Traditional Building Conference

Chicago 2010: Schedule for Saturday, October 23

8:00 am – 11:00 am Workshops

W09 Historic Plaster Repair: 1500- 1940

Introductory to Advanced 3 AIA HSW CEUs/SD CEUs
SPEAKERS: Rory Brennan, Principal, Preservation Plastering, Ltd., Brattleboro, VT and John Speweik , Speweik Preservation Consultants. Inc., Elgin, IL

  • Receive detailed instruction about plaster stabilization.
  • Understand the history of plaster systems and the materials used.
  • Learn to formulate plaster to match the original plaster.

You will discover all aspects of plaster repair from stabilization to filling in missing plaster. The evaluation of existing plaster and materials will be covered. A chance to actually learn how plaster feels and how to plaster with traditional materials will be part of this workshop.

W10 Upstairs Downtown: Growing Up Not Out

Intermediate 3 AIA HSW CEUs
SPEAKERS: Anna Margaret Barris, Project Designer, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL, Mike Jackson, FAIA, Chief Architect of Preservation Services, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL, Dan Carmody, President, Detroit Eastern Market

  • Determine what building codes are applicable to upper floor reuse of Main Street
  • Apply market trends to design choices based on where people live and why they live there.
  • Design living and working spaces within the impact of debt financing.

There are countless under-utilized upper floors in our historic Main Streets that have everything new development requires: utilities, infrastructure, a central location and visibility. The key building features that need to be examined in rehabilitation of an historic building and the applicable building codes will be discussed. An overview of ways that various communities encourage upper floor development is included.

8:30 am -9:30/10:00 am Seminars

T07 Interpreting Wright’s Interior Finishes

Introductory 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKERS: Anthony Kartsonas, Principal, Historic Surfaces, LLC, and Paul Harding, FAIA, Chicago, IL

  • Learn the process of investigating interior finishes.
  • Appreciate the importance of mock-ups and testing.
  • Discover modern materials that can be used in place of historic materials.

Using the Glasner House (Glencoe, IL) and the Davenport House (River Forest, IL) as case studies, this presentation will look at how Wright’s interiors and finishes are examined and interpreted. The procedures used during research will be explained, including site investigations, paint microscopy, and laboratory analysis.

T08 Understanding American Heritage Tile Work

Introductory to Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Keith Bieneman, General Manager, Subway Ceramics, Verona, WI

  • Understand how one common standard existed for pre-war American tile work.
  • Discover how historic tile work can be authentically reproduced.
  • Learn how historic reproduction tile work is compatible with modern installation methods.

Almost 100 years ago, traditional American tile work converged into a single, common standard. Adopted by thirteen of America’s most prominent tile manufacturers, the Handbook of Glazed Tiles and Trimmers was the standard for American tile production through the pre-war era. This common standard has made historically authentic reproductions possible. Two case studies illustrating period tile restoration and interactive 3D CAD renderings will detail the precise system of tile work used in vintage installations and ways to adapt conventional installation methods to anachronistic tile forms.

T09 Traditional Elements of Modern Stone Design

Introductory 1.5 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Steve Alamin, President and COO, Rhodes Architectural Stone, Seattle, WA

  • Understand stone’s highest and best use to enhance the sustainability of your design.
  • Learn to recognize the particular characteristics of quality stone masonry.
  • Distinguish between structural and veneer masonry.

Whether a design was inspired by economic realities, a practical response to the environment, or grand classical taste, stone lends visual credibility to buildings. We will explore the design elements of each period, the dressing and installation of stone, and how it complements architectural style.

S11 Insulating Old Houses: A Greener Approach to Energy Savings

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT, San Francisco, CA

  • Explore all aspects of insulating a building.
  • Discuss types of available insulation.
  • Prepare cost and benefit analyses.

Insulation is like chocolate; the more you have the better. 
Discover the challenges, opportunities and design implication of
insulating older homes.  Learn how to capture the naturally rising
heat in the winter, and stay cool all summer.  We'll review the
best and worst insulation materials and show how to determine if
you home is properly insulated.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Seminars

R03 Independence Park Bungalow: Planning Old and Green

Introductory to Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKERS: Robin E. Whitehurst, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Bailey Edward Architecture, Chicago, IL and Gregory Williams, AIA, LEED AP, Architect Intern, Bailey Edward Architecture, Chicago, IL

  • Determine what to restore and what to replace in an historic home.
  • Discover how energy efficiency and sustainable building can blend within the requirements for historic materials retention.
  • Develop design decisions using a prototype to give positive results.

The Independence Park Bungalow Project was built in the early 1920’s and is a significant structure listed on the National Register. It operated as a public facility for weaving, crafts, and a place for women’s group meetings. The project upgraded the facility to meet the City of Chicago’s energy code and ADA requirements and served as a demonstration house for neighboring homeowners. Lessons learned will be discussed in terms of synergies and capital cost versus return on investment.

T10 Finishing Ornamental Metals

Introductory to Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Douglas Bracken, President, Wiemann Ironworks, Tulsa, OK

  • Understand the basic nature of the four main types of ornamental metals.
  • Discern the primary causes for coating failure.
  • Discuss prep work, coating systems, and finish processes.

You will learn the fundamentals of good finishing for ornamental metalwork beginning with some design basics and then working through the most common steps, processes and products that the ornamental metal trade uses. The way to achieve certain finishes and how to specify the right coating system and process is also covered.

S12 Inherently Sustainable Design: Traditional Design

Introductory 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKERS: John Robert Kirk, AIA, Partner, and Manuel Mergal, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Cooper Robertson & Partners, New York, NY

  • Identify sustainable strategies inherent in traditionally designed houses.
  • Understand the relationship between individual houses and the region they occupy.
  • Reflect on ways that contemporary needs can be adapted to traditionally designed houses.

Most inherently sustainable building designs have been sensible, practical responses to basic environmental conditions such as climate, wind, terrain, and readily available natural resources. Vernacular buildings are regional responses to making shelter in a specific environment using readily available local resources and are, generally speaking, “smarter” with regard to sustainability. Using five examples that span from upper New York State to the Caribbean, a common thread of a sustainable approach as reflected in the appropriate response to setting will be revealed.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm Exhibition Hall Open

11:15 am-12:15 pm

G03 Transforming the Traditional- Live in the Exhibit Hall

Introductory 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKERS: Stuart Cohen, FAIA and Julie Hacker, AIA, Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects, LLC, Evanston, IL
Recommended Reading: Transforming the Traditional by Cohen and Hacker

  • Explore the relationship between new construction and historic buildings.
  • Appreciate the difference between classical and modernist space and how traditional materials can be used to create them both.
  • Encourage originality by making new arrangements of existing architectural forms.

The relationship between the spatial ideas of 20th century modernism, classical space, and traditional architectural forms can be a basis of a way of drawing on traditional elements in architecture in ways that transform them. The traditional forms communicate the familiar, stable, and protective qualities that have been associated with domesticity.

11:15 am – 2:30 pm Tour

W12 From Adaptive Use to Green Roofs: Chicago on Tour

Intermediate –Advanced 3 AIA HSW/SD CEUs

  • Describe the adaptive use of significant Chicago-area projects and apply principles learned.
  • Make the case for adaptive use and an important component of sustainability.
  • Apply green building strategies and design to historic and new buildings.

Join US members of the London-based International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, as they tour three showcase projects of sustainable adaptive use. Co-hosting the tour will be Doug Farr, internationally noted sustainability architect, chair of the LEED-ND development committee, and author of the acclaimed book Sustainable Urbanism. We will tour the Chicago Center for Green Technology, an adaptive use of a 1952 building on contaminated industrial lands; an impressive bungalow neighborhood near Lincoln Square and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a leader in sustainable neighborhoods since 1978. We will see advanced techniques in retrofit and adaptive re-use, solar and geothermal energy, and natural habitats to filter storm water, among others.


12:30 pm-2:00 pm

G05 Working with An Architect sponsored by AIA Chicago

Introductory               Live in the Exhibit Hall

  • Know how to interview and work with an architect
  • Analyze and apply what architects do and how to apply their skills and expertise
  • Become a better client for your architect

Learn about the benefits of using an architect to assure that your project enhances the value of your home while reducing costs and risks. Architects from the AIA Chicago chapter will discuss how to optimize your budget, avoid the most common and costly mistakes, and put together the right team for your needs.

1:00 pm – 2:00/2:30 pm Seminars

R04 Green Restorations: Sustainable Building in Historic Homes

Introductory to Intermediate to Advanced 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKER: Aaron Lubeck, Partner, Author, Trinity Design/Build, Green Restorations, Durham, NC

  • Understand basic building science.
  • Evaluate experience with old structure construction details.
  • Become more comfortable with arriving at solutions when the process continues to be subject to debate.

Note: Green Restorations: Sustainable Building in Historic Homes, Chapter 3 is recommended advance reading.

The preservation world has only recently begun to fully articulate its commitment to green retrofitting principles. Two great American conservation movements, preservation and environmentalism, are converging. This talk focuses on three unsettled debates: envelope tightening strategies, solar system placement and compatibility, and ethical questions surrounding intrusive gut jobs. A review of current conventional wisdom as well as suggested changes to historic housing and restoration practice and policy will be included.

P13 Classic Window Hardware- Form, Function, and Style

Introductory-Advanced 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKER: Michael F. Lynch, AIA, PE, FAPT; Kaese Lynch Architecture and Engineering, Inc., New York, NY

  • Rely on historic catalogs and related publications to design current projects.
  • Use appropriate window hardware in period restorations or new old-style construction.
  • Evaluate the function of traditional locks, sash pulleys, and other window hardware.

This session will improve your work with hardware suppliers to get the right performance and appearance for period window hardware. The evolution of window hardware in the United States and the relationship between function, appearance, and performance is covered in detail. The speaker, a historic preservation architect and engineer, will combine his

T12 Historic Roofing: Slate, Tile and Copper

Introductory 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: John Chan, Vice President, The Durable Slate Company, New Orleans, LA

  • Discern the difference between real and synthetic slate.
  • Learn to repair a slate roof.
  • Receive advice about choosing a good contractor.

This seminar will give a broad overview of the use of slate in the United States as well as offer many specific techniques used when working with slate and tile. Topics to be covered are: the history of slate and tile roofing; problems with slate roofs and tile roofs; use of flashings; repair tips for both slate and tile roofing.

S15 Living Traditions

Intermediate – Advanced 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs

SPEAKER:  Stephen Mouzon; AIA, LEED AP, and CNU; President, Mouzon Design, and Founder, New Urban Guild, Miami, FL

  • Examine traditional building’s response to climate in various regions.
  • Apply the history of cultural traditions’ impact on design in various regions.
  • Use design to improve neighborhoods and communities.

Originally (before the Thermostat Age) people had no choice but to build green, otherwise people would not survive very long. Living traditions were the operating systems of this original sustainability, aggregating and distributing the wisdom of sustainability broadly across an entire culture. Today, many architects equate "tradition" with "history," but there's about as much similarity between a living tradition and an historical tradition as there is between a living creature and a fossil. One has life, while the other does not. Our ancestors participated in vibrant living traditions, whereas building in a traditional manner today is often thought of as "following a book of rules." This session looks at the advantages of living traditions, from sustainability to affordability, and explores how designers, builders, neighborhoods, and municipalities can foster Living Traditions, which engage the citizens to achieve real sustainability. It also looks at specific initiatives that can be advanced both at the scale of the municipality and the scale of the neighborhood. Some of these may be surprising, because it's been so long since most of our communities have participated in living traditions that we've forgotten how they work.


2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Live in the Exhibit Hall
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G04 Traditional Building Design Challenge: Presentation and Awards

Introductory to Advanced 1.5 AIA CEUs

  • See traditionally inspired house designs in historic settings.
  • Hear professionals discuss new uses for period architectural detailing.
  • Review hand-drawn architectural plans.

Join leading architects and designers as they present their work – the culmination of the two-day Traditional Building Design Challenge. The teams have been competing to create an appropriate design for a historic Chicago area residential neighborhood. Watch as they are discussed and the winner is announced. Learn how to make your own contextual designs better.
Special thanks to our sponsor: Woodstone Windows and Doors.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

P14 Landmark Illinois Annual Awards Program
(pre-selection required; ala carte purchase only)
Takes place at the Chicago Club.


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