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2020 California Preservation Awards Events

The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate excellence in preservation.

This year's program includes a month of live conversations and experiences scheduled throughout October, featuring some of the most talented professionals and leaders in history, historic preservation, and architectural design. 

These events are FREE and open to the public with paid options for CEU-qualified programs with certificates of attendance. 

Part 1: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Upgrades for Preservation Projects - October 6, 2020 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM
What are the top interventions that can be applied to historic buildings? Case examples drawn from several innovative Design Award nominations will illustrate lessons learned and issues encountered for projects that involved geothermal, solar, lighting, and other energy and sustainability upgrades.

Part 2: Preservation-themed Movie Night Screening: Two Week's Notice with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock - October 9, 2020 - 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Join us for CPF’s first Movie Night. Attendees are encouraged to interact through the chat box while watching a live screening of this 2002 Romantic Comedy featuring the unlikely romance between preservationist and developer! In this 2002 film, Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is a frumpy, nervous, intelligent liberal lawyer who specializes in historic preservation, environmental law, and pro bono causes in New York City. George Wade (Hugh Grant) is an arrogant billionaire real estate developer and stylish womanizing playboy, who is also quite naïve.

Part 3: Conservation Approaches to Historic Buildings - October 13, 2020 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Some preservation projects require nimble approaches as new discoveries are made. Should materials be fully replaced? Or should they remain and be conserved? What role do craftspeople play in the project? And how can the challenges of the materials – whether wood, plaster, terra cotta, or glass –  inform the treatment approach? Three Design Award entries will be highlighted in this session, each of which illustrates varied conservation approaches to unique and irreplaceable aspects of an historic building rehabilitation.

Part 4: Adaptive Reuse in Downtown - October 20, 2020 - 12:00 - 1:00 P
Adaptive Reuse projects present unique challenges compared to standard rehabilitation projects. This set of downtown adaptive reuse examples provide a variety of lessons applicable to architects, engineers, planners, and consultants. Learn how project participants used innovative methods to overcome project challenges and create stunning new spaces built from the bones of beautiful old buildings in downtown Los Angeles and beyond.

Preservation Design Awards Event - October 21, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM
The California Preservation Awards are a statewide hallmark, recognizing excellence in historic preservation. The Awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Preservation Design Awards and the President’s Awards, bringing together hundreds of people each year to share and celebrate. For the first time, the California Preservation Awards and President’s Awards ceremony will be held online on October 21, 2020, as part of a month-long celebration of history and design.

Photo by Lane Barden