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Paula Jarrett Nasta, AIA

Assistant to the Historic Preservation Director; Graduate Assistant; PhD Student


Paula Jarrett Nasta serves as the Graduate Assistant to the Historic Preservation Director while see completes work on her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. In this role, she has worked to obtain National Council of Preservation Education (NCPE) certification for the Historic Preservation Program and to draft new dual degree programs with other University programs.

As a licensed architect and a preservationist, her interests revolve around the intersections of architecture and culture in the suburbs. Paula’s previous research includes preservation of 20th century cultural landscapes and vernacular building. She has written and presented on the impact of zoning regulations on adaptive reuse and preservation of mid 20th century shopping malls as well as on the use of animal products in vernacular construction. Her current research examines women’s changing societal roles on the design and development of late twentieth century suburban communities. This work has also led to studies in the use of preservation tools to keep affordable homes in older suburbs.


Donald W. Linebaugh


Women’s Spaces in 20th Century Suburbs
New Towns
Planned Suburban Communities
Mining and Textile Mill Towns
Historic Preservation, Urban Design, and Architectural History


Instructor, HISP 650 Historic Preservation Studio Workshop
Instructor, HISP 200 The Everyday in America, General Ed, Humanities, and Diversity course
Assistant to the Historic Preservation Director


Graduate Student Representative, Academic Procedures and Standards Committee, UMD Senate
UPRD Seminar Committee
Chapter Secretary, Mary Digges Lee Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
President, College Park Club, Lions Clubs International
Association of Preservation Technology (APT) DC member

PhD in Urban and Regional Planning and Design
University of Maryland
In Progress
Master of Science in Historic Preservation
University of Texas
Bachelor of Architecture
Florida Atlantic University
Bachelor of Arts in History
Florida International University