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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.

A Letter from the Chair: October 2022

By Sue Ann Pemberton FAIA posted 09-30-2022 02:12 PM

  

Let’s take a look at the Historic Resources Committee. People often think of “historic resources” as object buildings to be preserved or reused if they are deemed important enough. Most architects probably think the role of the Historic Resources Committee is to “preserve architectural heritage,” as a single focus, but there is a much bigger role to play. 

Historic Resources touch on many different facets of design, our community, and our future. 

It’s easy to understand that reusing an existing building reduces the amount of material going to the landfill but, exiting buildings can have a greater impact and should be part of a larger conversation. 

  • We should look at the importance of existing and heritage buildings in the conversation on climate action and climate justice 
  • Preservation of cultural heritage should be front and center in the conversation on equity and inclusion   
  • Rehabilitation supports equity and human rights by investing in community 
  • Preservation stabilizes and fortifies communities, while strengthening community identity 
  • We can learn a lot about building performance and passive features from historic resources 
  • Rehabilitation provides economic opportunity, providing jobs and trades training 
  • Historic resources are adaptable in a world of change 
  • Historic resources epitomize a sustainable future 

The role of the HRC is comparable to a blanket or an umbrella, under which many of AIA’s strategic goals fall. 

The Historic Resources Committee wants to be part of the conversation with all the Knowledge Communities, and we want all of you to understand how we can and should contribute to your focus. Historic resources are where we start, learning from the past, designing for the future, to create stronger, sustainable, equitable communities.  


Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA, FAPT
2022 Chair

Advisory Board Members:
Jill Gotthelf AIA
Liz Hallas AIA
Lorraine Minatoishi AIA
Robert Burns AIA

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I absolutely agree. Trades are critical!
My partial list only included other AIA Knowledge Communities. I want HRC to be at their table as well. We are not "the old building people." We should be part of a much bigger conversation about sustainability, equity, building performance, etc.
Thank you for your comment.
Ms. Pemberton, On a Historical Committee I am on here locally in Stony Brook, NY I had them add "Craftsmen" to their awards category. I feel this group is overlooked. We have to acknowledge those masons who executed those intricate Victorian Chimanes, the glass workers who restore Tiffany windows, the wood carvers, etc. Please add them to your list.
Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA