Director, Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation, Associate Professor of Practice
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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, first in the summer program, then as an adjunct lecturer, and since 2011 as a full-time faculty member and director. 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. Prior professional experiences include the UCLA Alumni Association, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the U.S. House of Representatives (Energy and Commerce Committee). 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 secretary of the Docomomo Southern California chapter, as a board member of the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, as a member of the re:code LA – Zoning Advisory Committee - Historic Preservation Working Group (Planning, City of Los Angeles), and as part of the Education Committee of the California Preservation Foundation. She previously served as a member of the SurveyLA Review Committee (Planning, City of Los Angeles) and as First Vice President of the National Council for Preservation Education.
Related Links: Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation
- 549Fundamentals of Heritage ConservationFundamentals of Heritage ConservationHeritage 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.
- 550Heritage Conservation Policy and PlanningHeritage 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
- 556Readings in Heritage Conservation TheoryReadings in Heritage Conservation TheoryPrerequisite(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.
- 691aHeritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and ThesisHeritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and ThesisPrerequisite(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.
- 691bHeritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and ThesisHeritage Conservation Thesis Preparation and ThesisPrerequisite(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.