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Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation Agenda


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Roger Williams University
Bay Point Inn and Conference Center
144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, R.I.

Final agenda subject to change. See a list of student presentations.

8:30 a.m.

Registration and poster session; continental breakfast and coffee

9:00 a.m.


9:45 a.m.

Integrity, Harmoniousness, and Compatibility: The Conundrums of Context
Daniel Bluestone, Professor, University of Virginia School of Architecture

For more than a generation, historic preservationists have been stewards not only of historic buildings and landscapes but also of the design controls that regulate changes to historic places. This presentation explores how the preservation movement is doing with its design control efforts.

10:15 a.m.

Don't Be That Guy
Andréa Livi Smith, Director, Center for Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington

Many people will tell you they love history but don't love preservationists. Some view our profession as one of zealotry and a lack of positive ideas. This talk discusses how to make allies instead of chasing them off.
Preservationists do good work. It’s time the general public thinks of us positively too.

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Towards an Ecological Framework for Historic Preservation
Julian Smith, Executive Director, Willowbank School of Restoration Arts

A new generation of students and practitioners see ecological awareness, both cultural and natural, as a priority. This presentation considers the implications of moving toward a broader ecological framework in the historic preservation field.


Lunch and poster session

1:30 p.m.

Challenges and Opportunities Facing New England Preservation

  • Moderator: Laura Trieschmann, State Historic Preservation Officer, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

  • Richard Greenwood, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission

  • Michael Steinitz, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Massachusetts Historical Commission

2:30 p.m.

Pecha-kucha presentations

4:30 p.m.

Summary comments: Prof. Bluestone, Mr. Greenwood, Prof. Smith, Mr. Smith, Mr. Steinitz, Ms. Trieschmann

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Poster and pecha-kucha awards presentation and reception


Student Presentations

  • Please Do Not Climb on the Lions: Critical Conservation of Historic Gardens and Parks and the Relationship with the Public
    Rosabella Alvarez-Calderon, Harvard University (poster)
  • Writing Our Own Story: The Boston Preservation Alliance’s Young Advisors Board Begins a New Chapter
    Nicole Benjamin-Ma, Goucher College; Jonathan Sargent, Savannah College of Art and Design; Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, University of Virginia (pecha-kucha)
  • Infrared Thermography: Rethinking the Process
    LeeAnne Brooks, Boston Architectural College (poster)
  • The Future of Preservation: 3D Documentation on Nantucket, Massachusetts
    Clarissa Carr, University of Florida (poster)
  • Preserving Postwar Public Schools: Utilizing Narrative Inquiry to Go Beyond Tangible Significance
    Clarissa Carr, University of Florida (pecha-kucha)
  • Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation: A Policy Analysis
    Elizabeth DeBlock, Roger Williams University (pecha-kucha)
  • Mapping Preservation Easements: Incorporating GIS in Historic New England’s Stewardship Easement Program
    Carissa Demore, University of Maryland (pecha-kucha)
  • Updating Urban Conservation Models or Twenty-First Century Territorial Urbanization
    Natalia Escobar Castrillon, Harvard University (poster)
  • An Evaluation of Contemporary Community Preservation Education in the U.S. and Recommendations for Strengthening Practices
    Alyssa Lozupone, University of Pennsylvania (pecha-kucha)
  • Secondary Sources and a Flexible Approach Guide the Treatment Plan for the Courtyard and Entrance at Rolling Ridge in North Andover, Massachusetts
    Maureen O’Brien, Boston Architectural College (pecha-kucha)
  • The Iron Works House: A Case Study in Changing Interpretations at a Historic Site
    Gretchen Pineo, Boston University (pecha-kucha)
  • Preserving Yesterday’s Future: Lessons from Connecticut College’s Steel House
    Connecticut College students of Douglas Royalty (pecha-kucha/poster)
  • Preservation Without Restoration: The Preservation of Ruins in the United States
    Sydney Schoof, Roger Williams University (pecha-kucha)
  • Journey’s End: An Analysis of the Turner Family Homestead in Grafton, Vermont
    Melissa Smith, University of Vermont (pecha-kucha)
  • Curating the Modern House Museum: Edgar Kauffman Jr. and Philip Johnson
    Kelsey Stimple, Yale University (poster)


Register online or call 617-994-6644

Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation Agenda