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The mission of the 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.

HRC National Committees

By Brian D. McLaren AIA posted 12-31-2017 12:00 AM


Communications and Publications Subcommittee

This subcommittee develops policies and procedures to support programs that will improve the effectiveness and quality of communication and the exchange of knowledge among HRC members. The subcommittee produces the Preservation Architect eNewsletter, the Historic Resources Committee Web page, transcripts of HRC conference proceedings, and other communications tools. The committee is also responsible for developing and maintaining HRC publications such as The Historic Resources Committee Guide to Historic Preservation. The Subcommittee Chair is Elizabeth Hallas, AIA.

Development Subcommittee

This subcommittee coordinates and solicits financial and other support for the programs and activities of the HRC, such as supporting the participation of students in competition and their attendance at conferences where awards are recognized, the Taliesin Colloquium and outreach events at national conferences. Individuals, organizations, and manufacturers/vendors are current contributors, and all participation is recognized. The Subcommittee Chair is Karl Stumpf, FAIA.

Education and Programs Subcommittee

This subcommittee promotes historic preservation in architectural education. We work with the AIA HRC Advisory Group to coordinate and collaborate with collateral organizations such as AIAS, ASCA, NCPE, NAAB, NCARB, NPS, and LOC to support the inclusion of preservation theory, principles and practices in architectural degree programs. The committee also supports educational programs through coordinating the efforts of HRC members who wish to present papers and continuing education sessions at the annual conventions and conferences of the American Institute of Architects and other HRC liaison organizations. The subcommittee also coordinates and supports competitions such as the Preservation as Provocation Competition and workshops such as the HRC sponsored Taliesin Colloquium. The Subcommittee Chair is Michael Bjornberg, FAIA.

Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Coordinating Committee

The HABS Coordinating Committee supports the National Park Service (NPS) in all aspects of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS); the annual Charles E. Peterson Prize, which is based on student HABS drawings; Leicester B. Holland Prize. The committee acts as a liaison between the AIA, NPS, and the Library of Congress through annual meetings; helps define the mission, membership, and activities of the HABS/HAER/HALS (HHH) Foundation in support of the mission of Heritage Documentation Programs; and works with other professional organizations to encourage the mission of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). The Committee Chair is Karl Stumpf, FAIA. View the full committee roster here.

Historic Sites Advocacy Team

The role of the HSAT subcommittee is to gather enough information to determine if an issue is of national importance for direct HRC involvement. If so, the team develops a proposed action for Advisory Group consideration. If not, support as appropriate the local component efforts in developing their most appropriate response to local issues, threats, risks. Minimally, the team also encourages local HRC committees to follow the developing HSAT Guidelines (available in Summer ’07) The document will serve as a basic guidance document for components and committees that will help them know when and how to get involved in a local preservation advocacy issue. Maya Foty, AIA is Team Chair.