Historic Preservation

Distinguished lecture to examine
discovery through documentation

David Woodcock, professor of architecture and director of the Historic Resources Imaging Laboratory at Texas A&M, will lecture on, “Discovery through Documentation: The Architectural Investigation of Historic and Cultural Resources,” as part of Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture is slated for 7:30 p.m. March 8, 2005 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

The lecture series was initiated in fall 1998 to serve as a forum for presenting distinguished scholars from various disciplines, and was eventually expanded to include presentations by renowned individuals from around the world.

Woodcock’s presentation will examine the purpose and products of 50 years of personal documentation of buildings, while demonstrating that on-site documentation has always played a critical role in the education of the architect.

From courthouses and disappearing dog-trot houses, to log homes and cliff dwellings, Woodcock will discuss outcomes provided by documentation of building typologies. These results include using the documentation for archival purposes, as a means of understanding and interpreting the subjects being recorded, and as an essential step in the process of reuse and restoration.

The professor will also discuss the evolution of documenting historic structures and offer a look into the future of building recording as it relates to architectural education and emerging technologies. The lecture will also examine the cross-disciplinary nature of such work, and the growing recognition that conservation and sustainability are societal priorities.

A member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1962, Woodcock is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. His areas of scholarly interest include historic preservation, preservation technology, adaptive use and building conservation, and interdisciplinary learning.

Distinguished lecturers are selected by a committee of faculty members representing each of the A&M colleges, the General Libraries, as well as representatives from student government, the Graduate Student Council, distinguished professors, the Council of Principal Investigators and the Texas A&M University Press.

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January 10, 2005