In this course, you will gain a foundation in historic preservation by identifying exactly what historic preservation is, its roots, and its associated laws and legislation. You will engage with the topics of historic building preservation and recognize the positive role they play in environmental sustainability and community improvement. Finally, through a practical case study, you will gain strategies and tools to dissect proposals and advocate for historic preservation in a modern building renovation.
Key Course Takeaways
Defend a sustainable historic preservation position on a project proposal
Identify connections and conflicts between preservation and sustainability approaches
Analyze energy-efficiency strategies for historic and other existing buildings
Present documentation highlighting the value of historic preservation as a tool for sustainability
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.