Traditional Building Conference

Schedule: Traditional Building Conference Series BOSTON

July 14-15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

8:00 am -9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:10 am Welcome

9:10 am - 10:10 am am Keynote Address: The Power of Preservation
Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED AP; Principal for Preservation, Goody Clancy; Boston, MA.

Existing buildings account for nearly 40 percent of all U.S. energy use and carbon emissions, while new construction consumes half of all natural resources used in the United States. With one of the country's leading preservation architects as your guide, this lecture will explore the power of adaptive use and preservation to reduce those numbers and move us toward sustainability.

The Power of Preservation makes a compelling argument that preservation not only delivers a full range of societal benefits, from job creation to stronger social connection, but is essential to the protection of the environment. With increasing awareness of the need for a more environmentally sustainable built environment, the context in which historic preservation practitioners work is changing. Jean Carroon will review current research assessing the environmental value of reusing buildings and the strategies and technologies that give heritage buildings a lighter environmental footprint. After attending this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Identify several ways building reuse avoids negative environmental impact in comparison to new construction.
  • Contrast strategies for effective building utilization including increased spatial efficiency, system upgrades and occupant education.
  • Establish priorities for decisions and implementation that improve the operational performance of buildings.
  • Review holistic sustainability goals that embrace heritage and extend beyond building performance to site, neighborhood and region.

10:10 am - 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – Noon: Making It Fit: Tips for Timeless and Sustainable Goals in New Residential Design
Sandra Vitzthum, AIA, LEED AP, Montpelier, VT.

We are attracted to old houses and neighborhoods for many reasons. They can feel more alive than contemporary suburbs, have a cohesiveness and human scale, have a close connection with the land, and are often built of simple and organic materials. These qualities are also important aspects of sustainable design. After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the spatial aspects of "fitting in" an historic neighborhood.
  • Suggest ways to achieve contemporary living in traditional design.
  • Describe ways to integrate new mechanical systems in old designs; and
  • Discuss issues like old materials and new insulating methods.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lessons from the Palladio Design Award Winners - Traditional Residential Projects
Moderator: Will Holloway, Editor, “Clem Labine’s Period Homes,” Brooklyn, NY.

Award-winning projects and firms for this session include:

Hilton VanderHorn Architects, Greenwich, CT- French Country Farm, Greenwich, CT
Grandberg & Associates, Architects, Mt. Kisco, NY-Googe Residence, Westport, CT
Michael G. Imber Architects, San Antonio, TX-Coastal Living Idea House, Galveston, TX
Sachs & Lindores, Brooklyn, NY- residence, Rhode Island
James Doyle Design Associates, Greenwich, CT-Harmony Farms, Greenwich, CT

In its 10th year, the Palladio Awards have become the preeminent program honoring excellence in traditional design. This year’s honorees will share their insights on important design elements, client relationships, and why traditional designs are enduring. The Palladio award categories are adaptive use/sympathetic addition; new design and construction, less than 5,000 square feet; new design and construction, more than 5,000 square feet; multi-unit projects, and exterior spaces. After attending this session, you will be able to:

Apply best practices from award-winning designs.

  • Balance client needs with available products, local zoning, and historical standards.
  • Improve upon one’s own work when reflecting on why these projects won awards; and
  • Gain a fresh perspective on the restoration of historic or new, traditionally inspired residences.

2:00 pm -3:30 pm: The Role of Fenestration in Creating Energy-Efficient Sympathetic Additions to Historic Commercial Buildings
Faculty TBA

Additions to historic buildings can improve the services and systems of commercial buildings. This course will illustrate the ways in which windows contribute to traditional settings and energy improvements for historic buildings. After participating in this session, you will be able to:

  • Apply effective approaches to designing sympathetic additions for historic buildings.
  • Design additions that support improved energy performance in old buildings.
  • Create new opportunities for using old structures with energy-efficient fenestration.
  • Balance technical, regulatory, aesthetic, and contextual considerations when designing additions to historic buildings.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Humane Urbanism and Traditional Architecture
Ray Gindroz, FAIA, and Principal Emeritus, Urban Design Associates, Pittsburgh, PA with a special introduction by Clem Labine, Editor Emeritus, Clem Labine’s Period Homes and Clem Labines Traditional Building, Brooklyn, NY

Our speaker brings a passion to designing and building the next generation of beautiful and sustainable cities, neighborhoods, and buildings. The guiding principle of UDA's practice has been to find ways of meaningfully engaging citizens in the design of their own communities. Beginning in the 1960's, public engagement processes made it clear that people have deep affection for the traditional patterns of architecture and urbanism in their community. By conducting careful research into patterns that have evolved over time, it is possible to design towns, buildings, and neighborhoods that respond to people’s aspirations. In order to implement such designs, UDA pioneered the revival of Architectural Pattern Books. UDA prepared Pattern Books for Celebration, Florida; the State of Louisiana: Habitat for Humanity: Downtown Norfolk, Virginia and Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The presentation will include a discussion of new traditional neighborhoods in the United States and Great Britain. After participants attend this session, they will be able to:

  • Engage citizens in the design process.
  • Appraise local culture and building traditions as a means of creating new development.
  • Apply principles for creating sustainable neighborhoods that are appropriate for their town and region.
  • Use pattern books as a means of improving one’s work.

5:00 pm -6:00 pm Networking Reception

Friday, July 15, 2011

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome

9:10 am – 10:10 am: Natural Stone – Selection and Fabrication

SPEAKER: Laurie Wells, Vice President, Old World Stone, Burlington, ON, Canada

The process of selecting and fabricating natural stone for restoration is complex. This session will include the selection and matching process for stone supply, followed by site measuring techniques, templating and drawing requirements. Included will be a virtual tour of a fabrication plant to see the high-tech machinery used to cut, turn, and profile stone. You will also see traditional hand-cut methods used by skilled cutters, carvers and sculptors to create one-of-a-kind pieces. After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Cite the long-term benefits of stone.
  • Explain the process of cutting and carving stone.
  • Keep the limitations of natural stone in mind when designing projects.
  • Communicate better with manufacturers, suppliers, craftspeople and clients about the use of stone on projects.

10:10 am - 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – Noon: In the Footsteps of Vitruvius: Design and Construction Durability Lessons Learned from Hands-on Study in Rome
1.5 HSW/SD LUs
Matthew Bronski, Senior Staff, Building Technology; Simpson Gumpertz Heger, Boston, MA and 2009/10 Rome Prize Winner

Construction that is highly durable over the very long-term (e.g., centuries) is inherently sustainable. Despite major emphasis on sustainability over the past decade, we are in the midst of a widespread crisis of rapid building enclosure failures, ranging from highly-publicized and almost immediate enclosure failures on prominent commissions by “Starchitects,” to rapid enclosure failures on non-descript builder houses on Any Street, USA. Where did we go wrong? What do we fail to understand about designing enclosures for durability? And what pertinent lessons, if any, can we derive from historic constructions that have proven to be durable for many centuries? Mr. Bronski’s lecture is based on his year of study in Rome as a Rome Prize Winner. This session will help participants to:

  • Analyze how time-proven traditional construction details succeed technically and durably.
  • Apply traditional construction principles to better manage water on facades and windows thereby promoting durability of their materials.
  • Evaluate and choose natural materials wisely for their long-term durability, and hence their sustainability.
  • Recognize and minimize the inherent vulnerabilities in construction details, promoting performance, long-term durability and sustainability.

Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Architecture and Academe: Traditional, Durable and Enduring
Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., Ph.D. Professor and Director of the Museum Studies Program, (Retired) University of Delaware, Architectural Historian, and Author: Architecture and Academe: College Buildings in New England before 1860, University Press of New England, 2011

College campuses stand as iconic images of New England’s passion for education and intellect. Professor Bryant Tolles has produced the only study to date of pre-Civil War New England college buildings. This lecture will share insights gained over his forty-year study of early New England colleges. He will examine durable and traditional design and construction, selected structures on sixteen campuses, campus plans, and how priorities are set for maintenance, preservation, and funding important buildings that often define an institution’s identity. After attending this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the English background of collegiate architectural design and its adaptation in the 18th and 19th centuries in New England.
  • Cite excellence in design, materials, and construction that have contributed to durability.
  • Apply lessons learned from administrators and trustees whose policies and diligence favored historic preservation of key buildings.
  • Improve one’s communication with collegiate clients and fellow professionals when working on projects on historic campuses.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Historic Campuses and New Traditional Architecture
Graham S. Wyatt, AIA, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (New York, NY)

The architectural character of college and university campuses is synonymous with the identity of the institutions they serve. Why and how should academic institutions continue a tradition of historic architecture? How can new traditional buildings most effectively meet contemporary needs for learning, student well-being, environmental sustainability and fiscal responsibility? After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate that appropriately applied new traditional architecture can represent an effective, high-value approach to campus-building today.
  • Cite examples of new traditional campus buildings that support and extend the identities of the institutions for which they are built.
  • Cite examples of new traditional campus buildings that achieve high levels of environmental sustainability and discuss the various strategies used to achieve sustainable construction and operation, resource efficiency and LEED certification.
  • Converse knowledgeably with academic and other clients about how new traditional buildings can effectively promote institutional identity while meeting today's functional, social and financial requirements.

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Break

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm: Lessons from the Palladio Award Winners: Commercial, Institutional and Public Projects

Moderator, Martha McDonald, Editor, Clem Labine’s Traditional Building, Brooklyn NY

The following Award-winning projects and firms will be featured:

John Milner Architects, Chadds Ford, PA- Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington, DE
Glenn Keys Architects, Charleston, SC- Cathedral of St. John the Baptist- steeple addition, Charleston, SC
Duncan G. Stroik, Architect, South Bend, IN- The Chapel of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, Santa Paula, CA
Glave & Holmes Architecture, Richmond, VA-University of Richmond, Carol Weinstein International Center, Richmond, VA

In its 10th year, the Palladio Awards have become the preeminent program honoring excellence in traditional design. This year’s honorees will share their insights on important design elements, client relationships, and why traditional designs are enduring in the public realm.

  • Apply best practices from award-winning commercial, public, and institutional designs.
  • Balance client needs with available products, local zoning, and historical standards.
  • Improve upon one’s own work when reflecting on why these projects won awards; and
  • Gain a fresh perspective on the restoration of historic or traditionally inspired commercial, ecclesiastical, and institutional projects.

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm Q & A's, Wrap-up and Evaluations




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