In this course, you will explore the factors that contribute to the decision to sustainably preserve a historic structure. You will begin by examining the concept of embodied energy as a tool to evaluate historic structures and materials. You will also gain strategies for collaborating with stakeholders to find creative reuse opportunities in your projects. Finally, through a case study, you will apply your knowledge to practice using embodied energy to evaluate a historic structure and make recommendations for its potential future use, setting you up with practical skills for your next project.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
Sustainable Historic Preservation
Key Course Takeaways
Identify and analyze energy embodied in historic materials and construction
Contextualize the value of embodied energy in historic buildings
Evaluate suitability for retaining embodied energy in historic buildings
Articulate recommendations for retaining embodied energy
Visiting Lecturer; College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; Cornell University
Katelin Olson, Ph.D., AICP, developed a love of historic architecture growing up in a Craftsman home in Riverside, California.
A certified planner through the American Planning Association, Professor Olson has an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning (2009) and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University (2018), as well as a B.A. in History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University (2005). She bridges the divide between rehabilitating dilapidated properties in the greater Ithaca area and serving as the appointed preservation planner for the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission (since 2013) and the Town Supervisor for the Town of Ulysses (since 2022).
A working mom with four kids, Professor Olson believes that careful treatment of the existing built environment is the most sustainable, replicable method of improving American communities and contributing to a healthier, more ecologically robust planet for everyone. She lives with her family in Trumansburg, NY.