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Symposium brings together industry insiders to ‘rethink’ historic preservation

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2016)¬†‚ÄĒ Adaptive reuse is one of many topics of discussion planned for the¬†University of Kentucky College of Design‘s 2016 Historic Preservation Symposium,¬†‚ÄúRethinking Historic Preservation.‚ÄĚ The free public symposium featuring an elite group of industry insiders will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the¬†Downtown Arts Center, located at 141 E. Main St.


hp1-615x150_symposium_2016Presented by the¬†Department of Historic Preservation¬†at the UK College of Design, ‚ÄúRethinking Historic Preservation‚ÄĚ will encourage brainstorming by industry insiders in a discussion on new ideas in preservation. In addition, the event will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the¬†National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

Speakers participating in ‚ÄúRethinking Historic Preservation,” are as follows:

· Nate Allbee, political strategist and community organizer from San Francisco, California;

· Andrew Hurley, a professor of history at University of Missouri-St. Louis;

· Richard Longstreth, director of the graduate program in historic preservation at George Washington University;

· Cy Merkezas, architect at ARCHETYPE; and

· Belinda Reeder, co-founder of ARCHETYPE.

Based in San Francisco, Nate Allbee’s work has focused on the preservation of culture, nightlife and art created by minority communities and the effects of gentrification and displacement on small business and tourism. Allbee has worked with organizations like San Francisco Heritage, and California Music and Culture to expand the traditional definitions of preservation to protect bars, restaurants, nightclubs and music venues from closure.

Andrew Hurley, a professor and former chair of the Department of History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of¬†“Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities.” His research and teaching help to develop strategies for inclusive urban revitalization, where urban history becomes a tool for organic, place-based community development.

Richard Longstreth, a professor of American studies and director of the graduate program in historic preservation at George Washington University, is a past president of the Society of Architectural Historians and, most recently, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Over the past 35 years, Longstreth has devoted most of his research to the history of late 19th- and 20th-century architecture in the U.S. His most recent books include¬†“Looking Beyond the Icons: Midcentury Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism” and¬†“The American Department Store Transformed, 1920-1960.” His¬†“City Center to Regional Mall”¬†(1997) and a complementary study,¬†“The Drive-In, the Supermarket, and the Transformation of Commercial Space in Los Angeles”¬†(1999), have won four national awards in the fields of architectural history, urban history and historic preservation.

Belinda Reeder is co-founder of ARCHETYPE, an award-winning architectural firm that has practiced out of Washington, D. C., since 1976. The firm is a studio of architects, including Cy Merkezas, and other design professionals that has a national reputation in the areas of master planning, preservation and infill of historic buildings; building communities, building sites and museum design; and energy-conscious and environmentally responsible building, community and site design.

‚ÄúRethinking Historic Preservation” is being made possible with support from¬†Preservation Kentuckyand the¬†Kentucky Heritage Council.

One AIA (American Institute of Architects) learning unit (LU) of health safety and welfare (HSW) continuing education credit is available for each session with a total of four sessions being offered via the symposium.

For more information on the 2016 Historic Preservation Symposium, contact the UK College of Design at 859-257-7617.