Conservationist honored

Woodcock elevated to Fellow by
two esteemed preservation groups

For significant contributions and valuable service to the historic preservation field, David Woodcock, professor of architecture and director of the Historic Resources Imaging Lab at Texas A&M University, was recently elevated to Fellow in two prestigious organizations — the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Association for Preservation Technology International.

The Society of Antiquaries of London honored Woodcock at a May 2004 ceremony at Burlington House in Piccadilly, in London, England.

Founded in 1707, the society is one of the United Kingdom’s oldest learned societies with about 2,200 members and 1,000 international Fellows. The organization focuses on all subjects based on the study of material remains from the past, such as architectural and art history, conservation, and archaeology. According to the society’s royal charter, those elected to the fellowship, must excel in the knowledge of the antiquities and history of Britain and other nations and “be desirous to promote the honor, business and emoluments of the Society.”

The Association for Preservation Technology International welcomed Woodcock to its College of Fellows at the organization’s annual conference held November 2004 in Galveston. Woodcock is member of the APT board and past president.

The APTI is a cross-disciplinary organization dedicated to understanding the history of building technology and to promoting the continued development of preservation technology for conserving cultural and historic structures and their surroundings.

As a member of the College of Fellows, Woodcock may be called upon to advise the board of directors on issues regarding the advancement of preservation philosophy and practice.

A member of the Texas A&M faculty since 1979, Woodcock works specifically in historic preservation, preservation technology, adaptive use, building conservation and interdisciplinary learning. As the director of HRIL, he focuses on training students and professionals in the use of appropriate imaging and documentation processes, developing and disseminating information on historic and cultural resources, and applying the findings to the benefit of research, professional education and practice.

A distinguished professor in the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Woodcock has been active in the historic preservation field since 1964.

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January 11, 2005

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