Traditional Building Conference

In Case You Missed It...Recap Boston 2011

Conference Schedule
Speaker Biographies

"Sustainability, Craft and Traditional Building" was the education theme at the second Traditional Building Conference in the 2011 Series, July 14-15. The event, held at the historic Exchange Building on the Boston waterfront, was a big success with architect, designer, contractor and building owner attendees. Eleven building material supplier sponsors helped underwrite the conference.

Keynote speaker Jean Carroon, FAIA LEED AP, Principal for Preservation, Goody Clancy Architects, kicked off the first day with a session titled "The Power of Preservation." In a compelling presentation that included fact, anecdote, humor and common sense, Ms. Carroon itemized a full range of preservation benefits, from job creation to stronger social connection to protecting the environment. With an emphasis on the adaptive reuse of historic buildings, Carroon discussed strategies for effective building utilization, efficiency, system upgrades and occupant education.

The keynote set the tone for the remaining nine seminars over two days. Attendees earned 10 AIA Learning Units, including four Sustainable Design Credits. Each session built on the theme. Sandra Vitzthum, AIA, LEED AP, presented "Tips for Timeless and Sustainable Goals in New Residential Design," which identified methods for building energy efficient features into traditional house designs. Jeffery M. Hoover, AIA, principal, Tappe Associates, and Mike Klahr of A.W. Hastings, a Marvin Windows and Doors distributor, presented "The Role of Fenestration in Creating Energy Efficient Sympathetic Additions to Historic Buildings." In this session, attendees learned how to balance technical, regulatory, aesthetic, and contextual considerations when designing additions to historic buildings.

Practical, useful information for traditional building professionals was abundant at the Traditional Building Conference in Boston. So too was inspiration! The 2011 Clem Labine Award recipient, Ray Gindroz, FAIA, and Principal Emeritus, Urban Design Associates, delivered a passionate, uplifting speech about the importance of engaging citizens to help design sustainable neighborhoods. To this end, UDA has pioneered the revival of architectural pattern books.

On the second day, speakers demonstrated how "craft" in traditional building creates durable, thus sustainable, buildings that stand the test of time. Laurie Wells of Old World Stone, a premier stone fabricator, carver, cutter and sculptor of natural stone, gave a step-by-step lesson on how to best match, measure, draw, understand and specify stone. Mathew Bronski, senior staff, Building Technology, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, showed how traditional construction techniques manage water on façades and minimize the maintenance vulnerabilities inherent in construction detailing. He outlined a methodology for examining building performance.

Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., 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, treated attendees to 75 slides of 19- century traditional buildings in campus settings. Mr. Tolles applied lessons learned from administrators and trustees whose policies favored historic preservation of iconic buildings. Graham S. Wyatt, AIA, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, presented examples of new traditional campus buildings that achieve environmental sustainability while communicating the identity of the school.

Bridging both days of the Traditional Building Conference were two Palladio Award projects presentations, one on the residential project winners and one on commercial, institutional and public winners. Period Homes editor Will Holloway and Traditonal Building editor Martha McDonald moderated these presentations in which architect honorees described the challenges they faced and building/design solutions they provided. On Thursday evening at the historic Hampshire House overlooking the Boston Common, these architects were celebrated for their achievements in traditional design excellence at the 2011 Palladio Design Awards Gala. Peter H. Miller, President of Restore Media LLC, was the master of ceremonies. Robert Baird of Historical Arts and Castings provided the cast bronze Palladio Award statues. Ludowici Roof Tile helped underwrite the Palladio Awards dinner and ceremony.

Eleven sponsors displayed their traditional building products at the Traditional Building Conference in Boston. Their exhibitions adorned the classroom and sponsor company representatives mingled with their clients and prospects over breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, a cocktail reception and at the Palladio dinner. Two sponsors, Old World Stone and Marvin Windows and Doors, each gave one-hour AIA accredited seminars as part of the two-day event.

The next stop on the Traditional Building Conference Series is New York, NY, October 21-22, at the Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Building, a historic landmark and the national headquarters for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is the leading nonprofit organization, represented by 14 chapters nationwide, dedicated to advancing the Classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts.

The Traditional Building Conference Series 2011 is produced by Restore Media LLC. Restore Media serves the $170-billion traditional building market with magazines, websites, Webinars, events and e-newsletters. It is the publisher of Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines, Tradweb-the Directory of Custom Building and Restoration Services,, Traditional Products Reports, Traditional Building Portfolio and Traditional Product Galleries, as well as the producer of the annual Palladio Awards design competition.

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