Opportunity for Design Professionals and Planners

Preservation Future Tense: Oklahoma’s 29th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference will be held June 7-9, 2017, in downtown Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office and its cosponsors offer a special opportunity to design professionals and planners who attend the conference. As in previous years, design professionals will earn HSW hours needed to fulfill requirements of the State of Oklahoma’s Board of Governors of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. New this year, planners will earn AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) Certification Maintenance credits.

The conference program features plenary sessions, workshops, three concurrent tracks of sessions, and special events and tours. Plenary speakers include Carol Shull, Keeper of the National Register (retired); Mick Cornett, Mayor, City of Oklahoma City and President, U. S. Conference of Mayors (invited); and James Lindberg, Director, Preservation Green Lab, National Trust for Historic Preservation.   

Half-day workshops include Architectural/Historic Resources Survey: A Mobile Workshop, presented by State Historic Preservation Office staff, and Historic Preservation Commissions: Authority, Ethics, Designation, and Design Review, conducted by James K. Reap, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Master of Historic Preservation Program, University of Georgia.

Concurrent sessions include: TRACK A: Beyond Preservation50, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for historic preservation in the decades ahead; TRACK B: Trending in Preservation, highlighting new technology, techniques, and programs that improve the preservation of our heritage; and TRACK C: Preservation Fundamentals, featuring the National Register of Historic Places, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and more.

Special events include the opening reception; many tour options (such as a hard-hat tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol rehabilitation project); Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.’s annual meeting and luncheon; and the State Historic Preservation Office’s annual awards banquet.

Conference cosponsors include Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office; Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Main Street Center; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; American Institute of Architects, Central Oklahoma Chapter; American Planning Association, Oklahoma Chapter; City of Oklahoma City; Civic Center Music Hall; Downtown OKC, Inc.; Okie Mod Squad; Oklahoma Arts Council; Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture; Stockyards City Main Street; and Urban Land Institute Oklahoma.

Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments at: http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/conference.htm; http://www.facebook.com/okshpo; http://www.twitter.com/okshpo; and http://www.okpreservationconference.wordpress.com.
To qualify for their respective continuing education hours, design professionals and planners will simply register for the conference, and there is no additional fee. Instructions about documenting and reporting attendance will be provided at the conference. For further information, contact Melvena Heisch at 405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org.

Opportunity for Design Professionals and Planners

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