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APTNE 2021 Annual Meeting & Symposium

Disasters and How We Overcome Them

Friday, February 26th, 2021
Virtual All-Day Symposium

Guy Park Manor in Amsterdam, NY after Tropical Storm Irene. Image Courtesy of Guy Solimano for The New York Times.

Disasters come in various forms, whether they be a natural disaster, a man-made disaster, or a disastrous situation.  In preservation, we deal with each of these disasters, whether it be from planning to prevent them, investigating the aftermath, or in overcoming them and coming out better than before.  Each situation is defined in how we approach the disaster and each of us are judged in how we react.  In a time that is currently fraught with various global disasters, each of us is challenged to move above and beyond, bringing our history and our buildings with us.

Industry professionals, artisans, students, and professors will present topics ranging from planning for seismic disasters to protecting our cultural heritage from fire and from adapting for flooding to graffiti. 


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 Our Keynote Speaker

Donald Friedman is president of Old Structures Engineering, PC, working for owners, preservation consultants, architects, contractors, and other engineers. A professional engineer with over 30 years experience in the investigation, analysis, and restoration of landmark buildings, Mr. Friedman holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Re- search, and is a licensed engineer in New York, and other states. He is certified in the practice of structural engineering by the Structural Engineering Certification Board, and is a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Friedman’s design experience includes the integration of modern construction into existing buildings with archaic and obsolete structural systems; repair and restoration of steel, masonry, iron, wood, and concrete structures; and the investigation of historic buildings to determine structural type and condition.

In addition to Mr. Friedman’s project work, he has taught engineering of historic buildings in the building conservation programs at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Columbia University; he has spoken at numerous conferences on such topics as the structural analysis of masonry facades, and the failure of obsolete structural forms; he is the author of The Structure of Sky- scrapers in America, 1871-1900, After 9-11: An Engineer’s Work at the World Trade Center, Historical Building Construction, and The Investigation of Buildings, and the co-author of Building the Empire State and The Design of Renovations.

Our Round Table Leader

Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate at Adjaye Associates, with over 14 years of experience, she has been on the team for a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural & residential projects around the world. Pascale is the 315th living African-American, woman registered architect in the U.S. She is an activist architect who works to advance architecture for the betterment of society, bring visibility and voice to the issues concerning women and BIPOC designers. She founded the Beyond the Built Environment organization positioned to uniquely address the inequitable disparities in architecture. She was awarded the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young. Jr Award for her advocacy efforts and ascended to the AIA College of Fellows, the youngest African American to reach that honor. Pascale has given lectures at Colleges and Universities nationally; cultural institutions such as the United Nations and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 In addition to the 9 virtual presentations and the virtual round table, this event will also include several additional activities available to all attendees including: 

  • Virtual networking during coffee breaks and lunch
  • A virtual reception directly after the symposiums
  • See below for the Symposium Agenda and more details 

 Additional Details:


  • Full cost is:
    APTNE Member: $40 (complimentary depending on sponsorship)
    Non-Member: $70
  • There is a discounted cost for our student and young professional members.
    APTNE Student:  $0  *non-member students also receive this discount
    APTNE Young Professional:  $25


  • There will be networking opportunities with all attendees throughout the day.


Did you know that many of APTNE's sponsorship levels include free Symposium registrations and discounts?  Please consider becoming a new Sponsor for 2021 or renewing your lapsed sponsorship and show your support for APTNE and the preservation community.  Sign up here 

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Schedule of Events: 

Friday, February 26th
9:00 - 9:10 AM APTNE Welcome Address
APTNE President, Rebecca Buntrock
9:10 - 10:00 AM Keynote Presentation: The Social Construction of Disaster History
Don Friedman
10:00 - 10:35 AM Addressing Graffiti on Masonry Substrates: Taking a Sensitive Approach
Casey Weisdock
10:35 - 11:00 AM Living with Water: Adaption Processes, Heritage Conservation, and Conflicting Values
Shivali Gaikwad
11:00 – 11:15 AM Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:40 AM Architects of National Identity: an Analysis of Urbanization and Historic Preservation of Minority Religious Venues in Shaxi, Yunnan
Olivia McCarthy-Kelley
11:40 – 12:15 PM Protecting Our Diplomatic Structures: A Seismic Program Review
Shane Maxemow and David Keller
12:15 – 12:25 PM Chapter Highlights
APTNE Vice President, Helena Currie
12:25 – 1:45 PM Lunch, APTNE Annual Board Meeting
1:45 – 2:20 PM Fires & Our Cultural Heritage: How Can We Further Protect Our Cultural Heritage
Chris Marrion
2:20 – 2:55 PM A Phoenix Rises on East 85th Street
Art Femenella, Jr
2:55 – 3:20 PM Flood Barriers: Overcoming Disaster Denial and Improving Flood Preparedness at Historic Sites
Meris Westberg
3:20 – 3:55 PM UF Preservation Institute Nantucket Research 2020: Adaptation Strategies for Nantucket’s National Historic Landmark District
Robert Miklos and Marty Hylton
3:55 – 4:10 PM Coffee Break
4:10 – 5:20 PM Power to the People
Pascale Sablan with Venesa Alicea-Chuqui and Ellen Abraham
5:20 PM -5: 30 PM Chapter Highlights, Closing Remarks
Rebecca Buntrock
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Reception



APTNE Symposium Reception - Friday, February 26th 

Our virtual reception will begin immediately following the Symposium, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and is included in the ticket price.  We will be utilizing Remo for our reception which allows attendees to interact via video in real-time by joining a table of their peers.  There are different table sizes and private chat available for all interactions!  There will also be a number of giveaways to reception attendees!!


 Continuing Education

Continuing education credits will be provided for Friday's attendance at the Symposium (6.0 HSW credits, TBD).  Please note your preference for reporting CEU's during the registration process.  Confirmation of attendance will be required on the day of the Symposium



Thank you for your continued support of APTNE! We look forward to seeing you virtually in February!



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