Yesterday’s symposium, Architecture Matters!, exceeded our expectations. Attendance was higher than we had anticipated, the crowd was passionate, and the accolades were enthusiastic. We estimate that over 400 participated in the day-long event. Blair Kamin provided our keynote address (right) in which he covered both Greensboro’s and Chicago’s architectural DNA [re: Donald Trump and his tower].
Well, for Preservation Greensboro’s small staff, this was a daunting project, and it took every bit of our attention for a few weeks to plan for this event. We are glad we did. It was a great investment for us and especially the community.
We could not have pulled it off without the support of our co-sponsors. Leading the way was J. Hyatt Hammond Associates/ Architecture + Engineering + Interiors. It was their largess that afforded our guest speaker, Blair Kamin, to help celebrate their 50 birthday. In addition, Downtown Greensboro Inc, The Craft Insurance Company, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, and the UNCG Department of Interior Architecture all contributed time, planning skills, funding, and volunteer staffing to make this event successful. Thank you!
We also could not have accomplished this event without our Preservation Greensboro volunteers and staff. Ashley Black, Julie Curry, Louisa Lauver, and Jane Levy each contributed in special ways. Our staff members Judi Kastner and Ashley Poteat devoted additional time and energy to this event. Thank you to all.
Now its time to take stock and let things calm down, however, I am heartened to see the broad interest in history and architecture in Greensboro. I hope we will have additional exciting plans to announce in coming months, especially in coordination with Greensboro’s Bicentennial.
In the meantime, thanks Greensboro for supporting this event. Without question its success proves that architecture matters to the Gate City.