Trudi Sandmeier: Conservation Planning on the Edge: A "Left"ist Perspective
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 non-profit 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.
Heritage conservation planning on the left coast embraces the edge — the edge of the continent, the cutting edge, and sometimes the edge of reason. California provides a unique laboratory to explore all aspects of conservation. Its wealth of recent past resources raises a new set of research and policy challenges, and the state's richly diverse communities woven throughout the tapestry of the built environment push it to acknowledge the many layers of history and meaning revealed in the city. It is also a place forever seeking the new, providing opportunities to protect the best of the past while embracing the landmarks of the future.
This lecture is part of the HPP 40th anniversary celebration.