About CPF and the Awards

The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF), a 501c3 nonprofit, was incorporated in 1978. We now support a national network of more than 36,000 members and supporters. Click here to learn how you can become a member.

Save As Podcast Team

Project Lead– Trudi Sandmeier, University of Southern California Heritage Conservation Program

Project Lead / Title – Cindy Olnick, Cindy Olnick Communications


Save As: NextGen Heritage Conservation Podcast

The Save As: NextGen Heritage Conservation Podcast is a winner for the 2022 Preservation Design Award for Cultural Heritage / Intangible Assets. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About the Save As: NextGen Heritage Conservation Podcast

The podcast Save As: NextGen Heritage Conservation glimpses the future of the field through the groundbreaking work of graduate students at the University of Southern California.

Why do we save historic places, and for whom? Who decides what to save? How can conserving our heritage advance social issues like affordable housing, climate action, and racial justice? 

The podcast Save As: NextGen Heritage Conservation explores these and other issues through interviews with graduate students in the University of Southern California’s Heritage Conservation Program. From sites of racial violence to acoustic heritage, these students push the boundaries of the field with their thesis research and coursework. Save As takes this work off the shelf and brings it to new audiences in an engaging format.

Of 30 full episodes to date, all but one feature places in California. Each episode covers one topic, typically a master’s thesis. Some episodes discuss class projects, and occasional “Where Are They Now?” interviews showcase alumni to encourage careers in conservation.

Save As makes scholarship accessible, conveys new knowledge about California, connects history with contemporary life, and literally amplifies the voices of emerging leaders in the field.