Taliesin Colloquium 2017


A new paradigm for architecture: The convergence of preservation, environment, and design

Owners and architects are reinventing the use of all types and ages of buildings at an increasing rate. This is especially true for building constructed in the recent past. Current practice has blurred the lines among new design, resource conservation, and heritage conservation in the design and use of buildings throughout their life.

Join us at Taliesin West to see surprising case-studies and discuss our role as design professionals in shaping the use and reuse of existing buildings at their impact in an urban and community context.


Friday, February 10

1pm Transportation from Old Town Scottsdale to Taliesin West (shuttle will leave from the Hilton Garden Inn at 1pm sharp)

1:30pm Registration, Mr. Wright's office entrance

2pm Opening session

Keynote: Will Bruder, FAIA, Will Bruder Architects

Introduction: Aaron Betsky, Dean, Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

3:30pm Setting the tone, Theo Prudon, FAIA, Purdon & Partners Architects

4:15pm Discussion, Moderator: Duke Reiter, FAIA, Arizona State University

5pm Reception (light refreshments and beverages served on the Sculpture Garden Terrace)

6-7pm Night Lights Tour of Taliesin West, Taliesin West tour guides Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Transportation back to hotel. Dinner on your own.

Saturday, February 11

8am Transportation from Old Town Scottsdale to Taliesin West (shuttle will leave from the Hilton Garden Inn at 8am sharp)

8:30am Breakfast (food and coffee served on the Sculpture Garden Terrace)

9am Opening remarks, Carl Elefante, FAIA, 2018 AIA President-elect, Quinn Evans Architects

9:30am Modernism, Robert Bruegmann, University of Illinois at Chicago

10:15am Modernism continued Brent Leggs, National Trust for Historic Preservation

11am Break (refreshments on the Terrace)

11:15am Reflections/discussion, David Fixler, FAIA, EYP

12pm Lunch (box lunch provided on the Sculpture Garden Terrace)

1pm Late Modernism I, John Allan, Avanti Architects

1:45pm Late Modernism and Beyond, Les Shepherd, FAIA, EYP

2:30pm Break (refreshments on the Terrace)

3pm Case Study: LAX, Peyton Hall, FAIA

3:30pm Panel and group discussion


  • Will Bruder, FAIA
  • Duke Reiter, FAIA
  • Robert Bruegmann
  • Brent Leggs
  • John Allan
  • Les Shepherd, FAIA
  • Theo Purdon, FAIA


  • Peyton Hall, FAIA, Historic Resources Group
  • David Fixler, FAIA

4:45pm Closing remarks, Carl Elefante, FAIA, 2018 AIA President-elect

5pm Adjourn

Join our sponsors and your colleagues for dinner at a local Scottsdale restaurant.

Sunday, February 12

8:30am Transportation from Old Town Scottsdale to ASU campus (shuttle will leave from Hilton Garden Inn at 8:30am sharp)

9am Breakfast

9:30am ASU Campus Tour Duke Reiter, FAIA

12pm Adjourn


AIA and AIC member | $300 (before 12/23), $400 (after 12/23)

Non-member | $400 (before 12/23), $500 (after 12/23)

Student | $150

Guest | (see sessions for guest rate)

Session rate

Friday keynote session & reception

Attendee | Included

Guest | $75 (before 12/23), $150 (after 12/23)

Sunday breakfast and tour

Attendee | $100 (before 12/23), $150 (after 12/23)

Guest | $100 (before 12/23), $150 (after 12/23)

Deadlines & cancellation policy

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by the deadline of January 13, 2017. A cancellation fee of $100 will apply. No refunds after the cancellation deadline. Registrations received by January 13, 2017, will appear on the advance attendee roster. Those registered after this date will appear on the final attendee roster sent after the meeting.


Shuttle service will be provided between the suggested hotels and event locations. When registering, please indicate whether or not you will need shuttle service. For a shuttle map and list of recommended hotels, see attendee resources.


John Allan, Avanti Architects

A Director of Avanti Architects from 1983 to 2011, John Allan has led all Avanti’s Modern Movement conservation projects and studies, including all grades of listed buildings. Conservation advisory work has included the Listed Building Management Guidelines for the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates for The City of London and English Heritage, also Listed Building Management Guidelines for the University of Leeds, and Conservation Management Plans and Assessments for Ernö Goldfinger’s Brownfield Estate, East London and St Peter’s Roman Catholic Seminary, Cardross, Scotland for The Archdiocese of Glasgow and Historic Scotland. Schemes for adaptation or re-use have included the twelve listed Tecton buildings at Dudley Zoo and Plymouth Civic Centre.

Will Bruder, FAIA, President, Will Bruder Architects

For 40 years Will Bruder has explored inventive ancontextually exciting architectural solutions in response to a site’s opportunity and the user needs. His work celebrates the craft of building in a manner not typical of contemporary architecture. Through his creative use of materials and light, Will is renowned for his ability to raise the ordinary to the extraordinary. Opening his first Arizona studio in 1974, Will continues to lead and mentor students of design from his firm in downtown Phoenix. He has led work for over 500 commissions, received prestigious national awards as well as lectured and been published all over the world. He has held numerous visiting chairs, most recently at University of Southern California, Illinois Institute of Technology, Yale University, MIT, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, Portland State University and University of Oregon. Will is actively engaged in his community in civic conversations regarding downtown Phoenix and the role of design in place-making within its fragile, young and optimistic urban desert environment. Self-trained as an architect, Will has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He supplemented his studio art education with further study of structural engineering, philosophy, art history and urban planning. He followed this with architectural apprenticeships under Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkerts.

Robert Bruegmann, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago

Robert Bruegmann is an historian and critic of architecture, landscape, preservation, urban development and the built environment. He received his BA from Principia College in 1970 and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 with a dissertation on late 18th and early 19th century European hospitals and other institutions. In 1977 he became assistant professor in the Art History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was University Distinguished Professor of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning and Policy when he retired in 2009. He is currently Professor Emeritus. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of the Arts, MIT and Columbia University, and he has worked for the Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service.

Carl Elefante, FAIA, 2018 AIA President-elect, Principal, Quinn Evans Architects

As a nationally recognized subject expert, sustainability is the lens through which Carl views all dimensions of architecture. Carl emphasizes the importance of designing spaces with the understanding that people thrive in nature and need daylight, movement, fresh air, clean water, but are also social beings that seek engagement and fulfillment. Applying his extensive experience, he brings to projects leadership and pioneering ideas that bind together historical and environmental preservation. He's excited to see the ethic of stewardship extend from historic preservation to sustainability on diverse building types—from iconic buildings to vernacular and modern-era structures.

David Fixler, FAIA, EYP

David has guided the restoration and renovation of numerous significant landmark facilities for government and higher education clients nationwide. An internationally recognized expert on the Modern Movement and mid-century modern buildings, he is co-editor of the recently released Aalto and America. His approach to historic preservation as a design discipline sensitively balances art, technology, and history to ensure energy-efficient modernizations that extend the useful life of culturally significant structures.

Peyton Hall, FAIA, Principal, Historic Resources Group

Peyton Hall is a recognized expert in issues of historic preservation. As Managing Principal of Historic Resources Group, he has been the lead preservation consultant for the preservation of The Gamble House since 1997. His work includes the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Angels Flight Railway, the Rose Bowl, 12 buildings at El Pueblo (Olvera Street), and Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian Theatres. He has presented at the national conferences of the American Institute of Architects, Association for Preservation Technology International, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Society of Architectural Historians, the League of Historic American Theatres, and the Theatre Historical Society. His projects have received awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the California Preservation Foundation, the Los Angeles Conservancy, and the American Institute of Architects. He is current Chair of the five Advisors who lead the national AIA's Historic Resources Committee, comprising 6,200 architects, on the Dean's Advisory Board of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He is President Emeritus of the California Preservation Foundation and former Chair of the board of directors of Pasadena Heritage. He is a contributing author to Design and Historic Preservation, The Challenge of Compatibility.

Brent Leggs Senior Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Brent Leggs is the senior field officer in the Washington, DC Field Office. He is a Harvard Loeb Fellow and the author of Preserving African American Historic Places. He developed the Northeast African American Historic Places Outreach Program, and its theme, the Business of Preservation, to build a regional movement of preservation leaders saving important landmarks in African American history. He is the project manager for three National Treasures: Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia, Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey, and Villa Lewaro in Irvington, New York. Leggs was adjunct faculty at the Boston Architectural College, where he taught Preservation Law, Planning, and Finance. He holds an MBA from the University of Kentucky.

Theodore Prudon, FAIA, Partner, Prudon & Partners Architects

Prudon is an internationally renowned architect, preservation expert, architectural engineer, author, and educator. He has a deep building and architecture experience which spans hundreds of significant award winning projects over his 40-year career. As one of the founding partners of the SC COLLECTIVE and founder of his practice of Prudon & Partners, he provides management and architecture leadership to which he brings a depth of specialist knowledge. Dr. Prudon is well-versed in all aspects of the design and construction process and he is renowned for his work in architectural preservation and restoration. His extensive merchandising experience, collaborative leadership style and operational expertise, augments his depth of technical know-how essential to his deep reputation as leading expert for the preservation of Modern architecture. His previous leadership as Principal at Ehrenkrantz Group & Eckstut and Swanke Hayden Connell Architects brought distinguish to both those firms.

Duke Reiter, FAIA, Special Advisor to President, Arizona State University

Wellington "Duke" Reiter, FAIA, is Senior Advisor to the President of Arizona State University and is Executive Director of ASU's University City Exchange. Over the past twenty years, Mr. Reiter has played numerous roles: community leader, academic administrator, faculty member, architect, urban designer, and public artist. In the course of his career, he has established a track a record of highly effective partnerships with public office holders, the business community, non-profit groups, professional organizations, developers, and universities. Central to his diverse portfolio of experience has been the construction of mutually beneficial relationships between the institutions he has led and the cities in which they are located. A student of higher education, urban design, and entrepreneurship, Reiter is particularly interested in the economics, culture, and sustainability elements of major US metro areas and the engagement of the top tier colleges and universities that are embedded within them.

Les Shepherd, FAIA, Director of Planning, EYP

Les spent 25 years with the US General Services Administration (GSA), where he served as Chief Architect for 10 years and was the Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the GSA, and to the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) regarding federal architecture and design policy and innovation. He has guided more than 110 projects with a value of more than $7 billion executed by 11 GSA regional offices. His accomplishments have earned him many prestigious industry awards, including the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award.

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Taliesin Colloquium 2017