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2015 AIA Taliesin Colloquium

Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment: New Conversations in Holistic Sustainability and Preservation

Registration is now open for the 2015 AIA Taliesin Colloquium at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday and Saturday, October 9-10, 2015, with an optional workshop on Sunday, October 11th. This is the first joint education program sponsored by both AIA’s Committee on the Environment and Historic Resources Committee, hosted and co-sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

The colloquium will bring together the leading edge of investigation and practice in sustainability. The topic is useful and compelling to all building professionals, building owners and managers, and everyone concerned with the future of the built environment.


Tribute to Spencer Leineweber, PhD, FAIA / 1947- 2015

It's with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Professor Spencer Leineweber, PhD, FAIA who passed away suddenly on June 20, 2015. She was Chair of the Historic Resources Committee in 1990, and served as the second woman to Chair the committee, which was founded in 1890. Spencer was an exemplary architect, teacher, and mentor.

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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
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2012 HRC Luncheon, Tariff Building, Washington DC


The Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) is currently accepting proposals for the Spring 2015 round of its Partners in Training program. HPEF established Partners in Training last year to provide training opportunities on technical topics associated with preservation technology. Partners in Training seeks to replicate the success HPEF has enjoyed working with other educational institutions and organizations in the past. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2015. Grant recipients will be announced on/around June 1, 2015. Please see the attached announcement and call for proposals for information. Additional information can also be found on the HPEF website: or by writing

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  • Many preservation projects involve some government funding. Many funding entities require that a qualified preservation architect with an advanced degree in historic preservation be part of the project...

  • A specialized degree helps, but isn't the only path to a successful career in this field. Our firm has done over 30 certified reabilitations with a founder who managed to get his BA in Architecture...

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Preservation Architect
The AIA Historic Resources Committee's official quarterly electronic newsletter is Preservation Architect. Read the latest issue, June 2015.

Searching for past issues? Go to the Archives page

Interested in contributing? See the
Tips for Authors.



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.

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