Trudi Sandmeier

Director, Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation; Associate Professor of Practice

B.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles M.A. Historic Preservation Planning, Cornell University


Trudi Sandmeier is the Director of Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation and an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. She began teaching at USC in 2003 and since 2011 has served as a full-time faculty member and program director. Previously, from 2000 to 2011, she worked for the Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest local historic preservation non-profit in the U.S., holding the titles of Preservation Advocate, Broadway Initiative Coordinator, and Director of Education.


She co-founded and currently serves as president of the non-profit Will Rogers Ranch Foundation, an organization dedicated to the ongoing restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of Will Rogers State Historic Park. In addition, she serves as a board member of the Docomomo Southern California chapter, the California Preservation Foundation, and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation. She also serves as an advisor to FORT:LA. Previously, she served as a member of the SurveyLA Review Committee (Planning, City of Los Angeles), as one of the organizers of the 2019 Preserving the Recent Past 3 conference, and as the co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation (2019).


Her work centers on the conservation of the recent past and efforts to make visible the impact of underrepresented constituencies on the historic built environment.


Related Links: Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation

 
 
Currently Teaching
  • 549
    Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation
    Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation
    Heritage conservation (a/k/a historic preservation) is a multi-disciplinary and far-reaching field that has evolved steadily and dramatically over the decades. Explore a range of subjects and issues that affect contemporary heritage conservation practice, including its historical and philosophical underpinnings, the role of government and individuals in identifying and protecting historic resources, and the field’s political, legal, economic, social, cultural and technical dimensions.
     
  • 550
    Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning
    Heritage Conservation Policy and Planning

    No matter your exact title, institution, training and special skills, whether architect, planner, or elected official, you will act in some capacity as manager, planner, and policy maker for historic sites and buildings. As a conservation professional, you will be expected to have a basic understanding of scholarly research; interpretation; design and aesthetics; materials conservation; public policy and land use law; real estate; and community planning. As such, this course will serve as an overview of the aspects of heritage conservation related to policy and planning.


    Recommended preparation: ARCH 549

     
  • 556
    Readings in Heritage Conservation Theory
    Readings in Heritage Conservation Theory
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 549 Not everyone views the historic built environment through the same lens. Heritage conservation is inherently multi-disciplinary and strategies and implementation can vary widely in various regions across the United States and around the world. In order to have a more complete intellectual grounding in the field, students will read and critically discuss seminal works related to urban planning, architecture, history (local, public, cultural, architectural, etc.), landscape, archeology, history, law, public policy, cultural studies, and American studies.
     
  • 691a
    Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis
    Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 549 Introduction to, and exploration of, topics leading to the development of a thesis prospectus and directed research towards the completion of the master’s thesis in heritage conservation. Credit on acceptance of thesis. Registration restricted to Master of Heritage Conservation students who have satisfactorily completed 12 hours of graduate course work and have permission of the Program Director. Graded IP/CR/NC.
     
  • 691b
    Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis
    Heritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and Thesis
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 549 Introduction to, and exploration of, topics leading to the development of a thesis prospectus and directed research towards the completion of the master’s thesis in heritage conservation. Credit on acceptance of thesis. Registration restricted to Master of Heritage Conservation students who have satisfactorily completed 12 hours of graduate course work and have permission of the Program Director. Graded IP/CR/NC.
     
 
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USC Architecture to Host Preserving the Recent Past 3 Conference
After an almost two decade hiatus, the next Preserving the Recent Past conference is scheduled for March 13-16, 2019. Hosted by the USC School of Architecture/Heritage ...
 
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