France’s Ministry of Culture, which is responsible for the stewardship of the country’s historic structures, had its beginnings in the 1800s and has influenced preservation standards and government systems all over the world, including the United States. This lecture provides an overview of the history of the French conservation movement and its impact on the historic preservation movement in the United States, as well as how the dialogue continues to this day.
The case studies and examples are drawn from the lecturer’s observations from visiting French architecture firms, construction sites, government-run building technology and conservation laboratories, and craftworkers’ studios.
Lunch will be provided. Attendees must pre-register online at least 24 hours in advance to be guaranteed lunch.
- Discuss French and American design and construction processes, with an emphasis on the best preservation practices
- Summarize the history of the conservation movement in France and its influence on the historic preservation movement in the United States;
- Analyze and compare the usage differences of key architectural vocabulary (like “preservation” and “conservation”) by French and American preservation architects and construction firms; and
- Explore case studies of the successful effects of historic preservation on current buildings in Paris, Lyon, and various other cities across France.
About the Presenter
Constance Lai, AIA
Manager of Historic Preservation Services, Grunley Construction
Constance was the recipient of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize in 2017. For the past 28 years, this exchange program between France and the United States has facilitated a dialogue between preservation architects in both countries.
Pricing and Registration
- AIA Members: $20
- General Admissions: $25
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