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David Preziosi

At a Glance

Class Year: 1993

Award Year: 2020

Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Urban Planning

Profession: Nonprofit Director


A passion for successfully blending historic preservation and planning to make better communities has driven the work of Preziosi in Mississippi and Texas. While in Mississippi, he led a statewide preservation nonprofit for ten years where he placed over 4,000 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, developed historic design guidelines for cities, and worked to save historic places damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Since 2012, he has led Preservation Dallas as the Executive Director where he has worked on numerous advocacy issues to save Dallas’ historic places. He has also worked on educational efforts such as co-curating an exhibit on architectural styles in Dallas, which he developed into a booklet that was donated to local libraries and schools, and helped to develop a mobile app featuring walking trails through downtown Dallas. He is also a regular contributor to Columns, the AIA Dallas magazine, writing about historic places in Dallas for which he received a 2018 Community Honors Award from AIA Dallas. To help communities and historic preservation efforts, Preziosi has raised over $1.5 million in grants for projects during his career. He has been active with the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M and has regularly been a guest lecturer in historic preservation classes. Volunteering is important to him and he has taken on leadership roles on boards, including serving as the President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association. Recognizing his work as a staunch planning advocate for historic places and empowering communities to save their past, Preziosi was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1993 and a Master of Urban Planning in 1996, both from Texas A&M.