Presented by the AIA Historic Resources Committee, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and the Architectural Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation

The maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation of existing buildings often includes cleaning the exterior surfaces of stone, brick, terra cotta, and concrete. There are philosophical, aesthetic, technical, scientific, and economic factors that should be considered when specifying materials and methods for cleaning. What is the masonry material, and what is the cause and composition of soil? Is the soiling damaging the masonry material? What are the owner’s expectations? What is an appropriate aesthetic target for the character of the building? Is the patina character-defining? Will a particular cleaning approach result in short term appeal and long term damage? Is the masonry best left alone? What is an optimum cycle for recleaning that balances the applicable factors? 

The program will open with an outdoor desert terrace reception followed by the keynote lecture on Friday evening, October 10, 2014, and an evening tour of Taliesin West by staff, faculty, and students.  The core of the program consists of presentations and discussion with the speakers on Saturday morning, October 11, 2014. After a box lunch, attendees will meet in topical Saturday afternoon break-out sessions for discussion and demonstrations, and report back in assembly to close the day. On Sunday, October 12, Professor Richard Wolbers, University of Delaware, will present the keynote lecture and an optional all-day advanced workshop. The principal speakers are John Fidler, Assoc. AIA, RIBA, FRICS, FSA, FIIC, FAPT, Mary Oehrlein, FAIA, LEED AP, Historic Preservation Officer for the Architect of the Capitol of the United States, and Joshua Freedland, Associate Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Historic Resources


The mission of the AIA Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally. HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public. Join the AIA Historic Resources Committee by updating your AIA profile. 

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Preservation Architect

Preservation Architect

The AIA Historic Resources Committee official quarterly electronic newsletter, Preservation Architect is prepared by the Communications Subcommittee..

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Event Calendar

Upcoming Events

Discover local events, national conferences, free continuing education webinars and more from the AIA HRC Event Calendar. Local components are invited to send upcoming events for local HRC committees to 

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Local Chapters


State and Local Historic Resources Committees

When renewing their annual membership, 7,000 AIA members check “sustainable design” as a strong interest. When a few, or many of them, are in the same place, a local COTE chapter is possible. Find out more about starting an AIA COTE chapter in your area.

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HABS Survey Report

Historic American Buildings Survey

Building on the AIA-HRC’s long standing relationship with the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the HRC completed a study on HABS and Its Relevance to the Architectural Profession.  This study looked closely at the collection, conducted an
extensive survey to HRC members, and researched how HABS
can better service our profession.

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About HRC

The mission of the AIA Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both
nationally and internationally. HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public. Join the AIA Historic Resources Committee by updating your
AIA profile.

2012 HRC Luncheon, Tariff Building, Washington DC

HRC Sponsors

For more information about sponsorship contact James Malanaphy, AIA
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          Boston Valley Terra Cotta

                       Jean Carroon, FAIA





Wendy Hillis, AIA, is the newest Advisor to the Historic Resources Committee. Ms. Hillis brings a history of service to the AIA and HRC as a member and then Chair of the Communications Subcommittee. She continues as a contributor and editor of Preservation Architect and this website. She is a Richard Morris Hunt Fellow, currently Executive Director of Preservation Durham, and has served as Campus Historic Preservation Architect of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a preservation specialist at FEMA.

Upcoming Events

  1. Traditional Building Conference Series

    Wednesday, May 7 - Thursday, May 8, 2014
    New Orleans, LA, United States
  2. Creative Crossroads: Makers, Innovators and Tradition

    Wednesday, May 7 - Thursday, May 8, 2014
    New Orleans, LA, United States
  3. WE202 Transformation of Existing and Historic Buildings for a High Performance Future

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Central Time (US & Canada))

AIA National Convention Events

Transformation of Existing and Historic Buildings for a High Performance Future
Wednesday, June 25 | 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

This workshop will equip the audience in planning, designing, and retrofitting existing and historic buildings to new high-performance levels required by law or in accordance with corporate or institutional strategy and goals.

2012 AIA National Convention

Historic Resources Committee Luncheon

Thursday, June 26 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The AIA Historic Resources Committee Luncheon will feature a plated contemporary cuisine followed by a presentation from a local Chicago preservationist.

2012 AIA National Convention

Historic Resources Committee Happy Hour

Friday, June 27 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

The HRC Convention Happy Hour at The Cliff Dweller’s, overlooking the lakefront, Millennium Park, and Art Institute.

2012 AIA National Convention

The Roll for Architects in Federal Historic Tax Credit Projects
Saturday, June 28 | 8:30 -10:00 AM

The Historic Resources Committee (Knowledge Community) is sponsoring and organizing a proposal initiated by the National Park Service to strengthen our public/private relationship by educating architects about practice opportunities that support a major federal tax incentive for existing buildings.

2012 AIA National Convention

Requirements and Assessment Tools for Historic Properties in Disaster Response and Recovery
Saturday, June 28 | 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Natural disasters increasingly happen with great frequency and with tremendous impact on our communities. A community is vulnerable to losing its cultural resources when historic properties are improperly handled.

2012 AIA National Convention

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Preservation Architect
The AIA Historic Resources Committee's official quarterly electronic newsletter is Preservation Architect. Read the latest issue, March 2014.

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Preservation Briefs

  Continuing Education Credit Opportunity:  The Historic Resource Committee has arranged, in collaboration with the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, for AIA Learning Units to be available through a series of quizzes based on the National Park Service Preservation Briefs. The Preservation Briefs are an ongoing series of publications by the U. S. National Park Service that provides guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. Download Briefs and Take Quiz.


Architecture Knowledge Review Podcast Series
Architecture Knowledge Review is a 
podcast series for design professionals, featuring interviews, discussions, and best practices by architects and other design professionals who are at the forefront of the profession. Podcasts are available for download as XML, iTunes, and MP3 files. Some featured podcasts are: 
  • The Changing Face of the Architecture Profession
    Wendy Ornelas talks about addressing the changing face of the architecture profession, and distinguishes the differences between the baby boomer generation of architects and the emerging X and Y generations
    that will lead to this changing direction in the profession, with Michael Crosbie. iTunesMP3
  • A Global History of Architecture
    Listen in on a fascinating discussion with professor and author Francis D.K. Ching about his latest book, A Global History of Architecture—a work lauded as "unabashedly huge" in proportion and refreshingly unique in perspective. The work spans the globe from 3500 BCE to the present day, discussing certain styles and historical periods but dwelling primarily on specific architectural works. 
    iTunes | MP3
Spiro Kostof Lectures Available Online
Spiro Kostof (1936-1991), widely recognized as one of the world's leading architectural historians, taught his last course in the spring of 1991 in the Architecture Department of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. The 26 lectures of his course "
A Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism" covering the period from the Florentine Renaissance to the post-modernism of the late 20th century were video recorded and have recently been digitized and made available for public viewing. Kostof's lectures were heralded for situating the architectural monument in a framework of vernacular buildings that imbue it with meaning.


Allied Preservation Organization Resources The AIA HRC maintains of allied preservation organizations as well as events and award, grant and fellowship programs.

Preservation Book List
The AIA HRC has compiled a
book list based on the recommendations of members around the country. We hope to continuously expand the list with additional titles. If you know would like to suggest a book or write a review, please contact

Masonry History Integrity: An Urban Conservation Primer
A recent National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) grant project produced a practical teaching manual for young people interested in masonry conservation. Based on the innovative Workforce Development/Youthbuild Masonry Preservation program developed by the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) in Harlem, New York City, this manual introduces students to construction, masonry preservation, green technology, building repair and the conservation of the urban environment.  Available free of charge online.

AIA/HRC Guide to Historic Preservation
primer to preservation of historic properties covers accepted definitions in the field, how such properties are identified and treated, the architectural services provided in preservation projects, the phases of a project, the professionals needed on a preservation team, costs and benefits, and how to select a preservation architect.

The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects
A new online resource guide to finding information about U.S. architects who practiced from the 1800s to the 1970s, the
AIA Historical Directory of American Architects helps you locate information in published, online, or archival resources from the AIA and elsewhere across the U.S. Learn more about what’s in the AIA Historical Directory, or how your regional biography project can be included.

Danish Modern Then and Now
This conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in September 2008, jointly sponsored by the AIA Committee on Design and the AIA Historic Resources Committee. Learn more on the
AIA Committee on Design conference resources page.