Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation

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January 10, 2014 - 10:00 pm CFP Deadline

Preservation students, professionals, and advocates from around New England convene for Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation, a symposium on new directions and challenges in twenty-first century historic preservation. Speakers include a panel of leading preservation advocates, academics, and practicing professionals.

Scheduled speakers:

  • University of Virginia School of Architecture Professor Daniel Bluestone, director of the university’s Historic Preservation program
  • Dr. Andréa Livi Smith, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington
  • heritage architect Julian Smith, executive director of Willowbank, a Canadian educational institution at the cutting edge of heritage conservation training

 8:30 a.m.

Registration and poster session; continental breakfast and coffee

 10:00 a.m.


 10:15 a.m.

Integrity, Harmoniousness, and Compatibility: The Conundrums of Context
Daniel Bluestone, Professor, University of Virginia School of Architecture

For more than a generation, historic preservationists have been stewards not only of historic buildings and landscapes but also of the design controls that regulate changes to historic places. This presentation explores how the preservation movement is doing with its design control efforts.

 10:45 a.m.

Don't Be That Guy
Andréa Livi Smith, Director, Center for Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington

Many people will tell you they love history but don't love preservationists. Some view our profession as one of zealotry and a lack of positive ideas. This talk discusses how to make allies instead of chasing them off. 
Preservationists do good work. It’s time the general public thinks of us positively too.

 11:15 a.m.


 11:30 a.m.

Towards an Ecological Framework for Historic Preservation
Julian Smith, Executive Director, Willowbank School of Restoration Arts

A new generation of students and practitioners see ecological awareness, both cultural and natural, as a priority. This presentation considers the implications of moving toward a broader ecological framework in the historic preservation field.


Lunch and poster session

 1:30 p.m.

Challenges and Opportunities Facing New England Preservation 

·         Richard Greenwood, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission

·         Michael Steinitz, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Massachusetts Historical Commission

 2:30 p.m.

Poster finalists presentations/competition

 3:00 p.m.

Break; snacks and beverages

 3:15 p.m.

Pecha-kucha presentations/competition

 4:15 p.m.

Summary comments: Prof. Bluestone, Mr. Greenwood, Prof. Smith, Mr. Smith, Mr. Steinitz

 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Poster and pecha-kucha awards presentation and reception

Call for Presentations
Historic New England is soliciting student and recent graduate poster and lightning talk (a.k.a. pecha-kucha) presentations that focus on research and documentation in conservation and preservation of historic resources for the symposium Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation to be held at Roger Williams University’s Baypoint Inn and Conference Center in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Saturday, March 29, 2014. Presentation proposals may be submitted by students (undergraduate and graduate) currently enrolled in or who will or have graduated in the last five years (2008-2013) from an academic program in historic preservation or a closely related field. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by Historic New England staff.

Poster presentations and lightning talk (pecha-kucha) proposals should be submitted as 300-word abstracts (see specific guidelines below). Suggested key issues, topics, and concepts may include but are not limited to:

  • Research on buildings, structures, landscapes, and sites
  • Management of parks and historic sites in public and private ownership
  • Preservation advocacy
  • Mandated resource protection and regulation
  • Community planning and revitalization
  • Building and landscape conservation efforts to extend the life of historic resources

Poster Presentations

Posters should be approximately 36 x 40 inches. Please submit an abstract of one page, fewer than 300 words, and include poster title, and author’s name and e-mail address. You may include up to two captioned images with your submission. Please state clearly the argument of your poster and summarize its methodology and content. Attach a one-page CV to your poster submission.

Lightning Talk (Pecha-Kucha) Presentations

Lightning talks follow the pecha-kucha format of twenty images, maximum, each shown for a maximum of twenty seconds, for a total presentation length of six minutes and forty seconds. Learn more about the pecha-kucha format. Each presentation will end with questions and answers from the audience. Please submit an abstract of one page, fewer than 300 words, and include presentation title, and presenter’s name and e-mail address. You may include up to two captioned images with your submission. Please state clearly the argument of your presentation and summarize its methodology and content. Attach a one-page CV to your presentation.

Abstracts must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2014.

E-mail notification of accepted presentations will be sent on Friday, January 31, 2014. Abstracts should be e-mailed to or mailed to:

Sally Zimmerman
Senior Preservation Services Manager
Historic New England
Lyman Estate
185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 02452