Track 4: This New World: Preservation technology and emerging issues within our historic buildings and built landscapes

CS4.2 Evolution of Best Practices

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: BNCC-106BC
CE: 1.5

A broad-scope examination of best practices, ranging from specific and singular situations to innovations in non-destructive analysis, to reassessment of embedded preservation practices and training methodologies of craftspeople, which underlies it all. Aimed at the experienced preservationist, this panel will make you think anew of what we are about.

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.

Learning Objectives:


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Natica Schmeder

Building conservator
Landmark Heritage Pty Ltd

Natica Schmeder is the Principal of Landmark Heritage Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Australia. She is an architectural historian, building conservator, and heritage planning specialist, with a long-held interest in terracotta. With degrees from American and Scottish universities, Natica has worked in the US, a number of European countries, and Australia. She is currently an Alternate Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria, a member of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Built Environment Committee (past Chair), and of Australia ICOMOS (past Membership Secretary).


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Roy J. Ingraffia, Jr., Assoc. AIA, MS, PA-AIC

Director of Industry Development & Technical Services
International Masonry Institute

Roy is an Associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). He is an Architectural Conservator with experience in design and contracting capacities and his professional work has primarily focused on the preservation of historic masonry structures through research of traditional materials/ methods and development of contemporary restoration techniques. In addition to his work with IMI, Roy teaches the Masonry Conservation Seminar within the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania and is Chair Emeritus of the APT- Delaware Valley Chapter.


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Jenna C. Bresler, PE

Senior Engineer

Jenna Cellini Bresler is a Senior Project Engineer at Silman in Boston, MA. She joined Silman in 2008 as the fourth Robert Silman Fellow for Preservation Engineering at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, focusing on the preservation and maintenance of modern heritage. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Master of Science program and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Lafayette College. Jenna has previously lectured at APTi, ACI, and the KWAH conferences. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI.

Ryan Foster, AIA, is a preservation architect and Associate Principal at McGinley Kalsow and Associates, Inc. in Sommerville, MA, specializing in the assessment, preservation, renovation, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. His expertise with traditional buildin materials and methods complements his focus on integrating historically significant buildings with modern systems and uses. With over 15 years of experience, Mr. Foster utilizes Building Integrated Modeling (BIM) to coordinate projects through all phases of design and construction administration, including feasibility studies and conditions assessments. He excels in Revit modeling and 3-dimensional design tools, allowing for increased understanding of complex buildings as well as creativity and greater precision in adaptive reuse projects. Mr. Foster believes that technology is key to the long-term preservation of historic buildings and that utilizing BIM technology to understand and showcase the potential of historic buildings is key to promoting preservation.


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Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki

Doctoral Student Fellow
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design Department of Historic Presrvation

Evan is a doctoral student fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he recently completed both a MS. in Historic Preservation and a Master of Environmental Building Design, and is currently a research associate at the Architectural Conservation Lab and Center for Environmental Building and Design. His ongoing research includes modeling and validating the thermal behavior of traditional Mongolian Ger (yurts) to improve indoor thermal comfort, reduce energy consumption and improve indoor air quality in the coldest, most polluted capital city in the world; an evidence-based risk assessment and monitoring protocol for climate sensitive historic structures at Fort Union National Monument; environmental diagnostic survey and monitoring methodology for the Vizcaya Mansion Grotto and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument; and the use of RFID technology as a low-cost, non-destructive moisture monitoring technique.


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