Mary B. Brush '88 recently toured the Palace of Fontainebleau outside Paris, as part of the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship. The palace includes architectural elements from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Co-sponsored by the American Architecture Foundation and the French Heritage Society, the Fellowship chooses one American architect every other year, and one French architect is chosen in the opposite year, to visit the other nation as part of an effort to foster communication among restoration professionals in both countries.
Her recent travels have taken her across France and to Rome twice, including climbing the outside walls of the Cathedral de Notre Dame de Paris and the dome of St. Sulpice, as well as a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
A licensed architect in Illinois, Brush is active in the American Institute of Architects and is a member of the Chicago Delegates to the AIA-Illinois Chapter. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she earned a Master's of Architecture from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master's of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
Her professional experience includes the investigation and restoration of existing high rises and churches, the preservation of historic residences, as well as the design of new buildings.
Details on her excursions are available at her Web site http://www.marybrush.com/index.htm.