You are cordially invited to attend the Town of Palm Beach’s Historic District Educational Symposium, organized in collaboration with the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach.
Please join us to hear national historic preservation experts discuss the creation and impact of historic districts, and how their implementation can affect property owners. Panelists will also address how districts can possibly benefit the community and preserve the character and charm of Palm Beach.
List of Facilitator and Speakers
Mallory Baches, AICP.LEED-AP CNU-A
Urban Designer & Civic Specialist
Ms. Baches began her career with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, the international leader in new urbanist design, development and implementation practices, and is currently the Program Coordinator at the Congress for the New Urbanism. Ms. Baches focuses her professional practice on the intersection of urban design and community development, exploring the relationship between the quality of physical realm and the strength of civic engagement, involvement, and investment. Ms. Baches reinforces her commitment to civil society through her role in leading industry innovation, her contributions to her local community and national advocacy, and her writing and speaking on related subjects.
Special Counsel, Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC
Mr. Cook is a nationally recognized lawyer and scholar with a successful track record for protecting National Historic Landmarks, significant landscapes, historic viewsheds, and traditional cultural properties. He also provides strategic support to cities to assess the effectiveness of local preservation laws, revise local preservation ordinances to make them more effective and efficient, and leverage those laws to encourage new development and adaptive reuse. Will has developed a special focus in legal advocacy to protect historic viewsheds and scenic landscapes. Will teaches preservation law at Columbia University and lectures regularly to national audiences on issues related to historic preservation law and cultural heritage. Prior to joining Cultural Heritage Partners, Will served for eight years as associate general counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.
Urban Historian, City of Santa Barbara, CA
Ms. Hernandez is the City Urban Historian for the City of Santa Barbara, Ms. Hernandez is charged with managing the historic preservation program and oversight of alterations to the City’s historic resources. Ms. Hernandez has worked in the historic preservation field for 17 years, beginning with nonprofit advocacy at Historic Denver, Inc. and masonry restoration, Ms. Hernandez moved to the public sector as an architectural historian in New Orleans for four years before relocating to Santa Barbara. Her work ensures projects meet the highest standards of restoration and rehabilitation. Over the past seven years as Santa Barbara’s Urban Historian, she has overseen the local designation of over 300 historic buildings to safeguard their continued protection as significant features of the Santa Barbara streetscape.
Dr. Michael L. Lahr
Research Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR), Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey
Dr. Lahr is a regional economist with a strong interest in policy analysis, and is Associate Director of CUPR’s Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™). As part of R/ECON™ team, Dr. Lahr primarily works on special projects associated with measuring the economic impacts of events, operations, and construction projects. In one recent project, he estimated the annual economic impacts of historic preservation on the New Jersey economy through construction activity, heritage tourism, and the expenditures of historic sites. Over the past 20 years, he has estimated the annual economic impacts of historic preservation on various state economies through construction activity, heritage tourism, and the expenditures of historic sites. He has also examined the effects of preservation efforts on property values.
Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability for the City of Charleston, SC
Mr. Lindsey’s portfolio includes city planning policy, urban design, landscape and architectural design. His work has been reported in the New York Times, the Guardian UK, and Monocle Magazine, and featured in publication by Gestalten. Mr. Lindsey has also held the title of Director of the Civic Design Center for the City of Charleston and Principal at Fabric Urban Design.
Staff Attorney in the Center for Governmental Responsibility, a research and policy institute attached to the University of Florida Levin College of Law
Mr. McLendon’s research has involved Everglades restoration policies, oil spill response and recovery, local land use law, sustainable development, historic preservation law, Florida constitutional law, and international environmental law. He is the author of a handbook on Florida historic preservation law, and has lectured on that subject for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. He teaches Florida Constitutional and Historic Preservation Law and an interdisciplinary seminar on Law and Policy Issues in the Americas at the University of Florida College of Law. He has taught European Union Law in the Department of Political Science, and has lectured on comparative constitutional and land use law issues in Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Poland. A member of the Florida Bar, Mr. McLendon’s practice in state and federal courts has included issues relating to constitutional law, privacy rights, open government, environmental and education law, as well as initiative amendments to the Florida Constitution.
Director, Historical Resources & Cultural Arts, City of Coral Gables, FL
Ms. Spain is a long-time resident of Coral Gables. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor degree in Architecture and a Master degree in Suburb and Town Design. She joined the City of Coral Gables in 1997 and has worked in various departments since then. Ms. Spain is on the Executive Board of Dade Heritage Trust and is a member of the Florida and National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Ruth Todd, FAIA, LEED AP, AICP
Principal, Page & Turnbull
Ms. Todd is an architect and urban designer and principal at Page & Turnbull, a San Francisco-based architecture, planning and research firm with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Page & Turnbull is composed of architects and planners, historians and architectural historians, and architectural conservators who have produced leading-edge projects throughout the country. In every phase of Ruth’s career, she has been involved with communicating and encouraging protection of cultural heritage in contemporary settings. Ruth is an emeritus trustee of the California Preservation Foundation and currently serves on the board of directors of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco and Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a 1994 recipient of the American Architectural Foundation’s Richard Morris Hunt Prize.