Continuing Education: Working with Historic Buildings

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2013 cont. edWorking with Historic Buildings: A Six Part Continuing Education Series

This continuing education series will look at technical, regulatory and design issues related to working with New York City’s many historic buildings.


Tuesdays, December 2013 to February 2014

Check-in and Continental Breakfast-9:00 am

Lecture- 9:15-10:15 am

Neighborhood Preservation Center 232 East 11th Street New York, New York 10003

Sign up for sessions: $25, Friends of HDC and $30, General Public

Each session will be 1 AIA and New York State CES credit


Panels in 2013

Preservation 101: Working with the Landmarks Preservation Commission

December 3, 2013

Tenzing Chadotsang and Jenny Fernandez of the LPC will speak about the landmarks process, specifically addressing frequent questions that architects are asked by clients and explaining what LPC does and doesn’t regulate on a designated building. Dan Allen of Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects will discuss navigating the permitting process and working with the LPC staff through the sample approval and construction process, as well as present restoration plan case studies of designated buildings. *Please note this session will run 9:00 am to 11:30 am and will be

2 AIA and New York State CES credits


It’s a Brick (House)

December 17, 2013

Carl Doebley, a restoration specialist with Thornton Tomasetti,   will discuss the properties of historic bricks and mortars, typical problems that arise in historic brick construction, as well as proper techniques for repairing, repointing and cleaning brick.

1 AIA and New York State CES credit


FISP- The New Face of Local Law 11

January 14, 2014 

Though there has been a long history of façade inspections regulations in New York City, recent updates to Local Law 11, now called the Façade Inspection Safety Program, have changed important requirements for architects and engineers. Timothy Lynch P.E. of the NYC Department of Buildings will discuss new requirements, including building envelope construction data and environmental exposure considerations, and how they affect the overall inspection process.

1 AIA and New York State CES credit


Breathability – Insulation Options for Historic Buildings

January 28, 2014 

Spray insulation, friend or foe? Discuss how heat and moisture affect your buildings and how all insulation systems and materials, new and old, must work in harmony. Stephen Tilly of Stephen Tilly, Architect will consider the pros and cons of diverse methods in insulating old buildings.

1 AIA and New York State CES credit


Aches and Panes in Historic Window Work

February 11, 2014

Windows — often referred to as the “eyes” of a building — are among the most significant features of heritage sites.  Yet the question remains: repair or replace?  Walter Sedovic FAIA LEED, Principal of WSA/ModernRuins will illustrate why restoration is a beneficial option, highlighting recent performance testing & data, code compliance, material technology, upgrades and embedded resilience of these increasingly rare — yet still wrongfully maligned — treasures.

1 AIA and New York State CES credit
New Design in Historic Districts

February 25, 2014

Traditional or Modern? This is the conundrum facing new rowhouse projects in NYC historic districts.  Brendan Coburn, the founding principal of CWB Architects, will discuss how his firm approached the design of three different new rowhouse projects in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill and Prospect Heights Historic Districts. The final designs, which all received the unanimous support and approval of the Landmark Preservation Commission, were informed by the firm’s knowledge of how particular districts value contextualism, combined with the clients’ desires, and a sensitive approach to specific physical adjacencies. The presentation will also highlight political and architectural considerations that influenced the designs.

1 AIA and New York State CES Credit


If you have questions or concerns, please contact Brigid Harmon at or (212) 614-9107

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