Historic Preservation Planning: 40th Anniversary Celebration

HPP 40th anniversary

Overview

On October 14 and 15, the graduate program in Historic Preservation Planning (HPP) at Cornell University, one of the oldest in the United States, will be celebrating four decades as a leading generator of preservation professionals and educators.

Events during the two days of festivities include:

  • An all-day symposium at the historic State Theater in downtown Ithaca
  • Lectures and exhibitions on the Cornell campus
  • Receptions and dinners

All events with the exception of the closing dinner on Saturday night are free and open to the public.

The HPP 40th Anniversary Celebration is sponsored by the Aline Stein Endowment Environmental Design and Research, Landscape Architecture, and Environmental Services D.P.C.; the Association for Preservation Technology – Northeast Chapter; the Department of City and Regional Planning; Historic Ithaca; Historic Preservation Planning Program Alumni, Inc.; Preservation Pennsylvania; and Vertical Access.

Schedule

Friday, October 14

All Day
Exhibitions
West Sibley Exhibition Hallway, Sibley Hall; and Bibliowicz Family Gallery, Milstein Hall

12:20–2 p.m.
CRP Colloquium: Conservation Planning on the Edge: A "Left"ist Perspective
Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall

2–3 p.m.
Talk-Back: Discussion with Trudi Sandmeier (M.A. HPP '00)
West Sibley Hall, Room 115
Refreshments served

4–5:30 p.m.
Gallery Reception and Informal Comments for Work In Process: Lynn Hall Exhibition
Bibliowicz Family Gallery and West Milstein Exhibition Space
Refreshments served

  • Panelists:
    • Werner Goehner, professor, Department of Architecture, AAP
    • Mahyar Hadighi (M.A. HPP '14), Ph.D. candidate, Department of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University
    • Gary and Sue DeVore, current owners, Lynn Hall

6:30–8 p.m.
Historic Preservation Planning Alumni (HPPA) Reception and Informal Dinner
Miller-Heller House, 122 Eddy Street

Saturday, October 15

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m
Symposium
State Theatre (107 W. State Street)
Please RSVP for the free symposium if you plan to attend

8:30–9 a.m.
Registration
Breakfast by Ithaca Bakery

9–9:15 a.m.
Introduction

  • Jeffrey Chusid, associate professor, AAP
  • Katelin Olson (M.A. HPP '09), president, HPPA

9:15–10:45 a.m.  
Looking Backwards/Looking Forwards: 40 years of Cornell Preservation

  • Michael Tomlan, director, HPP
  • Tania Werbizky (M.A. HPP '92), Preservation League
  • Julee Johnson (M.A. HPP '85), Historic Ithaca
  • Ross Pristera (M.A. HPP '09), historic preservationist, University of West Florida
  • Moderator: Jeffrey M. Chusid, associate professor

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
From Conserving the Object to Social Preservation

  • Emily Goldman (M.A. HPP '07), NYC Landmarks
  • Katelin Olson (M.A. HPP '09), Main Street Program
  • Ashima Krishna (M.A. HPP '08, Ph.D. CRP '14), University of Buffalo
  • Moderator: Felicia Mayro, executive director, Neighborhood Preservation Center, New York City

12:15–1:30 p.m.
Lunch on one’s own downtown

1:30–3 p.m.
The Political in Preservation

  • Jenny Buddenborg (M.A. HPP '05), National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Nathaniel Guest '98 (M.A. HPP '12), Preservation Pennsylvania
  • Ted Alexander (M.A. HPP '85), former mayor, Shelby, North Carolina; Preservation North Carolina
  • Jeff Cody '85 (Ph.D. CRP '89), Getty Conservation Institute

3:15–5 p.m.
The Landscape of Sprawl

  • Keynote speaker: Bob Bruegmann, distinguished professor emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Respondents/discussants:
    • Suzanne Charles, assistant professor, AAP
    • Trudi Sandmeier (M.A. HPP '00), director of graduate programs in heritage conservation, associate professor of practice in architecture, University of Southern California
    • Jennifer Minner, assistant professor, AAP

6–9 p.m.
Ticketed dinner

Hilton Garden Inn, 130 W. Seneca Street
Program recognition by the State of New York
Purchase tickets for dinner

Speakers

W. Ted Alexander

A native of Morganton, North Carolina, Ted Alexander (M.A. HPP '85) has been the director of the western regional office of Preservation North Carolina, covering 37 counties since 2005. He obtained a B.A. in political science from University of North Carolina–Charlotte in 1982 and a master's degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 1985. Alexander has more than 35 years of experience in historic preservation and downtown revitalization. He was the executive director for Bedford Main Street, Inc. in Bedford, Virgina, and served for nearly 14 years as executive director of Uptown Shelby Association, Inc. He is a past president of the North Carolina Downtown Development Association. Alexander served as mayor of Shelby for two terms from 2003–11. He has served on the executive committee of the Cleveland County GOP since 2011 and served as both vice chairman and chairman. In 2014, he entered and ran a statewide campaign in the North Carolina GOP primary for U.S. Senate, but did not prevail. In 2015 he was elected chairman of the North Carolina GOP's 10th Congressional District. In addition, Alexander has participated in numerous Main Street Resource Teams in North Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Michigan.

Robert Bruegmann

Robert Bruegmann is a historian of architecture, landscape, and the built environment. He received his B.A. from Principia College in 1970 and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 with a dissertation on late 18th and early 19th-century European hospitals and other institutions. In 1977 he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is currently a distinguished professor emeritus of art history, architecture, and urban planning and policy. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of the Arts, MIT, and Columbia University. His fields of research and teaching are architectural, urban, landscape, and planning history and historic preservation. Among his books are the three-volume Illustrated Catalog of the work of Chicago Architects Holabird & Roche/ Holabird & Root (1991), Modernism at Mid-Century: The Architecture of the U.S. Air Force Academy (1994), editor; The Architects and the City: The Work of Holabird and Roche of Chicago 1880-1919 (1997), which won the Spiro Kostof award of the Society of Architectural Historians; Sprawl: A Compact History (2005); and The Architecture of Harry Weese (2012). He is currently editor of Art Deco Chicago: Making America Modern, expected in 2017.

Jennifer Buddenborg

Jennifer Buddenborg (M.A. HPP '05) is a senior field officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Denver. Celebrating a decade with the National Trust this year, Buddenborg leads and manages multidisciplinary teams in the design and implementation of strategic advocacy campaigns for the protection of nationally significant, historic places. Her project portfolio includes Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in western North Dakota; Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota; and the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado. Prior to joining the National Trust, Buddenborg worked for Colorado Preservation, Inc., assisting in the development and organization of the annual Saving Places conference, the nation's largest statewide preservation conference. In a former life, she was a research development coordinator at Wayne State University's Institute of Gerontology in Detroit. A native of Michigan, Buddenborg received her B.A. degree in history and anthropology from Wayne State University and her M.A. degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University.

Suzanne Lanyi Charles

Suzanne Lanyi Charles's teaching and research examine physical, social, and economic changes in neighborhoods. In particular, she studies redevelopment and gentrification in postwar suburban neighborhoods. Charles has lectured on the topic of suburban gentrification and suburban teardown redevelopment nationally and internationally. Her current research examines how recent immigrants' redevelopment of single-family housing affects the formation and evolution of suburban ethnic communities. Her research has received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, and the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell. Charles worked as an architect at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris and as a vice president at Booth Hansen Architects in Chicago, and also as a real estate consultant at the Weitzman Group in New York City. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. She received her doctorate in urban planning from Harvard University (2011).

Jeffrey M. Chusid

Jeffrey M. Chusid is an architect and planner with current research interests that include the fate of historic resources in areas of cultural exchange and conflict, the conservation of modernist architecture in India, historic cements, and sustainable development. His writings can be found in journals, museum catalogs, and several texts. Chusid has consulted on public policy, resource conservation, and urban design for diverse communities such as Shanghai, China; Sevastopol, Ukraine; Levuka, Fiji; and Bastrop, Texas. He has also consulted on building and landscape preservation for numerous museums including the Huntington and Hearst Castle. Chusid received his A.B. in environmental design and his M.Arch. from the University of California–Berkeley in 1978 and 1982.

Jeff Cody

Jeff Cody '85 (Ph.D. CRP '89) has been a senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles since 2004, when he began coordinating a series of conservation training activities, mainly for Southeast Asian conservation professionals. He has also coordinated workshops for mayors of World Heritage cities, Tunisian archaeologists, and others. At the Getty, he also cocurated an exhibition about early photography in China, which opened in February 2011 at the Getty Museum. From 1995 to 2004 Cody taught architectural history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he specialized in research about late-Qing and republican China, and from 2001 to 2004 he was a member of Hong Kong's Antiquities Advisory Board. He is the author of Building in China: Henry Murphy's 'Adaptive Architecture' (2001) and Exporting American Architecture, 1870-2000 (2003); and he coedited Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (2011) and Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China (2011). From 1989 to 1994 Cody taught in Cornell's city and regional planning department; in 1994–95 he also directed Cornell's junior year abroad program in Paris. Cody is completing a book manuscript — Historic Cities: Issues in Urban Conservation — a reading anthology for architects and planners (coedited with an Italian conservation architect, Francesco Siravo) that the Getty will publish in 2017 in its "Readings in Conservation" Series.

Werner Goehner

A registered architect in Germany, Werner Goehner has been associate director of the Department of Comprehensive Urban Development in Karlsruhe. He has won numerous honors, including a DAAD Fellowship, the Cornell Outstanding Educator Award, and numerous prizes in international professional urban design and museum design competitions, including an invitation to the International Building Exhibition in Berlin. He was recently invited to lecture at conferences in Mumbai, Berlin, and Como. Goehner teaches a third-year undergraduate design studio, conducts a pro-seminar in thesis design research, and has served as the associate dean and director of graduate studies. While teaching in the post-professional graduate program he conducted urban design studios in and about Berlin, New York, Vienna, Detroit, and Mumbai. He directed special Cornell summer programs in Europe, South America, North Africa, South-East Asia, and China. He studied at the Universität Karlsruhe, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and Cornell.

Emily Goldman

Emily Goldman (M.A. HPP '07) grew up in Ardsley, New York, and went to Harvard University where she majored in history. After college, she pursued a master of arts at Cornell in historic preservation planning, writing her thesis on Sunnyside Gardens, the Clarence Stein-designed community in Queens, New York, then in the process of becoming designated a historic district by the City of New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). She then worked for four years as the Sunnyside Gardens specialist at the LPC, before returning to Cornell in 2011 for her Ph.D. in city and regional planning. Her dissertation examines the recent wave of historic districting in Brooklyn, where 17 districts were designated between 2007 and 2015, doubling the borough's total number in a period of eight years. Drawing from eight months of fieldwork in central Brooklyn, and from extensive analyses of Census data and NYC Open data, her research demonstrates how communities are channeling the processes and regulations of historic districting to help preserve their social fabric, at the same time as their architectural.

Nathaniel C. Guest

Nathaniel C. Guest '98 (M.A. HPP '12) is an attorney and preservation advocate. Guest is the founding director of the Keystone Marker Trust, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to enhancing community gateways through Pennsylvania's iconic roadside markers. In 2008, he founded the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance to facilitate reuse of the former Pennhurst State School, an International Site of Conscience. A steam locomotive engineer, Guest founded the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust to restore a Civil War–era rail line in southeastern Pennsylvania. He has served as an intern with the National Trust for Historic Preservation's legal department; director of the Cornell Tradition, a multimillion-dollar fellowship recognizing volunteer service; Tompkins County, New York, Human Rights Commissioner; and an elected representative on the Cornell Employee Assembly. He is a director for Preservation Pennsylvania and the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area and served as the Preservation Programs director and National Heritage Grants chairman for the National Railway Historical Society, the nation's largest railway preservation organization. A visiting lecturer at Cornell University, Guest teaches topics pertinent to preservation, including law, economics, advocacy, fundraising, and ethics. He received his B.A. from Cornell in 1994 (magna cum laude), his J.D. from Temple University in 2010 (cum laude), and his M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell in 2012.

Mahyar Hadighi

Mahyar Hadighi (M.A. HPP '14) is a doctoral student in architecture at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his study at Penn State, Hadighi studied, researched, practiced, and taught in both Iran and the U.S. He got his master's degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University and his professional master of architecture from Azad University of Tehran. As an architect and a historic preservationist, he concentrates on modernism through his work of documenting local adaptation of modern architecture.

Julee Johnson

Julee Johnson (M.A. HPP '85) has managed Historic Urban Plans, Inc. in Ithaca since 2005. The company sells reproductions of antique world maps, city plans, sea charts, and birds-eye views (www.historicurbanplans.com). Previously she was the executive director of a nonprofit affordable housing organization in Tully, New York. Johnson received her M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 1985, and B.A. in social ecology from the University of California–Irvine in 1981. She lived in southern California before moving to Ithaca in 1982 to attend graduate school. Johnson is currently the president of the Board of Directors of Historic Ithaca, Inc., the nonprofit preservation organization serving Tompkins County. She also serves on the board of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and volunteers with the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library. Johnson is one of the founders and past presidents of Historic Preservation Planning Alumni, Inc. (HPPA) and has organized the annual map sale fundraising event for HPPA since 1985.

Ashima Krishna

Ashima Krishna (M.A. HPP '08, Ph.D. CRP '14) is an assistant professor of historic preservation in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, and also codirects the graduate programs in historic preservation. Her research focuses on three broad areas related to cultural heritage and its preservation: the management of historic urban landscapes in developing countries like India, issues in adaptively reusing religious historic structures and landscapes, and contemporary problems with world heritage sites in the developing world. She has a B.Arch. from the School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi, India), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in historic preservation planning from Cornell University.

Felicia Mayro

Felicia Mayro is a historic preservationist inspired by places and the people who celebrate, improve, and protect them. As the executive director of the nonprofit St. Mark's Historic Landmark Fund in New York City's East Village, she is dedicated to its mission to preserve and interpret the landmark St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery site and sponsor its Neighborhood Preservation Center. The center is a non-advocacy incubator and resource center open to anyone interested in vibrant and healthy neighborhoods. Housed in the church's historic rectory, the center works with historic preservationists, community gardeners, affordable housing advocates, and those engaged in other place-based disciplines. Mayro is the center's founding director and is committed to the notion that preservation is an ethic that has to have a seat at the table when considering the future of our neighborhoods and cities. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. Prior to her work with the Landmark Fund, Mayro worked at the World Monuments Fund. She earned her M.S. in historic preservation from Columbia University and B.A. in art and architectural history and classical archaeology from Tufts University.

Jennifer Minner

Jennifer Minner's teaching and research are focused on the intersecting domains of land use, sustainability, historic preservation, and technology. She researches reinvestment in and repair of urban fabric; tensions and opportunities in land use planning and preservation; sustainable adaptation and conservation of the built environment; and participatory and analytical technologies used in planning. Minner's experience includes planning, research, and community mapping projects related to land use and sustainability, historic preservation, environmental education, institutional research and higher education assessment, and economic development. She served as chair and heritage commissioner on the City of Olympia, Washington Heritage Commission. She is a past president and a founding board member of the MidTexMod chapter of Docomomo U.S., a nonprofit dedicated to documentation and conservation of the Modern Movement in Central Texas. She presently serves on the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission. She received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Washington (1995), an M.U.R.P. from Portland State University (2000), and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (2013).

Katelin Olson

Katelin Olson (M.A. HPP '09) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. The former executive director of the Albion Main Street Alliance, Olson received her M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell in 2009. She serves on the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission and is currently completing her dissertation on the decline and adaptive reuse of Buffalo's East Side.

Ross Pristera

Ross Pristera (M.A. HPP '09) is the historic preservationist for UWF Historic Trust in Pensacola, Florida, and has an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Florida (2007) and a master's in historic preservation planning from Cornell University (2009). He has worked on various preservation projects, including the restoration of a historic Olmsted-designed park system in Utica, New York; a $1.2-million renovation of a two-story urban building in Pensacola, Florida; a rehabilitation of an 1880 shotgun house; a period-correct restoration of a 1805 Creole cottage; developing a historic district guidebook for the City of Pensacola; and other large and small preservation related projects. Pristera is also the president of the St. Michael's Cemetery Foundation, which oversees the preservation of one of Florida's oldest cemeteries; he is the vice president of the General Daniel "Chappie" James Boyhood Home Museum, a nonprofit working to save the home of the first four-star African-American general. He is on the Santa Rosa Historical Society Board as a preservation advisor and is an advisor to the City of Pensacola Architectural Review Board.

Trudi Sandmeier

Trudi Sandmeier (M.A. HPP '00) is the director of graduate programs in heritage conservation and an associate professor of practice in architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a B.A. in history from the University of California–Los Angeles, and an M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell University. She began teaching at USC in 2003, first in the summer program, then as an adjunct lecturer, and since 2011 as a full-time faculty member. From 2000 to 2011, she worked for the Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest local historic preservation nonprofit in the U.S., holding the titles of preservation advocate, Broadway initiative coordinator, and director of education. Prior professional experiences include the UCLA Alumni Association, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the U.S. House of Representatives (Energy and Commerce Committee). Sandmeier cofounded and currently serves as president of the non-profit Will Rogers Ranch Foundation, an organization dedicated to honoring the legacy of Will Rogers through interpretive activities and fundraising to assist in the ongoing restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of Will Rogers State Historic Park. In addition, she serves as secretary of the Docomomo Southern California chapter, as a member of the SurveyLA Review Committee (Planning, City of Los Angeles), as a member of the re:code LA–Zoning Advisory Committee–Historic Preservation Working Group (Planning, City of Los Angeles), and as part of the Education Committee of the California Preservation Foundation. She is also an advisor to the John Lautner Foundation.

Michael Tomlan

Michael A. Tomlan directs the graduate program in historic preservation planning. He teaches courses that deal with documentation techniques; fieldwork; preservation practice and urban change; the relationships between museums and the public; and preservation, planning, and religion. Professor Tomlan is also the director of graduate studies in real estate. In that program, he serves as chair of the admissions committee, faculty editor of the Cornell Real Estate Review, and facilitates the entry of Baker Program graduate students in the annual real estate finance competition. Tomlan served for a decade as chair of the Senior Board of Advisers to the Global Heritage Fund (Palo Alto, California), reviewing nominations for and the management of conservation projects in Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America. He has consulted on projects abroad for the World Monuments Fund, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and domestic redevelopments in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Additionally, Tomlan is current chair of the board of Yosothor, based in Cambodia; serves as a project director for the National Council for Preservation Education; and president of Historic Urban Plans, Inc., in Ithaca, New York. Tomlan received his B.Arch. from the University of Tennessee, his M.S.H.P. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell.

Tania G. Werbizky

For nearly four decades, Tania Werbizky (M.A. HPP '92) has helped New Yorkers save the meaningful places in their communities with technical advice, strategic consulting, and boundless enthusiasm for the state's historic places. In 1976 Werbizky was admitted to Cornell University's first graduate class in historic preservation. She went on to teach at her alma mater and directed its statewide Community Design Assistance Center, a multidisciplinary service program created by her thesis advisor, the late Stuart Stein. In 1989 Werbizky became the first director of the Preservation League of New York State's technical services program, launched with a grant from The J.M.Kaplan Fund. During the next 25 years, she collaborated with hundreds of community officials, funders, and activists while establishing some of the League's most successful endeavors. These include three grant programs, a commercial upper-floor redevelopment initiative, and the Preservation Colleagues program, which supports not-for-profit preservation leaders from across the state. Werbizky holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Binghamton and a master of arts degree from Cornell. Her community work has received honors from Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the Preservation Association of Central New York, the New York Planning Federation, the US Route 20 Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, in 2015, a Pillar of New York Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the Preservation League.

Travel, Parking, and Accommodations

Getting to Ithaca

  • By plane: Tompkins County is served by US Airways, Delta, and United flights to and from major cities throughout the country. The Syracuse International Airport is an hour and a quarter drive from Ithaca.
  • By bus or train: Cornell's Campus to Campus bus services runs from New York City to Ithaca. Ithaca is served by the Greyhound, Trailways, and ShortLine bus systems. Visitors can reach the campus from the bus depot by taxi or the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) bus service (many buses make campus stops). The nearest Amtrak connection point is Syracuse.
  • By car from the New England area: Take the New York State Thruway (interstate 87/90) west to exit 25A. Interstate 88 southwest to Bainbridge, Route 206 west to Whitney Point, and Route 79 west to Ithaca.
  • By car from New York City: Take either the Holland or Lincoln tunnel to Interstate 280 West to Interstate 80 West to Interstate 380 North to Interstate 81 North to the Whitney Point exit. Follow Route 79 to Ithaca. Or you can take the George Washington Bridge to Interstate 80 West and follow the directions above.
  • By car from the west: Take the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) east to exit 42 (Geneva) and Route 96 south to Ithaca; or take the New York State Thruway east to exit 41 (Waterloo) and Route 89 south to Ithaca.

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Parking

Friday afternoon: Parking on the Cornell campus on Friday is free after 5 pm. Before then, obtain a parking permit ($6 for fours hours, $10 for the day) from a visitor booth: 

  • Booth #1 - 165 Hoy Road by the Parking Garage
  • Booth #2 - 360 Tower Road by Stocking Hall
  • Booth #4 - 311 Campus Road by Carpenter Hall

Friday evening: Street parking is available in the vicinity of the Miller Heller House, 122 Eddy Street. 

Saturday symposium parking: Downtown Ithaca has two parking garages, at Green Street (and Cayuga) and Seneca Street (and Tioga). These are the best options for all-day parking on Saturday. 

Saturday evening: For the Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn, parking is available on nearby streets or in the Seneca Street garage.  

Accommodation Information