26th Annual Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation Summer Course
SUMMER 2018 (May 14 - 25, 2018)
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 - please visit https://housing.usc.edu/index.php/summer-guest-housing/ for more information.
Trudi Sandmeier – Director, USC Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation
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 – Principal Architect, Historic Resources Group; Adjunct Professor in Heritage Conservation, USC
Adrian Scott Fine – Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy
Christine Lazzaretto – Managing Principal, Historic Resources Group
John D. Lesak, AIA, LEED AP – Principal, Page & Turnbull; Lecturer in Heritage Conservation, USC
Jay Platt - Senior Urban Designer, City of Glendale; Lecturer in Heritage Conservation, USC
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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 2.2 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION II
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 23 - 2.3 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION III
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 - 2.4 – 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 25 - 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.
In general, 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.
Full course (11 days) - $2000
Fundamentals cluster (3 days - 5/14-5/16) - $570
Policy and Planning cluster (3 days - 5/17-5/19) - $570
Materials cluster (3 days - 5/21 - 5/23) - $570
Individual days are $200 per day.
May 14 only - 1.1 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION I - $200
May 15 only - 1.2 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION II - $200
May 16 only - 1.3 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION III - $200
May 17 only - 1.4 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING I - $200
May 18 only - 1.5 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING II - $200
May 19 only - 1.6 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING III - $200
May 21 only - 2.1 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION I - $200
May 22 only - 2.2 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION II - $200
May 23 only - 2.3 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION III - $200
May 24 only - 2.4 – SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION - $200
May 25 only - 2.5 – DOCUMENTATION - $200
2018 course enrollment is now complete - if you are interested in adding your name to the interest list for 2019, please contact program director Trudi Sandmeier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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