Design Records Section Leadership

The Architectural Records Roundtable was established in June 1990, and its members convene at the annual Society of American Archivists' conference meeting. The name of the group was changed to the Design Records Section in 2017, in accordance with the new regulations for naming of SAA component groups and to reflect the wider scope of the section.

DRS Meeting History - identifies dates and locations of past meetings, and provides links to each year's Annual Report and Meeting Minutes.

DRS archives are housed as a series within the records of the Society of American Archivists records located in the Archives Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Division of Archives and Special Collections.  The online finding aid is located at:

Current DRS Leadership

Alison Anderson
DRS Co-Chair (2019-2021)

Alison Anderson is the Senior Processing Archivist at the Harvard University Property Information Resource Center. She received her MLIS for Simmons College with a concentration in Archives Management. She also recently started the Digital Archives Specialist certification and passed the Certified Archivist exam. At Harvard, she is responsible for processing architectural drawings, but also maps, photographs, and property records. Her interests include finding innovative solutions for enhancing metadata, discovering efficiencies in workflows, and creating connections across collections to improve the user experience.

Moira O'Connell
DRS Co-Chair (2020-2022)

Moira O'Connell is the Facilities Archivist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a MSLS from Simmons College. She has been a member of the New England Archivists for serveral years and served on the Communications Committee from 2015-2017. As a lone arranger, she works on all aspects of the collection from intake and documentation, to strategic planning and ensuring the preservation of the collection for the future. She is interested in improving access to and providing long term storage for complicated digital design records. She is also interested in ways we as repositories can enhance our ability to communicate with the records creators and demonstrate the value in these collections, and how they can be used.


Emily Vigor
DRS Steering Committee Member (2018-2021)

Emily Vigor is currently the Digital and Collections Archivist at the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley where she manages the processing of architectural collections, both physical and digital. She has previously served as Co-Chair for the Design Records Section. Her primary interests include the long-term preservation and access of born-digital design records for future users, and the inclusion of underrepresented voices and histories in our collections. Emily holds an MA in Art History from Richmond University in London and an MLIS from San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.

Aliza Leventhal
DRS Steering Committee Member (2019-2022)

Aliza Leventhal is a passionate member of the design records archival community. As the co-founder, former chair, and continuous member of the Digital Design Records Taskforce (formerly CAD/BIM Taskforce) she has continued to push the profession’s conversations and thinking about the future collecting practices of design records that contain both analog and digital materials. Her research and professional engagement has focused on lowering the barrier to entry and encouraging archivists to join the design records community. She has worked with design records for a local government office, an academic museum, an active international firm, and now at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. She has also revamped and co-taught the SAA course “Managing Physical and Digital Architecture, Design and Construction Records”.

Alexa Hagen
DRS Steering Committee Member (2020-2023)

Alexa Hagen is the Archivist at Herman Miller. She received an MS in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information. Before starting at Herman Miller, she spent two years as a Project Archivist at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library developing workflows for born-digital and audiovisual materials. Prior to that, she was Assistant Archivist at the Milton Glaser Design Study Center & Archives at the School of Visual Arts. She has worked with a variety of design records. She finds them especially exciting because of their varied form and rich content, both of which lend a complexity to their stewardship that presents archivists with unique challenges and opportunities for ensuring their preservation and access.

Julia Larson
DRS Web Liaison (2019-2021)

Julia Larson has been a member of SAA since 2015, and a member of the Design Section for the last few years. She graduated from San Jose State University MLIS program with an emphasis in Archival Management and Data Curation. She has been working as a reference archivist since 2016 in the Architecture and Design Collection at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, she worked at the UCSB Library as a staff member in the Course Reserves department, with a focus on digital media.