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Sara O. Nelson, AIA

Nelson Edwards Company Architects, LLC
1156 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405

Traditional Materials at Ninety: Masonry, Timber, and Tiles

Sara O. Nelson is a founding member of Nelson Edwards Company Architects, LLC and for over twenty years has directed the firm’s planning, institutional, municipal and historic preservation projects including the award-winning restorations of the New Haven City Hall, Putnam Memorial State Park and the Farm Complex at Avon Old Farms School.
Ms. Nelson received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Wellesley College (1983) with a concentration in art and architectural history. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia (1989) where she completed additional graduate study in landscape and architectural history.
She holds architectural registration in the State of Connecticut; interior design registration in Connecticut; and registration with National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Ms. Nelson is certified by the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office as meeting The Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Professional Qualification Standards for Historic Architect as set forth in Federal Register Vol. 62, No. 119 for 36 CFR Part 61 and is included in the State of Connecticut list of historical architects. She is currently in the process of becoming LEED certified.
In 2012, Ms. Nelson was appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy to chair the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Council. She is a former chair of the Guilford Local Historic District Commission and in this capacity oversaw design review for two local historic districts that included commercial, municipal and residential properties as well as Certified Local Government reviews for proposed development.