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Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture

“Every act of preservation is inescapably an act of renewal by the light of a later time, a set of decisions both about what we think something was and about what we want it to be and to say about ourselves today.” – Paul S. Byard in The Architecture of Additions: Design and Regulation

This memorial lecture series celebrates the legacy of Paul S. Byard, Director of Historic Preservation at Columbia GSAPP from 2000-2008. Learn more about Paul S. Byard.

Sara Bronin
February 9, 2022
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Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect and attorney whose interdisciplinary research focuses on how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed, and connected places. As a leading voice on historic preservation law and related land use practices, Bronin was recently nominated by the Biden administration to chair the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).
Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco
January 25, 2021
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Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco are founding partners of Cecilia Puga - Paula Velasco Arquitectura. Their lecture, “Juxtaposition: Recovery of the Pereira Palace and new headquarters for the Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Heritage in Santiago de Chile,” focuses on Pereira Palace, the result of a 2012 international public competition. It consists of the restoration of a building built in the mid-19th century and the construction of a new office building within its premises, to be used by the Heritage Division of Chile’s new Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.
Annabelle Selldorf
April 15, 2019
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Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects, a 70-person architectural design practice that she founded in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Since its inception, the firm’s guiding principles have been deeply rooted in humanism. At every scale and for every condition, Selldorf Architects designs for the individual experience. As a result, its work is brought to life, and made complete, by those who use it.
Antonio Cruz
February 19, 2018
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Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos was founded in 1974 by Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz. Recent significant projects include the football stadium for Atlético de Madrid, completed in 2017, the remodeling and expansion of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the University Campus and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Granada and the Councils Building of the Junta de Andalucía.
Francine Houben
April 17, 2017
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Francine Houben is the founder and creative director of Mecanoo Architecten. Her work ranges from theatres, museums and libraries to neighborhoods, housing and parks. Selected works include Delft University of Technology Library, Delft (1997), Library of Birmingham, UK (2013), Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Boston, US (2015) and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Taiwan (to be opened in 2017).
Tod and Billie Tsien
April 11, 2016
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Over the past three decades, Tod and Billie have developed a compelling body of work including the Barnes Foundation, LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Cranbrook Natatorium, and Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, among others.
Gro Bonesmo
April 22, 2015

Gro Bonesmo presented work with Gary Bates and Floire Nathanael Daub for the Oslo-based firm, Space Group. The practice’s many notable projects include the Verkstedhallene, the adaptive reuse of a late-1800s industrial building on the Norwegian capital’s harbor that involved the removal of elements from a 1980s renovation, as well as the addition of new elements and reorganization of program.
Ann Beha
February 10, 2014

Boston-based Ann Beha presented her firm’s acclaimed work in historic settings including the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont’s Lake Champlain Valley. Using locally sourced materials, this contemporary museum building supplements 38 historic structures that dot the museum’s landmark campus, with a building that the New York Times dubbed Modernist pastoral.
Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano
February 27, 2013

The Madrid-based firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos is known for work that fosters a dialogue with the past. In San Sebastián, Spain, the team built an extension to the San Telmo Museum—a collection dedicated to the history of Basque life, housed in a 16th-century Dominican convent—that features a perforated aluminum skin. And in Cordoba, the firm won the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for their Madinat al Zahra Museum, a white concrete and weathering steel complex that sits atop a 10th-century Islamic archaeological site. In “Look,” GSAPP alumni and Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano return Avery Hall for a lecture in memory of Paul S. Byard.
Charles Birnbaum
April 7, 2010
Rem Koolhaas
February 20, 2009

The first annual Paul S Byard Memorial Lecture at Columbia GSAPP was given by Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA. The lecture was later published as the transcript Preservation is Overtaking US.

About Paul S Byard

Paul Byard began his career as a lawyer at Winthrop & Stimson, and worked for the New York State Urban Development Corporation to develop public housing. In 1977, Byard received his Master of Architecture at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. During his graduate studies, Byard supported the legal defense of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law. The work culminated in 1978 when the US Supreme Court decision in the Penn Central Transportation Co. vs. The City of New York upheld the constitutionality of historic preservation laws. From 1968 to 1989, while serving on the board of the Municipal Art Society, Byard was the primary author of briefs amicus curiae that helped facilitate the security of the New York Landmarks Law during the Supreme Court Case that saved Grand Central Station.

Paul Byard joined the James Stewart Polshek & Partners architecture firm, and was made a partner in 1981. In 1989, Byard joined Charles A. Platt Partners (later known as Platt Byard Dovell White). He brought his legal experience to Columbia’s Historic Preservation Program by teaching a Preservation Law class. His book, The Architecture of Additions: Design and Regulation, was published in 1998, as a critical review of architectural additions as a creative paradigm, and more specifically, “what ought to happen when architecture is added to distinguished buildings protected by law”. In 2000, Paul Byard was appointed Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia, where he served until his death in 2008.