Thursday, September 27, 2012

Save the Date: Green Design and Historic Preservation Seminar

Green Design and Historic Preservation: Exploring the Historic Building Envelope
When:  Friday, October 19, 2012; 1:00 – 5:30 PM
Where: UMass-Amherst, Campus Center, Room 165-169
Cost:    Free

Introduction: Max Page
Max Page, PhD, is Professor of Architecture and History at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a 2003 Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940 (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which won the Spiro Kostof Award of the Society of Architectural Historians, for the best book on architecture and urbanism; co-edited (with Steven Conn) Building the Nation: Americans Write Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Environment and (with Randall Mason) Giving Preserving a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States. For the hundredth anniversary of Times Square in 2004, he curated the centennial exhibition on the history of the Square. He wrote a regular column for Architecture magazine, and has written for other popular magazines, including the New York Times, Metropolis, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. Most recent books are: The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of Nework's Destruction and Reconsidering Jane Jacobs.

Lisa Kersavage:  Positioning Preservation in the Center of Green Building

Lisa Kersavage is Project Manager of the Lower Mississippi River Delta Design Initiative. She is responsible for the planning, development and initial implementation of the project, in collaboration with staff from the Environmental Defense Fund and Van Alen Institute, as well as the New Orleans-based Leadership Team, institutional and corporate partners, and consultants. Lisa has more than fifteen years of experience in urban planning, urban sustainability and historic preservation work, and extensive experience in non-profit leadership. Before joining EDF and VAI, she was the Senior Director of Preservation and Sustainability at the Municipal Art Society of New York, where she also served as the Director of Advocacy and Policy and the Kress/R.F.R Fellow for Historic Preservation and Public Policy. She has held positions as a public policy consultant to the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and Executive Director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. Lisa received her M.S. in historic preservation, with an urban planning focus, from Columbia University and her B.A. in art and architectural history from Penn State University.
Mathew Bronski: Historic Envelope
Matthew Bronski, PE is a senior project manager in the Boston office of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). He also serves as the Practice Leader for Preservation Technology across SGH’s six nationwide offices. Since joining SGH in 1995, he has focused on investigating and diagnosing the causes and consequences of building envelope and structural problems in historic buildings, and designing sensitive and appropriate repairs, rehabilitations or restorations to solve those problems. As the 2009-10 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation.

Jack Alvarez:  Merits of Original Windows
Jack Alvarez, AIA is a partner in Landmark Consulting LLC. His work has specialized in both residential design and in the restoration and sensitive adaptation of historic buildings as a result of over fifteen years working for architectural firms renowned for their high profile restorations of several Newport grand mansions, Federal-era presidential homes as well as the sensitive retrofit of West Coast landmarks for seismic requirements. Most recently he has worked on the restoration of Thomas Jefferson's homes, Poplar Forest & Monticello and James Madison's home, Montpelier, all in rural Virginia. In 2005 he had overseen the restoration of the Newport Country Club, a neo-classical, late 19th century masterpiece.

Tom Hartman:  Improving Performance of Historic Building Thermal Envelopes
Tom Hartman, AIA is a principal with Coldham&Hartman Architects, a full service architectural practice designing residential, commercial, and institutional buildings for public, private, and non-profit entities. The firm’s underlying mission is a professional commitment to fine architecture, and specifically to elevating "green" design to a high order of aesthetic refinement. Their focus on building rehabilitation founded in the belief that revitalization of old buildings is key to keeping our cities and towns alive, and to solving the planet’s energy puzzle.

UMass Historic Building: Holdsworth Hall Rehabilitation
Carl Fiocchi, MArch teaches Green Design and Historic Preservation in the Historic Preservation Program and Energy Modeling and Building Physics in the Architecture and Building Construction Technology Programs. He is concurrently doing dissertation research involving energy analysis of three iconic Modernist structures on the UMass-Amherst campus, i.e. Fine Arts Center, DuBois Library, and Lincoln Campus Center.

Ben Weil, PhD teaches courses in energy efficient buildings. With primary responsibility for the Extension Program in building energy, his research program is responsive to the needs of various stakeholders in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including home builders, architects, weatherization companies, energy utilities, state government agencies, town governments, environmental and community organizations, and homeowners. He is particularly interested in the social and behavioral dimensions of energy efficiency. He is a building analyst certified with the Building Performance Institute, and continues to enjoy building diagnostics. He manages the online Green Building Certificate for the BCT program.
Ludmilla Pavlova, AIA is Senior Facilities Planner in Campus Planning at UMass Amherst and is responsible for master plan programming and planning for research, academic and administrative facilities and developing design guidelines. She has managed the planning of major capital projects Passionate about campus sustainability she helped author the first UMass Amherst Sustainability Plan.

Closing remarks:  Max Page
For more information about the M.Sc. in historic preservation at UMass-Amherst:

Directions & Parking:
For directions and maps:
Parking is available at the Campus Center garage (for a fee).

Learning Units:

For all architects, learning units can be earned by attending this or any of the WMAIA monthly programs. For more information regarding learning units contact Lorin Starr at

LEED Credential Maintenance credits are available through self-reporting.  4 Non-LEED credits are possible for those attending the entire event.


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