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BAC Student to Present at Preservation Conference

LeeAnne Brooks, Historic Preservation Student, selected to present at Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation

Charles River, Mass., Photograph by Verner Reed, 1953; Demoliton of Building near Causway Street, Boston, Mass., May 2013

Charles River, Mass., Photograph by Verner Reed, 1953; Demoliton of Building near Causway Street, Boston, Mass., May 2013; Photos Courtesy of Historic New England

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that LeeAnne Brooks, a student in the College's graduate program in Historic Preservation, was selected to present at Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation presented by Historic New England at Roger Williams University, a day-long symposium for historic preservation students, professionals, and advocates to come together to consider challenges and opportunities facing today's preservation community. LeeAnne will present Infrared Thermography: Rethinking the Process at the symposium on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Baypoint Inn and Conference Center in Portsmouth, RI.

LeeAnne began her graduate studies at the BAC in Historic Preservation in the fall of 2013, after completing the Repair of Old Buildings Course at the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings in London earlier that year. LeeAnne graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in 2013. After working as an intern for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation during her last semester at UMW, she was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Internship for Architectural Conservation at Colonial Williamsburg. She spent more than a year helping to create an architectural database and performing documentation of Foundation properties. Her Infrared Thermography documentation and condition assessment of more than 40 18th century frame buildings was accepted into the Foundation collection after presentation to the Architectural History Department in September of 2013. Her current focus of study is on Preservation management, project planning, and finance. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Maureen O'Brien, Graduate of the BAC's Landscape Institute, will also present Secondary Sources and a Flexible Approach Guide the Treatment Plan for the Courtyard and Entrance at Rolling Ridge in North Andover, Massachusetts. Keynote speakers include University of Virginia School of Architecture Professor Daniel Bluestone, director of the university's Historic Preservation program; Dr. Andréa Livi Smith, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington; and heritage architect Julian Smith, executive director of Willowbank, a Canadian educational institution at the cutting edge of heritage conservation training.

The Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Historic Preservation at the BAC addresses the technical and cultural issues confronting today's preservationists. Students explore the philosophical and ethical roots of preservation and gain practical experience in preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and sites. The MDS is delivered in a low-residency format that combines online and face-to-face learning. For the first time, students and working professionals earn accredited masters degrees in historic preservation from wherever they live and work. Key to the low-residency format are brief periods of study at the BAC's Newbury Street campus, in which students use Boston's historic built environment as a laboratory.

The Bachelor of Design Studies (BDS) in Historic Preservation features a wide range of historic preservation topics that allows students to pursue a course of study tailored to their own interests and career objectives. Students complete an experiential learning component in which they work in professional preservation settings. As a result, graduates usually leave the BAC with substantial resumes, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio.