Track 1: Decline vs. Revival: Tempering the Impulse to Tear Down and Start Over

CS1.6 Arts and Culture

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: HYATT-Grand B
CE: 1.5

With the reality that buildings were not always built well, how does one approach the restoration or conservation of a beloved structure in the face of limited finances and limited institutional experience? This series of presentations will review the assessment and analysis of structures in danger and outline processes by which the remediation may be attained. These cases studies will address the deteriorated state in which each structure was found along with their rapidly declining conditions. It will be essential to understand the causes of the conditions and how to prioritize repairs.
Often considered to be too expensive to repair, discussion should include the decision process for artistic structures and cultural institutions which includes preservation planning, fundraising, and goal modification. Interestingly, education is a big part of the planning process as well. Owners and owner groups must understand that the cultural significance of the structures extends beyond the contents and that the care and conservation of the structure itself is an art.

This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA, RCEP and ASLA.

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Elizabeth Corbin Murphy

Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA is an accomplished architect dedicated to preservation and restoration technology and design. She consults with building owners and architects regarding state and federal rehabilitation tax credits, design related to old or historic structures, detailed restoration specifications, historic interiors and design guidelines for historic urban centers. Elizabeth’s firm, Chambers, Murphy & Burge Historical Architecture, merged with Cleveland-based Perspectus Architecture in 2016. Now one of the largest architecture firms in Ohio, the combined practice offers complementary strengths in Architectural Design and Historical Architecture.

Elizabeth is the 2012 recipient of the AIA Ohio Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an individual architect. She is past chair of the Advisory Group for the American Institute of Architects National Committee on Historic Resources and a Professional Peer for the GSA Design Excellence and First Impressions Programs. She has served on several design awards juries and is immediate past president of AIA Ohio. Additionally, Elizabeth is a Professor of Practice at Kent State University’s College of Architecture& Environmental Design, currently teaching a course on the Historic American Building Survey. She was honored with the 2016 Woman of the Year Award for Integrity by the Summit County Historical Society and the Woman’s History Project in Akron, Ohio.


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Michael Lennon, AIA, LEED-AP

Senior Architect
Flynn Battaglia Architects, PC

Mr. Lennon has an Architecture degree from the University of Detroit and has been a licensed Architect in New York State since 1978. He is a long-time member of APT and has spoken at past conferences about his work at the Lord and Burnham conservatory in Buffalo and Adler & Sullivan's Guaranty Building; both highlights of his professional career. His interest in architectural history and archaic building methods has led to intensive involvement in projects for many of Western New York's National Landmark structures including the Roycroft Campus, St. Paul's Cathedral, the George Eastman Museum and the Richardson-Olmsted Complex.


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Marco Federico

Senior Architectural Conservator
Materials Conservation Co., LLC

Marco Federico, Senior Conservator at Materials Conservation Co., LLC, specializes in the conservation of stone, terracotta, and other cementitious materials. Marco earned his MS in Historic Preservation, with a concentration in architectural conservation, from the University of Pennsylvania. Marco became interested in conservation while working at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust and as a conservation intern at the Protestant Cemetery in Rome. Marco’s portfolio includes the conservation of the Catholic Total Abstinence Fountain, the Fountain of the Seahorses, Newkirk Monument and countless 18th and 19th century grave markers including Benjamin Franklin’s at Christ Church Burial Ground.


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Renata C. Campiotto

School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP)

Architect and urbanist graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo in 2015. Renata has worked as researcher in the elaboration of the Conservation Management Plan for the Vilanova Artigas Building, a research project funded by the Getty Foundation through the Keeping It Modern program. She has previous experience in research of the built heritage and she was an intern in a company specialized in preservation of cultural heritage in São Paulo, Brazil.


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Edmund P. Meade, PE, FAPT


Mr. Meade is a principal at Silman. He is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Civil Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University and he has lectured at Columbia University, Drew University, and other universities. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Architectural History and Certificate in Historic Preservation from The University of Virginia. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Civil Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer. He was inducted a Fellow of APT in 2012.


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