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It All Began with a Portal: Thoughts on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

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The New York Landmarks Conservancy, in partnership with the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York, cordially invites you to:


It All Began with a Portal: Thoughts on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

With Norma Barbacci, Principal
Norma Barbacci Preservation Consultants LLC

This will be an online lecture.

Norma Barbacci will discuss in broad strokes, the evolution of cultural heritage preservation from a narrow focus on tangible properties to a broader, more complex and more inclusive vision. It will draw parallels from the history and projects of the World Monuments Fund (WMF), a private preservation organization, where Ms. Barbacci was Director of Programs for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal between 2001 and 2017, as well as recent projects of Norma Barbacci Preservation Consultants.

Norma Barbacci is a Preservation Architect with over 30 years of experience in developing and managing preservation projects in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. In 2020, Ms. Barbacci served as the Robert A.M. Stern Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale University School of Architecture. In 2017 she established Norma Barbacci Preservation Consultants, a private consulting firm, specialized in preservation of international cultural heritage.

Prior to joining WMF, Ms. Barbacci worked as a preservation architect at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners for 12 years, as senior project manager, associate, and studio director.

Ms. Barbacci received her B.A. in architecture in 1983 from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.S. in Historic Preservation in 1987 from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Historic Preservation Thesis award for her Master design thesis on the adaptive re-use of a medieval residential complex in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy.

1.0 AIA LU credit is available for qualifying participants.

Suggested donation:
$15 General Admission; $10 General Society Members and New York Landmarks Conservancy Members and Senior Citizens; $5 Students

Advance registration is required to receive the link to the Zoom Webinar platform.


pictured: Aerial view of San Ignacio Mini
photo credit: World Monuments Fund

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