A Future-Oriented Preservation
Is this an oxymoron? Can historic preservation be more about the future than the past? Atkin Olshin Schade Architects (Santa Fe, NM and Philadelphia, PA) believes so. Shawn Evans, AIA, Principal of AOS Architects, will explain their innovative approach to historic preservation and discuss the exhibition of their work currently up in Venice, Italy as part of the Biennale International Architecture Exhibition. This talk will include a diverse set of preservation projects including nearby Pueblo villages and historic sites around the country. The talk will focus the Palace of the Governors, where AOS Architects is leading the long-term preservation of the interiors, beginning with the current HVAC and fire suppression project. Shawn will explore how change can be accommodated in significant places of the past, in ways that provide agency to contemporary peoples struggling to balance their heritage with a bright future.
Shawn Evans, AIA, Principal and Director of Preservation and Cultural Projects, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Shawn Evans leads the Santa Fe office of AOS Architects, a 25-person architecture, planning, and preservation firm with offices in Philadelphia and Santa Fe. He has managed a wide range of projects in higher education, affordable housing, and historic preservation, including projects for UNM, NMSU, SMU, Colorado College, Los Poblanos Historic Inn, and the pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, Santo Domingo, and Zuni. He is currently leading design and preservation projects for the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, the Natural History Science Center at UNM, and new housing for Jemez Pueblo and the Mescalero Apache. Shawn studied architecture at Texas A&M University and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught architectural design at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of New Mexico. Nationally recognized as an innovator in historic preservation, he has spoken at numerous regional and national tribal, preservation, and museum conferences and is a James Marston Fitch Fellow. He currently serves on the board of the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. Shawn is a registered architect in NM, AZ, CO, TX, and PA, and is NCARB certified.