Navigating History: Balancing Educational Needs, Project Budgets, and Heritage Within Historic Campuses

Keri Stevenson, AIA, Architect

Julie Walleisa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ALEP, Principal / Architect


Domains: Context, Parameters 

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A601

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 10:15 am


It can be challenging to balance competing priorities when completing projects on historic campuses. An educational planner and an architect who focuses on historic preservation will use case studies to demonstrate how two different 100-year-old, multi-building campuses with distinctive architectural styles have navigated this challenge. Strategies will be discussed for balancing historic integrity with a school's educational mission, addressing difficult demolition decisions, and working within public funding constraints, as well as how strategies may differ between new construction and renovation/addition projects and between eligible and listed properties.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to describe the physical and financial challenges of adapting historic schools to modern educational system needs.  
  2. Participants will be able to assess the appropriateness of different approaches for improving functionality while preserving historic integrity.
  3. Participants will be able to describe alternative methods for preserving heritage when it's not possible to preserve historic buildings or physical elements.
  4. Participants will be able to apply design principles that are appropriate for new construction, renovation, minor addition, and major addition projects within a historic campus setting.