SY1 - Symposium - The Next 50

Thursday, September 27
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Hyatt-Grand EFG
CE: 6.5

The Next Fifty – Points of Departure, will present our ideas for the future of preservation technology and APT. Join us in the culminating event of our 50th Anniversary Conference to collaborate with the APT Technical Committees to frame the intellectual and technological themes that will move us forward.

A day-long closing symposium will celebrate the advances of preservation technology and the impact APT has had on the world preservation stage. This closing session will develop the intellectual and technological themes that we envision will move APT forward. We hope many of you will stay this last day for a hearty discussion about preservation’s past, but more importantly, its future. Like the “Setting the Agenda” lunches of a decade ago, where our members steered our direction – you can participate in steering APT’s philosophical direction for the next fifty!

One of the key takeaways from the “Setting the Agenda” lunches was that our membership wanted to expand APT’s impact on the future and navigate the path of preservation. The creation of Technical Committees was one of the primary results of those lunches. Since 2003, our technical committees have been at the forefront of preservation’s evolution with Technical Committees that include Sustainable Preservation, Preservation Engineering, Codes, Modern Heritage, Documentation and now Materials.

Where are we in the world with preservation technology? How has the field changed in 50 years? What new formula will we need for the next 50? What are the new challenges? How can we be more mainstream, less specialized? As the field matures, who are the partners we must collaborate with to remain vital? How will authenticity, resilience and changing technologies guide us? With breakout sessions and facilitated discussion, a facilitator and Technical Committee leaders will work with participants to create a vision for the Next Fifty.

Introductions. 8:30-8:45

The big picture. 8:45-9:30
Team presentation: Symposium Facilitator - Bradshaw Hovey, and Symposium Co-Chairs - Barbara Campagna, Jill Gotthelf, LaLuce Mitchell. Climate change. Energy transition. Continuing/changing urbanization. Population growth. Migration. Technology and economic displacement. Economic inequality. Water crises. Food crises. Refugee crises. Reactionary political movements. Presentation and discussion.

Imagining the context for preservation – small group discussions. 9:30-10:40
Tables Moderated by Technical Committee Representatives. What do the larger trends mean for preservation practice? How do the rationales for preservation change? What other changes on the horizon will reshape preservation? What opportunities or threats do exogenous changes present to preservation? Are there new fields of specialization in preservation practice to emerge?

Report out. 10:40-11:00

Break. 11:00-11:15

Keynote – “Historic Preservation – A National Perspective for the Next 50 Years.” 11:15-12:00
Milford Wayne Donaldson on new roles for youth, education, community outreach and diversity in preservation; a new emphasis on sustainability and resiliency; integrating renewable energy and environmental stewardship into practice; concern with renewing and right-sizing infrastructure; new consultation with native tribes about traditional cultural landscapes. Presentation and discussion.

Lunch. 12:00 to 12:30.

Drilling down on the future of preservation – small group discussions. 12:45-2:00
Tables Moderated by Technical Committee Representatives. Focusing on the six subject matter areas of the technical committees – sustainability, engineering, codes, modernism, documentation, and materials – what are the specific issues that a changing world will push forward and how can preservation respond? What are the specific action steps we can take to move the agenda forward?

Report out. 2:00-2:30

Break. 2:30-2:45

The future of the future is in the present – plenary discussion. 2:45-4:00
Symposium Facilitator - Bradshaw Hovey. Fifty years starts right now. What do we do immediately, over the next five years, and beyond to concretely address the challenges and opportunities of change? What’s the agenda for each technical committee? Are there new committees to be established? What changes in the structure and process of APT are needed to respond (relevance, influence, partnerships)?

Reflection. 4:00-4:30
Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation, the Preservation League of New York, to summarize the highlights of the day and to reflect on the future of preservation at the public policy level. Open discussion and adjourn.

A continental breakfast, 2 breaks and lunch are included with your Symposium registration fee.

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.

Milford W. Donaldson, FAIA

“Looking Forward to the Next Fifty”

Milford Wayne Donaldson has a unique national perspective on the past and future of preservation. He served as the California State Historic Preservation Officer from 2004-2012, under two governors. In 2010, Mr. Donaldson was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by President Barack Obama.

As President of his award-winning firm, Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, Inc. since 1978, Mr. Donaldson specializes in historic preservation services. He is licensed to practice architecture in California, Nevada and Arizona and holds a certified license from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Mr. Donaldson is affiliated with several historical and preservation organizations and is a past president of the California Preservation Foundation and past chairs of the State Historical Building Safety Board, the State Historical Resources Commission, the California Missions Foundation and the Historic State Capitol Commission.

Over the last forty years, Mr. Donaldson has established himself as a leader in historic preservation and adaptive reuse of existing structures, with an expertise in sustainability and modern heritage. He rescued one of the few remaining Futuro houses in the world and restored it as his vacation home in the mountains outside of San Diego. In 1991, The California Council of the American Institute of Architects acknowledged Mr. Donaldson for his statewide leadership in the interpretation of the California Historical Building Code that allowed the rehabilitation of historic buildings. The American Institute of Architects inducted Mr. Donaldson into the College of Fellows in 1992.


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Bradshaw Hovey

Bradshaw Hovey, Ph.D., is a planning practitioner, historian, and theorist with deep experience in public participation and planning processes. He was a significant contributor as planner, writer, and editor to Buffalo’s downtown, waterfront, and comprehensive plans in the “Queen City” series, the University at Buffalo’s campus master plan, the One Region Forward sustainability plan, and the Regional Economic Development Council’s “Strategy for Prosperity” plan. He is currently working on a history of the UB School of Architecture and Planning, which will be 50 years old in 2019. Hovey earned the Master of Urban Planning degree at UB in 1991 and a doctorate in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington in 2003. He is a member of Buffalo’s greatest neighborhood group, the Virginia-Edward-Trinity-Tupper-Elmwood Block Club, aka VETTE.


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Erin Tobin

Erin looks forward to participating in the Conference and Symposium and will bring her understanding of public policy to the table to provide Closing Observations and thoughts for how APT and the preservation community can move our ideas forward for the “Next Fifty.” Erin Tobin serves as the Preservation League’s Vice President for Policy and Preservation and has been with the League since 2007. Erin directs all aspects of the League’s Public Policy and Technical Services Programs. She works collaboratively to set and pursue a statewide policy agenda that advances historic preservation in New York State, and builds and maintains a statewide coalition to assist the League in achieving its goals. Erin also oversees the League’s Technical Services and preservation grants programs, including oversight of our Seven to Save Endangered Properties Program and all preservation workshops and community outreach.

Erin Tobin has held positions with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Historic Albany Foundation. She holds a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the city of Albany with her husband and three children.


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Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC

Barbara is an architect, planner and historian – reinventing and restoring historic and existing buildings. She is the recipient of the National AIA Young Architect of the Year Award 2002 and was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2009 as “the leading national architect and policymaker for the integration of preservation values into green building practices.” Barbara has completed the restorations of some of the most significant National Historic Landmarks in the country and is a recognized leader in the preservation and modernization of modern heritage. She ran her own architecture firm for many years in New York City, served as the Regional Preservation Officer for the Northwest Region of the General Services Administration and from 2006-2011 was the Chief Architect for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Barbara’s firm, BAC/A+P, occupies a unique niche in both the historic preservation and green building fields. She is the Chair of the APT 2018 50th Anniversary Conference and was the APT President from 2005-2007.


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LaLuce Mitchell

Historical Architect
Flynn Battaglia Architects

LaLuce Mitchell is a Preservation Architect at Flynn Battaglia Architects in Buffalo. During college he interned in Buffalo and fell in love with its historic architecture. Recent restoration projects have included the Williamsville Water Mill in Williamsville, NY and the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo. He is a licensed architect in New York State. He was an APT Student Scholar in 2010 and is vice-chair for the 2018 APT conference. When he’s not out preserving old buildings, he enjoys eating the craziest, most interesting food he can find and taking roadtrips to explore little-known corners of the US and Canada.


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Jill H. Gotthelf, AIA, FAPT

Walter Sedovic Architects / Modern Ruins

Jill sets a prodigious standard for the open exchange of ideas among peers, clients & constituents, resulting in projects, workshops, presentations & publications that embody the essence of sustainable preservation. She embraces a holistic view of sustainability, pushing beyond the limits of the traditional definition to establish a balance between economics, environment, social and cultural equity, authenticity, and education. Under her guidance as both Founding Member and Chair (2007-2013), the Association of Preservation Technology International’s (APTI’s) Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (TC/SP), has become a preeminent resource for collecting & disseminating cutting edge philosophy, technology & tools for the preservation community. Her formidable achievements led to Jill’s elevation into APTI’s esteemed College of Fellows and under her guidance as TCSP Chair APT received the AIA National Honor Award for Collaborative Achievement recognizing “unparalleled impact on national and international organizations.” She currently serves on APTI’s Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the AIA Historic Resource Committee, University of Michigan’s Taubman College Alumni Board of Governors, and represents the AIA HRC on the newly formed Zero Net Carbon Collaborative for Existing Buildings (ZNCC).


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