Preserving a Legacy: Archiving the Work of Doug Allen


Announcing a collaboration between the Douglas C. Allen Institute and the Georgia Design Alliance Partnership

We all know the story of at least one important building being lost to demolition, or neglect, but what many people don’t know is that often important documents, such as architectural drawings and renderings, are also lost. These documents are not only a record of building’s we’ve lost, but provide insight into the buildings that survive.

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We are pleased to announce that the Douglas C. Allen Institute is collaborating with G-DAP on a new project: Acquiring and archiving Doug’s complete records. As you know, Doug Allen was a beloved professor and visionary landscape architect. His ideas and work have had a profound impact on generations of Georgia Tech students and design professionals.

Established in 2014, G-DAP has three goals:

  1. Increase funding support for an expanded Georgia Tech Archive.
  2. Formalize a process through which significant architectural projects in the state of Georgia can be identified and archived before important information is lost.
  3. Increase awareness of the Georgia Tech Archive as a resource for scholars and the general public.

We need your help to make the most of this opportunity. The Georgia Tech archive has a large backlog of work needing to be archived. Your donation will allow us to process Doug’s work as soon as possible without allocating work from other archiving projects. Additionally, part of your donation will go towards the establishment of a G-DAP endowment that will benefit the Georgia Tech Archive and support the ongoing missions of DCAI and ADC.

The G-DAP endowment will make donations to the Georgia Tech Archive on an annual basis once it reaches $40,000 to support outreach programs and processing costs for select collections. As the endowment grows, it will eventually support the costs of additional staff and resources through an annual donation. Our goal is to raise $15,000.

Your donation will insure that the work of Doug and others like him will be available to future generations of designers and academics, but more importantly, to community leaders, design advocates and the general public.

Thank you for consideration of the G-DAP endowment and your continued support of DCAI.

Paul Knight

Executive Director, The Douglas C. Allen Institute

 

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