Virtual Traditional Building Conference
Available On-Demand  


Darius Arya
Lessons from Conserving the Colosseum

A Ph.D. archaeologist and historian, Darius Arya has led excavations and taught university programs in Italy for over 17 years. He’s a Fulbright scholar, fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and guest scholar of Getty Conservation Institute. Darius has rappelled down caverns, explored underground churches, wells, and lost temples. He’s crawled through some of the world’s oldest ancient sewers in his quest for history, discovery, and answering questions about the past. He’s appeared as an expert or host for 15 years on History, National Geographic, Discovery. Smithsonian, PBS, Italy’s Rai5, and more. 


Alicia Cordle

Alicia Cordle
The Materials and Methods of Clay Tile 

In her current role as Ceramic Engineer, Ms. Cordle is responsible for developing terra cotta color glazes, maintaining the integrity of Ludowici’s custom and standard color glazes, and working with customers to select and design unique colors, color blends, and tile designs for their roof tile, floor tile or wall tile. Ms. Cordle has worked on many of Ludowici’s most prominent projects including the Pennsylvania State Capitol building, Duke University, East Lake Golf Club, Disney Shanghai, Grove Park Inn, Asheville’s First Baptist Church, and numerous other colleges, universities, private residences and other traditional buildings across the United States.



Meg Kindelin

Meg Kindelin
Working History and its Application to Design, Materials, and Interventions: Springfield Ranch, Tallgrass Prairies National Park 

Meg is the President and Owner of JLK Architects, a firm in Chicago Illinois. She has over 20 years of experience in all phases of architecture and design and is a specialist in Historic Preservation Architecture. Current projects include Preservation Services for the $70M Rehabilitation of the Shipper and Block Department Store as OSF Healthcare Headquarters, Master Planning for the reuse of the University of Illinois Libraries, the Restoration of the 1931 Battledeck House, and preservation research and architecture for numerous railroad bridges and transit station in Chicago. 


christine marvin

Christine Marvin
Biophilic Design with Windows and Doors

Christine Marvin is the vice president of strategy and design at Marvin, and held previous roles including group product planning manager, marketing communications manager, and director of marketing. Christine is on the Board of Directors of The Marvin Companies, as well as the Warroad Convention and Tourism Bureau, Warroad Area Community Fund and the North Dakota State University Architecture and Landscape Architecture Advisory Board.



Don Ruggles

Donald H. Ruggles
The Impact of Materials and Methods on our Wellbeing 

Donald Ruggles, AIA, NCARB, ICAA, ANFA, is a practicing architect and CEO of Ruggles Mabe Studio, an award-winning boutique residential architecture and interior design firm based in Colorado. Founded in 1970, the firm is dedicated to the idea that beauty can improve the lives of its clients.


Susan Turner

Susan Turner
Working History and its Application to Design, Materials, and Interventions: Springfield Ranch, Tallgrass Prairies National Park 

Susan D. Turner is a Canadian restoration architect and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She has 30 years of experience in practice, publication and speaking engagements across 5 countries. Susan is most interested in the reuse of existing building infrastructure.


Neal Vogel

Neal A. Vogel
Vacuum Insulated Glass and the Rehabilitation of the Saarinen’s Milwaukee County War Memorial 

Neal Vogel is the Principal of Restoric, LLC in Chicago and has been involved in historic preservation projects from coast-to-coast as a preservation consultant and restoration contractor. Restoric has worked on nationally significant landmark buildings and interiors designed by American masters such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Burnham & Root, James Renwick, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Eero Saarinen.



Amy Woods

Amy Lamb Woods
Historic Mortar Replication & Pointing 

Amy Lamb Woods, P.E. is the Director of Technical Education with the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states. Her background combines architecture, historic preservation, and civil engineering materials. Ms. Woods has over 20 years of experience in the field of forensic engineering of building materials, both historic and contemporary structures. Her experience includes facade and failure investigations with materials such as brick masonry, terra cotta, stone, concrete, terrazzo, and stucco. 



dave martin

David Martin
Installing Storm Windows - Getting the Details Right

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. He was active in small business issues and was a congressional appointee delegate to the first White House Conference on Small Business in 1980.



Brian Stowell
Constructing Fine Kitchen Cabinetry: Design Ideas and Construction Details

Brian Stowell is President and CEO of Crown Point Cabinetry. 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 and created a company that has been nationally recognized for its many innovative programs, quality of product and high level of service. 


Kyle Sword

Kyle Sword
Vacuum Insulated Glass and the Rehabilitation of the Saarinen’s Milwaukee County War Memorial 

Kyle Sword is the Business Development Manager for Pilkington North America and heads the company’s interests in historic restoration. Kyle is involved with a variety of different technological developments in the glass industry. His main business function is to spread glass education and look for new opportunities to provide value for customers creating products with coated and flat glass products.


Greg Connor Portrait - Landscape

Greg Connor
Installing Storm Windows: Getting the Details Right

Greg Connor is the President of Heritage Window Restoration, a historic window, door, and millwork preservation contractor in Denver, CO focused on high quality work that reflects a passion for historic preservation and an appreciation for our shared architectural heritage. With extensive experience on historically designated buildings at the local, state, and national levels, recent project partners include; The General Services Administration, The National Park Service, The State of Colorado, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, History Colorado and the State Historical Fund, The Colorado Historical Foundation, Colorado Preservation, Inc., and Historic Denver, Inc., among others.  



Sally Fishburn

Sally Fishburn is the president and primary mechanic for S. A. Fishburn, Inc. located in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Sally has worked for 30 years in the preservation, restoration and re-creation of interior architectural millwork and plaster with a focus specifically on historic wooden windows.





Call for Presentations: The 2021 Traditional Building Conference Series

Materials and Methods is the theme for conferences in 2021. Please note we have a new 20-minute format, Traditional Takes, that can be matched with other speakers around selected topics. 

We are particularly keen to present collaborations between architects, contractors, and craftspeople that are rich with practical how-to information. To submit a proposal for a presentation, fill out this online form.

Speakers receive free tuition for themselves and a guest at the nation’s premier business to business event for traditional building and historic preservation. Submit a proposal today to be part of this growing event for preservation and traditional building pros.

Previous Speakers: Winston-Salem, North Carolina 2019    

Samuel Binkley, AIA

Edwin Bouldin, AIA, NCARB

Heather M. Bratland

James S. Collins

Kimber Degling

Brent Hull

April Larkins

Rosalba Ledezma, AIA

David Martin

Charles "Chick" McBrien

Stuart McCormick, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Michelle M. McCullough

Jim Nelson

Richard William Off, AIA

Rachel Palisin, PE, LEED AP

Sam Pardue

Stephen Payne

Chris Poe, PE

John Sandor

Kurtis Suellentrop

Kyle Sword

Chad Thorell

Laurie L. Wells

Bill Wilder