Traditional Building Conference

Speaker Bios:
Traditional Building Conference Series WASHINGTON, DC

Special Pre-Conference Workshop: November 30:
The Octagon House

Traditional Building Conference: December 1-2:
The District Architecture Center

Biographies are listed in alphabetical order by speaker's last name:
Adaptive Reuse & Sustainable Design in a Historic Rehabilitation Tax-Credit Project
T. David Bell, AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Bell Architects, PC
1228 9th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
P: 202-548-7570x201; F: 202-548-7580

T. David Bell, AIA, LEED AP, is the president and founder of Bell Architects, an award-winning architectural firm.  He has been a leader in advocacy and the practice of sustainable design and historic preservation.  Mr. Bell is past president of the DC Preservation League, Docent Emeritus of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a current Trustee of Cultural Tourism DC and a current Director of the DC chapter of the AIA.  He has been featured by the National Building Museum’s Great Green Places and interviewed on National Public Radio about historic preservation and sustainable design.



Book Talk: The Vintage House and Signing

Gordon Bock, Assoc. AIA

P: 301-565-0538

Gordon Bock, Assoc. AIA is a writer, editor, architectural historian, and technical consultant specializing in residential architecture, historic building construction, and early modern design of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Best known for his two decades of work on Old-House Journal, Gordon is a national authority on all aspects of historic houses, and his articles on kitchens and appliances, green building trends, prefabricated houses, historic lighting and electricity, and the origins of building materials are widely cited. Gordon also writes and edits for a wide variety of other publications, including Traditional Building magazine, Period Homes magazine, Old-House Interiors and Arts & Crafts Homes. He is the editor of the standard reference Residential Sheet Metal Guidelines (SMACNA) and, most recently, the co-author of The Vintage House: A Guide to Successful Renovations and Additions published by W.W. Norton (

A frequent lecturer and public speaker, Gordon is an Adjunct Instructor in Preservation at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, since 1997. Gordon also holds a Masters of Science in Publishing from New York University. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland in a restored 1880s Queen Anne once home to the descendants of Victorian architect A.B. Mullett, and can be reached through his website


Forecasting Federal Preservation for the Next Decade

Nancy E. Boone
Federal Preservation Officer
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Environment and Energy
Environmental Planning Division
451 7th Street SW, Room 7248
Washington, DC 20410
P: 202.402.5718
F: 202.708.3363

Nancy E. Boone is the Federal Preservation Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Before coming to the position earlier this year, she was Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the State of Vermont. She holds a Masters degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and currently teaches Sustainable Design and Preservation at the Boston Architectural College.

Forecasting Federal Preservation for the Next Decade

Yolanda Bouchee
U.S. EPA Green Historic Preservation Specialist, Brownfields and Tribal Project Coordinator
77 W., Jackson
Chicago, Il. 60604
P: 312-353-3209
F: 312- 385-5440 (FAX)

Yolanda Bouchee is the agency’s only Green Historic Preservation Specialist. She has lead a national initiative to encourage the recognition of historic preservation’s prominent role in smart growth and green building planning. Yolanda has been leading symposia across the country that gets together stake holders from all three areas to talk to each other in the same language and form goals that encourage the intergration of all three disciplines. The goal of this effort is to keep the conversation going and produce policy guidance that can be shared by all levels of government and non-profits to formulate policy that encourages the sustainable reuse of older buildings.

In addition to this work Yolanda manages Brownfields projects for Midwestern governments who are developing their underutilized industrial sites.

In the Footsteps of Vitruvius: Design and Construction Durability Lessons Learned from Hands-on Study in Rome

Matthew B. Bronski, PE
Senior Project Engineer
41 Seyon ST BLDG 1 STE 500
Waltham, MA 02453
P: 781-907-9000; D: 781-907-9264

Matthew Bronski, 2009-10 recipient of the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation, and co-chair of the BSA Historic Resources Committee since 1999, will present summary findings from his Rome Prize research project. His Rome research project comprised hands-on study of approximately two dozen historic buildings in Italy, ranging from the 1st c. B.C. to early 20th c. modernism, including buildings by Bernini, Borromini, Moretti, and others. His research (often on the scaffolds of buildings under restoration) diagnosed successes and failures in the durability of construction detailing, to derive lessons and principles for designing enclosures more durably (and hence more sustainably) today. These lessons and principles are applicable both to new construction, and to the rehabilitation of existing buildings.


Humane Urbanism and Traditional Architecture

Raymond L. Gindroz, FAIA
Principal Emeritus
Urban Design Associates
31st Floor, Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
P: 412-263-5200;  F: 412-263-5202

Ray Gindroz, a co-founder and principal emeritus of Urban Design Associates, has pioneered the development of participatory planning processes for neighborhoods, downtowns and regional plans. Ray leads UDA’s efforts to revitalize cities by transforming inner city neighborhoods and distressed public housing projects into traditional mixed-income neighborhoods and by working with downtowns to attract new development including residential, commercial, and civic uses. Recent projects include both an Architectural Pattern Book and Planning Tool Kit for the Louisiana Speaks Program and an intense public process in New Orleans to design 1,500 units of new housing in the Treme-Lafitte Neighborhoods.

Ray is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a past chair of the Committee on Design. He is former chair of the board of the Seaside Institute, a co-founder of the Seaside Pienza Institute, a member of the board of the Institute for Classical Architecture/Classical American, the advisory board of the Charles Moore Foundation, the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence, and the Western European Foundation. For more than 20 years, he taught urban design at the Yale University School of Architecture. Ray has also published prolifically throughout his career, most recently as a principal author of The Urban Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book (both published by W. W. Norton & Company). He is a Senior Fellow of the Prince’s Foundation in London which published his book, The Place of Dwelling. Ray is the winner of the 2011 Clem Labine Award.


Forecasting Federal Preservation for the Next Decade

Brian Goeken, AICP
Branch Chief, Technical Preservation Services
Heritage Preservation Assistance Programs
United States Department of the Interior National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW (2255)
Washington, D.C. 20240
D: 202-354-2033; F: 202-371-1616


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

Roger P. Jackson, Principle FFKR, AIA, LEED AP
FFKR Architects
Bogue Building
730 Pacific Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
P: 801-521-6186 F: 801-539-1916
Roger Jackson has been with FFKR Architects in Salt Lake City Utah since 1984 and a principal since 1998. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1982 with a BS in University Studies and a Master of Architecture in 1984. Licensed in seven states including Utah, his professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, US Green Building Council, American Planning Association and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America. His notable traditional building projects include the Philadelphia, PA and Nauvoo, IL LDS Temples, Utah State Capital Office Buildings, and Salt Lake Tabernacle Seismic Upgrade.
An avid cyclist and sketch artist, Roger and his family live in a classic bungalow in an historic neighborhood of Salt Lake City.



Expanding and Restoring the Nation’s Temple of Science: Sustainable Preservation at the National Academy of Sciences Building.

Thomas C.  Jester, AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Quinn Evans Architects
2121 Ward Place NW 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
D: 202-591-2537

Tom Jester, AIA, LEED AP BD + C, is a project manager and Associate at Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, DC.   Mr. Jester holds a B.A. from Colby College (1988), a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania (1991), and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland (1999). With over 20 years of experience in the field of historic preservation, Mr. Jester’s work has included many restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use projects, historic structures reports, and master plans.  Mr. Jester is currently serving as the project manager for the comprehensive restoration, renewal, and expansion of the National Academy of Sciences Building, in Washington.  Past projects include the master plan for the renovation and greening of the AIA Headquarters, the roof restoration at Eastern Market, both in Washington, DC, and the expansion of the Franklin Court Museum at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. 

Prior to moving to the private sector, Mr. Jester worked in the Technical Preservation Services Branch of the National Park Service, during which time he developed and edited Twentieth-Century Building Materials: History and Conservation (McGraw-Hill, 1995), served as one of the principal organizers of the Preserving the Recent Past (1995) and Preserving the Recent Past 2 (2000) conferences, and co-authored Preservation Brief 32: Making Historic Properties Accessible.  Tom has been actively involved in the preservation of modern architecture for over 15 years, and he currently co-chairs the Association for Preservation Technology’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage.  He co-edited two thematic issues of the APT Bulletin focusing on modern heritage, participated in two ICOMOS expert meetings on Twentieth Century Heritage (Helsinki, 1995, and Mexico City, 1996), and presented at the Wood and the Modern Movement Symposium (1999)  sponsored by DOCOMOMO. Mr. Jester is also a past chair of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission in Maryland.


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.


Introduction to Historic Building Assessments:  The Octagon

James J. Malanaphy III, AIA
Historical Architect and Editor, Preservation Architect
P. O. Box 65367
St. Paul, MN  55165
C: 907-727-2732

James Malanaphy III, AIA, is an historical architect and planner.  He served as historical architect for Fort Riley, Kansas; architectural historian for the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology; and Regional Historic Preservation Officer for General Services Administration Pacific Rim Region 9, which includes Arizona, California, Guam, and Hawaii.  Mr. Malanaphy was the 2006 Chair of the AIA Historic Resources Committee, and is the current editor of the AIA HRC e-newsletter, Preservation Architect.  He is a nationally recognized architect and educator promoting historic preservation and the responsible stewardship of historic buildings and landscapes.




Forecasting Federal Preservation for the Next Decade

H. Thomas McGrath, III, FAIA and FAPT, Superintendent
US Department of the Interior National Park Service
Historic Preservation Training Center
4801 Urbana Pike Frederick, MD 21704
P: 301-663-8206 x109; F: 301-663-8032

H. Thomas McGrath Jr., Superintendent of the Historic Preservation Training Center, has had over twenty-nine years of historic preservation experience with the National Park Service. Mr. McGrath has previously served NPS tours of duty at the Denver Service Center, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office.  He is a registered architect in Maryland, Colorado and California and holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certificate issued in Washington, DC. 
Tom, his wife and sons live in their historic home, Holly Hill, in Severna Park, Maryland. A 1972 Fine Arts major graduate of Middlebury College, he received a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Colorado in 1976.  In 1994, Mr. McGrath successfully completed the Office of Personnel Management - Executive Development Program. He received the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award in December 2000. Previous awards from the Maryland Historical Trust, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation have recognized Mr. McGrath’s historic preservation project work.  Tom’s career accomplishments were recognized by his induction to Fellowship in both the Association for Preservation Technology in 2004 and the American Institute of Architects in 2005. He is a frequent lecturer and instructor on historic preservation, craft training, and cultural resource maintenance topics.


Play by Play:  Greening Your Rehabilitation Project

Liz Petrella, LEED AP
Technical Preservation Services
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW (2255)
Washington, D.C. 20240
P: (202) 354-2040; F: (202) 371-1616

Liz Petrella, LEED AP, is an architectural historian in the Technical Preservation Services branch of the National Park Service.  She is responsible for the review of federal historic tax credit projects for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.  She is currently working on the development of publications related to sustainability and green design as it affects historic preservation.


Forecasting Federal Preservation for the Next Decade

Beth L. Savage
Director, Center for Historic Buildings, GSA
1800 F St NW, Suite 3341,
Washington, DC
P: 202-208-1936

Beth L. Savage serves as the Director of the Center for Historic Buildings, in GSA's Public Buildings Service, Office of the Chief Architect. The Center provides guidance for the use and care of over 470 historic buildings providing more than 53 million square feet of space for federal employees throughout the nation. In this capacity she also serves as the agency's Federal Preservation Officer and an outspoken proponent for reuse and reinvestment strategies that keep historic buildings occupied and viable. These strategies focus on integrating a stewardship philosophy into GSA business practices and positioning the agency to respond effectively to changing circumstances and new requirements.

Beth Savage came to GSA as the Regional Historic Preservation Officer for the National Capital Region after a long tenure at the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, working on initiatives that included the recent past, maritime and roadside resources, transportation corridors and African-American history.


Expanding and Restoring the Nation’s Temple of Science: Sustainable Preservation at the National Academy of Sciences Building.
Baird Smith, FAIA, FAPT
Quinn Evans Architects
2121 Ward Place NW 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
P: 202-298-6700

Baird Smith, FAIA, FAPT, Director of Preservation, is a senior project manager and principal for Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, DC.  He is primarily responsible for historic architecture projects and for over 35 years has specialized in historic preservation work with an emphasis on technology, materials science and overall project management.  He is nationally recognized as an expert in brick and stone deterioration and repair procedures, as well as energy conservation in historic buildings.  He has lectured frequently on various technical preservation topics and recently has been focusing on the issues of sustainable design in the historic preservation context.   He has published several articles on restoration and building technology.
He is a long-standing member of the Association of Preservation Technology (APT) and was inducted into the College of Fellows in 2001.   He was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2008.   His architecture degree is from the University of Utah (1971) and he has a Masters of Arts in American Studies from George Washington University (1979) and a Diploma in Conservation Studies from the University of York, York England (1980).
Mr. Smith directs projects throughout the mid-Atlantic area ranging from small consulting efforts to multi-million dollar building preservation projects for both the private and public sectors, including a host of non-profit organizations. His public sector experience includes work with every major federal agency as well as with State, County and local governments, and universities.  His work includes projects at more than 20 National Historic Landmarks and 600 buildings listed on the National Register.
In his early career (1972-76), he worked in the Alexandria office of J. Everette Fauber, FAIA on the restoration of the Carlyle House and Gadsby’s Tavern and then was with the National Park Service (1975-81) in the Technical Preservation Services division in Washington.   Since 1981, he has been in private architectural offices and with Quinn Evans for 20 years.


Play by Play:  Greening Your Rehabilitation Project

Audrey T. Tepper, Historical Architect
United States Department of the Interior National Park Service
Technical Preservation Branch
Washington, D.C. 20240
P: (202) 354-2027; F: (202) 371-1616

Audrey T. Tepper has been the Historical Architect for the National Park Service since 1992.  She reviews projects for the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, writes technical publications on preservation issues and lectures on historic preservation, including the tax credit program and the application of the Secretary’s Standards.  In the summer of 2004 she was a Quinque Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland with a fellowship to study masonry conservation.


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