25th Annual Preservation Symposium

Cultural Heritage in the Age of Resilience

February 23 -24, 2024

ILSB Building, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas


The Center for Heritage Conservation (CHC) presents its annual historic preservation symposium on Friday, February 23, 2024, and Saturday,  February 24, 2024, continuing the goal to promote awareness of cultural heritage by reconnecting its tangible and intangible components, using place-related and community-based methods to promote an integrated, inclusive, and sustainable approach to cultural heritage, building knowledge, and supporting research for managing change and continuity in a co-evolutive way. The annual event attracts a national and international audience, renowned keynote speakers, faculty, students, industry professionals, and heritage preservation leaders from around and beyond Texas.

The 2024 symposium will be a critical reflection and inflection point that reaffirms the Center’s commitment to research and enhancing cultural heritage with a focused theme towards the past and the future. This event will showcase an inclusive vision of preservation technology, practice, and engagement by examining state-of-the-art cultural heritage conservation methods. The symposium is open to the public, students, academic affiliates, and preservation professionals.

The Texas A&M University Department of Architecture and its Center for Heritage Conservation will host the symposium at the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) on the Texas A&M University Campus in College Station, TX. 

This year’s theme will be “Cultural Heritage in the Age of Resilience” and will explore three main topics:

  • Authenticity and permanence in an ever-changing world,
  • Cultural heritage and disaster risk reduction – mitigation and adaptation, and
  • Using the past to advance the future.


Please find the program of the symposium below:

Day 1 – Friday, February 23, 2024

Venue: ILSB Auditorium (first floor)

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. | Registrants check-in

5:00 – 5:10 p.m. | Gregory A. Luhan, Department Head of Architecture, Professor, Texas A&M University, USA

Welcome and Introduction. Preservation in the framework of the Department of Architecture: challenges and goals

5:10 – 5:20 p.m. | Fabrizio Aimar, Asst. Professor, Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University, USA – Welcome and Introduction. Cultural Heritage in the Age of Resilience.

Session 1: Keynote Speakers

5:20 – 6:00 p.m. | David G. Woodcock, Director Emeritus of the Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University, USA; Curation, Creation, and Context: Reflections on the CHC Symposia

5:50 – 6:00 p.m. Q&A – moderator: Fabrizio Aimar

6:00 – 6:50 p.m. | SANDRA PARSONS VICCHIO, Sandra Vicchio & Associates; GORDON UMBARGER, National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC, Director of Operations – Inside Out: Preservation at National Museum of Women in the Arts. Q&A – moderator: Fabrizio Aimar

6:50 – 7:00 p.m. | Fabrizio Aimar, Asst. Professor, Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University, USA – Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Day 2 – Saturday, February 24, 2024

Venue: ILSB Auditorium (first floor)

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. | Registrants check-in and breakfast

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. | Fabrizio Aimar, Asst. Professor, Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University, USA – Welcome and Introduction. Cultural Heritage in the Age of Resilience.

9:10 – 9:40 a.m. | 25 years of CHC leadership: Panel discussion- Robert Warden, Professor, Texas A&M University, USA; Kevin T. Glowacki, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, USA; Andrew Billingsley, Assistant Lecturer, Texas A&M University, USA – Welcome and Introduction. Knowing the Past to Advance the Future: The Role of CHC in the Last Decades

Session 2: Cultural Heritage and Disaster Risks Reduction – Mitigation and Adaptation

9:40 – 10:30 a.m. | ROHIT JIGYASU, Project Manager on Urban Heritage, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, ICCROM, Rome, Italy – Mainstreaming Cultural Heritage in Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. | Coffee Break and networking

10:45 – 11:35 a.m. | Marco Valle, LINKS Foundation, UNESCO Chair in “New paradigms and instruments for the management of bio-cultural landscape”, Italy – Resilience and Cultural Heritage in an Evolving World: New Paradigms and Tools to Lead Society.

11:35 – 12:25 p.m. | Andrea Longhi, Professor, Department of the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy; Angioletta Voghera, Professor, Vice-Head of Department of the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning  – Landscape Planning for Resilience: The Role of Cultural Heritage for Risk Management. (ONLINE)

12:25 – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. | Students Poster Session (via TAMU Faculty and the PACSS network)

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. | APT Texas Annual Meeting (via Andrew Billingsley, APT Texas chapter President)

Session 3: Using the Past to Advance the Future. The Meaning of Heritage.

2:00 – 2:50 p.m. | Nancy McCoy, TreanorHL Historic Preservation, Dallas, Texas – Managing Change in Preservation Practice.

2:50 – 3:40 p.m. | Lisa Easton, Principal, Easton Architects (New York & San Antonio) Maintaining Integrity, Preserving Significance: Best Practices towards Heritage Conservation and Preservation

3:40 – 4:30 p.m. | Sue Ann Pemberton Haugh, San Antonio Conservation Society; the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA – How 100 Years of Experience Can Inform the Future of Cultural Heritage.

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. | David G. Woodcock and Fabrizio Aimar in conversation – The Meaning of Heritage. Moderator: Stephen M. Caffey, Associate Professor, Associate Head of the Architecture Department, Texas A&M University, USA

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. | Fabrizio Aimar, Asst. Professor, Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University, USA – Closing Remarks (launching the call for papers for the 26th CHC Annual Preservation Symposium)


The deadline to register to attend the symposium or to submit a student poster is noon CST on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

There are four categories for participants to choose from when registering:

Professional $150.00 – AIA CEU’s/LU’s available

Faculty $25.00 – AIA CEU’s/LU’s available

Student $15.00

General Public $25.00


If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Ms. Jennifer Robertson (jrobertson@arch.tamu.edu).

Student Research and Project Poster Session

The Center for Heritage Conservation encourages attending students to submit posters on new and emerging preservation projects and research. The student poster session will be displayed throughout the symposium, with time provided on Saturday during lunch to discuss their research with symposium participants and attendees. Posters need to be 24″x36″ (portrait orientation) and should be printed ahead of time and brought to the symposium for display. Thumbtacks will be provided.

Following the student poster session and before the afternoon sessions, participants and attendees are invited to attend the Texas Chapter of the Association for Presentation Technology International (APT Texas) for their Annual Meeting. Please note you do not need to be an APTI member to attend the APT Texas Meeting.

CHC Symposium Code of Conduct

The CHC has a zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment by participants, and we reserve the right to excuse participants from the virtual event should unacceptable behavior take place.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to:

Harassment of any form, such as inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language; unwelcome jokes or comments; unwanted attention; offensive images; photography without permission; and threatening any attendee, speaker, volunteer, CHC faculty and staff member, or other meeting guest.

Discrimination of any form, such as inappropriate actions or statements related to race, physical appearance, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, political affiliation, religion, nationality, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, educational background, and/or any other characteristic protected by law.

Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, CHC faculty and staff member service, or other meeting guest.

Disruption of presentations at sessions.

If you experience profiling or harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, the CHC asks that you inform either Director Fabrizio Aimar (fabrizio.aimar@tamu.edu) or other CHC Faculty and Staff so that we can take the appropriate action.

This code is adapted from the Society of Architectural Historians and Vernacular Architecture Forum Codes of Conference Conduct.

Page image information:
“Great Hall of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Photo by Kate Wichlinski”