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The Changing Architectural Practice in the Age of Lean

Are sustainability and preservation driving forces in the market,
for now and the future?

As we peer through the looking glass into the near future, we notice that everything has changed drastically. The economy has taken a turn for the worse, (to say the least!), there’s a new administration in the White House and architecture seems all about going green. While all of these trends must have developed in the recent past, they seem to have come to the fore quickly, leaving all of us wondering what happens next.

Traditional Building magazine, under the guidance of our founder Clem Labine, decided to tackle the questions of the economy and sustainability as it relates to historic preservation and traditional building in this year’s roundtable. However, instead of gathering a group together to have an informal discussion as we have done in the past, we asked a number of leading preservation architects to examine these issues and to submit their responses via email.

We sent each participant the headline “The Changing Architectural Practice in the Age of Lean. Are sustainability and preservation driving forces in the market, for now and the future?” along with some suggested questions to be used only as guidelines for their responses. Some of these included: How has client interest and the public’s general interest in sustainability affected practice at your firm?; What changes have you had to make to meet the growing interest in sustainability? Do you find that your clients understand that recycling old buildings is a good thing, that there is a connection between preservation and sustainability? Has this awareness reached the general public? We also asked each participant to describe a particular sustainability project and send a photo.  

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The Participants

All of our participants graciously shared their expertise, time, energy and thoughts with us. They include (in alphabetical order by firm name):

Architectural Resources Group, (www.argsf.com)
Bruce D. Judd, FAIA, founding principal
Judd has more than 30 years of experience in architecture and historic preservation planning. He has directed more than 200 planning, rehabilitation and expansion projects for significant buildings throughout the West. Judd has also participated in historic resource surveys, led rehabilitation and new construction projects in historically significant settings, and directed high profile architectural projects, including the rehabilitation of Pasadena City Hall, which reopened to the public in June 2007.

Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC, (www.fmg-arch.com)
Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEED AP, partner in charge of design, and Michael J. Mills, FAIA, partner
Farewell received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and a Masters degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture at Princeton University. His green building projects include the Willow School, a new independent lower school in Gladstone, NJ, that received Gold level LEED certification; and the concept design for a new visitor’s center at Duke Farms in Hillsboro, NJ. He is currently working on sustainable initiatives for the Princeton Charter School and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association.

Mills received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University; his Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University; and completed postgraduate work at the International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome. He has devoted more than 25 years to the preservation and adaptive reuse of significant historic buildings.

 

Goody Clancy, (www.goodyclancy.com)
Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED AP, principal for preservation
Carroon is the principal for preservation at Goody Clancy, a Boston design firm of 100 architects, planners, urban designers and conservators. Nationally recognized for her achievements in the field of sustainable design for historic buildings, she is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Sustainability Coalition, Boston Mayor Menino’s Green Building Task Force, and one of the founders of the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation with the Association of Preservation Technology. She is the author of Sustainable Preservation; Greening Existing Buildings, which will be published in 2009 by John Wiley & Sons. Her current projects include renovations for the General Services Administration, the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan.

Hartman-Cox Architects, (www.hartmancox.com)
Mary Katherine Lanzillotta, FAIA, partner
Lanzillotta received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1985 and her Master of Architecture and certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 (the same year she joined Hartman-Cox). For the past decade she has been dedicated to the renovation and restoration of the Patent Office Building for the Smithsonian Institution. Currently she is working on the addition and renovation of Morehead Planetarium Building and the National Gallery of Art renovation.

Lord, Aeck & Sargent, (www.lordaecksargent.com)
Jack Pyburn, FAIA, principal in charge, Historic
Preservation Studio

Pyburn is the director of the Historic Preservation Studio at Lord, Aeck & Sargent in Atlanta. He was 2007 Chair of the AIA/Historic Resources Committee and is on the Board of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Pyburn has a particular research interest in, and has published on, mid-20th century architectural precast concrete and the relationship of construction technology to architectural design during that period. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture & Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis.

Page & Turnbull, (www.page-turnbull.com)
John D. Lesak, AIA, LEED AP, principal
Lesak heads the Los Angeles office of Page & Turnbull, a firm of architects, historians and planners who work to address the challenges of preservation. In 2004, he co-founded and served as first U.S. chair for the Association of Preservation Technology (APT) International Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation. The Committee produced the Halifax Symposium and a special issue of the APT Bulletin on sustainable preservation. Lesak is currently president of the APT International Western Chapter, chair of APT-LA-09 (the 2009 annual conference), and chair of the South Pasadena Cultural Heritage Commission.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL, and also studied at the Versailles Study Program in Versailles, France. Recent projects include the Webb Schools in Claremont, CA; Nora Suppes Hall and Meyer Buck House at Stanford University; and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

QUINN EVANS | ARCHITECTS, (www.quinnevans.com)
Ilene R. Tyler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, principal, director of preservation, Ann Arbor office
Tyler is principal and director of preservation in the Ann Arbor office of QUINN EVANS | ARCHITECTS. A graduate of the University of Michigan (B. Architecture, 1970), she is a registered architect in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Massachusetts. Tyler is a frequent presenter at conferences on topics of preservation technology, and is active in several local, state and national preservation organizations. Her writing has been published in the APT Bulletin, including articles on “The Greening of the Samuel T. Dana Building: A Classroom and Laboratory for Sustainable Design” (co-authored with Maggie McInnis) and “Replicating the John J. Earley Concrete Mix to Restore the Nashville Parthenon.” Tyler is a co-author of Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice, 2nd edition, and teaches the Principles of Preservation Technology in the graduate program in Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University.

Urban Design Associates, (www.urbandesignassociates.com)
Rob Robinson, AIA, chairman
Robinson earned a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Following graduation, he was an adjunct professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at VPI for several years, then served as an architect with the Peace Corps in St. Vincent, West Indies, prior to joining UDA in 1980. In addition to urban design efforts in cities, towns and neighborhoods, Robinson also leads UDA’s work in several “shared vision and strategy” initiatives for regions and counties. Current projects under his leadership include various downtowns and waterfronts, mixed-income neighborhoods, vision plans and pattern books.

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