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How we use and change the already built world will define architecture in the 21st century, Jean Carroon says.
Boston-based architect Jean Carroon, an expert on applying sustainable design technology to historic buildings, brings her message about the role and influence of historic building preservation to Eugene when she speaks Monday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. in 206 Lawrence Hall, 1190 Franklin Blvd. The event is free and open to the public.
A frequent speaker at national conferences and symposia, Carroon, FAIA, LEED, is the 2012 Chair of the National AIA Historic Resources Committee and the author of Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings. She has worked on some of the most distinguished landmark buildings in America including the White House and H.H. Richardson’s Trinity Church in Boston. She holds both a bachelor degree in international studies and a master degree in architecture from the University of Oregon.
Above: Jean Carroon
“The power of preservation makes a compelling argument that preservation and sustainability don’t just protect the environment but deliver a full range of societal benefits, from job creation to stronger social connection,” says Carroon, the 2012 Sommerville Visiting Lecturer in the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts.
In Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings, Carroon joins forces with others in the architectural community to examine the importance of greening existing buildings to achieve sustainability goals. Her book examines how eco-friendly methods can be applied to existing buildings through a variety of design applications and operational restructuring, from lighting and insulation systems to renewable power options. The book’s forward was written by Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Carroon has spoken at events showcasing the 2011 film “The Greenest Building,” broadcast on PBS stations nationwide and made possible by funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The attention to green preservation has given her a wide-ranging audience from local residents to students to public officials.
A principal at Goody Clancy, a Boston and Washington, D.C., design and planning firm, she has directed the adaptive reuse and preservation of signature buildings in a broad range of sectors, including educational, civic, and cultural projects for clients including Harvard University and the National Park Service.
She is currently working on the renovation of more than fifty historic structures on the St. Elizabeth’s West Campus in Washington, D.C., which will become home of the Department of Homeland Security. She serves as a National Peer Reviewer for Design Excellence in Architecture under appointment by the commissioner of the United States Public Building Service.
Above: Carroon’s book, published by John Wiley & Sons, examines how eco-friendly methods can be applied to existing buildings.
Above: Carroon headed up design of the Trinity Church Undercroft, a new space created under the 1873 H.H. Richardson building in Boston.
Above: The Welcome and Admissions Center at Roger H. Perry Hall, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont, is a LEED-Platinum addition to an 1860s residence that Carroon worked on.