Traditional Building Conference

Speaker Bios

Traditional Building Conference Series Online Education - 2015


Plaster and Glazes  

John Canning, Principal
John Canning Painting, Plastering, and Conservation Studios
150 Commerce Court
Cheshire, CT 06410
v. 203-272-9868
f. 203-272-9879

John, a principal of John Canning Studios, located in Cheshire, CT., is the leading authority in the United States, on traditional decorative painting materials and techniques, as well as historical color palettes. He studied in Glasgow, Scotland, where he attended the Glasgow School of Art, and the Decorative Trades Institute at Stow College of Building. He earned the prestigious London City & Guilds certificate, and served his apprenticeship as a church decorator in the U.K. His extensive knowledge of decorative painting and period interiors and a career with many landmark restoration projects have earned him many national awards.

Over the years, John has been sought after, by architects and preservationists, to consult on historic and period interiors with complex finish systems, such as encaustic and distemper paints, simulated inlaid wood-grain, marbling, trompe l’oeil, architectural grisaille, and free-hand artwork. His vast knowledge of old world finishes, and traditional materials, has enabled him to guide many clients’ challenging restoration projects. John continues to share his knowledge, of the decorative arts, with clients and professionals through guest lecturing, at graduate preservation programs, and leading decorative finish workshops.

John Canning is:

  • An Honorary member of AIA
  • Professional Associate of AIC
  • Recipient of the Arthur Ross Award, by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America
  • Recipient of the Connecticut Governor’s Art Award for Artistic Achievement


Historic Clay Roof Tile- Why and How to Use it Successfully  

Tab Colbert
Chief Executive Officer
Ludowici Roof Tile
4757 Tile Plant Rd.
New Lexington, OH 43764-9630
P: (800) 945-8453;
F: (740) 342-0025;

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Colbert has been involved in the roofing industry for 28 years. He served as vice president of sales and marketing for Ludowici Roof Tile for the last 8 years before his recent promotion. Before Ludowici, he headed up the metal Roofing division of Steelox Building Systems for 11 years. He has been an active contributor to many roofing industry committees and has spoken at several national and international symposiums on roofing topics.


Air-conditioning a National Landmark and What It Means for Your Home  

Scott Intaglia




Natural Stone and Terra Cotta: Blending Traditional Building with High Performance Installation Practices  

Bruce Knaphus
KEPCO Architectural Cladding Systems
1987 South 700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
P: 801-975-0909

Bruce Knaphus is the President of the Knaphus Exterior Panel Company (KEPCO+), a custom cladding contractor specializing in natural stone, tile, and terra cotta exteriors. Bruce founded the company in 1985 after recognizing the need for a more efficient and adaptable exterior installation technique. He worked to refine a technology that could facilitate the rapid enclosure of buildings, eliminate scaffolding, and allow installation with little delay from inclement weather. Bruce’s innovative approach to panelization offers numerous benefits to historic and classically detailed projects. He has won national awards on several projects including the 90 West Street Renovation in New York City, NY; the five-star Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT; the historic Nauvoo Temple re-creation in Nauvoo, IL; and the $200 million Utah State Capitol Renovation project which includes $29 million in both new and restored natural stone and terra cotta facade work.



Natural Stone and Terra Cotta: Blending Traditional Building with High Performance Installation Practices  

Robert Loversidge, FAIA, President and CEO
Schooley Caldwell, Associates
300 Marconi
Columbus, OH 43215
P: 614-628-0311

Bob is an architect and president of Schooley Caldwell Associates. He serves as the design principal and participates in management of the firm. Bob’s strength lies in his ability to work with a client to quickly identify a vision for complex projects and lead the design team in implementing this vision.

Active in renovation and historic preservation for over 30 years, Bob was involved in saving Daniel Burnham’s Union Station Arch, is a founding member, past president and honorary trustee of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, is a past president of the Ohio Preservation Alliance, and is a past chair of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) National Historic Resources Commission. He is a member of the Downtown Commission in Columbus and the Council of Advisors of the Institute for Preservation and Contemporary Design.

The AIA elevated Bob to its prestigious College of Fellows in recognition of his national contributions to preservation design. In 1999, he was awarded the Outstanding Person award by the Columbus Landmarks Foundation for lifetime service to preservation in Ohio; in 2002, he received the AIA Ohio Public Service Award for significant service to the community. He and his firm have received three Palladio Awards.

Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from The Ohio State University where he subsequently spent six years as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture.

During evenings and weekends, Bob gladly wears a “chauffeur’s cap” while taking his daughter to soccer, ice skating and other sports and social activities.


A Sustainable Tradition: Storm Windows  

David Martin
President Allied Window, Inc.
11111 Canal Road
Cincinnati, OH 45241
P: 800-445-5411

David Martin has been President of Allied Window, Inc. since 1971. Prior to that he was a Manufacturing Consultant for Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Manager of Materials at Lodge & Shipley, Plant Manager at Cintas, and progressed at GE for (8) years. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, he received his MBA degree at Xavier University. He has served his industry, becoming national VP of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. He was active in small business issues, and was a congressional appointee delegate to the first White House Conference on Small Business in 1980.



A Sustainable Tradition: Storm Windows  

Charles (Chick) McBrien, CSI/CDT
Marvin Windows and Doors
Senior Architectural Project Manager
C: 614-306-3911

Chick has spent the last 39 years in the window and door business with an emphasis on historic and commercial renovation. He moved from the Philadelphia area to Central Ohio in 1973 after completing his BA in Business Education in Alabama and military service. He has extensive experience in the replacement window business both residentially and commercially. This experience started with installing replacement windows in the field, moved to installed sales, training, marketing and management. For the last twenty years he has been involved exclusively with Marvin Windows and Doors. His current position is Senior Architectural Project Manager for Marvin Windows and Doors where he develops window replacement solutions and specifications with professional design teams in Ohio, and Kentucky. He is an associate member of AIA, and is actively involved with CSI in both states (Construction Specifications Institute).



Plaster and Glazes  

David Riccio, Principal
John Canning Studios
150 Commerce Court
Cheshire, CT 06410
P: 203-272-9868

David Riccio is a principal of John Canning Studios. For the past 22 years, David has managed and led the Studios’ most ambitious restoration and conservation projects. He is a Professional Associate of AIC, and has extensive experience as a decorative painter and ornamental plasterer. David consults on both decorative painting and plastering finishes. His consultation services includes, plaster surveys, historic paint studies, material recommendations, and preparation of full scale mockups. David’s ability to evaluate existing conditions, understanding of traditional installation methods, craftsmanship, and his proficiency as a project manager places him in a unique position within the preservation field. David has received many awards for decorative painting, plasterer, and for his project management capabilities.





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