Historic Preservation

In this commentary, Frank Matero, professor of architecture and chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, considers the dominance of modern architecture in historic preservation activities.

Photo: Melissa Luo

Why do we preserve buildings? Who do we preserve them for? As a student studying conservation science, I crawl through dusty basements more often than I ponder these questions. Thanks to the generosity of the Robin M.

Four PennDesign Historic Preservation alumni representing various facets of preservation practice discussed the dimensions and scope of the profession as well as the responsibilities, authority, and ethics of the preservation professional.

Christ Memorial Church at 43rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia and Notre Dame de Paris.

Aaron Wunsch, assistant professor of historic preservation, recently spoke at the Future for Religious Heritage's biannual conference.

PennDesign’s distinguished center for training and research in the technical conservation of the built environment, The Center for Architectural Conservation, has a new home and a new name.

In the spring and summer of 2018, PennPraxis worked with a group of community liaisons and residents of twenty-one neighborhoods across the city to create the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit

PennDesign congratulates faculty members Francesca Russello Ammon and Erick Guerra for earning tenure from the University.

In a series of studios and related programs, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is investigating preservation issues in distressed neighborhoods in Detroit and Philadelphia.

Through innovative applications of recent technology, a faculty-student team from The Center for Architectural Conservation is helping the National Park Service protect heritage sites like Fort Union National Monument from the effects of climate change. 

Historic Preservation Lecturer Donovan Rypkema was recently interviewed by the Global Heritage Fund on the economic merits of historic preservation.

David Hollenberg (MArch’75) has been selected as the AIA Philadelphia's John Frederick Harbeson Award recipient.

In 2013, PennDesign alumni Courtney Williams (MSHP’12) and Michael Shoriak (MSHP’12) founded Cypress Building Conservation in New Orleans. PennDesign caught up with Williams about the duo’s early days, current projects, and hopes for the future of Cypress.