Joseph Sembrat
MSHP, CAPC, CAHP, AIC–Fellow
VP of Conservation
Principal Conservator
WEST
+1 301 758 9685

Joseph Sembrat has been immersed in the conservation field for over twenty years. In 1999, he co-founded Conservation Solutions, which developed into a leading, nationwide, historic preservation firm focusing on art, artifacts and architecture. Conservation Solutions was acquired in May 2018 by EverGreene.

Joe is an accomplished author and presenter of topical industry-relevant issues. He continuously conducts research and publishes papers on topics in the preservation field with special emphasis on technology-sharing among various areas of industrial research and its applicability to conservation treatments. Significant projects Joe completed include the treatment of artifacts from the salvaged R.M.S. Titanic wrecksite, such as the Big Piece; artifacts recovered from the R.M.S. Carpathia wreck-site; and the conservation of two Saturn V rockets.

Joe holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. Joe is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), a member of Association of Preservation Technology (APT) Western Chapter, Canadian Association of Heritage  Professionals (CAHP) and the Canadian of Professional Conservators (CAPC.)

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Awards

  • U.S. Capitol Stone and Metal Preservation, North Extension
    2018 Award of Merit Government/Public Buildings
    Engineering News Record
  • House of Representatives, Kansas State Capitol
    1999 Preservation Award
    Kansas Preservation Alliance
  • Historic Industrial Artifacts, Allied Textile Printing, Paterson, NJ
    2010 Historic Preservation Awards/Outstanding Public Archaeology
    Preservation New Jersey
  • Kansas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Topeka, KS
    2014 Medallion Award for Excellence
    Kansas Preservation Alliance
  • U.S. Capitol North Extension Stone and Metal Preservation, Washington, DC
    2018 Best Project Award
    ENR MidAtlantic
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