It’s a tale of two cities, New York and Philadelphia.
In New York, in 1964, James Marston Fitch founded the nation’s first master’s program in historic preservation at Columbia University. His vision for the field was one of inclusion and rigor, curiosity and commitment to documenting the history of American architecture, culture and communities.
In 1981, Professor Fitch joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, establishing in the City of Brotherly Love another node of academic inquiry devoted to conservation sciences, community planning, and the many fields allied with historic preservation.
Decades later, the two cities of Fitch’s legacy reconnect as the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania hosts the symposium Design + Heritage; the Fitch Foundation is delighted and honored to co-sponsor this scholarly gathering.
March 16 and 17, 2017
The University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery
210 South 34th Street
- Francesca Ammon, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation, PennDesign
- Ann Beha, Ann Beha Architects
- Daniel Bluestone, Director, Preservation Studies Program, Boston University
- Winka Dubbeldam, Professor and Chair, Department of Architecture, PennDesign
- William Higgins, Higgins & Quasebarth, NYC/Fitch Foundation
- David Hollenberg, Adjunct Professor/University Architect, PennDesign
- Douglas Reed, Reed Hilderbrand LLC
- Garth Rockcastle, Meyer Scherer Rockcastle
- Rob Rogers, Rogers Architects
- Steven Semes, Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Notre Dame
- Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair, NYC Landmarks Commission
- Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge Historical Commission
- Liliane Wong, Chair, Interior Architecture Department, RISD
Co-sponsored and hosted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Design