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what does historic preservation look like in the 21st century?

Recent economic struggles, technological advances, and changing demographics make this question more relevant than ever. Historic preservation is already complicated by decision-making, fragmented bureaucracy, and often times arbitrary consideration, thus begging the question: What is the connection between preservation, environmental sustainability, emerging technologies, and economic development?

This workshop will take a look at how to find common ground between those various interest groups and in the process revitalize our communities. It will explore how to ensure that our historic downtowns not only become places that preserve the past, but become inspirational places to re-imagine our collective futures.

session descriptions

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
A Review of the Standards
Kelly Larson, Design Specialist, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Kelly will cover The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Her discussion will focus on how these Standards provide a framework for work, as well as what features need to be preserved and what others may get altered. Examples will be provided.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
What’s new in Historic Preservation
Mike Jackson, Manager, Preservation Services Division, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Mike will discuss how 21st Century Historic Preservation advocates a better reuse of our past by using preservation as a catalyst, rather than allowing it to embalm our cities.  This discussion will uncover “what’s new” in historic preservation – from historic sites to sustainability and adaptive use.  He will also touch on how infill projects can be successfully integrated into historic settings.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation is Economic Development
Nick Kalogeresis, AICP, Vice President, The Lakota Group, Chicago, IL

Nick will talk about how Historic preservation has a significant economic component. Historic preservation activities are cost-effective tools that may be used to leverage private capital, create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and business districts, and stimulate a wide range of other economic activities. In summary, historic preservation not only promotes an increased appreciation of the past; it is a key feature of successful community planning and economic development.

3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Integrating Green Infrastructure to Achieve a Renaissance of Historic Downtowns and Neighborhoods
Patrick Judd, RAL, ASLA, Senior Associate, Conservation Design Forum

Patrick will discuss how City Leadership, business owners, and stakeholder partners can pursue a new and sustainable approach to improving infrastructure in a way that will provide a range of benefits. This session will explore integrated building and site design, streetscape, landscape, circulation, water resource management, and other infrastructure improvements that are cost effective, ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and consistent with both hisoric preservation and green community practices and principles.

its easy to register online by clicking the link below:

Eventbrite - Historic Preservation in the 21st Century Workshop

registration costs are: 

Franklin residents and students:    $35.00
Non-residents:                             $50.00
Or, pay by check at the registration desk on the day of the event, in which case we ask that you RSVP by 5/1 in order to make sure that your lunch order is placed. You can RSVP via email to or by phone: 248-505-6923.

Lunch and snacks provided.

about our speakers

Kelly Larson works for the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as the Michigan Main Street program's Design Specialist primarily providing design services and historic preservation assistance to Michigan Main Street Communities. Before joining the SHPO, Kelly worked in a variety of Main Street and historic architecture related roles. She graduated in 2000 from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's of Interior Architecture. After graduation, she worked for Treanor Architects in Topeka, Kansas, on the major restoration and rehabilitation of Kansas's statehouse. In 2002, she went to New Delhi, India on a cultural exchange internship with the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage measuring and documenting historic structures. After returning from India in 2003, Kelly became the manager of the Boyne City Main Street program for three years and facilitated the community's downtown revitalization efforts. Kelly began working at the Michigan SHPO in 2006.

Mike Jackson, FAIA is the Manager of the Preservation Services Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA).  He is also a visiting professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Jackson holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University in New York. He is a founding member of the Association for Preservation Technology Committee on Sustainable Heritage and active in the development of green building standards and preservation policies. He has been active in the field of historic preservation throughout his career and has been a leader in the areas of Roadside Architecture, Main Street, the Recent Past and Sustainability.

Nick Kalogeresis is a City Planner and Vice-President with the Lakota Group, a Chicago-based planning and urban design firm.  Nick currently manages Lakota’s historic preservation planning portfolio and has provided consulting services to over 100 communities throughout the Midwest and in other states, including California, Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Maryland, and Nebraska.  Nick’s clients have included federal and state agencies, counties and municipalities, historic preservation commissions, neighborhood associations, state and local Main Street programs and other non-profit organizations.  Before joining Lakota, Nick was for 10 years a Program Officer for Consulting Services with the National Trust Main Street Center (NTMSC), where he provided services in commercial district revitalization and historic preservation planning. 

Nick is also a frequent writer and public speaker on topics related to historic preservation planning and downtown and neighborhood revitalization.  Nick recently authored the articles, “Incorporating Sustainability into Downtown Master Plans and Codes”, and “Form-Based Zoning: Bringing New Urbanism to Main Street” for Main Street Now, the quarterly journal of the National Trust Main Street Center.  Nick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and currently sits as an Advisory Committee member of the Municipal Design Review Network at DePaul University’s (IL) Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.  He previously served two terms as a commissioner for the Oak Park (IL) Historic Preservation Commission.  Nick received a BA in History from Elmhurst College and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Patrick Judd is a Senior Associate and Project Manager at Conservation Design Forum. His work experience includes design and construction administration of site planning and native landscapes for corporate and public sites, stream and wetland restoration, and integrated sustainable site planning and development.  Mr. Judd is well versed with Michigan native plant communities, rainwater management technologies, and the integration of built environments defi ned by a landscape’s language. Because he has participated in numerous grant applications funded by the MDNR/MDEQ/MDOT and is consequently familiar with state and federal grant requirements, Patrick brings a pragmatic eye to the planning and design process.  The combination of Patrick’s knowledge about habitat design and native plants, and his ability to translate that knowledge into planning criteria for the preparation of construction documents and permitting is critical for a project that must respond to the needs of both the environment and the public.