Wood, Concrete, Plaster, and Stone: A Materials Primer

In Partnership with the AIA East Bay ChapterThis event is co-sponsored by the East Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Dig into conservation methodology, manufacturing, and material history at this hands-on, all-day workshop. You will better understand techniques and challenges faced by craftspersons, architects and conservators. Learn how to identify wood, sensitively repair plaster, evaluate and identify problem spots in concrete or structural components, and repair historic stone. Topics may include restoration of historic windows, masonry restoration (stone and brick), wood repair, and finishes and interior plaster. You will focus on building materials common in the Bay Area. Understand these materials to ensure stewardship and long-term maintenance and protection of these resources.

Full Agenda

Workshop Agenda [PDF]

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand durability, terminology and issues for wood, masonry, and concrete.
  2. Recognize signs of deterioration and their causes using investigation and structural assessment techniques.
  3. Common repair techniques, including sistering, epoxy repair, replacement, cleaning, repointing, patching, dutchmen, retooling and replacement.
  4. Examine the pros and cons of various substitute materials, including performance, reversibility, and relationship with the SOI Standards


Mark Christiansen is a Chief Executive Officer at Wooden Window. Before coming to Wooden Window in 2007, he held a number of roles in the high-tech industries. He has spoken at conferences around the world on information technology, business processes, efficiency and construction technology. He received a degree in EECS from UC Berkeley.  
Oleg Lobykin (Russian, b. 1966) is a sculptor. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Lobykin now resides in Silicon Valley and also specializes in the restoration of landmark architecture and sculpture.Oleg has roots in a tradition of the old work craft of stone carving yet considers himself “an international man and product of globalization.” He defies labels and strives to show how old and new, timeless and contemporary, familiar and unexpected elements can combine to reveal hidden truths. His work explores connections between what is known and emerging insights about the nature of life. He is a sculptor interested in conceptual art and likes to use modern tools and technology as an opportunity to reach new heights.Lobykin exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area and has completed a number of projects in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Japan. Clients have included Stanford University, The Presidio Trust, The City of Cupertino, The City of San Jose, Cathedral Stoneworks Inc., The Denver Public Library, Yale University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Cloisters), The Cathedral Church St. John the Divine, The Jewish Museum NYC, Alabama Limestone Co., & Artists and Architects.  
What brought David Roccosalva to EverGreene is his interest in how historic preservation enhances the urban environment and the role of architectural arts in contemporary design. He has worked in the A/E/C industry for more than 25 years – in Washington, DC, San Francisco and New York - marketing design services for top-tier development, architectural, and engineering firms. David has been an active member of the architectural community during his professional career and has served as the Director for AIA’s Historic Resources Committee and Committee on Design and as a Trustee of the California Preservation Foundation. David has also presented on marketing for A/E/C firms at AIA/National, SMPS, and Architecture Expo Boston.David holds a B.S. in Economics and an M.A. in Education from Boston College and an M.Arch from The Catholic University of America.  
Carolyn Searls has over thirty years of experience in investigation, design, and construction contract administration of building-envelope repairs on both historic and contemporary structures throughout the United States. In her career, she has investigated more than 1,000 buildings and structures. Carolyn has been recognized through speaking engagements, project commissions, and published papers as an expert in the field of preservation of masonry and concrete on historic buildings, in addition to her work in cladding and waterproofing systems on contemporary buildings. Carolyn is head of SGH’s Building Technology Division in San Francisco.  
Taryn Williams has fifteen years of experience in building technology and structural engineering. Clients and colleagues value Taryn's grasp of both disciplines, as well as her diverse project experience, which includes building envelope investigations, construction claim investigations, condition assessments and repair designs for historic structures, seismic evaluations of existing buildings, and probable earthquake loss evaluations. Taryn's collaborative approach to project management results in clear communication and productive meetings with clients, colleagues, and team members. Her knowledge of and enthusiasm for engineering principles make her a natural teacher, and she enjoys writing and speaking engagements aimed at educating clients, colleagues, industry professionals and the public. Taryn is a longtime active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI).