Reinventing the Past: Adaptive Reuse Challenges and Successes

This Workshop is Made Possible by a Generous Partnership with HermanMiller

Successful adaptive reuse projects rely on factors not typically found in other historic preservation projects including flexibility, creativity, patience, and cooperation. Such projects are also significantly more challenging than new construction. As an architect, planner, engineer, or developer you must have a full understanding of the requirements triggered by a change in use, including the upgrades that may be exempt under the California Historical Building Code. For consultants and architectural historians, adaptive reuse may also impact the approval of rehabilitation tax credits or Mills Act contracts. Despite these challenges, a properly executed adaptive reuse project can result in a win-win for all stakeholders and become a critical economic development catalyst for cities. This workshop will look at leading case examples in adaptive reuse to illustrate the various challenges that architects, engineers, planners, and consultants face prior to embarking on a project.

Day's Agenda


Learning Objectives

  1. Components of historic adaptive reuse projects
  2. Who are the stakeholders in adaptive reuse projects?
  3. Analyze both preservation and development feasibility
  4. Evaluate the impact on project timeline and costs for a change in use to a historic building


Wayne Chang, S.E., Principal, Structural Focus; Lambert Giessinger, Historic Preservation Architect, City of Los Angeles, Office of Historic Resources; Reina Kapadia, AICP, Associate Planner, City of Beverly Hills; Karin Liljegren, Principal, Omgivning; Lauren Mishkind, Omgivning; Laura O’Neill, Senior Architectural Historian, GPA Consulting; Ryan Wilkerson, S.E., Vice President at Nabih Youssef and Associates