College of Fellows Roundtable - Reconstruction In Preservation: A Debate

Wednesday, September 26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: HYATT- Delaware
CE: 1.5

When does reconstruction of damaged or destroyed buildings and monuments make sense? The Venice Charter, which is the basis for most conservation work, does not allow for reconstruction, but in the aftermath of the loss of a historic building - including recent examples such as the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art and numerous structures at Palmyra - the distinction between repair and reconstruction may not be clear. This question may not have a single answer because each individual example is caught up with questions of cultural context and identity, and recent history including how the destruction occurred.

Learning Objectives:

Stephen J. Kelley, FAIA, SE, FAPT, FUSICOMOS

Stephen J Kelley, Inc.

Stephen J. Kelley is a registered architect and structural engineer in private practice who has devoted these two skills to the preservation of our built cultural heritage. With 35 years of experience, his projects range from small to immense, simple to sophisticated and cover a wide range of building materials and systems. His award-winning projects are located throughout the United States but he has also worked on significant projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean basin. He has published widely on various aspects of preservation and is an educator who has taught at the university level thus sharing his experience with the next generation of preservation professionals. He has served on the Board of Directors of both the US Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) and the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and was elevated to Fellowship in both organizations. He is a UNESCO Tangible Heritage Expert and is Vice President of the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH).


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Architectural Preservation Studio, DPC

Pamela Jerome, AIA, LEEDTM AP, FAPT, F.US/ICOMOS is a preservation architect. She is President of Architectural Preservation Studio, DPC, a New York City-based architecture and preservation firm. Her expertise is in masonry conservation and waterproofing. Ms. Jerome has taught at Columbia University’s historic preservation graduate program since 1995, and also teaches professional seminars at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. She is an elected member of the Board of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), served as a Scientific Council Officer for nine years, and is an expert member of the International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH), International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (ISC20C) and International Committee on Vernacular Architecture (CIAV). Ms. Jerome is the US/ICOMOS liaison to the APT Board.


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Kyle Normandin, FAPT, PAIC

Associate Principal
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Kyle Normandin is an Associate Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, in Los Angeles. He serves as a chair of the APTi’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage (TC-MH) and is an Ex-officio board member of Association for Preservation Technology International. Kyle has contributed numerous technical papers on architectural conservation of cultural heritage and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Architectural Conservation. Kyle holds a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Kyle currently serves as the Secretary General of the ICOMOS ISC20C and is on the Board of Trustees for the California Preservation Foundation.


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Donald Friedman, PE F.APT F.ASCE

Old Structures Engineering


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