About Us

Rosa Lowinger & Associates specializes in the conservation of built heritage, a term that encompasses art, architecture, museum collections, and public spaces. Rosa Lowinger is a recognized international expert in conservation and a specialist in modern and contemporary sculpture, architecture, and public art. She has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 1988 and opened Rosa Lowinger & Associates in 2008. Each of our senior staff has been in practice for no less than 5 years and as a team we have a combination of 50 years of experience carrying out conservation, cultural resource documentation, restoration, and historic remediation projects for architecture, public art, and sculpture in stone, masonry, concrete, metals, ceramic tile, terracotta, wood, plastic, plaster, terrazzo, linoleum and mosaics. This includes surveys, assessments, hands-on work, and producing all relevant documentation. We follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Rosa Lowinger, Principal and Senior Conservator, is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works since 1984, she holds a 1982 M.A. in art history and conservation from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. With a focus in modern and contemporary sculpture, architecture, and public art, Rosa Lowinger has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 1988, serving such clients as the Broad Art Foundation, the Metropolitan Transit Authority Gold Line to Pasadena, the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, and the cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, Ventura, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Santa Fe Springs, and Honolulu. Rosa lectures and publishes frequently on conservation topics related to modern and contemporary sculpture and architecture (see My Writings), and in 2009 was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize in Conservation at the American Academy in Rome for research into the history of vandalism. She is the author of Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub and a founding contributor to the award-winning art-and-culture blog C-Monster.net. Rosa is particularly passionate about maintenance of the built heritage of Cuba, her country of birth, and actively seeks to promote international interest in its preservation.

Lauren Hall, Associate Conservator, holds an M.S. in historic preservation with an Advanced Certificate in architectural conservation (2008) from the University of Pennsylvania. As an associate conservator and project manager for RLA, Lauren participates in the project administration, condition assessment, testing and hands-on treatment of historic architecture, sculpture and artifacts. Prior to joining RLA, Lauren worked extensively at National Parks. She served as a project manager at Mesa Verde National Park in 2008, and developed the pilot conservation program for the marble capitals at the Philadelphia Merchants’ Exchange in Independence National Historical Park. Lauren is a certified Jahn Mortar Installer.

Alison Tisue, Studio Manager and Senior Technician, holds an M.A. in Museology from the University of Washington (2008). As the Studio Manager, Alison runs the daily general management of the business, along with managing sculpture conservation projects and collection management related projects. She is also a highly skilled technician following the lead of our conservators. Prior to joining RLA, Alison worked at the Olympic Sculpture Park of the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.

Megan Cross Schmitt, Associate Preservationist, holds an M.S. in historic preservation (2007) with an Advanced Certificate in web-based information management (2008) from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining RLA, Megan served as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), one of the largest in the country. Megan’s focus involved the application of web-based tools to issues of data collection and information management within the context of historic preservation and conservation projects. Megan is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Association for Preservation Technology, and the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

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