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Lecture: Repurposing Everyday Buildings

March 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Repurposing Everyday Buildings: Extraordinary Renovations of Ordinary Structures
Bea Spolidoro & Eric Fisher
Tuesday, March 26
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg 15221

In the past, only large institutions could afford to completely renovate their buildings. Yet now, private clients are often asking architects to radically renovate modest structures.  Although their primary interest may be in lowering the project budget, many owners are also happy to preserve the past, minimize their use of vanishing resources and communicate a progressive brand. This lecture will feature examples of European adaptive reuse, where citizens respect history but funding is often sparse. Come learn why preserving a variety of buildings is important, not just those that have been deemed special and be introduced to examples of extraordinary renovations of ordinary structures and techniques for implementing adaptive reuse strategies in unexpected ways.

About the presenters:

Bea Spolidoro AIA, LEED Green Associate, WELL AP, is an Italian Architect registered in Pennsylvania who has been working with Pittsburgh-based firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative since 2012. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at a local level. Her Italian background motivates her to be a steward of healthy, sustainable design and of preservation.  As a result, her projects aim to improve both the built world and society. 

Eric Fisher AIA, LEED AP, is the principal at Fisher ARCHitecture, a Pittsburgh firm he founded in 2006. A fourth generation Pittsburgher, Eric has more than 25 years of experience as an architect, working in Europe and the United States, including a four-year apprenticeship with Richard Meier detailing the Los Angeles Getty Museum. He holds engineering and visual arts degrees from Dartmouth College along with an architecture degree from Harvard University.

This lecture is FREE to public. RSVPs are appreciated: or 412-471-5808 ext. 527.


March 26, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, 15221 United States
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633