Traditional Building Conference

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Traditional Building Conference Series

Materials and Methods, Durham, North Carolina – December 1-2, 2015


The Architecture of Landscape: A Tour of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens  

Jeff Allen

Principal Landscape Architect, RLA, ICAA, LALF
Jeff Allen Landscape Architecture, LLC
2398 Warwick Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Upon graduating from the University of Georgia, School of Environmental Design, Jeff Allen, principal of J A L A, LLC, has worked for firms in Atlanta and New York before opening his own practice in September of 2000. Inspired by beautiful gardens of historic residences and parks, Jeff began to develop his practice as a classical residential garden designer.

Jeff continues to study his craft through books, lectures and tours in association with- LALH, Library of Landscape History; ICAA, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Southern Garden History Society, and The Cultural Landscape Foundation and is happy to share his insights to garden clubs. Jeff is a registered landscape architect in North Carolina.

Jeff Allen


Restoring & Repairing Cast Iron: Methods for Refurbishing and Restoring Cast Iron at the US Capitol Dome Restoration Project  

Robert A. Baird, Senior Vice President, Operations

Historical Arts and Casting, Inc.
5580 West Bagley Park Road
West Jordan UT 84088
P: 800-244-1414
F: 801-280-2493

Robert A. Baird is one of the original founders 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.

Robert A. Baird


Wooden Floors - Care, Repair, and Installation Tips  

Daniel Chasse, Lead Preservation Trades Instructor

Edgecombe Community College
2009 Wilson St.
Tarboro NC 27886
(252) 823-5166

Born and raised in northern Maine’s St. John Valley, Daniel became interested in woodworking at an early age. Hammered thumbs, potato harvesting, and the threat of being employed by the local paper mill persuaded him to join the US Air Forces at the age of 17 to specialize in aircraft weapons systems. After taking part in the Gulf War and traveling the world, Daniel retired after 20 years of service and began traveling the US in his motor home, bartering his woodworking skills for nightly parking and free meals. He settled in North Carolina where he reconnected with his high school sweetheart and future wife and enrolled into Edgecombe Community College's Historic Preservation Program. Post graduation, Daniel began his business as an independent subcontractor specializing in historic homes and was eventually hired on as the lead preservation trades instructor for Edgecombe Community College. In addition to a degree in historic preservation, Daniel also holds degrees in applied aircraft sciences, business administration, and a BA in general business studies. Daniel currently resides in Whitakers, NC with his wife, Shae, and is in the process of restoring their 1905 home.

Daniel Chasse


Tour of West Campus – Maintaining the Work of Horace Trumbauer, Julian Abele, and the Olmsted Brothers in the 21st Century  

James S. Collins, Architect

133 East 17th Street, B-2
New York, New York 10003
1700 North Elm Street, F-1
Greensboro, NC 27408

James S. Collins is a practicing architect and historic preservationist. Mr. Collins designs new classical and traditional buildings and interiors, as well as, appropriate additions to existing historic structures. He has taught studio classes on the theory and practice of classical design at the Parsons School of Design, Moore College of Art and Philadelphia University. He has presented lectures on the design of classical interiors at the New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Charleston and Charlotte Chapters of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. His firm has received a Citation for Excellence from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. He is President Elect of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, North Carolina Chapter. His firm’s projects have been featured in the following periodicals: New Old House, Period Homes, Design Bureau and Washington Life Magazines and in A Decade of Art and Architecture and European Neoclassicism Style. He practices in New York City and Greensboro, North Carolina.

James S. Collins


Tour of West Campus – Maintaining the Work of Horace Trumbauer, Julian Abele, and the Olmsted Brothers in the 21st Century  

Mark Hough, FASLA

University Landscape Architect
Duke University

Mark Hough, FASLA, has been the University Landscape Architect at Duke University since 2000. He has overseen the master planning and site design during the largest period of expansion in the university’s history. He is involved in all aspects of planning, design, historic preservation and natural resource management on the campus. He is also a prolific and respected writer, having been published in numerous publications, addressing issues such as campuses, urban design, professional design practice and cultural landscapes. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in writing. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Mark Hough


The Architecture of Landscape: A Tour of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens  

Jan Little, Director of Education and Public Programs

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Box 90341
Durham, NC 27708

As Director of Education and Public Programs for Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Jan Little brings 29 years of experience, equally divided between a career in landscape design and contracting and a career in educational programming and teaching for public gardens. Graduate of Iowa State University, she worked in several landscape architecture firms including five years owning and operating her own design practice. Jan worked at The Morton Arboretum from 1998 to 2008, beginning as the Manager of Horticulture Education and leaving as the Assistant Director of Education. She joined the staff at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in 2009. Jan has enjoyed teaching design, plant identification, and horticulture science at public gardens, professional association conferences, community colleges and universities.

Jan Little


Tour of West Campus – Maintaining the Work of Horace Trumbauer, Julian Abele, and the Olmsted Brothers in the 21st Century  

Paul O. Manning, Director of Project Management

Duke University
Office: 919-660-4221

Paul is the Director of Project Management for Duke University, responsible for managing the design and construction of Duke University’s capital projects with $900M worth of projects currently in design and construction. Prior to coming to Duke in 2004, he was responsible for managing multimillion-dollar construction companies and construction projects in a variety of market sectors and project delivery systems in Chicago, New York City and New Jersey. With 38 years of experience in the design/construction field, his responsibilities have included managing the design, procurement and construction phases of major projects that have helped shape the skylines and streetscapes of Manhattan and Chicago.

Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1977 from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Paul and his wife Karen live in Durham, have 4 children and 18 grandchildren.

Paul O. Manning


The Architecture of Landscape: A Tour of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens  

Robert Mottern, Director of Horticulture

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Box 90341
Durham, NC 27708

Robert Mottern (Bobby) is Director of Horticulture at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina. He leads a team of 15 full-time horticulturists who manage the 55 acre public botanic garden in the heart of the Duke University campus. Garden staff nurture a variety of spaces including intensive annual and perennial displays, organically managed roses, organically grown vegetables, a native plant garden, Asian species arboretum, aquatic plant displays, and the garden’s arboriculture. He also participates in a variety of educational programming and oversees project management. The gardens are free and open daily for students, staff, faculty, and the visiting public to enjoy.

Bobby has a BS in Horticulture from Clemson University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. He has performed work study programs at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA and at the National School of Horticulture and Design in Angers, France. He joined Sarah P. Duke Gardens in December of 2009; prior to that he worked with Reynolds and Jewell, a landscape architecture firm in Raleigh and from 1994 - 2003 he oversaw horticultural operations at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC. He gardens at home with his wife Lizzy and daughter Bea.

Robert Mottern


The Architecture of Landscape: A Tour of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens  

Michael S. Owens, Curator of Historic Gardens

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Box 90341
Durham, NC 27708

Michael Owens has been a Duke Gardens Horticulturist, and is now Curator of the Historic Gardens area for over 21 years. He started out with a degree in Forestry with concentrations in Horticulture and Urban Forestry, graduating in 1986. Michael worked as an Assistant Urban Forester for the city of Raleigh before going back to school to obtain a Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 1992. After that, he owned a design-build landscape business and worked as an assistant garden center manager before coming to work at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. He has since become a North Carolina Licensed Landscape Architect while still working here at the Gardens. One of the areas he specializes in is annual flower bed displays in the Terrace gardens.

Michael S. Owens


The Finer Points: Restoring Brick Masonry- Lecture and Demonstration  

John P. Speweik, CSI

Speweik Preservation Consultants, Inc.
PO Box 6661
Elgin, IL 60121
Phone: 224.856.7449

John Speweik, CSI is a historic masonry specialist for Speweik Preservation Consultants, Inc., an independent consulting and testing agency specializing in matching historic stone, brick and lime mortar based in Elgin, Illinois.

He is a fifth generation mason, from a family of masons, ca. 1870 Posen, Prussia. John has developed a vibrant passion for replicating historic masonry materials in both design and application using the building itself as his model. His reputation as an innovator and pioneer in lime mortars has prompted revolutionary changes to the masonry restoration industry in the past 20 years. John believes strongly that buildings have a voice and communicate clearly through visible patterns. He identifies these patterns and then interprets and translates the findings into workable treatment options for his clients.

The goal of John’s work is to develop historic rehabilitation treatment recommendations and certified project specifications sensitive to the historic integrity of each specific building – supported by the actual installation of those recommendations into the facade masonry while establishing the workmanship quality standard for installation.

John Speweik has created a unique test panel certificate training program in support of this goal. The training incorporates “on-the-wall” skill demonstrations to evaluation worker proficiency to execute the specified project treatments. John has written many articles and publications on historic masonry and is a recognized authority on lime for use in masonry restoration and plaster applications. He is an active member of ASTM C12 and was instrumental in the development of ASTM C1713 Standard Specification for Mortars for the Repair of Historic Masonry approved and published in February 2010.

John P. Speweik


Working with Custom Cabinet Makers  

Brian Stowell, President and CEO

Crown Point Cabinetry
462 River Rd.
Claremont, NH 03743

Brian Stowell is President and CEO of Crown Point Cabinetry. Brian joined his father Norman in the cabinetmaking business in 1980, when it was still located in the family garage in Claremont, NH. Working for his father was not new. Brian got his start working for his dad’s construction company at the age of 10. After 10 years in the custom cabinet business Brian embarked on reinventing the way the company built and sold cabinetry. With the blessing of his father and the help of his wife Becky, the company was converted to a true team based lean manufacturing operation. With the help of numerous siblings, a couple of in laws and assorted key employees, Brian created a company that has been nationally recognized for its many innovative programs.

Brian Stowell


The Finer Points: Restoring Brick Masonry- Lecture and Demonstration  

Wayne Thompson, Historic Mason

Hillsborough, NC



Flat or Ornamental: Repairing and Using Plaster in Traditional Buildings Today  

Patrick Webb, Plasterer and Technical Consultant

239. 272.4532

Patrick Webb is a heritage and ornamental plasterer and advocate for traditional hand craft in preservation, natural building and contemporary traditional architectural specification. Patrick has instructed as Professor of Plaster Working at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina and currently serves as a technical consultant for heritage plaster manufacturer Plâtres Vieujot, providing services to architects to assist them in properly specify plaster and plaster systems.

Patrick Webb

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