Traditional Building Conference

Speaker Bios: Traditional Building Conference Series PHILADELPHIA

Biographies are listed in alphabetical order by speaker's last name:

Bronze, Cast Iron, and Cast Aluminum: Properties, Preservation, and Performance
Robert Baird
AIA, ICA&CA, President, Historical Arts, Salt Lake City, UT

Robert A. Baird is one of the original founder’s of Historical Arts and Casting, Inc. and is currently acting as the Senior Vice President of Operations. Historical Arts & Casting is one of the premier ornamental metal manufacturers in the United States and provides the highest quality metalwork for clients worldwide. For most of his professional life, Robert has been involved in metal work. He spent several years in Washington D.C. working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation before returning to the private sector. At present he resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and 4 children. When he is not designing and creating custom metal light fixtures or surveying and inspecting cast iron buildings he enjoys sailing in Maine and is in the process of restoring a classic wooden boat.

Bronze, Cast Iron, and Cast Aluminum: Properties, Preservation, and Performance
Steve Brown
Historical Arts & Casting, Inc., West Jordan, UT

Steve Brown has worked for Historical Arts and Casting for over 17 years. He has worked with both the planning of restoration projects and the running of field operations for jobs across the country. He attended BYU, where he met his wife Sarah. But most of his training comes from the experience of the many different projects he has worked on over the years. If asked what he enjoys about his work he will say variety. He is also a technology geek, which supports his interest in applying new innovation to his work.


Going for the Gold: New, Traditional, and Green
John H. Cluver, AIA, LEED AP
Partner and Director of Preservation,
Voith & Mactavish Architects, LLP, of Philadelphia
1616 Walnut Street, 24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19103
P: (215) 545-4544; E:

John H. Cluver, AIA, LEED AP is a Partner at Voith & Mactavish Architects, LLP, located in Center City Philadelphia.  He received his professional degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has worked on a wide range of rehabilitation projects for a variety of educational and commercial institutions, both as an architect and a preservation consultant.  Mr. Cluver was recently named Young Architect of the Year by the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.  He is an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design.


The Art of the Detail- A Master Class in Drawing;
Sketch Session in Overbrook Farms Historic District

Milton Grenfell   
Milton Grenfell, Architecture, Washington, DC
The Barr Building on Farragut Square
910 Seventeenth Street NW, Suite 1090
Washington, DC 20006 (t)
P: 202.296.0412; F: 202.296.0413

Milton W Grenfell, AIA founded Grenfell Architecture in 1986. Since that time, he has received many awards, including Classical America's Arthur Ross Award in 1997 and the 2003 Golden Leaf Award for residential properties. He is a frequent contributor of architectural articles to newspapers and magazines including PERIOD HOMES and has had work published in Charlotte Home Design, Traditional Home, Southern Accents and others.





The Art of the Detail- A Master Class in Drawing;
Sketch Session in Overbrook Farms Historic District

Alvin Holm   
Alvin Holm, A.I.A. Architects
2014 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Email: info (at)
Phone: 215-963-0747

Thoroughly grounded in the Modernist Movement (Yale '58 and Penn '62), Mr. Holm was a project designer at Vincent Kling Partnership, Philadelphia for ten years while teaching the Bauhaus foundation program at the Philadelphia College of Art and studio courses at Drexel University. In 1976, he opened his own office and involved himself intensively in restoration work and historical architecture. After several years of studies and successful experiences in restoration, Mr. Holm redirected his practice totally to design in the traditional manner where he and his office happily practice today.


Keynote Address
John Milner   
FAIA, Principal; John Milner Architects, Inc., Philadelphia and Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania.
104 Lakeview Drive,
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
P: (610) 388-0111; F: (610) 388-0119; E:

John Milner, FAIA is an architect who has devoted his career to the preservation and restoration of historic buildings, and the design of new buildings that are inspired by his extensive knowledge of historic precedent and often respond to sensitive environmental contexts. The work of his Chadds Ford firm, John Milner Architects, regularly appears in respected national publications. Complementing John Milner’s professional practice is his passion for the education of young architects and preservationists. For the past thirty years, he has served as Adjunct Professor of Architecture in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. In addition, for many years John has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.


Window Replication in Historic Buildings
William Mincey, AIA
48 West 37th Street, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10018
P: (212) 242-8600;

As Senior Associate in the Office of John B. Murray Architect, William Mincey has managed a staff of architects working on a range of projects from New York City apartment renovations, restorations and construction of both new and historic residences in New York and Connecticut. Particular projects of note in the field of preservation include a full restoration of the port cochere and at 10 Gracie Square, a storied New York City Apartment building and the renovations and additions to a prominent 18th century farm stead in Upper Westchester County , New York.


Window Replication in Historic Buildings
Anath Ranon, AIA
Associate, Project Manager, Historic Renovation
Cho Benn Holback
100 N. Charles St., 14th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
P: (410) 576-0440; F: (410) 332-8455; E:

Anath Ranon, AIA has more than 19 years experience in the field of architecture.  She has served as PA/PM for several adaptive use projects, including American Brewery in Baltimore, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, University of Baltimore School of Communications Design and School of Public Affairs, as well as some early 20th century historic structures in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA.  Ms. Ranon is the founder of the AIA Baltimore Chapter Historic Resources Committee.





Window Replication in Historic Buildings
Joe Reilly
Marvin Windows and Doors,
Territory Manager for the New York City-Philadelphia Metropolitan Areas.

Joe has been in the building industry for 18 years working for manufacturers including James Hardie Building Products, AZEK, Fypon and recently with Marvin. Joe has experience collaborating with architects, project managers and dealers on major projects in the market.




Traditional Porches: What Repairs Teach Us about Design
Ray Tschoepe                                                            
Director of Conservation
Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust
315 East Montgomery Ave.
North Wales, PA  19454
P: (215) 699-4384; E:

Ray Tschoepe is the Director of Conservation at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust. He, and his staff work to conserve about 20 18th and 19th century buildings and dozens of sculptural pieces scattered throughout the 9000 acre park. After attending the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate and spending a number of years as a member of the research faculty of the Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he returned to Penn and was graduated from the Master’s program in Historic Preservation. Ray worked for almost 10 years as an independent restoration contractor before joining the Trust in 2000. At about the same time he became a member of the adjunct faculty of the historic preservation program of Bucks Co. Community College where he teaches a core course in Building Conservation. Since 2006, he has been a contributing editor for Old House Journal.


Making Additions Look Like They Have Always Been There
Sandra Vitzthum, AIA      

Sandra Vitzthum Architect, LLC

46 East State Street

Montpelier, VT  05602

P: (802) 223-1806; F: (802) 223-4709; E:

Sandra Vitzthum, AIA, is a traditional architect with an office in Vermont. Specializing in the Arts and Crafts movement, as well as American Traditional such as Greek Revival, Italianate, and Shingle Style, the firm does both renovation and new design work.  Ms. Vitzthum has degrees from both Princeton University and the University of Virginia and was first licensed in 1992.  She has taught at the University of Notre Dame and Norwich University in Vermont.  Her buildings have been recognized nationally for their sensitivity to local architectural traditions and for their sense of scale.  Her work has been published in numerous magazines, including “Old House Journal’s New-Old House", “Old House Interiors,” “Style 1900,” “Country Kitchens,” “Remodeling Magazine,” and “The Classicist”, and in books such as Building Classical, The New Independent Home, The Art of Building Cities, and Victoria & Albert Museum’s forthcoming book on William Morris’ Legacy.


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