Studio I: Building Preservation concentrates on documenting, analyzing and planning for the preservation of historic buildings as a basis for understanding the technical, theoretical and procedural aspects of architectural preservation practice. The course includes intensive study of selected historic buildings and environments in the New Orleans area and greater Gulf Coast region. The studio will explore the differences between building stabilization, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation and restoration. Local and non-local field trips will provide students with exposure to multiple historic and modern infill buildings and systems, and a concomitant opportunity to document historic environments and building conditions. Short in-class seminars will cover topics such as hand drafting and lettering, use of specific graphics programs, geospatial analysis and research techniques. Working in a studio setting, students will produce HABS measured drawings and illustrated research documents discussing historic buildings and components, materials and systems. Each student will produce a professionally formatted final portfolio of semester projects, synthesized to demonstrate an understanding of course materials. This course serves as a foundation course for Preservation Studio II: Urban Conservation.
The course format includes: Studio/Fieldwork on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons; occasional presentations by specialist guest speakers and stakeholders; and field trips varying from a few hours to several days will be undertaken.