This panel discussion offers perspectives in optimizing historic campus buildings while adapting these structures for greater functionality, resiliency, sustainability, and long-term preservation. University architects and planners share their approaches and best practices related to reinventing historic buildings as a component of an overall campus planning strategy. The relevance of this topic is highlighted by a rethinking of campus priorities related to the pandemic and current financial crisis.

Adapting historic structures to optimize their value and utility while reducing the requirement to build anew is critical for many institutions. Optimizing existing historic buildings in lieu of expanding onto campus open space is more sustainable and economically viable, and, in some cases, preserves the identity of the institution.

Moderated by an architect engaged in planning and design on historically significant campuses, the panel of university architects and planners shares their strategic thinking surrounding revitalizing historic buildings. Examples demonstrate the sustainable optimization of campus assets, addressing deferred maintenance, and repurposing and realigning historic buildings in synergistic ways within the context of an overall campus planning strategy.

Organized by
AIANY Historic Buildings Committee