June 7, 2012

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, many of the seminal buildings of the Modern Movement began to reach fifty years of age, the point at which they typically become eligible for heritage protection. Along with the growing appreciation of these structures is the search for a new approach to conservation. The innovative construction methods of this period, together with the use of new and sometimes experimental materials, have challenged traditional conservation methods and techniques, and raised new conservation issues.

Watch a panel of professionals working in the field of historic preservation examined new approaches to balance design and conversation principles in the rehabilitation of modern architecture.

About the Panelists:

Gunny Harboe, FAIA. Gunny is the founder of Harboe Architects PC, a Chicago based architecture firm specializing in historic preservation and sustainable design. Harboe has been actively involved in the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of older structures of historic or architectural significance for more than twenty years. He is a founding member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage and a board member of the DOCOMOMO-US.

Leo Marmol, FAIA. Leo is the Managing Principal of Marmol Radziner and established the Los Angeles-based architectural firm in 1989 with Ron Radziner, FAIA. Marmol Radziner is a unique design-build practice that includes architecture, construction, landscape, interiors, and furniture. Since its inception, the firm has developed a reputation for innovative design, sustainable architecture, and prolific restoration work. Notable examples include several mid-century Modern houses designed by Richard Neutra, Cliff May, and John Lautner. Leo Marmol is a leader in the preservation community of Southern California, and has lectured widely on the topic of modern architecture and restoration.

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, AIA. Kelley serves as principal-in-charge/project architect for her firm, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. (est 1988). The firms work is recognized by the AIA, California Preservation Foundation (CPF), Los Angeles Conservancy and Long Beach Heritage. Kelley was the project architect for the nationally recognized Gamble House conservation project and for the rehabilitation of the Japanese House located at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Her current projects include restoration of two National Registered Properties; the Hafley House, designed by Richard Neutra in 1953, and the 1955 office building designed by Edward A. Killingsworth, FAIA. Kelley McLeod teaches in the USC School of Architecture’s summer program in historic preservation, and lectures at institutions and preservation conferences around the Country.

Kyle Normandin (moderator) is a senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute and project leader of the Institute's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. He serves as the chair of the International Scientific Committee on Technology for DOCOMOMO International and is also the secretary general for the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage.