2024 Annual Conference

Building Shelter, Community, and Sustainability

May 29 – June 1, 2024 | Millennium Biltmore Hotel | Downtown Los Angeles

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Building Shelter, Community, and Sustainability

2024 California Preservation Conference

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif. | May 29 to June 1, 2024

Join your colleagues at the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles for compelling stories, inspiring strategies, and innovative solutions.

The California Preservation Conference brings more than 600 participants from across the state to learn, network, and share successes. The conference will include over 40 sessions, special events, networking activities, and site tours in and around Los Angeles.

Why attend? 

  • Obtain Continuing Education Units available for all educational programs at no additional cost (CEUs not available for Doors Open events)
  • Network with friends and colleagues across the country and internationally in our unique online, interactive events.
  • Keep up with the latest research and scholarship in historic preservation, city planning, equity issues, design, archaeology, and architecture.
  • Gain unique and unparalleled access to California’s hidden histories and masterworks of design.

Special Conference Program You Can’t Miss!

Building on History: A Summit for Housing Solutions

This summit features speakers representing expertise from architecture and development to government and preservation advocacy. Prepare for a forum marked by insightful dialogue, rigorous debate, and actionable insights to help shape the future of housing in our communities.

Keynote Speaker: Alfred Fraijo Jr., Principal, Somos Group

Lunchtime Speaker: Richard Green, Professor and Director and Chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate; Chair, Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development

Register for this program alone, or receive discounted access as a conference attendee by selecting this program during conference registration

We Thank Our Sponsors

Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture
Arizona State University California Center Broadway
ASM Affiliates
Interactive Resources
Onyx Architects
Sapphos Environmental, Inc.
Structural Focus
Carstens, Black, & Minteer
Cervantes Design Associates
Chattel Architecture
Cogstone Resource Management
Craig Lawson & Co., LLC
Dennis Hill, Content Creation
Farralon Geographics
Getty Conservation Institute
Groundwork Planning & Preservation
HELIX Environmental

Fung Associates

Heritage Architecture and Planning
Holmes Structures
KFA Architecture
Kaplan Chen Kaplan
Liz's Antique Hardware
MATT Construction
Napa County Landmarks
Scholium Technologies
T&S Structural
Teresa Grimes Historic Preservation
TYLin | Silman Structural Solutions
Western Chapter of APT (WCAPT)
Friends of Rockhaven
Restoration Sash & Door

Annual Sponsors

Spectra Company
Architectural Resources Group & ARG Conservation
Page & Turnbull
California Office of Historic Preservation
CAW Architects, Inc.
Environmental Science Associates
Historic Resources Group
IS Architecture
Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.
Napa Design Partners
Rainbow Waterproofing & Restoration
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Tef Design
ZFA Structural Engineers
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General Details

Your registration includes full access to our interactive conference mobile app.

Heritage conservation and preservation advocacy play a key role in important and pressing societal challenges, including housing, sustainability, community cohesion, and economic development. Through five tracks, and our special focus theme, “Loving Los Angeles,” we will learn why Los Angeles is a preservation power-house and the nation’s leader in adaptive reuse. 

  • Over 40 in-classroom sessions and off-site tours and mobile workshops

Network with friends and colleagues at special events and mixers

  • Opening Reception (5/29) at the Julia Morgan-designed Herald Examiner Building, now the Arizona State University California Center Broadway

  • “Ghosts from Preservation Stories Past” (5/29) at the Golden Gopher, following the Opening Reception (capacity limited, register early)
  • Emerging Professionals Mixer (5/30) at Cole’s French Dip – a Los Angeles Monument & Legacy Bar (capacity limited, register early)

  • President’s Circle Reception (5/30) – At the Art Deco wonder of the Oviatt Building

Celebrate the best in California Preservation

  • 2024 California Preservation Awards Reception & Ceremony (5/31) at the Gold and Emerald ballrooms of the Millenium Biltmore Hotel

Conference Registration

  • General conference registration is now open and available by visiting the link here. 
  • If you want to purchase tickets (already registered for the conferenc), then Click Here

Continuing Education

All live programs qualify for continuing education units through the AIA, AICP, ASLA and CLG.  All attendees can take advantage of our continuing education program at no additional cost. Many sessions qualify for Health, Safety, and Welfare units (HSW). Some sessions will qualify for AICP legal and ethics credits.

For More Information

Hotel Information and Discounted Rates for Conference Attendees

The Conference Hotel is the Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles. We have reserved room blocks available at discounted rates for all conference attendees. Room reservations will be required.

You may make your reservations any time, either online, or by calling 213-612-1575. Mention the California Preservation Conference or the group discount code of 2405PRESERVE. If you book online, select your room from this page, If the link doesn’t work, then you can try entering 2405PRESERVE under Codes & Options -> Group Code. 

You must book by Friday, May 3, 2024 and identify yourself as part of the Group.

Any requests for special room arrangements must be made at the time of this call.

Conference Pricing & Ticket Options

Conference Registration

  • General conference registration is now open and available by visiting the link here. 
  • If you want to purchase tickets (already registered for the conferenc), then Click Here

Conference Pricing & Ticket Options

General Registration Options  
Includes Regular Registration, plus the following ticketed events: Opening Reception, California Preservation Awards Reception. Save 15% by purchasing the package. 
CPF Member $550
Non-Member $590
Includes Plenary Session, Educational Sessions, and the California Preservation Awards Ceremony. Does not include the California Preservation Awards Reception, or tours or special events listed below.
CPF Member $350
Non-Member  $390
Sponsor or Patron/Benefactor Member (number of complimentary registrations based on level) $0
Speaker $75
Student (Current student ID Required with registration) $75
CPF Members receive a $15 discount on the pricing below
Thursday $200
Friday – Awards package (includes Awards Reception, food/drink) $295
Friday $200
Student (Current student ID Required with registration) $75
Speakers $75
(If you would like to register for these events on their own, simply select the “Tour and Workshop Tickets Only” option on the registration form)
 Asian American Historic Neighborhoods $115
 The Eames House: A Case Study in Site Conservation and Management $70
 Specific Planning for Historic Studios: Television City $70
 Rehab and Reuse and Facadomy – Oh My! A Visit to Exposition Park $60
 El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument: Conservation, Interpretation, and Management $30
 Performance Based Engineering for Landmarks: Elks Lodge No. 99 / The MacArthur $30
 Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District Walking Tour $25
Building on History: A Full-day Summit for Housing Solutions

Design Awards Ceremony (conference attendees are free – space limited)

$135 / $65 (students)
California Preservation Awards Reception at the Millennium Biltmore (food/drinks included – conference attendee rate only) $175
Opening Reception at the Herald Examiner Building $125
Emerging Professionals Mixer at Cole’s French Dip $10
Through the Flames—Restoring Mission San Gabriel $80
Grassroots Garvanza: A walking Tour $60
Putting the History in Housing $60
Destination Crenshaw Project & Leimert Park Highlights $30
From the Large Screen to the Computer Screen- Adaptive Reuse of the Apple Tower Theatre + Proper Hotel $30
Keynote Address - Housing, History, and the "Original Green"

Steve Mouzon, co-founder of the Urban Guild, architect on the award-winning Katrina Cottage VIII, and author of The Original Green will speak about the valuable characteristics of traditional architecture, the inherent sustainability of “pre-thermostat” buildings; and why the YIMBY-NIMBY debate has worsened the housing affordability crisis.

About our Keynote Speaker

Steve Mouzon has led or contributed to many advances in sustainable place-making and building design. He co-founded the Urban Guild, which is a group of architects, designers, and other New Urbanists dedicated to sustainable buildings and places native to and inspired by the regions in which they are built. The Guild was instrumental in the creation of the Katrina Cottages concept. Steve’s Katrina Cottage VIII, which opened the second generation of Katrina Cottages, was awarded a Charter Award by the Congress for the New Urbanism. The Project:SmartDwelling initiative sets out to redefine the American home much smaller, smarter, and more sustainable. Steve’s SmartDwelling I was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Green House of the Future story alongside designs by three other notable green architects.

Steve is also a principal of Mouzon Design, which produces a number of town-building tools and services. His house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the Month in Southern Living and Coastal Living. Steve is Town Architect at several new hamlets, villages and neighborhoods around the country, using a unique face-to-face method of design review he developed that many agree is the most effective in use today. Several of his projects are award-winners.

Steve began the Original Green initiative, with the goal of recovering and advancing patterns of sustainability that kept humanity alive until the Thermostat Age and the emergence of Gizmo Green. Steve’s book, the Original Green, frames sustainability in common-sense, plain-spoken terms. Bobby Kennedy, Jr. wrote the Foreword. Steve has collaborated repeatedly with other notables, including Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of DPZ and the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, which is Prince Charles’ organization.

Steve’s award-winning book A Living Tradition [Architecture of The Bahamas] sets the standard for a new type of pattern book that is principle-based instead of taste-based, and therefore contributes to the creation of new living traditions. Steve has authored or contributed to a number of publications & articles in recent years, and much has been written about him. He is a noted photographer of great places and buildings. Steve lectures frequently across the country and abroad on a wide range of topics.

He is a board member of the Sky Institute and is the author of Original Green StoriesUseful Stuff, and We Do This Because… He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream. Steve has made significant contributions as a team leader or team member on a number of significant New Urbanist projects, and is involved in a number of organizations devoted to the building of better and more sustainable places.

Conference Agenda & Schedule

Programs include over 40 sessions, tours, and special events. This year, the events include:

  • Opening Reception (5/29) at the Julia Morgan-designed Herald Examiner Building, now the Arizona State University California Center Broadway
  • President’s Circle Reception (5/30) – an exclusive “thank you” reception for our major donors and sponsors
  • The 2024 California Preservation Awards Reception and Ceremony (5/31) at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, DTLA.
  • Exhibitors hall and registration area in the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Conference Registration

  • General conference registration is now open and available by visiting the link here. 
  • If you want to purchase tickets (already registered for the conferenc), then Click Here

Conference Schedule

Get a printable version of the schedule (subject to change)

Conference Tracks

Our conference will include five thematic Tracks:

  1. Documentation & Preservation Technology.Overcoming technical challenges using the latest and best practices in preservation.
  2. Adapting Historic Places to the Future.Using creativity to move preservation in new directions. Highlighted projects could include examples of well-executed adaptive reuse.
  3. Engagement, Interpretation, and Innovation. Demonstrate and discuss the important activities that surround the brick-and-mortar side of preservation, including community outreach and engagement, historic site interpretation and storytelling, and innovative methods for communicating the important role of history in our daily lives.
  4. Local Planning Toolkit. Important methods, tools, or case examples for practicing preservation professionals, including preservation ordinances, incentive programs, CEQA processes, and more.
  5. Housing. Expert-led training and case examples drawn from historic preservation practice for the retention and adaptive reuse of historic structures for housing, both market rate and affordable.

We will also be exploring special localities and regionally focused sites through “Loving Los Angeles,” where you’ll get an up-close look at some of the Los Angeles region’s best preservation successes and stories. 



New Benefits in 2024! Exposure to both the Awards and Annual Conference dual events, exposure on our new conference app, and more!

As a Conference Sponsor you will have access to widespread opportunities to promote your products and services to preservation professionals from across the country and internationally. Our reach extends to all 50 states and 14 countries. Sponsorship levels start at $500 for non-profit organizations and $1500 for commercial partners and are available for the California Preservation Conference starting in December 2022. Questions about Sponsorship? Contact us at cpf@californiapreservation.org or call 415.495.0349. 
Volunteer Application

Volunteers receive complimentary access for the same amount of time they volunteer. A full volunteer information packet is available for download here. 

All interested volunteers must submit a volunteer application on the form below. 

Volunteer for the Annual Preservation Conference

Volunteer Contact Information


Mandatory Volunteer Training Selection

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Past Conference Programs

Interested in Our Past Programs? 

Click the year of the program below for all the fun details from the last three years at the CPF Annual Conference.


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