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Dean Shibley

Receiving the Dean’s Medal from Dean Robert Shibley, FAIA at the University of Buffalo’s School of Architecture & Planning Commencement, May 14, 2011.

Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC or BAC [A+P] completed our first year in 2011 and thanks to many of my friends and colleagues, it was a very successful and enjoyable year. Some Highlights of the year include:

Richardson Architecture Center, Buffalo, NY: Managed several projects for this National Historic Landmark designed by H.H. Richardson & Olmsted, Vaux & Company including the development of an institutional and design plan for a new architecture center in the complex, and the creation of a short film, an exhibit, and tour on its history in time for the National Trust Conference in Buffalo in October.

Haas-Lilienthal House, San Francisco, CA: Sustainability Management Plan for historic San Francisco house museum which is the only “painted lady” in the city open for house tours.  I am helping San Francisco Architectural Heritage develop a road map for greening the maintenance procedures and capital building improvements at the Haas-Lilienthal House, which can be used as a model for other historic museums and buildings.

Department of State Headquarters, Washington, DC: The State Department Building is comprised of two separate major building campaigns: the Old War Department Building built between 1939-1941 and the State Department “Extension” built between 1957-1961. BAC/A+P provided preservation consulting services to Kling/Stubbins who is designing a Super Energy Savings Performance Contract that involves the installation of natural gas fired hot water boilers to supply the building heating needs, replacing the existing steam-to-hot-water converters and installing a solar array on the roof.  I managed the historic preservation and regulatory review compliance process, receiving approvals from the DC SHPO and the NCPC on the first try.

Dogs Enjoying swimming

Dogs enjoying Canine Splash during its “Sneak Peak” September 16, 2011.

Canine Splash, Buffalo, NY: I assisted my sister and her business partner in their exciting new venture to open a dog swimming recreation center.  Three pools were installed in a 1929 warehouse in Buffalo in as sustainable a way as possible.  They’ve been open for three months and are wildly successful in a very beautiful, healthy environment.

Rethinking the National Mall: I am the preservation architect for one of the design teams chosen to develop schemes for the rethinking of key areas on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The team, led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects in NYC (architects of the High Line) has 11 weeks to develop our schemes.

Speeches: Keynote speeches on the intersection between sustainability and preservation at various conferences including Historic Green in New Orleans, Army National Guard in Charleston, Indiana Statewide Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, the Preservation Month lecture in Houston and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Annual Energy Efficiency Conference in Vancouver.

Blogging: I have continued my earlier blogs from the National Trust on my website “True Green Cities” which focuses on the intersection of green building practices and preservation values, and wrote 2 blogs about the changes to LEED for the National Trust’s blog.

Awards: My alma mater, University of Buffalo School of Architecture & Planning gave me their prestigious Dean’s Medal at commencement for my contributions to the fields of architecture and preservation.  The first recipient of this award was R. Buckminster Fuller.

Looking down Franklin Street from the Haas-Lilienthal House in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco

Coming Up: I am consulting with the University of Buffalo to

H. H. Richardson and Olmsted, Vaux and Company

The Richardson Olmsted Complex designed by H. H. Richardson and Olmsted, Vaux & Company in Buffalo, NY.develop a 5 year phased Masters of Historic Preservation and have also been asked to develop and teach a “Survey on the History of Sustainable Design” for

FIT’s new Master’s in Sustainable Interior Environments. I’ll be commuting to my beloved NYC for 7 weeks in June and July to teach it.

And if you’re wondering, I continue to divide my time between Washington, DC, Winston-Salem, NC and Buffalo, NY – it’s crazy and chaotic but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Looking forward to continuing the dialogue in 2012 on this blog, on Facebook and on Twitter @Bcampagna.  Best Wishes for a fantastic year!

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