23 episodes

Historic preservation and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. They are actually two sides of the same coin: both involve buildings and both are about our collective future. Such historic buildings are also created by people in a specific place in time and are subject to the cultural prejudices of race and gender. These buildings are the Tangible Remnants of people who shaped the world and can serve as temporal touchpoints for future generations. Join sustainable preservation architect, Nakita Reed, as she explores the interconnectedness of architecture, preservation, sustainability, race and gender. You’ll learn about people, buildings, and policies that made a historical impact and hear from women and BIPOC practitioners who are impacting the built environment today.

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Historic preservation and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. They are actually two sides of the same coin: both involve buildings and both are about our collective future. Such historic buildings are also created by people in a specific place in time and are subject to the cultural prejudices of race and gender. These buildings are the Tangible Remnants of people who shaped the world and can serve as temporal touchpoints for future generations. Join sustainable preservation architect, Nakita Reed, as she explores the interconnectedness of architecture, preservation, sustainability, race and gender. You’ll learn about people, buildings, and policies that made a historical impact and hear from women and BIPOC practitioners who are impacting the built environment today.

    Architecture, Race & Empathy w/ Dr. Kendall Nicholson

    Architecture, Race & Empathy w/ Dr. Kendall Nicholson

    **EPISODE MAY CONTAIN EXPLICIT LANGUAGE**
    This episode is another fun one and I really enjoyed getting to know fellow UVA alum, Dr. Kendall Nicholson, better in this episode. We cover Race and Architecture, storytelling and empathy. We also touch on how to tap into your network to travel to another country, lessons he’s learned so far being a father and how adopting kids through the foster care system has helped him flex his empathy muscles. This is an expansive conversation where we really get into how all everything is connected and how his experiences in one aspect of his life inform all others.
    Building Highlight: https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/philadelphia-museum-of-art/ (Philadelphia Museum of Art). The final plan, adopted in March 1917, was a collaborative effort by the firm of Zantzinger, Borie, and Medary; Paul Cret; Horace Trumbauer; and various members of Trumbauer’s firm including Howell Lewis Shay and senior designer Julian Abele, the first African American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's architecture program and one of the first African American architects to come to prominence in the United States.
    Links:
    https://www.instagram.com/kendallanicholson/ (Kendall Nicholson's Instagram)
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eT-ZPZ_BNl8 (Julian Abele and the Philadelphia Museum of Art )
    https://spotlight.duke.edu/abele/ (Julian Abele's Duke University legacy )
    https://www.acsa-arch.org/about/ (The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA))
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html (1619 Project)
    https://www.instagram.com/tangibleremnants/ (Tangible Remnants on Instagram)
    https://www.podpage.com/tangible-remnants/ (Tangible Remnants Website)
    https://linktr.ee/TangibleRemnants (LinkedTr.ee for resources)
    https://gablmedia.com/ (Gabl Media Network)
    https://sarahgilberg.bandcamp.com/releases (Sarah Gilberg's Music)

    Bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kendall-nicholson-ed-d-71628320/ (Dr. Kendall Nicholson) is a licensed educator, trained architectural designer, and an avid researcher. He works as the Director of Research and Information at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and is currently furthering his research at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design with work focused on the confluence of race, architecture, and education. He has presented research internationally and his research interests surround equity, education, and curriculum within the discipline of architecture.
    Nationally, his passion for equity and racial justice manifests in his role as the research consultant for the 2016 and 2018 Equity in Architecture Survey sponsored by AIA San Francisco and Equity by Design (EQxD). He also volunteers as a member of the AIA’s Equity and the Future of Architecture board committee and on the newly formed NOMA Research Comm.
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    • 47 min
    Creating Your Well w/ Tiara Hughes

    Creating Your Well w/ Tiara Hughes

    **EPISODE CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE**
    This week’s conversation was a fun one for me b/c I got to have an in depth conversation with Tiara Hughes. We cover the impact of attending a PWI (predominantly white institution). We also talk about how representation matters and how we both were impacted by having, or not having, black professors during our architecture studies. We discuss the different types of architectural degree programs and how different degrees impact when you can start taking your licensure exams. We touch on working through grief and how to create a support network so you can keep going.
    Building Highlight: https://www.blackenterprise.com/emmett-tills-chicago-home-achieved-landmark-status-and-will-become-a-museum/ (Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley House). Check out the https://www.instagram.com/tangibleremnants/ (Tangible Remnants on Instagram) page to see photos of the building.
    Links:
    https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/zlup/Historic_Preservation/Publications/Emmett_Till_and_Mamie_Till-Mobley_House_report.pdf (Emmett Till Landmark designation)
    https://first500.org/about-first-500/ (First 500)
    https://www.noma.net/ (NOMA)
    https://bwa-network.square.site/ (Black Women in Architecture Network)
    https://www.instagram.com/tangibleremnants/ (Tangible Remnants on Instagram)
    https://www.podpage.com/tangible-remnants/ (Tangible Remnants Website)
    https://linktr.ee/TangibleRemnants (LinkedTr.ee for resources)
    https://gablmedia.com/ (Gabl Media Network)
    https://sarahgilberg.bandcamp.com/releases (Sarah Gilberg's Music)

    Bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiara-hughes-noma-realtor%C2%AE-5a8b913a/ (Tiara Hughes ), A St. Louis native, now based in Chicago, Tiara Hughes is a Senior Urban Designer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Commissioner with the City of Chicago Landmarks Commission, and a real estate professional.
    She is a devoted activist, educator and advocate for underrepresented communities and voices, and currently serves on the Board for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and the Charnley-Persky House Board of Directors for the Society of Architectural Historians. Tiara's personal experiences in the industry along with her passion for advocacy led her to establish a national research initiative called FIRST 500 in 2018. As the founder and executive director of FIRST 500, Tiara travels the country to raise awareness of the importance of Black Women Architects throughout history and their contribution to the built environment.
    Tiara is a believer in giving back to her community, serving as a co-leader of SOM’s ACE Mentorship program in Chicago. As a designer, Tiara is driven by creating work that emphasizes greater socioeconomic equity and cultural awareness. She believes "Ultimately our efforts to positively impact communities of color will expand outward and evolve our academic institutions, our firms, our industry and by extension, our communities." In 2021, Tiara received the prestigious AIA Associates Award, given by the Institute to associate members who best exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their component or region’s membership.
    **Thank you to this Episode's Sponsor: http://bqe.com/masterclass (BQE) makes it easy to manage your projects and people, for maximum productivity and ultimate profitability. Start implementing powerful systems for the profitability you need and the freedom you want. Join Douglas Tieger, FAIA for the next Designing Your Business Masterclass, brought to you by BQE CORE. Every live masterclass session is free and includes AIA continuing education credit. Register now at bqe.com/masterclass.
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    • 50 min
    Block by block w/ Tonya Harris

    Block by block w/ Tonya Harris

    This week's episode features a fun conversation with Tonya Harris. Tonya is a developer and contractor doing work in Baltimore and DC. She share's her journey into real estate development and reminds us that it's never too late to start a new path.
    Building Spotlight: "https://www.instagram.com/tangibleremnants/ (The Arch Social Club) is the oldest known continuously operating African American social club in the United States and the oldest predominately African American social club in Baltimore. The Arch Social Club move into the former Schantze’s Theatre in 1972. The Schantze's Theatre was built in 1912 as a vaudeville and silent film theatre. [The building had many lives before the Arch Social Club moved in 1972,] including two stints as a theatre for African Americans, and at one point served as a theatre for Jewish immigrants, showing Yiddish films and hosting live entertainment." - https://bit.ly/3uIS4IU (CHAP Report)
    Links:
    https://parriscandd.com/ (Parris Construction and Development)
    https://www.instagram.com/tangibleremnants/ (Tangible Remnants on Instagram)
    https://linktr.ee/TangibleRemnants (LinkedTr.ee for resources)
    https://www.podpage.com/tangible-remnants/ (Tangible Remnants Website)
    https://gablmedia.com/ (Gabl Media Network)
    https://sarahgilberg.bandcamp.com/releases (Sarah Gilberg's Music)

    Bio: Tonya Harris, founder of Parris Construction and Development, is a 20+ year veteran in real estate development. She is now focused on urban revitalization projects in underserved communities. With a model designed to create minimal displacement by focusing on vacant and underutilized properties – and fostering home and business ownership among the legacy community – PCD has planted its flag along a gateway corridor to West Baltimore, in the vibrant Hollins Market neighborhood, right outside downtown. Starting in Baltimore, where redlining began, PCD’s goal is to be a world class leader in the design, creation and delivery of restored urban communities.
    Thank you to Episode Sponsor BQE!
    http://bqe.com/masterclass (BQE) makes it easy to manage your projects and people, for maximum productivity and ultimate profitability. Start implementing powerful systems for the profitability you need and the freedom you want. Join Douglas Tieger, FAIA for the next Designing Your Business Masterclass, brought to you by BQE CORE. Every live masterclass session is free and includes AIA continuing education credit. Register now at https://my.captivate.fm/www.bqe.com/masterclass (bqe.com/masterclass).
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    • 46 min
    Preservation, Progress & Possibility w/ Melissa Auf der Maur

    Preservation, Progress & Possibility w/ Melissa Auf der Maur

    This week's episode is an amazing conversation with the incredible Melissa Auf der Maur. We met on the NY Preservation Webinar back in the spring of 2021 and we recorded this episode in the summer. This is our first in-depth conversation so you'll hear more about both of our backgrounds. It's a longer episode but she was so gracious with her time I didn't want to cut out too much of the conversation. We cover so much ground in this conversation including polite racism, gender roles, feminism, climate change, preservation, sustainability, music, culture, inequities designed into the American system, cultural differences between the US and Canada, as well as where we think we are on the pendulum swing of progress and our hopes for the future.
    Building Highlight: https://basilicahudson.org/about/ (Basilica Hudson) in Hudson Valley which was originally built in 1880 as a forge and foundry for steel railway wheels (later housing a glue factory until the 1980s)
    Links:
    https://basilicahudson.org/ (Basilica Hudson)
    https://basilicahudson.org/new-podcast-episode/ (Basilica Hudson podcast)
    https://www.instagram.com/basilicahudson/ (Basilica Hudson on Instagram)
    https://www.instagram.com/tangibleremnants/ (Tangible Remnants on Instagram)
    https://www.nakitareed.com/podcast (Tangible Remnants Website)



    Bio:
    Melissa Auf der Maur is Co-Founder and Director of http://basilicahudson.org/ (Basilica Hudson). From 1994-1999, Auf der Maur was a member and bass player of the alternative rock band Hole, and she is featured on the Grammy-nominated album, Celebrity Skin. She joined the Smashing Pumpkins in 2000 for their Farewell World Tour. She has also released two solo albums, Auf der Maur (2004) and Out of Our Minds (2010). The latter project comprises an album, a comic book, and a short film. Auf der Maur’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and have appeared in such publications as Spin, Elle, Nylon, and American Photo. She was born in Montreal, Canada and raised with a fine arts education, focusing on Music and Photography.


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Community, Development & Brunch w/ Katherine Williams

    Community, Development & Brunch w/ Katherine Williams

    This week's episode features a conversation between me and Katherine Williams. We discuss her journey into architecture and construction, Riding the Vortex, and the importance of creating a support system to navigate life and the profession.
    Building Highlight - https://www.nps.gov/frdo/learn/historyculture/places.htm (Cedar Hill), Frederick Douglass' home in Washington, DC
    "Historic buildings rarely survive generations by accident. Someone made a choice, or in the case of the Douglass Home, a whole lot of women made a whole lot of choices over decades."
    - NPS website on Cedar Hill
    Links:
    https://www.bellhooksinstitute.com/ (bell hooks)
    http://bwa-nework.com/ (Black Women in Architecture Network)
    https://content.aia.org/sites/default/files/2018-04/WhitneyYoungJr_1968AIAContention_FulLSpeech.pdf (Whitney M. Young 1968 AIA Convention full Speech)
    https://www.aia.org/showcases/6450460-riding-the-vortex (Whitney M. Young 2021 Announcement: Riding the Vortex)
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/82635870193 (Riding the Vortex Facebook Group)
    https://katherinerw.com/ (Katherine's website)
    https://cea.howard.edu/academics/departments/department-architecture (Howard University Architecture Program)
    http://eqxdesign.com/ (Equity by Design)
    https://aianova.org/wia/ (Women in Architecture Series (AIA NOVA))
    https://www.noma.net/ (National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA))
    https://www.culturedmag.com/15-architects-on-being-black-in-architecture/ (Cultured Magazine Article featuring Katerine)
    https://www.instagram.com/tangibleremnants/ (Tangible Remnants on Instagram)
    https://www.nakitareed.com/podcast (Tangible Remnants Website)

    Bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherinerw/ (Katherine Williams, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP) is a licensed architect in Northern Virginia and currently a Senior Project Manager for construction at a DC university. Her career path includes work in traditional architecture firms, community development, and managing commercial construction for a general contractor. She restarted the Black Women in Architecture brunch in DC, an annual event, co-founded the Desiree Cooper ARE Scholarship, and is a founding panelist for Riding the Vortex.
    Katherine has written about architecture and development and served as editor for multiple publications. She was the NOMA magazine editor from 2009-2014. In 2020, Katherine published Melvin Mitchell’s book African American Architects: Embracing Culture and Building Urban Communities.


    Katherine served as chair of the AIA Housing and Community Development KC advisory group and currently serves on the AIA Continuing Education Committee. She is a board member of the Village of Love and Resistance (VOLAR) working to build a co-operative community in east Baltimore. Katherine was an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow in San Francisco. She received the 2016 AIA Virginia Emerging Professionals award and the 2013 National Organization of Minority Architects President’s Award. She writes at katherinerw.com and is publisher/editor for archstories.com and bwa-network.com. She is also one of the recipients of the 2021 Whitney M. Young Award from the American Institute of Architecture.


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    • 44 min
    Breaking Down Siloes w/ Lori Ferriss

    Breaking Down Siloes w/ Lori Ferriss

    This week's episode features a conversation with Lori Ferriss of Goody Clancy. We discuss the need for existing and historic buildings to be part of the climate action conversation as well as numerous organizations that are working toward that goal. Lori and I are two of the four chairs for the ZNCC and we talk about a number of overlaps between all the organizations. This is a fun and informative one which will provide more information on the intersection of preservation and sustainability.
    Links:


    https://www.znccollaboration.org/ (Zero Net Carbon Collaboration (ZNCC))
    https://carbonleadershipforum.org/ (Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF))
    https://passivehouseaccelerator.com/ (Passive House Accelerator (PHA))
    https://carbonleadershipforum.org/care-estimator/ (Carbon Avoided Retrofit Estimator (CARE) (formerly 'To Build or Not to Build' Calculator))
    https://ukcop26.org/ (UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) 26)
    https://climateheritage.org/ (Climate Heritage Network (CHN))
    https://www.apti.org/ (Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI))
    https://www.apti.org/sustainable-preservation (APT's Sustainable Preservation Technical Committee (TC-SP))
    https://usicomos.org/ (US/ICOMOS)
    https://www.architects.org/news/the-new-net-zero (The New Net Zero (Embodied Carbon vs. Operational Carbon) by Lori Ferriss)
    https://forum.savingplaces.org/viewdocument/the-greenest-building-quantifying (Preservation Greenlab report: "The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse")
    https://www.instagram.com/tangibleremnants/ (Tangible Remnants on Instagram)
    https://www.facebook.com/TangibleRemnants/ (Tangible Remnants on Facebook)
    https://www.nakitareed.com/podcast (Tangible Remnants Website)



    Building Highlight: https://www.nps.gov/mawa/index.htm (Maggie Walker House) in Richmond, VA


    Bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lori-ferriss-aia-pe-leed-ap-38723630/ (Lori Ferriss, AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C) is a leader in sustainable stewardship for the built environment. As Goody Clancy’s Director of Sustainability and Climate Action, she leads research and project initiatives and advocates within the broader profession for policies and practices that advance climate action goals.


    Lori plays a leadership role on projects at educational institutions that are renewing heritage campuses while advancing climate action goals. She serves as project manager and forensic specialist on numerous Goody Clancy projects, and her sustainability leadership includes incorporating life cycle assessment as an integrated step of the design process.


    Within the broader design community, Lori’s leadership is shaping our understanding of building reuse as a key measure towards meeting climate change mitigation goals. At the national level, she serves as a founding member and co-chair of the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing and Historic Buildings (ZNCC), a collaborative committed to achieving a zero net carbon built environment through responsible reuse of existing buildings that was formed by APTI, AIA, RAIC, ICOMOS, and Architecture 2030. Most recently, the City of Boston asked Lori to serve on its carbon mitigation policy Technical Advisory Group.


    Sponsor: https://www.smartsheet4architects.com/ (Smartsheet For Architects)


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    • 33 min

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