Investigation & Evaluation

2005 HRIL symposium examines
historic preservation topics

The sixth annual Historic Preservation Symposium, sponsored by the Historic Resources Imaging Laboratory at Texas A&M University, is slated for Feb. 19, 2005 in the new Building B auditorium at the College of Architecture's Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M campus.

The symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of nationally prominent speakers to lecture and discuss topics related to research in Historic Preservation. This year, the program will focus on investigation and evaluation practices in historic preservation.

Advance registration for the symposium, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments, is $75. Registration forms and additional details are available online at the HRIL Web site or by contacting Robert Warden at (979) 845-7061 or

Speakers and topics for the HRIL's 2005 Historic Preservation Symposium include:

Gregor Kalas: assistant professor of architecture at Texas A&M University
Topic: Historical research to identify early medieval preservation policies and the practice of architectural reuse in Rome.  
  Kalas joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2002, and has been researching building in Rome for over ten years. The structure, now over 1500 years, old has changed uses and form, and affords an extraordinary insight into adaptive use and preservation principles in Ancient Rome.

Carolyn Peterson, FAIA, principal with Ford, Powell & Carson, San Antonio, Texas
Topic: Using historical documents in contemporary practice: the specifications for the Texas State Capitol and other examples.
  Peterson was elected to the AIA College of Fellows on the basis of her outstanding contributions to preservation practice. She is the consultant architect for the Alamo, has worked on the San Antonio missions for many years, and was the preservation principal for the restoration and rehabilitation of the 1888 Texas State Capitol.

Narenda Gosain, Ph.D., P.E., Walter P. Moore, Houston, Texas
Topic: The preservation engineer¡¯s approach to the unknown
  As head of the Structural Diagnostics Group with the nationally recognized firm of Walter P. Moore, Gosain operates out of their Houston office. He has wide experience with a range of building types, and is recognized for his work on buildings of historic importance.

Kent Diebolt, Vertical Access, Ithaca, New York
Topic: High-level recording: The development and use of a tablet PC-based field annotation system
  Kent Dielbolt began his career as a building contractor, and developed an outstanding reputation for identifying and resolving construction problems in older buildings, Challenged to assist in the analysis of problems in tall buildings, towers, and inaccessible locations he developed the use of mountain-climbing techniques to ensure direct observation. As part of this work he has pioneered the use of computer, video and digital documentation.

Don Swofford, FAIA, DASA, Charlottesville, Virginia
Topic: Researching Architecture as the Basis for Action: Practice Today and Tomorrow
  Donald A. Swofford, graduated from Texas A&M University, and holds a graduate degree from the University of Virginia. His practice in Charlottesville, Virginia is recognized for quality preservation work on iconic buildings in the region, including work to buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson. He is a past chair of the AIA Historic Resources Committee, and a Professional Fellow of the HRIL.

Following the speaker speaker presentations, Donna Carter, AIA, with Carter Design in Austin, Texas, will lead a panel discussion on the topics introduced at the daylong conference.

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January 11, 2005

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