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21st Annual Historic Preservation Symposium February 14-15, 2020

"Preservation in Practice"

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Our annual symposium, this year titled "Preservation in Practice," will be held February 14-15, 2020.

The keynote speaker on Feb. 14 will be Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, FAPT, and Past President of the Association for Preservation Technology International. On Saturday, Feb. 15, the program will include sessions that will explore the value an impact of preservation from the points of view of architecture, engineering, city/community planning, policy-making, law, and education.

Date: February 14-15, 2020
Keynote Address: February 14, 2020, at 6:00 PM
Symposium (and Student Poster Sessions* and APT Texas Annual Meeting): Saturday, February 15, 2020, 8:45-4:30 PM
Location: Langford B, Texas A&M University

*AIA Continuing Education Units have been approved for the Friday keynote and Saturday sessions.

NEW for 2020: The CHC is also hosting a 1-day workshop on infrared thermography right before the Symposium on Thursday, February 14. The instructor will be Priya Jain, AIA, LEED BD+C, Certified Thermographer (Assistant Professor, Architecture, and Associate Director, Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University). Registration has closed for this event.



FRIDAY, 14 February 2020

Geren Auditorium (ARCB 101), College of Architecture, Texas A&M University


5:15 PM           Doors open 

6:00 PM           KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Creating Your Own Place in Preservation”

Barbara Campagna, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP BD+C

(BAC/Architecture + Planning, PLLC, Buffalo, NY)  

7:00 PM           RECEPTION - Wright Gallery (ARCA 212), College of Architecture, Texas A&M                University (Sponsored by the College of Architecture in honor of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Center for Heritage Conservation [2005-2020]) 

8:00 PM           Adjourn for the evening


SATURDAY, 15 February 2020

Geren Auditorium (ARCB 101), College of Architecture, Texas A&M University 

8:00 AM           REGISTRATION - Geren Auditorium / Breakfast 

8:45 AM           Welcome and Introductions 

9:00 AM           “Beyond Design Review: Education and Outreach in Local Preservation Programs”

Shannon Shea Miller, AICP (City Historic Preservation Officer and Director, Office of Historic Preservation, San Antonio, TX)


9:50 AM           “Historic Preservation from a Structural Viewpoint: Blending the Technical                                      with the Practical”

                        Stephen H. Lucy, PE (CEO, JQ Engineering, Dallas, TX)


10:50 AM         BREAK


11:10 AM         “The Evolving Role of Property and Housing Laws in Historic Preservation Law”

Lisa T. Alexander, J.D. (Professor of Law and Co-Director, Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law, Texas A&M University School of Law)
Thomas W. Mitchell, J.D., LL.M. (Professor of Law and Co-Director, Program in Property, Rural Law, Legal Reform, Texas A&M University School of Law)


12:00 PM         LUNCH


12:45 PM         Student Poster Session


1:15 PM           APT Texas Meeting              


2:00 PM           “Preservation - Know Who Needs It! Historic Preservation Process Based on Users Needs”

                        Ben Heimsath, AIA, LEED AP (Principal and Managing Partner, Heimsath Architects, Austin, TX)


2:50 PM           “Education Panel: Preparing Preservationists for Practice”

William J. Batson Jr., MArch (Associate Professor and Director, Community Urban & Rural Enhancement Service, Prairie View A&M University), Priya Jain, AIA, LEED BD+C (Assistant Professor of Architecture and Associate Director, Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University), Angela Lombardi, Ph.D. (Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Texas at San Antonio), Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla (Associate Professor of Architecture and Program Coordinator for the Masters of Science in Historic Preservation, University of Texas at Austin)



4:00 PM           Concluding Remarks (Kevin T. Glowacki); Adjourn


*Special thanks to our sponsors and partners: The College of Architecture and the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University.


*We encourage students attending the the 21st Annual Historic Preservation Symposium to submit posters for the poster session that will take place on Saturday, February 15. 

Posters are to illustrate recent or current research related to historic preservation or heritage conservation. The posters must contain both images and text and should be 24” x 36” (portrait/vertical). No mounting is needed. The posters should be printed in advance and brought to the symposium on Saturday morning. 

Students should also email a copy of their posters to Benjamin Baaske ( by Thursday, February 13, so we can ensure there is pin up space for all posters. (If the file size is too large to email, please upload it to Google Drive, Dropbox, etc., and send a link.).