Meet the Educators: The 2nd Traditional Building Virtual Conference

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Richard W. Off, AIA
Preserving Sustainability: Old Solutions to Big Problems

Richard is a Senior Project Manager and Registered Architect for The Falcon Group in New York. He oversees A+E teams complete multi-million-dollar exterior restorations for multiple existing buildings, spanning traditional and modern façade, window, roofing, below-grade, and structural systems. With expertise in restoration, he has managed investigation, design, and construction projects for numerous historic landmarks throughout the New York metropolitan area. 


Jill H. Gotthelf, AIA, FAPT
Healthy Environments for Re-Occupancy - H E R O™

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.


Stuart Cohen, FAIA
Frank L. Wright and the Architects of Steinway Hall

Stuart Cohen is a practicing architect, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an educator, and an architectural historian. A graduate of Cornell University where he studied with Colin Rowe, he is currently professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago and the author of four books on the history of Chicago architecture, most recently, Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw Architect, published by Monacelli Press.

Carl Elefante

Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT
Global Perspectives/Local Practices: Sustainability and Historic Preservation

Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT is Principal Emeritus with Quinn Evans Architects where he served as design principal on architecture, preservation, and community revitalization projects. Known for coining the phrase: “The greenest building is one that is already built”, Mr. Elefante writes and lectures nationally on historic preservation and sustainable design topics. In 2018, Mr. Elefante served as the 94th President of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Elefante is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Association for Preservation Technology (APT). 


Constance Lai
Stone Façade Restoration: Challenges and Best Practices

Constance Lai is the Manager of Historic Preservation Services for Grunley Construction. She has over 18 years of experience in historic preservation and has worked on the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, DC’s Carnegie Library, the Jefferson Memorial, and the US Chamber of Commerce Building.


Thomas Newbold, PE LEED AP CFM CPMP
Healthy Environments for Re-Occupancy - H E R O™

Thomas is president of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc., an engineering firm specializing in the design of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems for architecturally significant cultural, commercial, & educational applications. Tom is an active advocate of sustainable designs for museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites and is a frequent speaker on various HVAC sustainable design initiatives.


Donald M. Rattner
How to Design a Home Workspace for Optimal Creativity and Wellbeing, According to Science

Donald M. Rattner is an architect who helps individuals and organizations maximize creativity and wellness by applying research in design psychology to the built environment. His most recent book is My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, 48 Science-based Techniques. It has won five awards and been ranked an Amazon bestseller. An educator, practitioner, and author, he has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, and Parsons School of Design.


Walter Sedovik
Healthy Environments for Re-Occupancy - H E R O™

Walter Sedovic, Principal & CEO WSA|ModernRuins, has dedicated his career to sustainable preservation. The firm’s numerous awards and media attention attest to the respect and interest of his peers and the general population. Walter is a sought after speaker internationally and was honored to serve as Guest Editor of the Association for Preservation Technology International’s Sustainable Preservation edition of the Bulletin. Walter has been distinguished with elevation to the American Institute of Architects’ and the Association for Preservation Technology’s prestigious Colleges of Fellows.


Brian Stowell
Cabinetry for the Post-Pandemic Home

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. In 2018, Brian’s company introduced an all-new line of custom cabinetry, Crown Select.


Robert Orr
Plaza Central: Social Integration and Setting
2021 Palladio Winner Residential Multi-Unit 

Robert Orr is a national award-winning architect and planner and one of the founders of New Urbanism which aims to create affordable, sustainable, mixed-use, walkable, mixed-income, and prosperous communities. 


David Teague
Bronze, Cast Iron, and Cast Aluminum: Properties, Preservation and Performance

David Teague has been with Historical Arts and Casting, Inc. since 1995. He studied architecture in college and worked with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation prior to coming to Historical Arts.


Chad Thorell
Bronze, Cast Iron, and Cast Aluminum: Properties, Preservation and Performance

Chad Thorell has been with Historical Arts and Casting, Inc. full time since 1992. He began working in many different facets of the company at a very young age and has been an integral part of the company ever since.


 Alicia Cordle
Terra Cotta Tile: Color Selection and Matching 

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.


Brent Hull
Building Better with Traditional Materials- Exteriors

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 all aspects of classical architectural design, historic preservation and restoration and custom millwork design.

Joe Nardiello 
Beauty and Sustainability: Custom Wood Garage Door Solutions

Joe Nardiello is the Territory Manager for Cambek Designer Doors in the Midwestern United States Region. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign. He has specialized in Relationship Sales and Sales Management over a 30-year time span with an extensive focus in the construction Industry.

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: The 1st Traditional Building Virtual Conference

Darius Arya

Alicia Cordle

Meg Kindelin

Christine Marvin

Donald H. Ruggles

Susan Turner

Neal A. Vogel

Amy Lamb Woods

Brian Stowell

Greg Connor

Sally Fishburn