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HRC Advisory Group Nominations

2020 nominations will open in the fall of 2019.

General information and expectations

The AIA Knowledge Communities are volunteer member-led special interest groups of the AIA national organization. They help members to connect with others who share the same passions and commitment—and develop a project that advances the profession and the collective work of the AIA. Traditionally each group is led by five leaders and supported by project-based committees along with partial AIA staff support.

As an AIA Knowledge Community, the AIA Historic Resources Committee's (HRC) mission 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. On behalf of HRC, we encourage all to participate in our international discourse by applying to serve in a leadership role. The HRC Advisory Group (AG) is comprised of five members who serve for up to five years.

Duties and Expectations

  • Assist in increasing engagement with other architects interested in Historic preservation by brainstorming and implementing innovative ideas for web content and education.
  • Present knowledge at associated organizational events, typically one to two times a year. Travel for these events may or may not be reimbursed.
  • Participate in monthly coordination conference calls and general administrative functions of HRC
  • Help plan the annual HRC Taliesin Colloquium at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona 
  • Continue to grow the relationships HRC has with Allied organizations who are also working with preservation and building reuse.

Submission requirements

  • Letter of interest including a vision of what would you like to accomplish during your appointment as an AG member.
  • Resume including professional accomplishments, skills. Include curriculum vitae outlining learning environment design, awards, publications, speaking events, knowledge sharing. What are the particular skills that you would bring to the committee that complement the existing AG?

The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. HRC strives to be an inclusive Knowledge Community representing diversity of thought, geographic diversity, both traditional and non-traditional practice and as well as providing opportunities for seasoned professionals, associate members, and young architects.


HRC Committees

Become an active member of a national HRC committee by sending a letter of interest to hrc@aia.org.

Questions? Contact Melissa Morancy at melissamorancy@aia.org

Advisory Group Members

Michael Bjornberg, FAIA

Lauren Burge, AIA | 2019 Chair
Chambers Murphy & Burge Architects
Akron, Ohio

Maya Foty, AIA
Architectural Resources Group
Portland, Oregon

Jill Gotthelf, AIA
Walter Sedovic Architects
Irvington, New York

Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas



HRC National Committees

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 Maya Foty, 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, AIA.

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 Building Survey (HABS) Coordinating Committee
The HABS Coordinating Committee supports the National Park Service (NPS) in all aspects of the Historic American Building 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 Sue Ann Pemberton, 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. Karl Stumpf, AIA is Team Chair.