The Landmark Society of Western New York is hosting the 2019 New York Statewide Preservation Conference in Rochester on April 25-27.
The conference will be in the heart of downtown Rochester, in newly rehabbed and in-progress spaces in the preservation of Sibley Square. More than 350 experts, grassroots community advocates and new voices in the preservation movement from across the state will come together to share successes, challenges and new strategies.
“This year, we are placing an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and equity in the preservation movement,” said Wayne Goodman, Landmark Society executive director. “We have increased representation of diverse backgrounds in our roster of speakers and session topics.”
The pre-conference training April 25 will focus on intersectional diversity and inclusion training and conference partners are introducing a Diversity Scholarship Program to support leaders from under-represented communities.
“These efforts are small steps forward, meant to acknowledge the importance of diverse perspectives in today’s preservation movement and profession,” said Goodman. “Preservation must help tell the stories of people from all racial, ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, gender, and generational backgrounds. We hope you will join us in this endeavor.”
The conference is a multi-day gathering for anyone involved in preservation and community revitalization.
“It’s an opportunity to learn, network, become inspired and, yes, have fun,” said Caitlin Meives, Landmark Society preservation planner. “It is the preservation event in New York State.”
Conference keynote speaker is Lee Bey, a photographer, writer, lecturer and consultant whose work deals in the documentation and interpretation of the built environment — and the political, social and racial forces that shape spaces and places.
He is an expert on architecture, architectural history and the development of cities. He has been interviewed by a range of media outlets on the subject, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, CityLab, WTTW Chicago Public Television, WGN-TV, Echappees Belles, an international travel show on TV5MONDE Europe and That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles, produced by KCET-TV in Los Angeles. He has lectured before audiences at the University of Hamburg, the University of Michigan, City Club of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Arts Club of Chicago and Palm Springs’ Modernism Week.
Bey, a senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, also served as deputy chief of staff for urban planning under former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. He was also governmental affairs director for the Chicago office of the architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Bey was also executive director of the Chicago Central Area Committee.
Rochester Colonial is a title sponsor and major sponsors are Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation and Winn Development. Media sponsor is WXXI and local partners include the city of Rochester, AIA Rochester and 540 WMain Communiversity.
Registration is open; visit to register. Early bird pricing available through April 1. Preservation advocates, community/neighborhood leaders, nonprofit staff and others interested in applying for Diversity Scholarships can visit the conference website for more information.