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  • Clem Labine: The Civitas Chronicles
    Clem Labine is the founder of Old-House Journal, Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines. His interest in preservation stemmed from his purchase and restoration of an 1883 brownstone in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, NY. Labine has received numerous awards, including awards from The Preservation League of New York State, the Arthur Ross Award from Classical America and The Harley J. McKee Award from the Association for Preservation Technology (APT). He has also received awards from such organizations as The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Victorian Society, New York State Historic Preservation Office, The Brooklyn Brownstone Conference, The Municipal Art Society, and the Historic House Association. He was a founding Board Member of the Institute of Classical Architecture, and served in an active capacity on the board until 2005, when he moved to Board Emeritus status. A chemical engineer from Yale, Labine held a variety of editorial and marketing positions at McGraw-Hill before leaving in 1972 to pursue his interest in preservation.

    Peter H. Miller: For Pete's Sake
    Peter H. Miller, Hon. AIA, is president and co-founder of Restore Media, LLC, publisher of Clem Labine’s Traditional Building and Clem Labine’s Period Homes magazines and producer of the Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference and the Traditional Building Conference Series. He lives in a classic Sears House, a Craftsman-style Four Square built in 1924, which he has lovingly restored over a period of 30 years. Resting on a bluff near the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., just four miles from the White House, Pete’s home is part of the Palisades neighborhood, which used to be a summer retreat for the District’s over-heated denizens.

    Before co-founding Restore Media in 2000, Pete spent 17 years at trade publishing giant Hanley Wood, where he helped launch the Remodeling Show, the first trade conference and exhibition aimed at the business needs and interests of professional remodeling contractors. He was also publisher of Hanley Wood’s Remodeling, Custom Home, and Kitchen and Bath Showroom magazines and was the creator of Remodeling’s Big 50 Conference (now called the Leadership Conference).

    Pete participates actively with the American Institute of Architects’ Historic Resources Committee and also serves on the board of directors for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. He is a long-time member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an enthusiastic advocate for urbanism, the revitalization of historic neighborhoods and the benefits of sustainability, including the adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

    Steven W. Semes: The View From Rome
    Steven W. Semes is the academic director of the Rome Studies Program and associate professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame. A practicing architect for 30 years, he has designed a wide variety of projects for preservation and new construction throughout the United States. Semes is the author of The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation (2009) and The Architecture of the Classical Interior (2004) and was a contributor to The Elements of Classical Architecture (2001), all published by W. W. Norton & Co. His essays and reviews have appeared in Traditional Building, Period Homes, American Arts Quarterly, and the National Trust Forum Journal. He is a Fellow Emeritus of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America and was educated at the University of Virginia and Columbia University. He currently resides in Rome. For more information, visit his website,

    Rudy Christian: A Place For Trades
    Rudy R. Christian is a founding member and past president of the Timber Framers Guild, and of Friends of Ohio Barns, and a founding member and Executive Director of the Preservation Trades Network. He is also a founding member of the Traditional Timberframe Research and Advisory Group and the International Trades Education Initiative. He speaks frequently about historic conservation and also conducts educational workshops. Rudy has also published various articles, including “Conservation of Historic Building Trades; A Timber Framer’s View” in the APT Bulletin, vol. XXXIII, No1 and his recent collaborative work with author Allen Noble entitle The Barn; A Symbol of Ohio has been published on the internet. In November 2000 the Preservation Trades Network awarded Rudy the Askins Achievement Award, for excellence in the field of historic preservation.

    As president of Christian & Son, Inc., his work has included numerous reconstruction projects such as the historic “Big Barn” at Malabar Farm State Park near Mansfield, OH, and relocation of the 19th century Crawford Horse Barn in Newark, OH. These projects featured “hand raisings” which were open to the public and attracted a total of 130,000 interested spectators. He also lead a crew of timber framers at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Masters of the Building Arts program in the recreation and raising of an 18th century carriage house frame on the Mall in Washington DC. Roy Underhill’s “Woodright’s Shop” filmed the event for PBS and Roy participated in the raising.

    Christian & Son’s recent work includes working with a team of specialists to relocate Thomas Edison’s #11 laboratory building from the Henry Ford Museum to West Orange, NJ, where it original was built. During the summer of 2006 Rudy, his son, Carson, and his wife, Laura, were the lead instructors and conservation specialists for the Field School at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village where the 1838 timber frame granary was restored. In July and August 2008 Rudy and Laura directed and instructed a Field School in the Holy Cross Historic District in New Orleans in collaboration with the University of Florida and the World Monuments Fund.

    Rudy studied structural engineering at both General Motor’s Institute in Flint MI, and Akron University in Ohio. He has also studied historic compound roof layout and computer modeling at the Gewerbe Akademie in Rotweil, Germany. He is an adjunct professor at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, and an approved workshop instructor for the Timber Framers Guild.

    Ward Hamilton: Preservation in Action
    Ward Hamilton is the owner of Olde Mohawk Masonry & Historic Restoration, a preservation contracting and consulting firm with offices in New York and Boston. A mason by trade, his practice expanded years ago when he was working on chimneys in Upstate New York. This lead to work on the many slate roofs in that area. The firm now focuses on the entire building envelope and specializes in slate roofing, box gutters and cornice restoration. A strong belief that the use of traditional materials is at the core of sustainable design in historic preservation motivated Hamilton to found the Traditional Roofing Network and earn a M.Sc. in historic preservation at UMass-Amherst.



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