Traditional Building Conference

Chicago 2010: Schedule by Track and Day

G= General Sessions (free);
P = Preservation in Practice;
R= Residential Series;
S= Sustainability;
T= Traditional Trades;


Track: General Sessions

Friday, October 22, 2010:

9:45 am – 11:00 am Keynote Address

G01 Greener at the Grassroots: Mayors and Sustainability Policy

Introductory to Advanced 1 AIA CEU
Moderator: Peter A. Harkness, Founder and Publisher Emeritus, “Governing”
Panelists: Mayor Bob Dixson, Greensburg, KS; Andre N. Pettigrew, executive director, Climate Prosperity Project, Inc., Washington, DC and more to be announced.

  • Apply lessons learned from mayors who are helping their cities to grow greener.
  • Reflect on the politics and policies that actually support sustainable architecture, landscapes and transportation.
  • Be aware of the relationship between states, localities and the business community.

The public sector at the local level has recognized that a greener environment is fraught with economic opportunity. New Urbanists have been telling us for decades to look to historical town development to unlock the door to livable, cleaner, safer and more attractive communities. Savvy mayors are leading their communities with zoning, building, and transportation policies toward a future that is attracting all age groups back to urban living. Join us for a compelling discussion with three mayors who are designing cleaner and greener communities.

1:15 pm – 2:15/2:45 pm Seminars

G02 Saving and Reinstalling Historic Sheet-Metal Facades – Live in the Exhibit Hall

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKERS: Anna Margaret Barris, Project Designer, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL and Darius Bryjka, B-W Consultants, Inc., Springfield, IL

  • Acquire a brief history of historic sheet-metal facades.
  • Learn techniques for salvaging, repairing, and restoring historic pressed metal
  • Advocate for historic resources through education and media coverage.

Architectural sheet metal was installed on tens of thousands of buildings across the country because it was stylish, durable, and affordable. This examination of architectural sheet metal will focus on two manufacturers: George Mesker and Mesker Brothers. Included in the discussion will be how to cleverly advocate for the material as well as useful repair techniques.


Saturday, October 23, 2010:

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.

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.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Live in the Exhibit Hall
- Free to all badge holders

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.



Track: Preservation in Practice

Thursday, October 21, 2010:

9:00 am -10:00/10:30/11:00 am

P01 Palladio Awards- Commercial Projects 1.5 AIA CEUs

Introductory to Advanced
Moderator: Martha McDonald, Editor, Clem Labine’s Traditional Building, Brooklyn, NY

  • Apply best practices from award winning projects.
  • Balance client needs with available products, local zoning, and historical standards.

Now in its ninth year, the Palladio Awards program recognizes excellence in traditionally inspired design. In this session, the 2010 recipients for commercial/institutional/public design will give in-depth presentations of the winning projects. The 2010 winners are: John G. Waite Associates, Architects; Atkin Olshin Schade Architects; Robert A. M. Stern Architects; and Khoury & Vogt Architects.

10:30 am – 11:30 am/ Noon Seminars

P02 The Cornice: Conditions, Criteria, and Case Studies for Restoration and Reconstruction

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKERS: Ilene R. Tyler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, Principal and Director of Preservation, and Ann K. Dilcher, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect, and Jennifer Henriksen, Project Architect, Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Identify the elements of a facade that constitutes a building’s cornice.
  • Understand how different types of cornices are constructed and attached.
  • Evaluate the materials and scope of repairs appropriate and complementary to several building types.

Cornices once adorned most 19th and early 20th century buildings. Although a character- defining facade feature and often integral to keeping a building watertight, many buildings have lost this distinguishing feature. This presentation focuses on six case studies of five different cornice materials, their restoration or reconstruction.

P03 The History of American Windows

Intermediate 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKERS: Judy L. Hayward, Executive Director, Preservation Education Institute, Education Director, Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference, Windsor, VT, and Neal A. Vogel, Principal, Restoric, LLC, Evanston, IL

  • Learn the general evolution of window manufacturing in America.
  • Discern how to date historic windows based on their technology.
  • Recognize the geometry of proportion and design in respective styles.

Many notable regional variations in window design and manufacture exist nationwide. You will identify characteristics of windows by architectural style from Colonial to Contemporary. This in-depth look at historic windows will help you implement your current projects.

1:30 pm – 2:30/3:00 pm Seminars

P05 Restoring Windows for Large Projects

Intermediate 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKERS: Gail Wallace, President, and Byron Wallace, Production Manager, Restoration Works, Inc., Bradley, IL

  • Discern the inherent quality found in larger commercial windows and consider restoration.
  • Learn how energy upgrades are incorporated into window restoration for a green window.
  • Discuss different options available under the restoration umbrella.

Window restoration technology has advanced along with service strategies. The Rookery in Chicago (1988), The St. Louis Merchandise Mart (2002), and Yale University’s Silliman College will be used to illustrate how seemingly daunting and complicated projects can be executed with the desired energy efficiency incorporated into window systems on larger windows.


Friday, October 22, 2010:

8:00 am -9:30 am Seminars

P07 History as Centerpiece: Adapting the Historic DuPage County Courthouse

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Meg Kindelin, Associate, Johnson Lasky Architects, Chicago, IL

  • Appreciate architectural challenges such as accessibility, parking needs, structural constraints, MEPFP challenges and constraints.
  • Acquire a brief history of the buildings and adjacent land.
  • Understand the rehab of a significant interior stairway.

The DuPage County Courthouse in downtown Wheaton, Illinois was built in 1893 and is on the National Register. The State’s Attorneys’ Building was built in the 1920’s. They were vacant when acquired in 2003 by a local developer. The 4 ½ story masonry Courthouse was restored and reused as six luxury condominiums and the State Attorneys’ Building was rehabbed as a clubhouse for the condo association. Additional buildings will complete this planned unit development.

P08 Using Historic Tax Credits for Micro Residential Development

Introductory to Advanced
SPEAKER: Aaron Lubeck, Partner, Author, Trinity Design/Build, Green Restorations, Durham, NC and Gary Kueber, MD, MPH, MRP, Endangered Durham, Durham, NC

  • Understand the value of environmental analysis software.
  • Appreciate 18th and 19th century environmental design determinants.
  • Describe the architectural significance of some historic structures in light of climate.

Rehabilitation tax credits are a large incentive to any homeowner but are often misunderstood. This session will discuss residential tax credits using a case study that aims to “stack” significant historic tax credit with renewable energy credits (qualifying solar panels on an historic rehabilitation).

P15 Private Frontage Secrets

Introductory to Advanced
SPEAKER: Aaron Lubeck, Partner, Author, Trinity Design/Build, Green Restorations, Durham, NC and Gary Kueber, MD, MPH, MRP, Endangered Durham, Durham, NC

  • Understand the value of environmental analysis software.
  • Appreciate 18th and 19th century environmental design determinants.
  • Describe the architectural significance of some historic structures in light of climate.

Rehabilitation tax credits are a large incentive to any homeowner but are often misunderstood. This session will discuss residential tax credits using a case study that aims to “stack” significant historic tax credit with renewable energy credits (qualifying solar panels on an historic rehabilitation).


1:15 pm – 2:15/2:45 pm Seminars

P09 Adaptive Use: Transforming Historic Buildings for New Uses

Introductory 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKERS: Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Quinn Evans Architect, Ann Arbor, MI, Ronald D. Staley, FAPT, The Christman Company, Lansing, MI, Bradley Cambridge, RA, Project Architect, Quinn Evans Architect, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Identify historic buildings with potential for adaptive reuse.
  • Understand the role of government and non-profit sectors in facilitating redevelopment of obsolete buildings.
  • Discern the layering of financing options to make adaptive use possible.

Using three case studies, the panel will discuss the adaptive use of obsolete and underutilized historic buildings. The case studies include: the Inn on Ferry Street, a conversion of four late 19th century houses and two carriage barns to create a 42 room boutique hotel; Armory Arts Lofts, a conversion of a 19th century prison and armory to create an arts centered housing community with studios and galleries; and the Ottawa Street Power Station, a conversion of an early 20th century power station to create a state-of-the-art LEED certified national headquarters for a major insurance company.

P10 Beyond Tax Credits: Creative Economic Incentives and Financing for Rehabilitating Historic Properties

SPEAKER: Gary L. Cole, AIA, Esq.,, Attorney and Historic Preservation Architect; Outside General Counsel and board member of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, Chicago, IL

  • Develop an awareness of the available public development incentives for historic rehabilitation.
  • Discover lesser-known private financing methods.
  • Research the range of public and private incentives, including new green building incentives.

Beginning with an overview of various public economic incentives, such as Historic Tax Credits, Tax Freeze, Class”L,” Preservation Easements, and then discussing ways to privately finance historic rehabilitation, such as Accelerated Depreciation, Cost Segregation, Private Financing, Syndicating Tax Credits, and even Public Financing, this presentation will enable you to fully evaluate the many ways to fund your projects.

3:00 pm -4:00 pm Seminars

P11 Thinking like a Developer: A Crash Course for Preservationists

Introductory to Intermediate
SPEAKERS: Allen Johnson and Albert Rex, MacRostie Historic Advisors, LLC, Chicago, IL

  • Converse intelligently with developers.
  • Grasp the impact of harsh realities on preservation projects.
  • Think creatively about designing and developing successful projects.

Today’s difficult financing environment has challenged real estate developers to seek alternative sources of equity, including historic rehabilitation tax incentives. Using case studies, this session will provide an overview and understanding of how developers assess a project’s potential, develop a pro forma, and undertake a historic tax credit deal. You will learn the basics of structuring a historic tax credit deal and how you can turn the tax credits into equity for a project in your community.

4:00 pm -5:00 pm

P12 The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
Moderator: Clem Labine, Founding Publisher and Editor, Clem Labine’s Traditional Building and Clem Labine’s Period Homes, Brooklyn, NY
SPEAKER: Steven W. Semes, Author, Academic Director, Rome Studies Program, University of Notre Dame, Rome, Italy
Recommended Advance Reading: The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation by Semes ( Norton, 2009)

  • Understand that current policies in historic preservation are damaging historic sites.
  • Learn how these policies need to be revised.
  • Appreciate alternative strategies for understanding the proper relationship of new building to historic sites.

Steven Semes’ recently published book calls for a new alliance between preservation and new traditional architecture. He argues that new buildings should pay deference to and respect their surroundings to create harmonious compositions. New traditional architecture and New Urbanism prompt a critical re-evaluation of current policies in preservation and conservation, particularly in connection with new construction in historic settings.


Saturday, October 23, 2010:

1:00 pm – 2:00/2:30 pm Seminars

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

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.


Track: Residential Series

Thursday, October 21, 2010:

1:30 pm – 2:30/3:00 pm Seminars

R01 Palladio Awards- Residential Projects

Introductory to Advanced 1.5 AIA CEUs
MODERATOR: Will Holloway, Editor, Clem Labine’s Period Homes

  • Apply best practices from award winning projects.
  • Balance client needs with available products, local zoning, and historical standards.

Now in its ninth year, the Palladio Awards program recognizes excellence in traditionally inspired design. In this session, the 2010 recipients for residential design will give in-depth presentations of the winning projects. The 2010 winners are: James Merrell Architects; Michael G. Imber Architects; Braulio Casas Architects; Ferguson & Shamamian Architects; Richard Anderson Landscape Architect; Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors; and David Scott Parker Architects.


Friday, October 22, 2010:

3:00 pm -4:00 pm Seminars

R02 Green Home Rating Systems

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: Mike Jackson, FAIA, Chief Architect, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL

  • Develop recommendations to make green rating systems more preservation friendly.
  • Appreciate the lag in developing green rating tools that promote building re-use.
  • Identify major categories that are used to measure “green” building performance.

Green building ratings systems have been developed to guide and inform owners, architects, and builders in the environmental impacts of construction. For home owners there are now several dozen different green home-rating systems in North America and Europe, most apply to new construction. These systems rarely identify historic resources or promote building re-use. This presentation will compare several home-rating systems and identify some of the means and methods most important to historic preservation.


Saturday, October 23, 2010:

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.

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.




Track: Sustainability

Thursday, October 21, 2010:

9:00 am -10:00/10:30/11:00 am

S01 Legal Issues: When Preservation Goes Green

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: Gary L. Cole, AIA, Esq., Attorney and Historic Preservation Architect; Outside General Counsel and Board Member of The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, Chicago, IL

  • Examine relevant conflicting historic rehabilitation guidelines.
  • Discuss conflicting “green” building guidelines.
  • Plan carefully to avoid legal liability.

In the rush to “green” all construction, climate change advocates may be creating serious conflict between established historic rehabilitation standards and relatively new high energy efficient construction requirements. A conflict can arise during historic rehabilitation where greater regard is given to either the Secretary of the Interiors for Rehabilitation or energy efficient requirements, and, when doing so causes development economic incentives to be lost and possibly both local historic, and state and local energy efficiency codes to be violated. Gain an understanding of how to avoid legal pitfalls when rehabilitating historic properties that are subject to both preservation guidelines and energy efficiency guidelines.

S02 Sustainable Restoration: A Lighting Case Study

Introductory to Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKERS: Susan D. Turner, AIA, PMP, LEED AP, Discipline Leader, Historic Preservation, Bailey Edward Architecture, Chicago, IL and Paul Jurkschat, New Metal Crafts, Chicago, IL

  • Differentiate between the performance of historic lights and replicas.
  • Assess wiring, completeness of parts and seismic concerns.
  • Learn the use of lighting mock-ups and their use in design.

This presentation will focus on the lighting upgrade of the First United Methodist Church in the Chicago Temple. The existing fixtures, a defining element of this 1927 church, were retrofitted for energy efficiency, separately circuited with a central lighting control to create worship scenes, and integrated into a new audio-visual system.

10:30 am – 11:30 am/ Noon Seminars

S03 Traditional Sustainable Construction

1 AIA HSW/SD CEU Intermediate
SPEAKER: Ethan Anthony, President, HDB/Cram and Ferguson, Inc., Boston, MA

  • Examine ways that energy efficiency can be incorporated into traditional buildings.
  • Discuss how traditional orientation in planning architecture is sustainable.
  • Learn how traditional materials increase the sustainability of architecture.

Since 1977 the new traditional architecture movement has found its feet and new buildings of varying styles have been designed and built. Using projects in process and completed projects by HDB/Cram and Ferguson, Inc., this presentation will address the ways that sustainability can be achieved in traditional architecture.

S14 Lovable Buildings (1.5 hrs.)

1:30 pm – 2:30/3:00 pm Seminars

S04 Transforming the Past to Preserve the Future

Advanced 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: Tom Liebel, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Marks, Thomas Architects, Baltimore, MD

  • Identify the challenges of integrating sustainable design strategies into the adaptive use of historic structures, including historic tax credit issues and brown fields concerns.
  • Address how the adaptive reuse of older urban structures can be a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.
  • Apply a variety of financing strategies and life cycle cost analyses to fund these projects.

Projects that integrate sustainable design, adaptive use, historic preservation and neighborhood revitalization are technically challenging and difficult; when successfully executed, they have a powerful effect that extends well beyond the confines of a site. Neighborhoods integrating diverse uses and preserving the complex layering of architecture found in historic communities have a depth and vitality that cannot be replicated with new development. This session will present the evolution of key concepts that have led to a new generation of projects that have successfully integrated adaptive use and sustainable design with an emphasis on those that have established vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods through the development of individual properties.

S05 Play By Play: Greening Your Rehabilitation Project

Intermediate 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKERS: Liz Petrella, LEED AP, and Jenny Parker, LEED AP Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service, Washington, D.C.

  • Apply the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation while incorporating green design features.
  • Identify areas where preservation and sustainability are easily combined and where current practices diverge.
  • Become familiar with newly published guidance from the National Park Service.

Join experts from the National Park Service to examine how the principles of sustainability can be incorporated into a renovation project while meeting the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation. Going step by step through the principles of sustainability, this session will explore both common sense and innovative solutions to energy-related problems in historic buildings. Participants will benefit from lessons learned by projects that have successfully navigated the federal tax credit program and various green certification programs.

S06 Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Preserving our Future while Maintaining Tradition

Introductory to Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: Michael McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer, SRS Energy, Philadelphia, PA

  • Understand the building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) industry.
  • Apply BIPV options to future projects.
  • Teach clients to assess the value of BIPV systems for their buildings.

This presentation will deliver an understanding of state-of-the-art photovoltaic technology and products. You will learn essential specification considerations when evaluating photovoltaic systems for new construction and renovation projects. Federal and state government support incentives will also be reviewed.

S13 Sustainability and Sanctity: Three Centuries of Sacred Places by Upjohn, Belluschi, and Stern

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKERS: Glenn R. Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, and Michael DeMatteo, AIA, Senior Associate, Newport Collaborative Architects, Inc., Newport, RI

  • Learn to incorporate sustainable design into sacred places.
  • Discuss the delicate design parameters necessary when adding a sacred space to complement existing buildings.
  • Compare designs and materials that can achieve a sense of a sacred space.

This presentation will address how to preserve sacred places, design historically inspired new spaces, and incorporate sustainable elements in both new and built environments. Spanning three centuries and showcasing three luminaries, we will chronicle the recent award-winning restoration of the Church of St. Gregory the Great, a Modernist chapel designed by Pietro Belluschi, the new construction of Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, a Shingle Style chapel designed by Robert A. M. Stern, and the design of St. Mary’s Parish Center, a modern facility compatible with the neighboring 19th century church designed by Richard Upjohn.


Friday, October 22, 2010:

8:00 am -9:30 am Seminars

S07 Methods for Assessing and Improving Energy Performance for Historic Buildings

Intermediate 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKER: Mark Thaler, AIA, Principal, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Albany, NY

  • Discover how to assess a building’s existing energy performance.
  • Understand how historic construction techniques affect energy utilization.
  • Explore examples of how energy efficiencies have been successfully integrated into historic buildings.

Historic buildings are often thought to be “energy hogs” with drafty windows and leaky walls that ooze energy dollars from every pore. However, the truth is that many historic buildings have sustainable attributes, including large windows for day lighting, natural ventilation systems, high ceilings to dissipate summer heat, and incorporation of local materials. You will learn how to analyze the energy efficiency of historic buildings and techniques for improvement.

1:15 pm – 2:15/2:45 pm Seminars

S08 Thermal Microclimates: Comfort and Climate Response in Traditional American Houses

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKERS: Harry C. Kendall, AIA, LEED AP, Partner; Julia Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, and Jennifer Preston, LEED AP, BKSK Architects LLP, New York, NY

  • Compare interior living environments from distinct climate zones.
  • Learn to use software to model building envelope, energy performance, and internal comfort constituents.
  • Understand what traditional buildings have to teach us.

We will systematically examine and compare the interior living environments, specifically in regards to thermal comfort, of several traditional houses from several distinct climate zones. Using software to model building envelope, energy performance, daylighting, and internal comfort constituents, we will offer a detail-laden, experiential description of thermal microclimates within the subject houses. We ask, “How, with modern tools, can we preserve an understanding of traditional buildings’ inherently energy efficient character?”

4:00 pm -5:00 pm

S09 Evaluating Windows: Restore, Replace or Add Storms?

Introductory to Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: Susan D. Turner, AIA, PMP, LEED AP, Discipline Leader, Historic Preservation, Bailey Edward Architecture, Chicago, IL

  • Learn to evaluate the condition of a window.
  • Evaluate where energy efficiency and sustainable building blend within the requirements for historic materials retention.
  • Develop criteria to be considered in assessing existing windows.

This presentation will highlight a study performed for the Illinois Capital Development Board that ascertained the capital, operational and maintenance costs of decisions regarding historic windows. Three options were assessed: to restore, to replace, or to add storms. These options were reviewed by looking at as many criteria as could be measured: historic material retention, embodied energy, landfill diversion, energy costs and maintenance costs. The building is eligible for the National Register and is being rehabilitated to meet a LEED Gold Level.

S10 Codes, Credits, and LEED – A Case Study

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW/SD CEU
SPEAKER: T. David Bell, AIA, LEED AP, Bell Architects, PC, Washington, D.C.

  • Understand the steps and constraints in designing for Rehabilitation Tax Credits and applications of technology.
  • Learn performance-based code compliance calculations.
  • Balance requirements for LEED with historic preservation, life safety, and universal accessibility.

This presentation is focused on three phases of sustained effort for the rehabilitation of the nationally significant Old Naval Hospital (c.1865): the rehabilitation design of the two historic buildings and site, including the ornamental fence, utilized performance-based code compliance to provide a universally accessible community center that targets LEED silver certification. Innovative technologies include 3D laser scanning and geo-thermal heat pumps. Funding for the project came from historic rehabilitation tax credits, Save America’s Treasures, and energy efficient incentives. Challenges to be discussed include federal ownership, non-profit long-term leaseholder, and associated complexities for funding, approvals, maintenance and life-cycle cost considerations.


Saturday, October 23, 2010:

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

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

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.

1:00 pm – 2:00/2:30 pm Seminars

S15 Living Traditions (1.5 hrs)

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.



Track: Traditional Trades

Thursday, October 21, 2010:

9:00 am -10:00/10:30/11:00 am

T01 Masonry and Moisture Problems: Causes and Solutions

Introductory to Intermediate 2 AIA HSW CEUs
SPEAKER: Mario Machnicki, International Working Advisor, U.S. Heritage Group, Chicago, IL

  • Discuss common masonry moisture problems and their causes.
  • Understand the function of mortar and masonry units in historic masonry walls.
  • Evaluate historic mortar compositions.

This workshop will demonstrate the more common moisture problems in masonry. Examples of historic and recent mortar composition will be shown as well as the influence of improper materials used in masonry.

1:30 pm – 2:30/3:00 pm Seminars

T03 The Life and Times of Michigan’s Historic Windows

Introductory 1.5 AIA HSW/SD CEUs
SPEAKERS: Gerry Harsch, Heritage Working Windows, Traverse City, MI and Nancy Finegood, Executive Director, Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Lansing, MI

  • Learn the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards which relate to historic windows.
  • Understand the case for rehabilitation of heritage/historic windows.
  • Develop window rehabilitation training initiatives.

The question of whether to rehabilitate/restore historic windows or replace them with contemporary material windows is debated with great vigor and emotion throughout the historic preservation community. We will explore the debate and place it within the context of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards. A recent initiative by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office to train craftsmen to preserve historic windows while making them energy efficient and preserving their character and beauty will be presented.


Friday, October 22, 2010:

8:00 am -9:30 am Seminars

T04 Restoring Historic Doors and Hardware

Intermediate 1.5 AIA HSW CEUs
SPEAKERS: Greg Bettenhausen, Owner, Al Bar Wilmette Platters, Wilmette, IL and Neal Vogel, Principal, Restoric, LLC, Evanston, IL

  • Evaluate the condition and restoration options for historic doors.
  • Determine whether historic doors can be retrofitted to meet modern egress requirements.
  • Understand finishing options and the pros and cons of various finishes.

This session will provide a general overview of historic doors and hardware commonly found in the Midwest from ca. 1870 through the 1930’s. Residential and commercial doors will be included, although the primary focus will be on wood doors. Case studies will be shown of a variety of historic door problems on traditional buildings and the methods used to restore them.

T05 Ceramic Tile Replication – When, Why, and How

Introductory 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Roger L. Mayland, President, North Prairie Tileworks, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

  • Identify historical tile and its importance.
  • Develop and awareness of ceramic tile replication process.
  • Appreciate the feasibility and constraints of replicating ceramic tiles.

There are many situations where it may be desirable to replicate tile in both residential and commercial settings. This session will outline the replication process and identify resources that will aid in determining whether it is feasible to successfully match existing ceramic tile for a project.

T06 Natural Stone – Selection and Fabrication

Intermediate 1 AIA HSW CEU
SPEAKER: Laurie Wells, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Old World Stone, Burlington, ON, Canada

  • Understand the limitations of natural stone.
  • Appreciate the long-term benefits of stone.
  • Learn the process of cutting and carving stone.

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.


Saturday, October 23, 2010:

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.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Seminars

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.

1:00 pm – 2:00/2:30 pm Seminars

T12 Historic Roofing: Slate, Tile, and Copper (1 hr.)

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.



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