Virginia Savage McAlester is a lifelong advocate of historical preservation with deep professional interests in architecture. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where she attended Radcliffe College and completed the first-year curriculum of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a founding member and past president of Preservation Dallas, and serves as an advisor emeritus for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is author of "The Making of a Historic District: Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas" and coauthor of "The Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas: Great American Suburbs." She lives in Dallas, Texas, where she is an honorary member of the state and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).