Architecture colloquium to explore historic preservation

by Kara Kelly

School of Architecture

The University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture will host a colloquium titled “The Role of Traditional Architecture and Historic Preservation in Today’s Cities” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept.16 (Wednesday) in 104 Bond Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The colloquium will explore multiple approaches to historic preservation and case studies from around the world. Subjects to be addressed include the role of traditional architecture to revitalize city cores, comparisons of European and American approaches to preservation, and the role of the local and new integrated approaches to preservation.

Notable speakers include Thomas Will, former dean of the School of Architecture at Technische Universitaet in Dresden, Germany. Will has worked across Europe on significant renovation and restoration projects. He also has won a number of design competitions and participated in groundbreaking planning studies ranging across monument, urban block rehabilitation and palace grounds projects. He has published widely and continues to offer consulting services to major restoration projects across Europe.

Case studies will be presented by key Notre Dame School of Architecture faculty, including professors Richard Economakis, John Stamper and Krupali Uplekar. Regions of exploration include Bath, England, and South Bend, Ind., along with propositions about how an integrated approach to historic preservation may best work for today’s cities.