student run organization that showed movies, and served as the Saturday Coordinator for two years running the events.

Aug 2013 - May 2018

Institute for Classical Architecture & Art, New York, NY, US, Summer Cources

This was an eight week program in which we had a variety of instructors giving us insight into techniques of drafting, measured drawing, and ink rendering. Are final project was designing a park pavilion.

Jun 2016 - Jul 2016

Immaculata High School, Somerville, NJ, US, High School, High School

Graduated with high honors, having taken courses in honors math, science, english. AP art history, art, and engineering electives were also part of my curriculum.

Sep 2008 - May 2013

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