25th Annual Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation Summer Course
SUMMER 2017 (May 15 - 26, 2017)
This intensive program introduces the principles and practice of historic preservation/heritage conservation in the United States and abroad. Classes are taught by noted experts from Southern California and can be taken as individual topic seminars or as a whole series. In addition to examining the history and philosophy of the conservation movement, lectures and field trips to historic sites throughout the Los Angeles area introduce participants to a broad range of legal, economic, aesthetic, and technical issues associated with the documentation, conservation, and interpretation of historic structures, landscapes, and communities. Sites to be visited and studied include the 1924 Frank Lloyd Wright Freeman House, the 1908 Greene & Greene Gamble House, historic downtown Los Angeles, The Getty Conservation Institute, and more!
This course has been designed for students, design professionals, community leaders, preservationists, planners, and developers seeking a greater understanding of heritage conservation concepts in a contemporary context. Classes may be taken in themed clusters or as a sequence, and the entire course can be taken for academic credit. Some classes also earn professional continuing education units.*
Students taking the course for academic credit (Arch 549) must attend the full program, complete additional assignments and testing, and pay standard USC tuition. If you are not currently a USC student but still wish to take the course for academic credit, you may enroll as a "limited status student" - please visit http://arr.usc.edu/services/registration/limitedstatus.html to learn more.
Classes will be held on the University of Southern California campus, unless otherwise noted. Summer guest housing for non-local participants may be available at USC Cardinal Gardens - please visit https://housing.usc.edu/index.php/summer-guest-housing/ for more information.
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Vinayak Bharne – Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists; Adjunct Associate Professor, USC
Ken Bernstein – Manager, Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles
Edward R. Bosley – Director, The Gamble House
Peyton Hall, FAIA – Managing Principal, Historic Resources Group; Adjunct Professor in Heritage Conservation, USC
Adrian Scott Fine – Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy
Christine Lazzaretto – Principal, Historic Resources Group
John D. Lesak, AIA, LEED AP – Principal, Page & Turnbull; Lecturer in Heritage Conservation, USC
Trudi Sandmeier – Director, USC Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation
Sian Winship – President, Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter; Independent Consultant
* AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, ASLA Continuing Education credits, and AIA Continuing Education Units may be available for some sessions.
** Preliminary list of faculty - subject to change.
The course can be taken in its entirety, in multi-day thematic clusters, or as individual sessions on various topics. Individual days are $200 each. Special discounted prices for the entire course or multi-day thematic clusters are listed below.
May 15 - 1.1 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION I
Examine the history and philosophy of historic preservation, and learn basic concepts, guidelines, and methods currently being used to preserve, rehabilitate and restore cultural artifacts, buildings, districts, and landscapes in the United States. Take a crash course on the history of southern California architecture and its unique architectural legacy.
May 16 - 1.2 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION II
Explore the fundamental concepts of integrity, significance, and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards through classroom lecture and a site visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Freeman House.
May 17 - 1.3– INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION III
Get an overview of the basic nuts and bolts of conservation economics, including tax credit programs, Los Angeles’ Adaptive Reuse Ordinance and other incentives for conservation of historic properties. The day also includes an exploration of historic downtown Los Angeles.
May 18 - 1.4 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING I
Intended as an overview of the legal strategies for protecting historic resources in California, topics covered will include federal, state, and local preservation legislation, including discussions of Section 106 review, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), and the crafting of effective local historic preservation ordinances.
May 19 - 1.5 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING II
Learn about political strategies for protecting historic resources. Topics covered will include federal, state, and local preservation entities, certified local governments, historic resource surveys, preservation commissions and advocacy.
May 20 - 1.6 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING III
Examine both heritage conservation theory and practice on the international stage as well as challenges of understanding and protecting Modern architecture.
May 22 - 2.1 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION I
Understanding the materials that may be encountered in a historic building project is an essential part of the conservation process. This session examines commonly used materials, potential failure of those materials, and best practices for repairing/replacing or preserving them. The morning session is a lecture, while the afternoon session will be a forensic tour of the USC campus with discussion of case studies.
May 23 - 2.2 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION II
Learn firsthand about the challenges of rehabilitating a building, dealing with materials and hidden issues, and forensic investigation of as-built plans versus actual building. Held on site at the 1908 National Historic Landmark Gamble House in Pasadena, this day-long, in-depth session will cover materials and documentation, interpreting a Historic Structures Report, curatorship, and strategies for balancing conservation with active use.
May 24 - 2.3 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION III
Visit the Getty Conservation Institute and learn about the technical conservation work they perform as well as their global conservation efforts. View ongoing research and learn about the challenges of conservation fieldwork conducted around the globe. Also includes a visit to the Getty Research Institute to learn about research collections and archives.
May 25 - 2.4 – SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION
The greenest building is the one already built – learn how historic buildings can “LEED” the way in sustainable design. Includes discussion of case studies and a site visit to a nearby sustainable rehabilitation project.
May 26 - 2.5 – TECHNOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO DOCUMENTATION
Explore cutting-edge technology used in the contemporary investigation and documentation of historic sites: GIS, NDE, HABS/HAER/HALS, and 3D laser scanning. Presented in conjunction with the West Coast chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology.
The course can be taken in its entirety, in multi-day thematic clusters, or as individual sessions on various topics. Special discounted prices for the entire course or multi-day thematic clusters are listed below. Individual days are $200 each.
The full program offers intensive classes with noted experts from Southern California, which, taken together, are a general introduction to the field of heritage conservation. The course may also be taken for academic credit as part of the USC summer session (Arch 549).
Taken together, this sequence of lectures and field trips serves as a basic introduction to the field, focusing on the identification, designation and protection of cultural resources as currently practiced in the United States.
Just the preliminary information - a taste of the field.
More in-depth preservation planning information - beyond the basics, for someone who already knows what the Standards are...
Taken together, this sequence of lectures serves as an introduction to material conservation theory and practice, principles of preservation sustainability, and an exploration of advanced documentation techniques.
Take a nuts and bolts look at historic fabric!
- Students taking the course for academic credit (Arch 549) can register for summer session courses now. For those wishing to take the course for academic credit who are not currently USC students, limited status enrollment is possible - please visit http://arr.usc.edu/services/registration/limitedstatus.html.
- Online enrollment for non-credit students is available through our online store.
Cancellation requests must be submitted to Christopher Horrocks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refund requests will be processed approximately two weeks after the request is received. Refunds are subject to 5% processing fee - a flat-rate $30.00 cancellation fee per day may apply.
If you have further questions or wish to be placed on an interest list, please contact program director Trudi Sandmeier at email@example.com.
The Heritage Conservation programs at USC include:
- Master of Heritage Conservation/Master of Planning dual degree, established in 2014
- Master of Heritage Conservation (formerly Master of Historic Preservation), established in 2002
- Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation, established in 1997
- Summer Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation course, established in 1992