Taliesin Colloquium 2023: The Evolution of Preservation Standards and Guidelines

Starts:  Feb 3, 2023 01:30 PM (MT)
Ends:  Feb 4, 2023 05:00 PM (MT)
Associated with  Historic Resources Committee

Taliesin Colloquium 2023: The Evolution of Preservation Standards and Guidelines

We must ask if the current policies and standards governing historic preservation continue to be viable as the world is far different than it was when the standards were written.  The current climate crisis has changed codes and regulations and goals toward sustainable building practices.  Equally our understanding of the need for historic preservation to take on a more holistic view of sustainability including social, cultural and economic equity has intensified and calls for us to look closely as to whether current standards are inclusive or exclusive.  Are the current policies and practices of historic preservation still valid or must they mature to meet the current challenges?  How can we respond to these challenges and prepare for the future?   Do policies and practices need to be open to change? Some say that current Standards provide the required flexibility and that that it is the interpretation that has become too rigid.   Others believe that we need additional standards to address issues of social and economic equity.  This Colloquium will take a deep dive into the global issues that preservationists face today and the Standards and Guidelines that have been the backbone of our practice.


Register before the early-bird deadline, Friday, January 13, 2023 to receive the discounted rate, the deadline to cancel your registration is Friday, January 27, 2023.   A $75 cancellation fee will be deducted.

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Registration categories and fees    

AIA member - (early 11/1-1/13)

AIA member - (late 1/14-2/4) $400
Non member - (early 11/1-1/13) $500
Non member - (late 1/14-2/4) $600
Student $50

After attending this program, participants will be able to:

1.    Illustrate strategies for interpretation and application of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties and associated Guidelines to address social, cultural and economic equity in historic preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse.

2.    Identify areas of conflict between the Secretary of Interior’s Standards and approaches for historic preservation to embrace a more holistic view of sustainability, equity and wellbeing to foster culturally diverse, inclusive, dynamic and healthy communities.

3.    Investigate the use of an adaptive management model to evaluate, improve and enhance current historic preservation policies and standards that are in conflict with codes, policies and initiatives related to climate action and resilience.

4.    Compare approaches to bring forth equitable access to the National Register of Historic Places and the economic benefits offered through historic preservation tax credits for underserved communities and overlooked cultural resources.



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