Structure, Architecture and Conservation of The Guggenheim, NYC.

  • 16 Feb 2010
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 569-3188


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It took over three years to complete the restoration work on this master piece designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959 . This is one of the most  significant conservation projects to be completed in the US in 2009. It represents innovative preservation treatments and an intensive collaboration between the three firms involved WASA Studio A Preservation Architects, Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineers and Integrated Conservation Resources Inc. Material Conservators. The speakers will provide insight into the restoration approach.

Speakers: Ed Meade, Principal at Robert Silman Associates,
Angel Ayon, Senior Associate for WASA Studio, and Amanda Thomas-Trienens of Integrated Conservation Resources Inc.

For more information See Article in NY Times:

Speaker Biographies
Amanda Thomas Trienens  – Conservator at Integrated Conservation Resources Inc.

Amanda received her M.S. in Historic Preservation and an Advanced Certificate  in Architectural Conservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Her  thesis work “Repair Mortars for the Ayyubid Wall, Cairo” received  an award for outstanding thesis and she went on to pursue the Advanced  Certificate to develop a pilot treatment program and an RFP for the National  Park Service on the Second Bank of the United States, Philadelphia, PA.  Her work experience includes conservation assistance at the Architectural  Conservation and Research Center in Philadelphia, PA, Architectural Conservation,  Inc. in Berkeley, CA, Fairmount Park Trust for Historic Preservation in  Philadelphia, PA, and Architectural Preservation, Inc. in Philadelphia,  PA, and project management in San Francisco, CA. Her work at ICR includes  conditions assessments, material testing and treatment recommendations. She coordinated the material testing work at the Guggenheim.

Ed Meade, Principal at Robert Silman Associates
Ed has designed innovative structural solutions while preserving and maintaining the original architectural and structural elements. He has been instrumental in saving significant historic buildings-in the process giving them decades of new life and productive use. As Director of Preservation, Mr. Meade provides RSA's staff of structural engineers with information and guidance in conjunction with their direct field experience. This enhances their knowledge of the historic preservation approach to older buildings. This permits our knowledge of existing buildings to be applied to new construction. Mr. Meade shares his understanding and expertise by lecturing at industry events across the U.S. and Canada.

Ed has worked on projects focusing on the historic preservation, stabilization, and/ or reuse of existing buildings. These projects have included numerous national historic landmarks. The range of his work includes the preservation of a five hundred year old stone church in Puerto Rico to the sensitive study and restoration of the wood structure of Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms in New Jersey. His experience has taught him to become an advocate for respect for historic materials, use of modern analysis techniques and materials, and the importance of a collaborative team approach to surveying, analyzing, designing repairs, and implementing repairs for existing buildings. His work has included use of advanced nondestructive evaluation techniques, sustainable design, and leading edge analysis, monitoring, and measuring techniques.

Angel Ayón, LEED AP Senior Associate for Preservation, WASA/Studio A
Angel Ayón is a Senior Associate at WASA/Studio A. He is trained and experienced in architecture and historic preservation in both his native Havana and New York City. At WASA, Mr. Ayón acts as a Senior Conservator, Project Architect and Project Manager providing documentation, existing condition assessment, design, construction administration and quality control for projects involving building envelope evaluation and repair, adaptive reuse and all issues of concrete and masonry conservation, glazing and fenestration, roofing and waterproofing.
Mr. Ayón was the Project Architect for the recently completed exterior restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Since the 1990’s he has been involved in establishing a liaison between sustainability and historic buildings and sites, a topic in which he researched and taught as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Design at his alma mater in Havana, Cuba. Angel Ayón holds a degree in Architecture and an M Sc in Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Built Heritage from Havana’s Polytechnic Institute, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Archaeological Sites from Columbia University in New York.