about The PSAA
In 2018, a group of dedicated preservationists and futurists got together and conceived an idea to form an alliance of organizations that would work together to get projects accomplished that are important to our community. PSAA is the result of that dream.
The Palm Springs Architectural Alliance is a project of the Palm Springs Center for Creativity, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, EIN 83-2444190
Meet The founders
Dick’s career blends interior design, entrepreneurship and hotel management. After a career in business, and becoming increasingly interested in interior design and architecture, he began studying at Corcoran Art Institute in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland.
Upon moving to Palm Springs he joined every architecture and preservation organization, PS Art Museum Legacy Circle, served on the PS Modern Committee board and the Historic Site Preservation Board and co-founded the Palm Springs Architectural Alliance.
After a long design career in snowy Minneapolis, Debra moved with her husband to sunny Palm Springs. Being surrounded by such amazing examples of architecture and natural beauty led her to join every conceivable preservation and art organizations and immerse herself in the arts community.
After years of active preservation and arts involvement she joined with the other PSAA founders to create a consortium of local organizations devoted to the future of Palm Springs built environment, and education.
Sidney Williams was director of education and public programs before becoming curator of architecture and design at the Palm Springs Art Museum from 2003 to 2016. She was the founding curator of the Architecture and Design Center after an historic rehabilitation of a 1961 bank building which opened in 2014.
Currently, she lectures on modern architecture and is active in the Palm Springs Architectural Alliance that focuses on fostering the legacy of Palm Springs’s architectural excellence into the future.
Richard Hovel had a successful career as a retail store designer and content developer. After moving with his wife to Palm Springs he became excited at the idea of expanding on the legacy of great and innovative architecture of Palm Springs.
A dedicated futurist, PSAA was borne of his interest in the future, technology, design and education for young people in the Coachella Valley.
Our volunteer teams
PSAA focuses its efforts on various projects that support the mission, and each project is assigned a Task Force team based on their expertise, experience, and interests. Many of these team members are also active in our allied organizations. We rely on these tireless volunteers to work in various capacities on behalf of the PSAA.
PS Historical Society
PS Preservation Foundation
PS Historic Site Preservation Board
Graphics & Marketing
College of the Desert
our allied organizations
American Institute of Architects California (AIA California) is committed to harnessing the transformative power of architecture and design to address the greatest economic, environmental, and social challenges of our time. We provide over 11,000 AIA members in California with practice resources and professional continuing education. We advocate for sound public policies that support livable, sustainable communities.
COACHELLA VALLEY PRESERVATION
Coachella Valley Preservation is a consortium of representatives that reaches across the valley encompassing eight different cities. Its focus includes sharing preservation issues, as well as updates from the represented cities. Preservation events in the respective cities are shared, and site visits offered for representatives to participate in. Invited guests and members make relevant presentations. The group meets quarterly, with a focus on raising preservation awareness and communication across the Coachella Valley.
Historic Site Preservation Board
The seven-member Board identifies, nominates, and recommends potential historic sites and districts to the City Council. It’s goals are to stabilize and improve buildings, structures or areas which are considered to be of historical, architectural, archaeological or ecological value, to foster civic beauty, to strengthen the local economy and to promote the use of specific buildings for the education and welfare of the citizens of Palm Springs.
The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area.
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum creates transformative experiences that expand our understanding of ourselves and the world. The museum is committed to harnessing the rich legacy, diverse creative opportunities, and philanthropic support that is shaping our museum’s future and make an impact upon the evolving cultural landscape of our region.
Palm Springs Historical Society
The Palm Springs Historical Society is a non-profit organization established in 1955 by Melba Berry Bennett. The Society operates two museums and a Research Center.
Palm Springs Modern Committee
PS ModCom) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.
Palm Springs Preservation Foundation
Preservation Mirage celebrates the architectural history of Rancho Mirage by promoting its protection and appreciation.
We advocate for the protection of significant architecture while providing a path for those seeking historic designations. We raise awareness of the city's historic architecture by offering educational opportunities that enhance its appreciation.