2019 Preservation Conference

2019 New York Statewide Preservation Conference

April 25th - 27th, 2019

Presented by: Rochester Colonial Manufacturing

A Conference of The Landmark Society of Western New York, Historic Albany Foundation, Preservation League of New York State, and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Conference registrations opens March 1st!

The 2019 NY Statewide Preservation Conference takes place in Rochester April 25-27! Once again, we’ll be in the heart of downtown Rochester, in newly rehabbed and in-progress spaces in the preservation award-winning Sibley Square. Experts, grassroots community advocates, and new voices in the preservation movement will come together to share successes, challenges, and new strategies.

This year, we are placing an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and equity in the preservation movement. We have increased representation of diverse backgrounds in our roster of speakers and session topics. The Pre-Conference Training on Thursday will focus on intersectional diversity and inclusion training. Finally, we are also introducing a Diversity Scholarship Program to support leaders from underrepresented

These efforts are small steps forward, meant to acknowledge the importance of diverse perspectives in today’s preservation movement and profession. Preservation must help tell the stories of people from all racial, ethnic, cultural, and generational backgrounds. We hope you will join us in this endeavor.

The NY Statewide Preservation Conference is the only event of its kind in the state—a multi-day gathering for anyone involved in preservation and community revitalization. It’s an opportunity to learn, network, become inspired and, yes, have fun!

It is the preservation event in New York State and you don’t want to miss it!


Grassroots preservationists in villages, rural towns, and cities throughout New York; professionals working in the field or allied fields (architects, planners, landscape architects, developers, etc.); elected officials and municipal board members; city neighborhood leaders/activists; students in preservation and allied fields.


A New Blueprint: Discussing the Importance of Diversity in Preservation

Lee Bey

Lee Bey is a photographer, writer, lecturer and consultant whose work deals in the documentation and interpretation of the built environment—and the often complex political, social and racial forces that shape spaces and places.

His architectural photography has appeared in magazines such as Chicago Architect, Architect, Old House Journal, CITE, and in international design publications such as Bauwelt, and Modulør, both published in Germany.

A former Chicago Sun-Times architecture critic, Bey’s writing and reporting on architecture and urban design have been featured in Architect, Chicago magazine, Architectural Record, the Houston Chronicle, Crain’s Chicago Business, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Fox News Chicago, Guardian Cities, Monocle Radio, and CBS2 News Chicago.

Bey is also a sought-after expert on architecture, architectural history and the development of cities. He has been interviewed by a range of media outlets on the subject, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, CityLab, WTTW Chicago Public Television, WGN-TV, Echappees Belles, an international travel show on TV5MONDE Europe, and That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles, produced by KCET-TV in Los Angeles. He has lectured before audiences at the University of Hamburg, University of Michigan, City Club of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Arts Club of Chicago, Palm Springs’ Modernism Week, and more.

Bey is the author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side (Northwestern University Press, Fall 2019). The book expands on the places and themes of his 2017 photo exhibition, Chicago: a Southern Exposure, documented the rich and largely ignored architecture of the South Side. The show was created for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Bey’s photography was the subject of a year-long show in 2011, Chicago Then and Now: A Story by Lee Bey, at Chicago’s City Gallery at the historic Water Tower. His photographs of farm workers’ housing in Alamosa, CO and Chicago’s Archer Courts apartments were featured in the museum exhibit Wohnmodelle: Experiment und Alltag, which debuted in 2008 in Austria’s Kunstlerhaus.

Bey, a senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, also served as deputy chief of staff for urban planning under former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley. He was also governmental affairs director for the Chicago office of the architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Bey was also executive director of the Chicago Central Area Committee.

Chicago public television station WTTW in 2014 called Bey “one of Chicago’s keenest observers of architecture and urban planning.”


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