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The 2021 Summer Short Course in Heritage Conservation offers clusters of online lecture sessions about the fundamentals of the discipline in an intensive three-week format. Taught by a team of practicing professionals in fields ranging from conservation and engineering to economics and law, the course is designed for those interested in a career change, city officials needing to brush up on the basics, or for prospective students interested in learning more about the field. The Summer Short Course can be taken in sections or as a complete for-credit course.

28th Annual Fundamentals of Heritage Conservation Summer Course

Summer 2021 (May 17 - June 5, 2021)


In 2021, the USC School of Architecture will host its 28th annual summer program devoted to the conservation of the historic built environment.


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 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.


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.


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 in 2021 will be held online via Zoom.

Faculty**

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

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; Adjunct Associate Professor in Heritage Conservation, USC

Sian Winship – President, Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter; Independent Consultant

 

** Preliminary list of faculty - subject to change.

Course Summary

The course can be taken in its entirety, in multi-day thematic clusters, or as individual sessions on various topics. Individual days are $140 each. Special discounted prices for the entire course or multi-day thematic clusters are listed below.

 

May 17 - 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.


May 18 - 1.2 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION II

Explore the fundamental concepts of integrity, significance, and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.


May 19 - 1.3 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION III

Take a crash course on the history of southern California architecture and its unique architectural legacy.


May 20 – 1.4 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION IV

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.


May 21 – 1.5 – INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION V

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), and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs).


May 24 - 2.1 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING I

Learn about advocacy strategies for protecting historic resources.


May 25 - 2.2 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING II

Learn about municipal strategies for protecting historic resources. Topics covered will include city planning, certified local governments, historic resource surveys, and preservation commissions.


May 26 - 2.3 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING III

Explore how heritage conservation advocacy intersects with issues of social justice.


May 27 – 2.4 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING IV

Heritage conservation is a global practice and goes far beyond simply saving a historic building.


May 28 – 2.5 – CONSERVATION POLICY AND PLANNING V

Preservation planning can be complex – explore local case studies.


June 1 - 3.1 – 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, the potential failure of those materials, and best practices for repairing/replacing or preserving them.


June 2 - 3.2 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION II

Explore an alphabet soup of cutting-edge technology used in the contemporary investigation and documentation of historic sites: GIS, NDE, HABS/HAER/HALS, and 3D laser scanning, among others.


June 3 - 3.3 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION III

The greenest building is the one already built – learn how historic buildings can “LEED” the way in sustainable design.


June 4 – 3.4 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION IV

Learn virtually about the challenges of rehabilitating a building, dealing with materials and hidden issues, and historic site stewardship at the National Historic Landmark Gamble House.


June 5 - 3.5 – MATERIALS CONSERVATION V

Conservation is about more than just buildings – conserving cultural landscapes is a growing part of the practice.

2021 Program Costs

In general, the course can be taken in its entirety, in multi-day thematic clusters, or as individual sessions on various topics.


Full course (15 days) - $1500

  • Fundamentals cluster (5 days - 5/17-5/21) - $625
  • Policy and Planning cluster (5 days - 5/24-5/29) - $625
  • Materials cluster (5 days - 6/1-6/5) - $625

Individual days are $140 per day

Enrollment

If you would like to take this course for academic credit, you will need to enroll as a limited status enrollment student and sign up for ARCH 549. Regular USC tuition rates apply and no scholarship funds are available for non-full time USC students.


If you would like to take the course not for academic credit, please click here (https://forms.gle/rbZUzqxvqpUMq9ub7) to sign up for a single day, a cluster or the full course.



If you have questions or you are interested in adding your name to the interest list for NEXT year (2022), please contact the program director Trudi Sandmeier at sandmeie@usc.edu.