Speaking, Teaching, and Presentations

I love meeting people to share thoughts and experiences related to architecture, historic preservation, and community development.

The following are some of the presentations I have given over the years.  I am more than willing to customize any of these presentations for specific audiences or even come up with a new one on related topics.  If you are interested in having me speak at an event or organization, please contact me.

Historic Tax Credits

Historic tax credits are valuable as a tool for both encouraging preservation of significant buildings and stimulating investment in distressed communities. I have given this presentation for neighborhood organizations in newly established historic districts, economic development groups, historic preservation commissions, and conferences.  It covers the State and Federal historic tax credit programs (depending on the…


Why Old Buildings Matter

I don’t actually advocate for rehabilitation of old buildings as a strict preservationist. While I have a huge amount of respect for historic buildings, I approach rehabilitation from a pragmatic perspective. I strongly advocate for preservation of “character defining” aspects of historic buildings and neighborhoods. On the flip side, I also recognize that current building…


Managing a Historic Rehabilitation Project

This presentation is intended to help participants establish a foundation of basic knowledge about the historic property redevelopment process – particularly as it relates to rehabilitation of historic homes and small commercial buildings. Learning Objectives I have presented this several times for audiences at Iowa’s statewide historic preservation conference, the Preserve Iowa Summit.