From Gray Areas to Green Areas

Speakers' Biographical Information


 Foekje Boersma (Thursday, 11/01/07, Session II)
 
Foekje Boersma was trained as a textile conservator at the State Training School for Conservators in Amsterdam and worked as a conservator for several Dutch museums as well as for the Textile Conservation Centre (the University of Southampton) in the UK. In her work, she moved more and more towards preventive conservation and education. Before joining the GCI Education Department in December 2005, she worked for several years as a consultant for a private company in the Netherlands, focusing on large scale preventive conservation projects. She was also involved in the education of (preventive) conservation, both in the Netherlands and abroad. At the GCI she is currently working on the development of didactic materials which focus on preventive conservation.
 
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 David B. Gracy II (Thursday, 11/01/07, Session II)
 
Dr. Gracy worked in the Texas State Archives and University of Texas Archives before becoming Archivist, Southern Labor Archives, Georgia State University, and then Director, Texas State Archives. He is a former President of both the Society of American Archivists and the Academy of Certified Archivists, and a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. Dr. Gracy's research interests include the history of archival enterprise, of archives and libraries in Texas, and of the information domain. He is the author of Archives and Manuscripts: Arrangement and Description; of Littlefield Lands: Colonization on the Texas Plains, 1912-1920; and of Moses Austin: His Life.
 
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alt Michael C. Henry, (Thursday, 11/01/07, Opening, Session I)
 
Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA, is Principal Engineer/Architect with Watson & Henry Associates.  Since 1984 he has specialized in preservation of historic buildings and in environmental management for collections in historic and contemporary buildings.  He teaches Building Pathology and Building Diagnostics and Monitoring in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at University of Pennsylvania.  He teaches Sustainable Strategies at the Centre for Sustainable Heritage, The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, UK.  He is guest lecturer in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, and has taught in Getty Conservation Institute-sponsored training projects in Mexico, Tunisia and Brazil.
 
Michael has collaborated with conservators on challenging projects, such as:  passive environmental management at Hemingway’s Finca Vigia, near Havana, Cuba;  environmental stabilization for the 16th century retablo at San Juan Bautista, Cuauhtinchan, Mexico;  and passive, low-energy environmental management for collections and archives at Manzil-e-Meher, near Ahmednagar, India.  He is overseeing the rehabilitation of the archives and collections storage facility at Hagley Museum and Library.  
 
Michael was 2005-6 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the Centre for Sustainable Heritage, University College London, where he investigated sustainable approaches for heritage conservation, informed by climate-specific, historic vernacular architecture.
 
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 Paul Himmelstein (Friday, 11/02/07, Session I)
 
Paul Himmelstein has been a partner in the New York conservation firm of Appelbaum and Himmelstein since 1972. The firm carries out conservation treatments on paintings, painted textiles and objects, and consults for institutions and private collectors on matters related to collections care, including lighting, environmental control, and building renovation and construction. Mr. Himmelstein received his conservation training at the Intermuseum Laboratory, Oberlin, Ohio, and was a consultant conservator at the Brooklyn Museum for seven years. He is a past president of the American Institute for Conservation, and was the co-organizer of three symposia co-sponsored by the Association for Preservation Technology and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) dealing with the problems of housing collections in historic buildings. His most recent projects include the relighting of the interior of Hyde House and serving as conservation consultant on the complete renovation of the New Jersey State Museum.
 
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 Kazuko Hioki (Thursday, 11/01/07, Session II)
 
Kazuko Hioki received her Bachelor of Agriculture in Pesticide Chemistry from Kobe University, Japan, and worked for the Sumitomo Chemical Company as a scientific information specialist. She earned an M.I.L.S with Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently she serves as the Conservation Librarian at the University of Kentucky Libraries. She has worked at The New York Public Library and The Library of Congress. She has lectured at various institutions in Japan conducted research at Imperial House Agency in Tokyo.
 
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 Joachim Huber (Friday, 11/02/07, Session II)
 
Joachim Huber is Co-founder and Co-CEO of Prevart Ltd., Winterthur (Switzerland). The company has specialized in consulting museums, archives and churches all over German speaking Europe since 1997. Dr. Huber's primary interests include all aspects of preventive conservation in its broad sense, from conservation and architecture (especially ecological and economical building technologies for museums) to collection management. The company has managed major projects in infrastructure planning, storage planning, master-planning for museums, museum logistics, disaster prevention and mitigation, as well as long term collection strategies for museums and archives. in addition, the company advises juries and architects on architectural projects and competitions. Joachim Huber, along with Karin von Lerber, has authored a handbook on handling and storage of historic objects.
 
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 Richard Kerschner (Thusday, 11/01/07, Session II)
 
Richard Kerschner is the Director of Preservation and Conservation at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont where he manages a conservation facility to support the treatment of folk and decorative art objects, paintings, and textiles, and works to integrate professional conservation and collections care practices into all aspects of the Museum's operations. He holds an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in conservation from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation where he presently serves as Treasurer. Rick actively participates in conservation outreach actions to other museums and allied museum professionals, and guided the establishment of the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance's Collection Care Program. He conducts research, lectures and consults on practical environmental control for collections housed in historic buildings, and teaches preventive conservation workshops for the American Association for State and Local History. Over the past several years, Rick has researched the use of LED's for lighting inside museum exhibit cases and developed a safe, efficient, and attractive LED lighting system for Shelburne's collections of dolls, dollhouses, miniature interiors, and samplers.
 
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 Lou Krupnick (Friday, 11/02/07, Session II)
 
Lou Krupnick, A.I.A., LEED PA is a Senior Project Manager and design team leader for EwingCole Architects in Washington, D.C. His interest in sustainability goes back more than 30 years ago when he served as a local coordinator for the first Earth Day. In the interim, he has participated in the design of several hundred buildings for commercial, educational, institutional and governmental clients. His most recent project has been master-planning and conceptual design for a sustainably oriented, $500M high-tech research campus located on 400 acre site for the federal government, in Maryland. Krupnick attended the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee and currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.
 
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 David Lake (Friday, 11/02/07, Session II)
 
An Austin native and University of Texas at Austin graduate, David Lake, FAIA, creates site sensitive, distinctive architecture. Over the past 20 years his San Antonio-based firm, Lake|Flato Architects, has earned a national reputation for creating architecture that draws on cultural and architectural traditions, adapts to the climate, and fits gently into the landscape. Mr. Lake believes in architecture that springs from its place-one that acknowledges historic precedent while incorporating innovative technologies. Lake|Flato's work has been recognized with over 32 national awards, including the American Institute of Architect's National Firm Award in 2004, two AIA Top Ten Green Projects in 2006 and an AIA Honor Award in 2007.
 
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 William P Lull (Friday, 11/02/07, Session II)
 
William P Lull is a former manager of the Energy Management Division, Dubin-Bloome Associates and while there was Project Manager for the 1981 Conceptual Design of the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Also he was a project designer in the Solar and Energy Conservation Group, Architectural Design Branch (ADB), Division of Engineering Design (EnDes), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Assistant Chief of Design at Syska & Hennessy Engineers. A graduate of the Department of Architecture at MIT, currently he works as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Building Technology at NYU, and Senior Conservation Environment Consultant, Garrison/Lull Inc.
 
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 Steven A. Moore (Friday, 11/02/07, Session I)
 
Steven A. Moore teaches design and courses related to the philosophy, history, and application of sustainable technology. In 1999 Moore was appointed Director of the Sustainable Design Program, in 2002 was appointed Co-director of the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, and in 2006 he became Bartlett Cocke Professor of Architecture and Planning. Moore received his undergraduate degree in architecture from Syracuse University, his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, and is a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has practiced as the design principal of Moore/Weinrich Architects in Maine and has received numerous regional and national awards for design distinction. He has recently published articles in Center, the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), and the Journal of Architecture (JOA). His book, Technology and Place: Sustainable Architecture and the Blueprint Farm, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2001 and received the EDRA/Places award for research in 2002. Sustainable Architectures, co-edited with Simon Guy, was published by Routledge/Spon in 2005 and Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City: Austin, Curitiba, and Frankfurt (Rowman & Littlefield) will appear in 2006. Moore's research interests are broadly interdisciplinary and focus upon the social construction of sustainable technologies, buildings, and cities.
 
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 Peter Pfeiffer (Thursday, 11/01/07, Session I)
 
Peter Pfeiffer (BS Rensselaer '78, M Arch University of Texas '83) is a professional Architect and Building Scientist practicing throughout the United States and Canada and has spent the past 30 years developing pragmatic high performance building strategies. In 2004 he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for this, and for his life-long commitment to "mainstreaming green building in North America".
 
He is a founding principal of Barley + Pfeiffer Architects, a firm recognized nationally for its pioneering use of environmentally responsive building design and construction techniques. This includes healthful low toxicity environments in medical facilities and private homes, energy-conserving design and construction, and rainwater harvesting for residential and commercial use. Barley + Pfeiffer Architects have completed over 600 projects nationally since its founding in 1987. Their work has been published both in the United States and abroad in such diverse venues as the Washington Post, The New York Times, Fine Homebuilding, and Better Homes and Gardens magazine. On multiple occasions he has been a guest on National Public Radio as well as the HG-TV network addressing "green" building.
 
Fine Homebuilding magazine recognized the firm for having designed one of the top nine most noteworthy homes in America in 1993, as well as "the Greenest home in America" in 2003.
 
EEBA, the national Energy Efficient Building Association, awarded Mr. Pfeiffer the Conference Chair's Award in 1994 for his career accomplishments pioneering environmentally sensitive architecture.
 
The National Association of Home Builders honored him as the "National Green Advocate of the Year" in 2003 for his life-long achievements in "mainstreaming" green building.
 
This year Residential Architect cited him as one of the 10 most influential residential architects of past decade.
 
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 James M. Reilly (Thursday, 11/01/07, Session I)
 
James M. Reilly, Director of IPI and professor in the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, graduated with a B. A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1968 and an M. A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972. He continued his education in science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is well known for his research on the deterioration of nineteenth-century photographic prints, the effectiveness of storage enclosures for imaging materials, the major causes of image deterioration, and optimizing conditions in storage vaults. He is author of numerous publications, including Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints, IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film, and Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials. He is a consultant to many museums and government agencies and is sought after worldwide as a teacher and seminar speaker.
 
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 Joseph S. Reyes (Friday, 11/02/07, Session I)
 
Mr. Reyes is a licensed professional engineer with over 14 years of experience in the design of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems for critical temperature and humidity-controlled building environments. His professional resume includes mechanical system designs for a range of building types including academic, industrial, healthcare, and commercial facilities. As a LEEDTM Accredited Professional, Mr. Reyes has a comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEEDTM Green Building Rating System -- the national benchmark for high-performance green building design. Additionally, he is proficient in the use of advanced computer modeling tools to analyze energy consumption for system optimization, energy conservation, and life-cycle cost evaluation of sustainable architectural, lighting, and mechanical building systems.
 
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 Cornelius J. Rusnov (Friday, 11/02/07, Session I)
 
Neal Rusnov has over 20 plus years of experience in building design, construction and historical preservation work. This work includes 14 years of experience in energy efficient construction in both new and renovation/restoration work.He has completed extensive research/training in various aspects of archival preservation, rare book protection, museum lighting, fire suppression detection, HVAC, ventilation, and security systems. He conducted three year research study to investigate and evaluate the comprehensive design used for the protection and long-term preservation of the paper-based collections housed in the State Library's rare collections. These concepts will be evaluated and investigated at 12 additional sites across the state and NARA's Archives II facility to evaluate their performance in maintaining preservation based environments. This research was supported by 2006 IMLS National Leadership Grant for Research and Development. He is currently working as an Architectural Project Coordinator for all Capitol Complex Projects in Harrisburg including the State Museum and Archives Buildings, Commonwealth of PA, Dept. of General Services, Bureau of Eng. and Arch.
 
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 Lawrence Speck (Friday, 11/02/07, Session II)
 
Lawrence Speck came to the faculty of the School of Architecture in 1975 after teaching at M.I.T for three years. He served as Founding Director of the Center of American Architecture and Design 1982 - 1990, was Associate Dean 1990 - 1992 and was Dean of the School 1992 - 2001. He has maintained an active architectural practice since 1975, initially as Lawrence W. Speck Associates and since 1999, as a principal in the firm Page Southerland Page. His recent projects include the Barbara Jordan Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Rough Creek Lodge and Conference Center, Robert E. Johnson State Office Building, Computer Science Corporation Buildings and the Austin Convention Center Expansion. His design work has been recognized by more than 50 national, state and local design awards over the last ten years and has been published in 90+ articles in the US, England, Brazil, Italy, Japan and Germany. Speck is the author of over 50 publications focusing primarily on twentieth century American architecture and urbanism. He also wrote and hosted the PBS documentary , "Building the American City: San Antonio". Teaching duties include the entry level undergraduate course, "Architecture and Society", a graduate seminar on "Theory and Practice", and Advanced Design. Speck has won numerous teaching and service awards including two university-wide undergraduate teaching recognitions - the Blunk Centennial Professorship and the Amoco Teaching Award.
 
Speck current research in practice focuses on innovative uses of materials and building materials including creative explorations, in particular, in the use of steel, glass, stone, and other masonry products. In terms of Urban Design, he is seeking alternative patterns of suburban development based on models akin to downtowns of smaller cities. He continues to be interested in a long-standing exploration of what might be called Modern Vernacular - contemporary architectural expressions based in the realities of place and region.
 
Recent writing include contributions of chapters on the Cass Gilbert and Alvar Aalto - each dealing with works of the architects on American campuses, a journal article on the innovative use of glass in several contemporary design; and lectures and an article on a broader view of sustainability.
 
Speck is also serving as a member of the Architectural Advisory Board for the U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Buildings Operations.
 
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 William E. (Dub) Taylor (Thursday, 11/01/07, Session I)
 
Dub Taylor is the Director of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestic energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO's mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment.
 
Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor's public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission's Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor's private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting.
 
A native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Taylor resides in Austin with his wife and two young children. Taylor currently serves on, and is actively involved in a number of clean energy and environmental-focused national, state and local organizations.
 
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 Laurie Zapalac (Friday, 11/02/07, Session I)
 
Laurie Zapalac is a cultural resource planning consultant involved in master planning and interpretive design for historic sites and museums. Laurie works closely with stakeholders and design team members to understand the range of resources (natural, cultural, economic, human, etc.) that relate to a project, in an effort to find new ways to infuse meaning into planning and design while also cultivating resource stewardship.
 
Collaborating with Overland Partners, Laurie has worked on projects for the National Park Service, Bat Conservation International, the Chickasaw Nation, the Autry National Center and Gillespie County Historical Society, among others.
 
Laurie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Archeology and a Bachelor of Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies, with a concentration in Historic Preservation, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Since 2005, Laurie has been a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching in the Historic Preservation Program.
 
Laurie's interests in the relationship between tourism, heritage and community sustainability have been shaped by her experiences living and working in Venice, Italy. She is presently producing the documentary film, Destination Angkor, which examines the impact of global tourism on cultural heritage and the rebuilding of lives in post-conflict Cambodia.
 
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