Historic Preservation

About the AIA Philadelphia Historic Preservation Committee

The Historic Preservation Committee represents those working at the crossroads of architecture and preservation in Philadelphia. We establish partnerships with local and regional organizations with similar missions and advise the Chapter on issues related to preservation. We also seek opportunities for dialogue with other AIA Philadelphia committees and A/E/C organizations to find common ground on topics like sustainability. In addition, we host professional development sessions to instruct and inform members and other interested individuals on the advances in the technology, practice and theory of building preservation.

In addition to our regular meetings and special events, we issue two annual awards. The Landmark Building Award recognizes the intrinsic value of an existing building, rather than a current preservation or restoration project, and can draw attention to an overlooked or endangered building in a way that is unique among existing award programs. The Henry J. Magaziner Award recognizes a person or organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of Philadelphia's built environment, and for whom building preservation is not a primary mission.

Our committee is open to all individuals that seek to support the protection of the city’s historic built heritage, which we feel belongs to all Philadelphians, by increasing public awareness of and appreciation for the role historic buildings can play in creating thriving urban communities. Please contact our co-chairs or join our mailing list for updates on our regular meetings and special events.

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Committee Co-Chairs

Carl Dress, AIA, Heritage Design Collaborative: '[email protected]'

Meaghan Finney, Voith & Mactavish Architects: ‘[email protected]

2020 Meeting Dates

We meet regularly on the first Friday of the month. All meetings held at 8:30am at the Center for Architecture unless otherwise noted.

February 7th (Landmark Building Award)

March 6th (Magaziner Award Jury)

April 3rd

May 1st

September 4th

October 2nd

November 6th

December 4th (Member Slideshow)