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, 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.

Annual Sponsors

Spectra Company
WJE
Architectural Resources Group & ARG Conservation
California Office of Historic Preservation
CAW Architects, Inc.
Environmental Science Associates
Evergreene
Historic Resources Group
ICF
IS Architecture
Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.
Napa Design Partners
Page & Turnbull
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Tef Design
TreanorHL
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
  • Emerging Professionals Mixer (5/29) at Cole’s French Dip – a Los Angeles Monument & Legacy Bar
  • 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

Conference registration is now open and available by visiting the link 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, and then enter the 2405PRESERVE code 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

Conference registration is now open and available by visiting the link here

Conference Pricing & Ticket Options

 
General Registration Options  
PACKAGE DEAL
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
   
REGULAR REGISTRATION  
Includes Plenary Session, Educational Sessions, all online conference sessions, and California Preservation Awards Ceremony. Does not include 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
   
ONE-DAY PROGRAMS & PACKAGES  
CPF Members receive a $20 discount on the pricing below
Thursday $190
Friday – Awards package (includes Awards reception, food/drink) $295
Friday $190
Student (Current student ID Required with registration) $75
Speakers $75
   
   
TICKETED EVENTS
(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)
   
STUDY TOURS   
 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
   
SPECIAL EVENTS  
Design Awards Ceremony (conference attendees are free – space limited) $0
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 $0
   
MOBILE WORKSHOPS  
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
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 School of Journalism
  • 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

Conference registration is now open and available by visiting the link here

Conference Schedule (Subject to Change)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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The Eames House: A Case Study in Site Conservation and Management (T)*

 

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument: Conservation, Interpretation, & Management (T)*

 

10:00 AM—3:00 PM

 

Housing Forum

 

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

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Performance Based Engineering for Landmarks: Elks Lodge No. 99 / The MacArthur (T)*

 

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

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Specific Planning for Historic Studios: Television City (T)*

 

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

 

Opening Reception, Herald Examiner Building—Arizona State University (T)*

 

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Emerging Professionals Mixer in Partnership with WCAPT (T)*

 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2024

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Plenary Session – What Can Housing Learn from History? (Title/Keynote TBD)

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Arches for Urban Heritage Data: Unveiling (and Testing) the Latest Arches Developments from Los Angeles and San Francisco

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Preservation after Designation

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Adapting Libraries for the 21st Century – Glendale & Pasadena

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Preserving Heritage, Fostering Affordability: An Adaptive Reuse and New Development Project for Neighborhood Revitalization

 

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Best practices and innovations in preservation ordinances

 

1:30 PM – 5:15 PM

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Putting the History in Housing: Adaptive Reuse for Affordable Housing Mobile Workshop (T)*

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Getting Equity and Engagement Right in City Preservation Planning

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Food for Thought – Preserving Historic Restaurants

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

When the Inside Counts: Assessing and Preserving Historic Interiors

 

2:00 PM – 5:15 PM

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Through the Flames- Restoring Mission San Gabriel (T)*

 

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Community Engagement and the African American Historic Places Project

 

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Ouroboros: The Cycle of Life and Rebirth at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre

 

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

CEQA Litigation for Preservation Advocates

 

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Utilizing the Historic Tax Credit

 

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

 

President’s Circle Reception, Cicada Club, Downtown Los Angeles

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2024

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Making History: Seeing the Future of the Urban Past with XR Technologies

 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Histories Revealed: Recognizing Culturally Significant Sites in Los Angeles

 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Everything I Really Needed to Know About Office Conversions I Learned at The Eye Doctor

 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Hidden History–Why Research Matters

 

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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From the Large Screen to the Computer Screen- Adaptive Reuse of the Tower Theatre + Proper Hotel (T)*

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Understanding Oral History

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

2026 – The Centennial of Route 66: Opportunities for Preservation

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Strategies and Technologies for Trust & Engagement

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Historic Buildings in the Age of Building Performance Standards

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Engendered Space in Modern Cities: Women and Art

 

2:00 PM – 5:15 PM

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Destination Crenshaw Project + Leimert Park Highlights (T)*

 

2:00 PM – 5:15 PM

 T

Grassroots Garvanza: A walking Tour (T)*

 

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Native Americans and the Missions MPDF

 

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Preserving and Adapting Car Culture in Los Angeles

 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

 

California Preservation Awards Ceremony, Gold Ballroom, Millennium Biltmore

 

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

 

California Preservation Awards Reception, Emerald Ballroom, Millennium Biltmore

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024 

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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Rehab and Reuse and Facadomy – Oh My! A Visit to Exposition Park (T)*

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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Asian  American Historic Neighborhoods (T)*

4:15 PM – 7:00 PM

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Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District Walking Tour (T)*

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. 

Sponsorship

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. 

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