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2024 Annual Meeting & Symposium

Facilitating Preservation: Solving Complex Challenges Together

Friday, March 1, 2024
Amherst, MA
In-Person and Virtual All-Day Symposium


The Association of Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter (APTNE) is proud to present the 2024 APTNE Annual Meeting & Symposium, to be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, with an in-person event, as well as a virtual program. The overarching theme of the 2024 APTNE Annual Meeting & Symposium is the integration of preservation and facilities management and will feature presentations from professionals, emerging professionals, and local students.

Whether a small house museum, a large educational campus, or somewhere in between, preservation professionals work with facility managers, directors, caretakers, stewards, and contractors on the tasks of maintaining, upgrading, and retrofitting their historic and existing properties. As facilities plan for the future, they must acknowledge and adjust for the unique challenges of their spaces that frequently do not meet modern code requirements. Preservation professionals bring useful skills that can ensure these plans are sensitively implemented.

Facilities and institutions are at the forefront of solving complex challenges to changing needs of the public from energy upgrades to accommodating a diverse population. Learn what it takes to develop, update and maintain an institution from a small historic house museum to a complex university campus. Presentations are tied to one of the following tracks:

  • Planning: documentation, master planning, emergency planning, maintenance, grants, community inclusion
  • Teamwork: working with facilities teams, caretakers, stewards, contractors, funding, preservation professionals
  • Designing: technical and aesthetically sensitive upgrades and evolving uses
  • Challenges of retrofitting and occupancy: energy, use of space, seismic, accessibility, size, finishes
  • Operational concerns: financial, coordination, scheduling, prioritization of work, closures
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 Keynote Speaker

Patricia Miller is Chief Conservator of the Preservation Society of Newport County where she is responsible for overseeing the care of 11 historic house museums and collections consisting of furniture, fine art, decorative arts, textiles, carriages, and outdoor sculpture. She works directly with conservators, curators, collections management staff, site stewards, security, and facilities to assess, research, conserve, interpret, exhibit, and safeguard the historic collections and structures. Trained as a sculpture and buildings conservator, she received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning. Prior to joining the Preservation Society in 2015, Patricia worked for several private conservation firms specializing in architecture, object, and monument conservation for clients including Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and National Park Service.


Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 29th
3:00 - 4:00 PM

UMass Campus Walking Tour: Brutalist Heritage and History

Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham

5:30 - 8:00 PM APTNE Pre-Symposium Networking Event
UMass Hotel Lobby


Friday, March 1st
8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 AM APTNE Welcome Address
APTNE President, Corey Spitzer
9:10 - 10:00 AM Morning Keynote Presentation: Managing Change at the Newport Mansions: A Conservator’s Perspective
Keynote Speaker: Patty Miller
10:00 - 10:25 AM Rough Point: A Strategic Stewardship Plan
Nealia Morrison & Alyssa Lozupone
10:25 - 10:35 AM Q&A
Moderator: Jennifer Kearney
10:35 - 11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:25 AM Parmelee Farm Dry-Stone Wall Restoration
Andrew Pighills
11:25 - 11:50 AM Access for All: Analyzing Firmness, Stability, and Grit in Historic House Museum Sites
Marissa Mayo
11:50 AM - 12:05 PM Local Campus Presentation: Architecture at UMass Amherst
Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham
12:05 - 12:20 PM Sustaining Brutalism: Assessing Carbon Impacts of the Lincoln Campus Center
Joel Freitas
12:20 - 12:30 PM Q&A
Moderator: Jennifer Kearney
12:30 - 12:40 PM Chapter Highlights
APTNE President, Corey Spitzer
12:40 - 2:10 PM Lunch, APTNE Annual Board Meeting
2:10 - 2:35 PM One Size Fits Few: Protective Glazing, Medieval Masonry, and Stained Glass at the Cloisters
Kevin Daly & Chris Dunbrack
2:35 - 3:00 PM Facilitating Preservation through Building Monitoring
Rachel Lynde & Tat Fu
3:00 - 3:25 PM Behind the Scenes: Developing Interventions and Maintenance Plans that Perform
Jen Kearney, Debora Barros, & Thomas Kuczynski
3:25 - 3:35 PM Q&A
Michelle Dallhoff
3:35- 3:55 PM Coffee Break
3:55 - 4:20 PM “Means and Methods”: How Installing A Modern Skylight For A Historic Museum Triggered Preservation Challenges During Construction
Elizabeth Kingsley & Katherine Malishewsky
4:20 - 5:00 PM Discussion: A Tale of Three Libraries
Richard Tobin, Michael Devonshire, & Zia Dawood
5:00 - 5:10 PM Q&A
Moderator: Michelle Dallhoff
5:10 - 5:15 PM Closing Remarks
APTNE President, Corey Spitzer
5:15 - 7:15 PM Reception
Marriot Center (10th Floor)


Saturday, March 2nd
9:00 - 10:30 AM UMass Bromery Fine Arts Center Bridge Tour
Sam Batchelor and Ludmilla Pavlova

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Amherst College Lyceum- Expected and Unexpected Challenges
Nikki Byl, Erin Dunne, Christopher Nielson








  • APTNE Members:
    • $150, discounted to $125 through January 31
    • Young Professional: $40
    • Students are Complimentary
    • Virtual Symposium: $50; all students are Complimentary
  • Non-Members:
    • $180, discounted to $165 through January 31
    • Virtual Symposium: $80
    • Students are Complimentary
  • Reception Only: $60
  • Vendor Display Table: $1,500. This ticket includes entry and lunch for the ticket holder and one guest. This year we have 15 display tables available on a first-come first-served basis. The tables will be set up in the Concourse. Each table is 2' 6" x 6'.

A La Carte Options:

  • Buffet Lunch: $30

    • Green Salad with balsamic vinaigrette (DF, GF, V), Quinoa Salad with roasted butternut squash (DF, GF, V), Stuffed Portobello Mushroom (DF, GF, V), Savory Baked Chicken (DF, GF), Green Beans with Slow Roasted Garlic (DF, GF, V), Rice Pilaf with Onions and Herbs (GF, V), Layered Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Maple Frosting (DF, V)
      DF= dairy free, GF= gluten free V= vegan, VT = vegetarian
    • While lunch is optional, we highly recommend that all attendees purchase a lunch, as this Symposium is in the middle of a college campus and the town of Amherst is an approximately a 10 minute drive away. There are limited other options, such as a market upstairs and a nearby cafeteria, but they are all shared with active students, as this is the main campus student center.
  • Reception (with Symposium Ticket): $50

    • Our reception will begin immediately following the Symposium, from 5:15 to 7:15 pm at the Marriot Center. There will be an open bar, light hors d'oeuvres, and refreshments.
  • Tours $25
    • UMass Brut Campus Tour
    • Amherst College Lyceum
    • UMass Amherst Bromley
  • Display Table: $1,500.
    • Marble and Granite Sponsors are offered a complimentary table
    • Limestone sponsors are offered a 50% discount

Details and Logistics

Continuing Education

6.0 HSW Continuing Education credits will be provided for Friday's attendance at the Symposium. Please note your preference for reporting CEU's during the registration process. Confirmation of attendance will be required on the day of the Symposium or at least 3/4 of the Symposium via Zoom.

Thursday Night Networking

Join us for pre-symposium networking and socializing in the lobby at UMASS Hotel. Appetizers will be provided.  A drink ticket will be provided to the first 75 attendees, after which a cash bar is available.

Location & Directions 

APTNE 2024 Annual Meeting & Symposium Venue:
UMass Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003


  • Parking garage is within the same building and $6/day for non-hotel guests. Those staying with the hotel will have this cost covered.
  • Enter the Campus Center Parking Garage. Get a ticket on the way in and park on the 2nd Level of the garage. Then walk into the concourse via the hallway and take the elevators to the 3rd level (Hotel Lobby) .

Travel Timing

  • Car
    • from NYC: 3 hours
    • from Boston/Albany: 2 hours
  • Bus (from NYC) 5 hours
  • Airplane + Car
    • Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (45 miles- 1 hour drive)
    • Boston’s Logan International Airport (95 miles- 2 hour drive) o UMass Transit
  • UMass Transit operates the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) buses for the UMass Amherst campus and the other Five Colleges as well as the towns of Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Northampton, South Hadley, and Sunderland. There is limited service on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and breaks. Most buses are free of charge when school is in session with your UCard. Without a school identification card some buses cost will charge a fare (you need to have exact change). Schedule and routes information are here.


Highs typically mid 40s – lows in mid-20s.

Meals & Drinks

Breakfast, snacks, and drinks will be provided to all attendees throughout the day. Lunch will be provided to those who purchase one.  At the reception, for those who purchase a ticket, small bite stations, passed hors d'oeuvres, and drinks will be provided. 

APTNE is working to provide a menu of items available at all portions of the Symposium events that is friendly to all those with dietary restrictions, including but not limited to vegetarian, dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free.


[SOLD OUT] We have a 107 room hotel block for the UMass hotel (also our venue) for Thursday and Friday night. Discounted rate is available through January 31st.   CLICK HERE or call 413-549-6000 and state you are with the APTNE Symposium. 

  • Thursday: 107 Rooms at $179/night
  • Friday: 93 Rooms at $209/night
  • Cut-off date is January 31st for these rates.
  • Check in is 3 pm, checkout 11 am

We have a second hotel block at Comfort Inn Suites, which is 10 minutes away by car. CLICK HERE or call 413-582-0002.

  • Thursday: 10+ Rooms at $132/night
  • Friday: 10+ Rooms at $168/night

Attendee List

With your consent, APTNE shares your name, company and email within our membership in the spirit of collaboration and professional networking. We treat your information as privileged and do not use information for marketing or promotional purposes beyond APTNE and related industry activities; we ask our attendees to do the sameThe attendee list will be made available to attendees at the Annual Meeting & Symposium via a QR code and members may access the attendee list in the Members Only pages.

Additional Nearby Attractions
APTNE has developed a list of nearby attractions, which may be of interest to those looking to or planning to attend the Symposium. If you would like to learn more about things to do in the nearby area, please Click Here.

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Thursday, February 29th

UMass Campus Walking Tour: Brutalist Heritage and History
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Cost:  $25
Attendee Limit:  25
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The Bromery Center for the Arts with the DuBois Library in the background Photo Credit:  UMASS BrutAfter World War II, UMass Amherst embarked upon one of the most ambitious academic building programs in the United States. Following a 1963 master plan by renowned landscape architect Hideo Sasaki, UMass employed some of the most distinguished architects of the time, including Marcel Breuer, Kevin Roche, and Edward Durell Stone. The tour will investigate their distinctive Brutalist buildings and how they are now being reimagined after serving generations of students.
Photo: The Bromery Center for the Arts with the DuBois
Library in the background, courtesy of UMASS Brut.
The tour will include viewing buildings such as the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts (Kevin Roche, 1973) and its newly renovated Arts Bridge, Herter Hall (Coletti Brothers, 1968), Whitmore Hall (Campbell & Aldrich, 1967), Tobin Hall (Coletti Brothers, 1972) and the iconic W.E.B. DuBois Library (Edward Durell Stone, 1972).
Tour Leader: APTNE 2024 Symposium Presenter and UMass Senior Campus Planner Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham, AIA, LEED AP BD&C Tour Leader.
Ludmilla Pavlova is an architect, planner and project manager with over 30 years of professional experience, over two decades of which was dedicated to the University of Massachusetts community. She has contributed to and managed a wide spectrum of complex, multi-million-dollar projects, including master plans, carbon mitigation plans, historic preservation and building feasibility studies, as well as the design and construction management of corporate, municipal, and institutional facilities for science, the humanities and student life. She is a founding member of UMassBRUT - an award-winning campaign designed to educate and advocate for the conservation, renovation, and reuse of Brutalist architecture throughout the UMass higher education state-wide community.

Saturday, March 2nd

Bromery Fine Arts Center Bridge Tour
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Cost:  $25
Attendee Limit:  25
Bromery Fine Arts Center Bridge Tour
The Bromery Center for the Arts with the DuBois Library in the background Photo Credit:  UMASS BrutThe « Bridge » at the Bromery Fine Arts Center is a 40 foot wide by 600 foot long section of Kevin Roche’s 1974 fine arts center suspended four stories in the air with two continuous clerestory lights as it’s primary connection to daylight. Originally conceived as a space for painting and drawings studios, the space has served several other functions since then, and was recently renovated to support a wide range of arts spaces including theater, costume design, animation, and recording studios. The renovations undertook a complete rethinking of the space, including inverting the original circulation path. The tour will walk visitors through the new spaces, highlighting the challenges and accomplishments of the transformation.
Photo: Main entry lobby at the newly renovated Bromery Arts Center Bridge, By Leigh Chodos.
Tour Leaders: Sam Batchelor, AIA, partner, designLAB architects, and Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham, AIA, LEED AP BD&C, Senior Campus Planner and Architect.

Sam Batchelor is a partner at designLAB architects and served as principal in charge for the renovations at the Bridge. designLAB’s approach of Critical Stewardship was instrumental in breathing new life into the magnificent but complicated structure. Critical Stewardship is an approach to design that is based on a universal responsibility to history and the environment as evaluated through the lens of community. designLAB’s work at the Bridge also led to a subsequent studio in the department of architecture where students designed and created pieces of furniture inspired by one of the campus’s brutalist structures. In addition to his project work, Sam has also taught classes at MassAart, the BAC, and Roger Williams University, and lectured nationally on the importance of integrating natural materials and elements in design. Sam is also the 2024 president of the Boston Society of Architects.

Ludmilla Pavlova is an architect, planner and project manager with over 30 years of professional experience, over two decades of which was dedicated to the University of Massachusetts community. She has contributed to and managed a wide spectrum of complex, multi-million-dollar projects, including master plans, carbon mitigation plans, historic preservation and building feasibility studies, as well as the design and construction management of corporate, municipal, and institutional facilities for science, the humanities and student life. She is a founding member of UMassBRUT - an award-winning campaign designed to educate and advocate for the conservation, renovation, and reuse of Brutalist architecture throughout the UMass higher education state-wide community.


Amherst College Lyceum – Expected and Unexpected Challenges
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Cost:  $25
Attendee Limit:  25
Amherst College Lyceum Registration
The Aliki Perroti & Seth Frank Lyceum brings together the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI), the College’s History department, and other faculty members selected to drive discourse and critical thinking at Amherst College. Inspired by the Lyceum of Ancient Athens, spaces are arranged in a way that encourages interaction, collaboration and conversation for faculty, students, and the greater Amherst College community.
The project incorporates an 1800s historic house that was completely renovated and restored to provide a super-insulated and airtight envelope. Through this tour, we will review our conditions assessment, mortar and masonry testing, air testing, hygrothremal modeling, and restoration strategies employed in bringing a nearly 200-year-old building into contemporary use. The owner, architect, and envelope consultant will share the unexpected surprises found during the demolition and reconstruction and share lessons learned through the shoring, repointing, and insulating process.

Photo Above: Before (March 2022); Photo below: After (November 2023). Both photos by Nikki Byl

The Lyceum was designed as a “smartly sustainable” building, supporting Amherst College’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2030 and showcasing low carbon construction. In addition to preserving the existing masonry structure, the addition of the Lyceum is constructed of materials with lower amounts of embodied carbon and products that can store carbon, such as wood and other plant-based materials. When coupled with efficient mechanical systems, this project demonstrates how buildings can dramatically reduce their impact from construction, and through their operational life. 

Tour Leaders: Nikki Byl, PE, Erin Dunne, and Christopher Nielson

Nikki (Baldvins) Byl is a structural engineer and Senior Associate as Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates. She has spent almost 20 years in construction and engineering where her knowledge was applied to the inspection, evaluation, and problem solving of new and existing structures. In 2011, she joined WJE’s Boston office and maybe unsurprisingly given the building stock in New England her professional focus and development turned towards the assessment and repair of masonry structures. Ms. Byl holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in structural engineering from University of Washington. Ms. Byl is a professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Erin (Murphy) Dunne, is from Boston and is a project associate at Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc. With eight years of industry experience focused on building enclosures and historic preservation, she has worked on a variety of projects in forensic investigation of existing building enclosure systems for historic and contemporary buildings. Her work focuses on the evaluation and restoration of historic structures. She has worked on historic buildings and projects involving masonry restoration and stabilization, window restoration, leakage investigation and repair, and facade improvements and repairs. Ms. Dunne holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University and undergraduate degree in architectural engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Christopher Nielson is interested in design that builds community while addressing the impact of climate change. With a high level of expertise in construction technology, community outreach, and high-performance design, Christopher leads project teams to identify common goals and specific solutions. Christopher joined Bruner/Cott Architects in 2013. He received the AIA Young Architect’s Award in 2022. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Art History from Middlebury College, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.


Did you know that many of APTNE's sponsorship levels include free Symposium registrations and discounts? Please consider becoming a new Sponsor for 2023 or renewing your lapsed sponsorship and show your support for APTNE and the preservation community. Sign up here. 

Thank you for your continued support of APTNE, we look forward to seeing you in March!

Thank you to the Symposium Committee for your amazing efforts!
Chair: Corey Spitzer. Committee Members: Adrienne Cali, Alafia Akhtar, Brigitte Cook, , Ellen Lane, Jennifer Kearney, Jess Ouwerkerk, Michelle Dallhoff, Pamela Clemens, Stacey Thomas


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