Upcoming SAH Events

The Sustainable Post-Industrial City: Using Buffalo's Architectural Legacy for Growth and Vitality

SAH Buffalo Seminar
Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Buffalo
$95 / $60, onsite registration available


Buffalo began as a city of innovation, a place of experimentation and risk-taking, and today that legacy points us in new directions of growth. The SAH Buffalo Seminar considers historic preservation as a broad strategy that unites many players in urban revitalization, from community activists to nonprofit organizations, private developers, architects and planners, City Hall, and the State Historic Preservation Office. Moving beyond historic preservation as a purely academic or market-driven endeavor, participants in the seminar will consider preservation through the lenses of long-term urban, cultural, and economic sustainability.

8:15 am Coffee
8:45 am
Introduction: Buffalo’s Legacy and Future
Welcome and Overview of the Day
Tom Yots, SAH Local Co-Chair, Preservation Buffalo Niagara 
Buffalo’s Planning Legacy
Martin Wachadlo, Architectural Historian
Historic Preservation and Urban Revitalization
Robert G. Shibley, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
Orientation to the City
Jennifer Walkowski, Architectural Historian
9:15 am
Historic Preservation and Urban Sustainability
Olmsted Parks Conservancy: Preserving Our Urban Legacy
 Thomas Herrera-Mischler and Tony James, Olmsted Parks 
 The Energy Side of Historic Preservation
 Bernice Radle, Program Coordinator at Buffalo Energy
 The Green Code
 Chris Hawley, City of Buffalo, and Jason Wilson, PBN
10:00 am
Q&A Period, Coffee Break
10:15 am
Historic Preservation and Economic Sustainability  
 Economic Development and Historic Preservation Overview of Buffalo/WNY
Jason Yots, President, Preservation Studios
 Overview of Residential and Commercial Programs
Julian Adams, Community Liaison Coordinator / Certified Local Government Program / Investment Tax Credit Program Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office
 Using Historic Tax Credits 
 Jake Schneider, Architect/Developer at Schneider Design Architects, pc
 Architectural Heritage Tourism 
 Ed Healy, Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN)
 The Role of Preservation Funders
 Catherine Schweitzer, Baird Foundation
11:45 am
Q&A Period
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm
Historic Preservation and Cultural Sustainability
Terry Robinson, East Side Activist
Neighborhood Issues 
Christopher Byrd, Broadway-Fillmore Alive: 
King Urban Life Center 
John Wingfelder, Architect
The Buffalo Public Schools Project
Paul McDonnell, Chair, Buffalo Preservation Board, Architect
1:15 pm
Q&A Period: What’s Next for Buffalo? 
Caitlin Boyle, Architectural Historian 
2-4:45 pm 
Bus Tour of Buffalo