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Sara Gdula
Architectural Conservator

Sara’s path to conservation started in an unconventional place. Armed with her B.A. in Asian Studies from Temple, she was working as a tour guide at Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens when her curiosity was piqued by a graduate student conducting thesis research at the site.

Sara soon found herself at UPenn’s School of Design where she completed a Master’s degree in historic preservation. First joining MC as a summer intern, and then returning to hone her skills as an Architectural Conservator, Sara quickly demonstrated her knack for rigorous research and its creative application assisting on projects like the historic reimagining of Al Capone’s cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Sara has proven herself to be an essential part of the team. Her patience and precision shine in projects like the restoration of a large mosaic floor for the Frick Pittsburgh where she filed and refitted delicate marble tiles.

When not in the lab, the archives, or on site, Sara can be found practicing Nihon Buyo, a style of classical Japanese dance, and walking her rescue dog Admiral Benson.