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Meet the Educators: Coral Gables, Florida

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Andrés Duany, FAIA
Affordable by Design: Codes, Classicists and Class

Andrés Duany is an architect whose work focuses on town and regional planning. He and his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founded their practice in 1980, at the time of their design of the town of Seaside, Florida, which began an ongoing debate on the alternatives to suburban sprawl. Since then, DPZ, their planning practice, has over 200 plans in the process of implementation. They have co-authored five books: Suburban Nation, The New Civic Art, The Smart Growth Manual, Garden Cities, and Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents.

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Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA
Culture, Climate and Classicism: A Tradition of Beauty and Durability in Florida

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is recognized as a leader of the movement called the New Urbanism, promoting walkable resilient urban design. A co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism in 1992, her teaching, research and consulting professional practice has ranged across new community design, community rebuilding, regional plans and zoning codes. A number of innovations in professional practice, such as the traditional neighborhood design zoning code (TND), were initiated with students in School of Architecture design studios and first implemented through community outreach in South Florida. Recent professional projects include the design of the University President’s house and the City of Miami Zoning Code, Miami 21.

Plater-Zyberk’s publications include refereed journal articles and book chapters. She is co-author of Suburban Nation: the Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream (over 85,000 sold), and The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning. Her work, with Andres Duany and DPZ Partners, has received numerous awards and recognitions including honorary degrees, Architectural Record’s first Women in Architecture Award, and the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture. 

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Manuel G. Mergal, AIA, LEED AP
A 1901 Townhouse for the 21st Century - A Case Study

Manuel has taught in the Interior Design Department at FIT and been a guest critic at CUNY's Architecture School as well as a guest lecturer at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is the recipient of the first prize for the first Hispanic Architectural Talent Search Competition. Manuel is also on the Smithsonian Institution's Latino, Hispanic, and Latin American Art Collection and a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for New Urbanism and a Fellow Emeritus of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art. He is licensed in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and is a member of the NCARB. 

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Steven W. Semes
Monuments, Diversity and Design: A moderated panel discussion

Prof. Steven W. Semes was a practicing architect for over 30 years before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2005. Author of two books and numerous articles, Professor Semes is particularly interested in the recovery of the classical language of architecture and the impact that this recovery has on changing approaches to the conservation and interpretation of cultural heritage sites. His current research in this area focuses on the issue of defining appropriate new architecture in historic settings.


Lori Garrett, AIA, LEED Green Associate
Monuments, Diversity and Design: A moderated panel discussion

Lori Garrett is a Senior Principal and Vice President at Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond, Virginia. As Director of the firm’s Higher Education Studio, Lori oversees the design direction of higher education projects, many of which have been recognized for design excellence. Throughout her career, Lori has led a vast portfolio of projects ranging from renovations of historically significant structures to large-scale signature buildings that require design fluency in the campus’ architectural language.


H. Randolph Holmes Jr., AIA
Monuments, Diversity and Design: A moderated panel discussion

As President and Senior Principal at Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond, Virginia, Randy Holmes has been involved in the design of a wide range of higher education, cultural, hospitality and residential projects throughout Virginia and the southeast. Randy’s projects have received awards and recognition from Architectural Digest, the American Institute of Architects, the Institute for Classical Art and Architecture, and American School & University. In 2013, he was honored with the Award for Distinguished Achievement from AIA Virginia for his noteworthy accomplishment in design, practice, and education. 


Jill H. Gotthelf, AIA, FAPT
Environmental Product Declarations for Historic Preservation: Intuition versus Data

In practice, Jill pioneers approaches that result in outstanding success, as reflected in the signature 20-year restoration of Eldridge Street Synagogue on NYC’s Lower East Side. Upon its completion, renowned architectural critic Paul Goldberger cited it as one of the year’s ten most influential projects in the world. Jill currently serves on APTI’s Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the AIA Historic Resource Committee, and represents the AIA HRC on the newly formed Zero Net Carbon Collaborative for Existing Buildings (ZNCC).

Kyle Sword

Kyle Sword
Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Windows with Emerging Glazing Technology

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.

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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.


Aaron C. Ruby, AIA, LEED AP
Incorporating New Technologies in Historic Buildings- Case Studies for Comfort, Conservation and Codes

The speaker will present two projects completed recently involving major renovations and additions to early 20th century historic buildings located in Arkansas. The Mississippi County Courthouse located in Blytheville and the Tushek Building Renovation (now City Hall), located in Lake Village. Both projects made the most of retaining original building fabric while introducing new technologies that would improve their service to today's needs. We will discuss new HVAC systems, insulation, lighting, accessibility, life safety and occupant comfort and control of their immediate environments. 


 Alicia Cordle
Clay Tile Roofing: Durable, Renewable, and Disaster-Resistant

Alicia Cordle joined Ludowici in 2005. 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.


Call for Presentations: The 2022 Traditional Building Conference Series

Materials and Methods is the theme for conferences in 2022. 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: The 2nd Traditional Building Virtual Conference

Richard W. Off, AIA

Jill H. Gotthelf, AIA, FAPT

Stuart Cohen, FAIA

Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT

Thomas Newbold, PE LEED AP CFM CPMP

Constance Lai

Robert Orr

Joe Nardiello 

Brent Hull

Walter Sedovik 

Donald M. Rattner

David Teague

Alicia Cordle

Chad Thorell