PL1 Rethinking Fifty Years of Preservation Philosophies & Approaches

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: BNCC- 101AH
CE: 1.5


Throughout this 50th Anniversary Conference we are weaving the stories of 50 years of preservation technology, lessons learned, points of departure, the “next fifty” and resilience – a topic we must all address with more diligence. The Local Conference Committee and the Programming Committee identified three topics that crossed all four program tracks. We are delighted to present these specially curated sessions with expert rapporteurs and inspiring thought leaders, where we encourage engagement and discussion, to kick-off three days of paper sessions.

Plenary 1
The appropriate treatment for historic structures has been a topic of debate since the nineteenth century. In 1968, APT was formed as an organization “dedicated to the practical application of the principles and techniques necessary for the care and wise use of the built environment.” This session will review the treatment of late-nineteenth century buildings from New York City, Ottawa, and Melbourne with special attention to the changing approaches to their conservation and intervention over the years. The case studies provide insights into the role of philosophy and regulation in changes to the original design. This will be an opportunity to discuss the current status of the question to inform the symposium, “The Next Fifty Years,” that will conclude the APT FIFTY conference.

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

Learning Objectives:


David G. Woodcock, FAIA, FSA, FAPT

Professor Emeritus of Architecture & Director Emeritus, Center for Heritage Conservation
Texas A&M University

David Woodcock grew up near Manchester, England and received professional qualifications in Architecture and in Town and Country Planning from the University of Manchester. Following a Fulbright Grant to teach at the A&M College of Texas in 1962, he returned to England in 1966 to teach and practice in Canterbury. He returned to Texas A&M University in 1970, teaching urban design and architecture and developing cross-disciplinary graduate education in historic preservation, based in a university-wide research, teaching and outreach unit. His research focused on building documentation and analysis and heritage education. He served as APT President in 2000-2001.


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Lane Addonzio, AICP

Vice President for Planning
Central Park Conservancy

Ms. Addonizio is responsible for managing the Conservancy’s Planning, Design and Construction department and its execution of the physical planning effort and restoration program for the Park. Prior to joining the Central Park Conservancy in 2002, she worked with Conservancy founder Elizabeth Barlow Rogers at the Cityscape Institute, a small not-for-profit formed to assist community groups and municipalities with public space improvement initiatives. As a campus planner for Harvard University's planning and real estate division, she collaborated with project teams of architects, preservation consultants, regulatory analysts and others on the development of project plans for the University's campus.


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Denise Keaveney, AIA

Studio Director for Architecture
Central Park Conservancy

Since 2015, Denise Keaveney has directed project teams of inhouse staff and consultants in the execution of the Conservancy’s program of architectural restoration and construction projects. Prior to joining the Conservancy, her experience at firms including Perkins Eastman and Bond Street Architects spanned a variety of project types and scales, including both residential and institutional clients, and ranging from complex restoration work and structural interventions to innovative new construction and interior renovations. In addition to a comprehensive restoration of the iconic Belvedere, Ms. Keaveney’s Central Park portfolio includes and the renovation and restoration of several visitor centers, comfort stations, and operational facilities, and the reconstruction of historic park accessory structures and rustic shelters.


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Chris Nolan, FASLA

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Landscape Architect
Central Park Conservancy

Serving as the Park’s chief landscape architect since 1996, Chris Nolan was named Chief Operating Officer of the Conservancy in 2016. In this dual role, he leads the restoration and management work that is central to the Conservancy’s mission as the organization responsible for the stewardship of Central Park. Along with a multidisciplinary inhouse team of planning and design professionals responsible for planning, design, construction of the Park’s landscapes, structures, and infrastructure, Mr. Nolan oversees the park managers, horticulturalists, and technicians who maintain the Park and Conservancy staff responsible for visitor services and public programs.


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Cristina Ureche-Trifu, M. Arch., M.A., Ph.D. Student

Conservation Architect
Robertson Martin Architects

Cristina is an architect with Robertson Martin Architects in Ottawa, On. In addition to her architectural training, Cristina also holds an M.A. in heritage conservation from Carleton University and is currently working on her Ph.D. Combining architectural practice with her academic career, her interests range from stone masonry, craftsmanship and materials conservation to studying the intersection between construction and conservation and the way in which conservation principles and theories get transformed during the actual project implementation.


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Chris Vopni, P. Eng.

John G. Cooke & Associates Ltd.

Chris is an associate at John G. Cooke & Associates Ltd (JCAL). He completed his Engineering studies at the University of Ottawa, graduating with a Bachelor in Applied Science. Chris works as Project Engineer with his focus on the conservation and upgrade of existing Heritage Buildings. Chris has been involved in a range of projects from small scale localized interventions to much larger scale conservation projects including the West Block Rehabilitation Project in Ottawa and the Masonry Conservation at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.


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Roger B. Beeston

Director/Principal Architect
RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants Pty Ltd

Roger is a conservation architect with 30 years' experience and is the founding director of the Melbourne based practice RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants.

RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants specialise in the assessment, restoration and sensitive adaptation of buildings and places of heritage significance. The practice is recognised for its conservation work by Heritage Victoria, the peak heritage body in the state, and also the Australian Institute of Architecture. They have undertaken a wide variety of heritage assessment and conservation work throughout Victoria for various state and local government agencies, as well as for private individuals, organisations and corporations.

Roger has been involved with a wide variety of heritage places throughout Victoria, and Australia more broadly, as well as in India and Myanmar. He is a long-standing Heritage Advisor to the Planning Department at the City of Melbourne, the Deputy Chair of AusHeritage, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History at Federation University Australia. In addition, he is a member of Australia ICOMOS, The National Trust of Australia (Victoria), and the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

As an expert witness on matters related to places of cultural heritage significance, Roger has appeared before the Heritage Council of Victoria, Planning Panels Victoria, the Supreme Court, and VCAT. Roger also undertakes intermittent teaching roles and is a former member of the Academic Advisory Board at Deakin University in the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies courses.


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