West Palm Beach, FL
December 14-15, 2022
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Previous Speakers: Newport 2022
John Tschirch is an architectural historian, writer, and photographer. He received his M.A. (1986) in Architectural History and Historic Preservation from the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. His thirty-year career in the preservation and study of historic cities, landmarks, landscapes, and art collections across the globe has led him on treks from French chateaux to English farmhouses and American factories. He has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad, from the Yale University’s Mellon Center Seminar in London on 18th Century French Design to the UNESCO sponsored conference on Architecture and Culture in Buenos Aires. His publications include America’s Eden: Newport Landscapes through the Ages (Giles Ltd, London, 2022) and Newport: The Artful City (Giles Ltd. London, 2020) for which he received a 2021 Victorian Society in America Book Award. He contributes essays to the Mass Humanities blog, The Public Humanist, and writes historical fiction, such as Gods and Girls: Tales of Art, Seduction and Obsession (Amazon 2019) and a forthcoming trilogy inspired by the 17th century fairy tales of Charles Perrault. His work may be seen at www.johnstories.com
AIA, Senior Architect
Hoffmann Architects, New York, NY
Mr. Off is a Senior Project Manager and Registered Architect at Hoffmann Architects in Manhattan. With a focus in historic preservation, and expertise in traditional and modern façade, roofing, and window systems, he oversees A+E teams complete numerous multi-million-dollar investigation, rehabilitation, renovation, and adaptive reuse projects throughout the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Off graduated with a Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has lectured at Traditional Building conferences, the APT DC Symposium, and both his alma maters. An avid writer, Mr. Off has published articles with BD+C Magazine, Traditional Building, The Construction Specifier, Hoffmann Architects’ Journal, Dezeen, and ArchDaily.
Cory Rouillard brings to Jan Hird Pokorny Associates her decades of historic preservation experience, as a licensed architect, architectural conservator, and active advocate for climate leadership through preservation. Her award-winning work has included the restoration of significant historical buildings, new construction in a historic context, and work in many unusual circumstances, including relocating entire buildings and reassembling buildings from previously disassembled components. In her role at JHPA and in her professional outreach, she promotes technical guidance for the appropriate care of existing buildings to both protect our cultural heritage and meet our carbon mitigation targets. Ms. Rouillard oversees all of JHPA’s architectural services agreements and construction contracts.
Artisan and President
Hull MillWork, Inc.
201 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Brent Hull, owner and president of Hull Millwork, is a nationally recognized authority on historic design, architecturally correct moldings, and millwork. Trained in the art of museum quality preservation at the prestigious North Bennet Street School in Boston, Brent is the exclusive licensee for the architectural interiors of the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Wilmington, Delaware, the original home of H.F. du Pont. Hull is a board member of the Texas Chapter of the ICAA, and recipient of the 2012 NBSS Distinguished Alumni Award. Brent Hull consults on any and all aspects of classical architectural design, historic preservation and restoration and custom millwork design. Architects and designers turn to Brent to satisfy their desires for formality, correctness, and historical significance. Dynamic and a popular speaker, Brent Hull has developed a reputation for packing rooms with architects, designers, and residential home builders eager to learn classical design from an expert. His work has been featured in Period Homes and Old-House Interiors. He is the host of Lone Star Restoration that premiered on the History Channel in 2015.
AIA, LEED AP, CNU
Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
As managing partner at Union Studio, Douglas has been the primary architect and Principal-in-Charge for many of the Union Studio's award-winning research projects, sustainable communities, civic buildings, student housing, and urban infill work including the Hammett’s Wharf hotel which was recognized in 2021 with both a CNU Charter Award as well as an Urban Guild Design Excellence award. With a background in both design and business, Douglas blends his project leadership and design responsibilities with overall management of Union Studio. With more than 25 years of experience across a broad range of client and project types, Douglas brings a unique blend of business acumen, technical expertise, and design skill to the projects and clients he serves.
National Market Manager (Residential)
4757 Tile Plant Road
PO Box 69
New Lexington, OH 43764
Philippe Rosak is the National Residential Sales Manager at Ludowici, world renowned manufacturer of Architectural Terra Cotta products for 134 years. He develops new markets with Architects, Designers, Builders and Homeowners all over the country. A native from France and accustomed to the beautiful tile roof from Europe, his 20 years plus in the high-end residential market, is a perfect fit for Ludowici. He likes to say, “A home with a Ludowici roof never lose its beauty.”
AIA, LEED AP, CPHC Senior Associate
Union Studio Architecture & Community Design401.272.4724
Joe has over 20 years of architectural experience that includes expertise in buildings with net-zero energy usage, the adaptive re-use of historic buildings, market-rate and affordable multi-family housing, prefabricated building design, commercial buildings, and private residences. Prior to joining Union Studio in 2012, Joe was the founding principal of distill studio, a Providence-based architectural firm with a focus on sustainable building science and integrated design process. He has received international recognition for the architectural design of Providence’s award-winning Box Office, a commercial office building constructed from recycled shipping containers. Joe is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CHPC) and was the first in the State of Rhode Island registered through the Passive House Institute U.S. He is also a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and has served on the Board of Directors
Manager Business Development
Pilkington North America
419-247-3994 – office
209-649-9530 – cell
811 Madison Ave,
Toledo, OH 43604
Kyle Sword is the Business Development Manager for Pilkington North America and heads the company’s interests in historic restoration. Has worked for Pilkington for 20+ years, mostly in glass manufacturing. Ceramic Engineering degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from California State University, Sacramento. Kyle is involved with a variety of different technological developments in the glass industry. His primary work is to share glass education and look for new opportunities to provide value for customers creating products with coated and flat glass products.
Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
With nearly 15 years at Union Studio, Associate Kara Babcock has garnered experience on many of the firm’s most challenging architectural and urban design projects, most recently as project manager for the new and award-winning Hammett’s Wharf Hotel in Newport, RI. Her project background spans a variety of project types and sizes from workforce housing to public libraries, adaptive reuse, and award-winning research on sea level rise in historic communities. With her background in both architecture and fine arts, Kara takes great pride in the design aesthetics of a building. She delights in working closely with large, comprehensive project teams to shepherd a concept through to completion; and has found the mission-based work at Union Studio to be personally rewarding.
Brian Cooper, CEO and President of Cooper Historical Windows and Liberty Restoration Glass, has dedicated his life to preserving New England’s rich architectural heritage. He believes restoration is not only about the preservation of historic buildings, but the preservation of the craftsmanship that is required to save these significant structures. Brian started off in boat building, and with over 40 years of experience, he has dismantled and relocated dozens of 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings often slated for demolition, restoring them to their original splendor. Today, Brian is a leading resource for accurate restoration and replication of period windows. Designing for climate change and sustainability, Brian combines time-honored traditions with the latest technologies to produce historically accurate, energy-efficient wood and steel windows.
AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, CPHD
Voith Mactavish Architects, LLP
2401 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Robert A. Douglass, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHD, is a Senior Associate at Voith & Mactavish Architects. He holds degrees from the University of Miami, where he was awarded the 2010 Henry Adams Medal for academic excellence in architecture, and from Haverford College. His experiences studying in Rome, Istanbul, and Tokyo continue to influence his work today. Rob is VMA’s first Certified Passive House Designer, in line with his personal commitment to sustainability and his role providing executive leadership over the firm’s sustainable pursuits. He is driven to design campus environments that positively shape student outcomes, especially for young children, and brings a deep knowledge of different pedagogical models and their expression through architecture. Rob has also developed a deep appreciation for historic buildings, and he has worked with St. George’s School, Yale University, and others to make their older buildings both more sustainable and more responsive to contemporary student needs.
Cloud Hill Museum
Paul Miller is the director of the Cloud Hill Museum and Curator Emeritus, The Preservation Society of Newport County. Active for several decades in the interior restoration, collections acquisitions and exhibitions of the fabled Newport cottages, Mr. Miller is currently Director of the former Slater-Reed-Allen summer estate Clouds Hill. He is the author of numerous articles and publications on 18th and 19th-century architectural interiors and awards include appointment as a Getty Scholar and the Williamson Award for Professional Leadership from the Rhode Island State Historic Preservation Commission.
As Vice President for University Relations, Michael Semenza represents Salve Regina in areas of community, government, foundation/corporate and civic partnerships. In his work at the University over more than 30 years, he has been intricately involved in various aspects of the preservation, stewardship, adaptive reuse, and development of the historic campus. Working in partnerships with the J. Paul Getty Trust heritage campus program, Save America’s Treasures, the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Victorian Society in America and others, the University is an example of careful and successful ‘adaptation’ for vibrant educational and community use.
FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, BD+C
Founding Partner and Director of Design
Voith & Mactavish Architects, LLP
2401 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA, is a founding principal and director of design at Voith & Mactavish Architects. Holding degrees from Yale University School of Architecture and Bryn Mawr College, Daniela has dedicated her career to promoting the advancement of design for educational environments. Her client-focused practice supports leading edge pedagogical thought and encourages mindful ways of living and learning. Partnerships with colleges, universities, and independent schools of all types have resulted in designs that carefully suit her clients’ missions, reflect their architectural identities, and assist in achieving their strategic goals. Her work, for educational clients as well as for residential and cultural commissions, has received numerous national and regional accolades. Daniela’s involvement with both architects and educators includes her presidency of the ICAA Philadelphia Chapter and as a board member of the Design Leadership Foundation.
Commonwealth Professor Emeritus Architectural History
University of Virginia
Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia and is Honorary AIA. A frequent lecturer and a television commentator he has also published widely with many articles and books on different aspects of American and modern architecture and design including The American Renaissance (1979), McKim, Mead & White, Architects (1982), The AIA Gold Medal (1983), Machine Age in America (1986), Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village (1993, 2009) Buildings of Virginia (2001), The Colonial Revival House (2004), Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House (2008) and Edith Wharton At Home (2012).
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.
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Previous Speakers: Alexandria, Virginia
Topics covered included energy efficient glazing which preserves historic fabric; masonry restoration; adaptive use for traditional buildings; classical design and drawing with geometry; historic timber framing; and more.