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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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 hrc@aia.org. 

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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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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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The Advisors officially welcome Michael Bjornberg, FAIA, of HGA Architects and Engineers, Minneapolis, as he embarks on his first full year as an HRC Advisor. Michael’s passion for preservation and willingness to lead is demonstrated by his teaching an Undergraduate Design Workshop Course at the University of Minnesota School of Design that focuses on providing students with real life historic sites and clients that arise from the 10 Most Endangered List, Board Chairmanship and Presidency of The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and memberships in the Cass Gilbert Society and National Trust for Historic Preservation. As an interim appointee to fill a vacant unexpired term in 2014, Michael joined the Advisors at the Knowledge Leadership Assembly in Minneapolis and set to work shaping the next HRC work plan and budget.

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

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Architects, conservators, parks staff, and professors attended the second Taliesin Colloquium on the Practice of Historic Architecture at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ, in October. Richard Wolbers, Mary Oehrlein, FAIA, Judy Jacobs, and Joshua Freedland lectured. Professor Wolbers taught the science, formulae, tools, and techniques for removing tough graffiti from stone and concrete during a day-long workshop that concluded the event. The event was co-sponsored and hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and supported by ESCA Blast. The sessions were recorded and will be edited and made available at no cost online due to a generous grant from the Historic Preservation Education Foundation.

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

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 hrc@aia.org.

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.