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NEW Spring & Summer Programs

CPF is a leader in on-line learning and digital platforms for education, training, and networking. Our new toolbox of programs will keep you informed and provide the runway you need to launch in preservation and conservation.

The California Preservation Conference is Online!

REGISTER NOW for “A Changing Climate for Preservation.” Don’t miss this diverse lineup of speakers and topics, infused with humor, community, connection and above all the Power of People in Preservation. 

New features for our online conference include:

  • Over 25 presentations in three days, with 75+ speakers on the current and best practices in historic preservation.
  • Special Lunch and Learn presentations by nationwide experts.
  • Happy Hour events so you can unwind, laugh, and connect with friends, old and new. Go on a Tiki Adventure or walk through Sacramento’s seedy and subterranean past with Bill Burg as he explores “Wicked Sacramento.”

Register for any of these FREE programs (dates and details listed below)
to watch the live webinar or catch it later via recording. 

A Lunch and Learn Q&A highlighting hot topics in the field with top-level experts. 

A Happy Hour speaker series featuring creatives that stir the imagination and provide opportunities for connection through popular-culture topics.

Revisit our most popular webinars. Once per month we will be re-releasing content from our vault, including topics such as Disneyland and Post-Modernism. 

Plus don’t miss our regularly scheduled webinars and workshops, available at a discounted fee for CPF members. These programs offer continuing education credit, including AIA, AICP, and ASLA. See below for all the details and links to register today. JOIN CPF Today!

April  |  May  |  June


From the Vault
Take Me On A Trip: The Architectural Style & History Behind Disney’s Attractions

Our first release will be “The Architectural Styles & History Behind Disney’s Attractions.” This fun tour, a favorite for storytelling in architecture, includes six handouts in PDF format as well as the previously-recorded webinar. What can historic preservationists, architects, architectural historians, and interior designers learn from these facsimile versions of the past, and how do they demonstrate the character defining features of California – and the world’s – most common and well-defined architectural styles? This 90-minute webinar will take you on a visual trip through historic architectural styles by examining some of Disneyland’s most iconic designed attractions and landscapes. Expert historians and architectural historians will help illuminate the design influence for these attractions and explain why “entertainment architecture” is effective because of its use of stylistic templates that we know and recognize. Click “Get a Recording” to download. Available through April 30, 2020. Watch at your leisure and share with your friends! 

Pro Preservationist Speaker Series
“Dams & Disasters: An Historic Overview of California Dams and Their Risks” with Dr. J. David Rogers
April 15, 12-1 pm Pacific FREE! GET A FREE RECORDING HERE
In this wide-ranging lecture, Dr. J. David Rogers will give a fascinating overview of the history of California’s historic dams, including infamous failures, providing food-for-thought for professionals interested in resiliency planning for water infrastructure. For cultural resource planners, this lecture will also give a general overview of California’s historic dams, their character defining features, and their risk characteristics.

The Doctor Is In
“Preservation Marketing in a Crisis” with Cindy Olnick, Communications Consultant
April 21, 12-1 pm Pacific FREE! GET A FREE RECORDING HERE
How does your work fit into our new reality? Join communications consultant Cindy Olnick as we dive into this timely topic. How should you be communicating to your donors, partners, clients, and prospects? Should you hold off on fundraising? Is preservation even relevant right now? This live Q&A session will offer practical tips and examples to help you navigate this new territory. Email questions (and any examples of great messages) in advance to cindy@cindyolnick.com for answers during the session, or just ask when you get there!

And Now for Something Completely Different
“Buildings on Film: Bridging Art and Architecture” with Jeannine Oppewall, Production Designer
April 23, 5:30-6:30 pm Pacific. FREE! GET A FREE RECORDING HERE
Oppewall worked for six years with Charles and Ray Eames in their Southern California Studio before transitioning to a career in film as a production designer. The four-time Oscar nominee and recipient of an Art Director’s Guild of American Lifetime Achievement Award will be chatting with us about the use of architecturally significant buildings in three films: LA Confidential, Catch Me If You Can, and Rules Don’t Apply.  She will also talk about what can result from overexposure of an historic site, such as the crush of tourists to Dubrovnik after Game of Thrones.


From the Vault
Beyond Mod: After Venturi, What is the Future of Postmodernism?
Post-modernism unabashedly borrowed from previous architectural styles to create its own reaction to the austerity and sterility of modernist architecture. Sometimes described as “kitschy” and “playful,” the Po-Mo style found fertile ground in California–in suburban office parks, downtown shopping malls, and amusement parks. This webinar will look at what to preserve and how to preserve postmodernism, including the challenges of this whimsical and unique style of architecture that often used ephemeral construction materials. Click “Get a Recording” to download. Available through May 31, 2020. Watch at your leisure and share with your friends! 

The Doctor Is In
Preservation Positive L.A., Housing, Density and More! with Adrian Scott Fine (Los Angeles Conservancy) and Don Rypkema (PlaceEconomics)
May 5, 12-1 pm Pacific FREE! REGISTER HERE
While anecdotally we know preservation and the reuse of older and historic buildings benefits peoples’ lives, what has been missing—until now—is the data and analysis to fully back up these claims. Preservation Positive Los Angeles is a groundbreaking new study showing how preservation positively affects housing, affordability, sustainability, density, and economics. As the affordable housing crisis is only likely to intensify with CODIV-19, new California legislation looms again and potentially puts historic neighborhoods at risk. Tune in for this live Q&A to hear the study’s surprising results and myth-busting findings, including that retaining older, denser neighborhoods preserves more affordable housing, the ultimate win-win! Download the study using the link above.

The Seven Aspects of Integrity in Summary with Evanne St. Charles (ARG), Rebecca Riggs (Stantec), and Rob Thomson (Presidio Trust)
May 6, 12-1:30 pm Pacific, SPECIAL PRICE $20 for Members and Non-Members (savings of up to $40) Free for $250+ CPF Members REGISTER HERE
Historic integrity assessments require a prioritization of the aspects of integrity unique to each resource. The resource’s significance determines which aspects are most relevant. This webinar covers the definitions of the aspects of integrity and provides examples from a variety of resource types. 

Pro Preservationist Speaker Series “One Square Mile, 10,000 Voices” – Using Augmented Reality to Enrich Historic Site Interpretation with Documentary Filmmaker Sue Ding and sound artist Halsey Burgund
May 13, Discounted $20 or FREE with your CPF 2020 Conference Registration. REGISTER HERE
Ding and Burgund will share their California Humanities grant-winning project, “One Square Mile, 10,000 voices,” which communicates the complex and difficult history of the Manzannar National Historic Landmark, a site of Japanese incarceration during World War II. At Manzanar, where more than 10,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II, audio files are now geolocated across the landscape. Using a mobile app and headphones, visitors to the National Historic Landmark will be able to walk through the site while being introduced to oral histories, scholarly observations, and comments of other visitors.Ding and Burgund will talk about the challenges and opportunities of integrating augmented reality into historic sites and will cover how artists, advocates, historic preservationists, and other stakeholders can help ensure the history of sites is told through the lens of those whose histories are often overlooked in historic sites.


CPF Annual Preservation Conference 
A Changing Climate for Preservation
May 18-20, 9 am to 5 pm Pacific, $210 non-members | $150 members | $75 per day | $75 students REGISTER HERE
For over 40 years, CPF’s annual conference has been the “go-to” educational opportunity for preservation professionals on the West Coast. Our annual conference brings more than 600 participants from across the state to learn, network, and share successes. Join us!

Pro Preservationist Speaker Series
Effective Main Street Programs: What Works and What Doesn’t
May 27, Discounted $25 or FREE with your CPF 2020 Conference Registration. REGISTER HERE


Adam Arenson researched Millard Sheets’ commercial architecture for his book “Banking on Beauty.” He’s here by a Sheets Studio mosaic outside the former Pomona First Federal branch in Claremont, less than a mile from the Sheets design studio. (Photo by David Allen)

From the Vault
Millard Sheets and Home Savings: Mid-Century Modern Architecture for Corporate and Urban Identity with Adam Arenson 
Author Adam Arenson will present the research from his new book Banking on Beauty, studying Millard Sheets’ architectural commissions, including the marquee branches of Home Savings and Loan throughout California and beyond. Connecting Sheets’ work to stylistic precedents, including California world fairs and Rockefeller Center, Arenson continues past the sale of Home Savings to Washington Mutual to explore the preservation challenges for this work today. He explores the workings of this “California Modern” studio that included not just architects and interior designers but painters, sculptors and stained-glass artists. Some of Millard Sheets’s original color renderings of the Home Savings buildings will also be highlighted. Arenson will explicitly describe their role in the process of meeting client and zoning-board expectations when siting and constructing these buildings and choosing the themes for their artwork.Click “Get a Recording” to download. Available through June 30, 2020. Watch at your leisure and share with your friends! 

The Doctor Is In
Activism Strategies That Save Buildings with Alan Hess
June 2, 12-1 pm Pacific FREE! REGISTER HERE
Architect and historian Alan Hess has written nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century. His latest book, Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture was published in October 2012. Hess’ other books include Googie: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture, Forgotten Modern, and The Ranch House. He is currently researching the architecture of Irvine, California, one of the United States’ largest master-planned communities of the 1960s and 1970s. Hess was a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, and received a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to research the work of Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Alan will share stories about his landmark successes and occasional failures in preservation. Bring your questions to the discussion! 

A How-to-Guide: Integrity Assessments for Conventional and Unconventional Resources with Christopher Caputo (Caltrans), Rob Thompson (Presidio Trust), and Gretchen Boyce (ICF)
June 19, 9 am-4 pm Pacific at the Presidio Trust, South Gallery REGISTER HERE
Navigating the applicability of all 7 aspects of integrity as defining by the National Register can be tricky especially as significance statements become broader and resource types more varied. This workshop will go through different ways of the thinking about integrity with regards to buildings and structures, linear resources, archaeological sites, historic districts and unconventional resources. We will work to identify how much change different resources can handle before there is a loss of historic integrity that would cause it to no longer be eligible or listed on the National Register and/or California Register. We will also discuss how the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards (SOIS) plays into a discussion of historic integrity, exploring how much room there is for change within the SOIS. The workshop will combine presentations from speakers, case study discussions and group exercises. If you have specific examples that you would like to discuss, please feel free to bring these up during the workshop.

Modernism I: The Challenges of Preserving Modernist Concrete with Ann Harrer (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates)
June 24, 12-1 pm Pacific $40 for CPF Members, $60 for Non-Members, Free for $250+ CPF Members REGISTER HERE
Exposed architectural concrete is often a defining characteristic of modernist structures. It is important to understand the structure’s construction, including material constituents of the concrete, unique characteristics, and extent and causes of deterioration, as well as project requirements and goals. This session will describe challenges encountered in the preservation of modern concrete structures, focusing on architectural concrete. Case studies of several iconic modernist concrete structures, including the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, for which the speaker has developed that highlight approaches to address these challenges. Photograph courtesy James Brittain at Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67.

Modernism 2: Master Architects of Modernist Architecture
July 15, 12-1:30 pm Pacific $40 for CPF Members, $60 for Non-Members, Free for $250+ CPF Members REGISTER HERE
The rapid and dramatic social and technological change at the end of the nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century had a profound influence on architecture and design, affecting not only the construction methods, appearance, and organization of buildings but also the theories and philosophies. This discussion will cover topics that shaped the character of the architecture and the values and ideals of the modernist movement which encompassed design, as well as a broader state of consciousness towards the social organization, methods, and means of production, and how the new aesthetics and philosophical approaches impacted creative expression in the arts and architecture. 

Modernism 3: Saving the Seventies with Greg Castillo (University of California at Berkeley) and Michael Toivonen (Save Druid Heights)
Aug. 26, 12-1:30 pm Pacific $40 for CPF Members, $60 for Non-Members, Free for $250+ CPF Members REGISTER HERE
The counter-culture of the 1970s birthed a new movement in design and architecture that inspired some of the late 20th century’s most iconic architects and engineers. This event, entitled “Saving the Seventies,” intends to present challenges for evaluating cultural resources from that period that are just now coming of age, especially related to unusual and yet historic sites from the counter-cultural movements active at that time. We will explore how to approach alternative sites of recent history that are only recently being evaluated as historic resources, as well as the best way to document and record their significance.

Purchase the three-part series of Modernism-themed webinars at registration to receive a discounted rate. 

The Doctor Is In
Learning from the Legacy Business Program in San Francisco 
June 30, 12-1 pm Pacific FREE! REGISTER HERE