BAC Director of Historic Preservation to Speak at National Preservation Conference

Eleni Glekas, director of Historic Preservation, will be speaking at the PastForward Conference in Chicago from November 14-17-the premier gathering of historic preservation leaders in the country. The conference attracts nearly 2,000 attendees including historic preservationists, architects, city planners, mayors, developers, public- and private-sector professionals, students, and scholars, the conference.

Eleni's presentation is part of a session called Knowing What We've Got: New Tools for Visual Documentation on November 16, and focuses on incorporating of technology in historic preservation education, profiling student work and highlighting the BAC's practice-based learning model. She will be discussing two projects: the Larz Anderson Park model done in partnership with the BAC's Digital Design and Visualization program, and the preservation of the Hoyt House in upstate New York. This project was part of a summer program where a group of BAC students traveled to the Hoyt House to gain hands-on experience in historic preservation and digital documentation techniques.

"Representing the BAC at a national conference allows me to showcase our student's work in the community and introduce our programs to a larger national audience of professionals and thought-leaders in cultural heritage, design and advocacy," said Eleni. "The field of historic preservation is becoming more important nationally and internationally. As issues like community revitalization and economic development are becoming more important, we are beginning to realize that our historic resources and cultural traditions play an important, and often leading role, in these activities in communities all over the country."

Joining Eleni at the conference will be two faculty from the National College of the Arts (NCA) in Lahore, Pakistan, as part of the BAC/NCA University Partnership, a projected funded through the US Department of State.

Visit for more information on PastForward 2017, including information on how to register, virtually attend, and visit the Preservation Studio exhibit space, which is open to the public.