Historic Resources

This committee meets the second Wednesday of the month via Zoom. Please contact rhonda@aiahouston.org if you are interested in joining.

The objective of the AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and assist in the preservation of the architectural heritage of the greater Houston area. The committee is engaged in promoting the role of historic architecture within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public. Contact the chair or staff liaison to learn more about the committee and how to get involved.

Spring Series
The goal of the series is to promote exceptional historic preservation/ adaptive reuse projects, lessons learned and innovative strategies that we, as community members and/or design and construction professionals can learn from when working within the context of existing and/or historic buildings.

Wood Window Workshop
The AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee will be hosting our 3rd annual Wood Window Workshop in March of 2020, and we're looking for double-hung wood windows to restore!  The past two AIA Houston Wood Window Workshops took place at 1548 Heights church, a City of Houston Protected Landmark, during a two-day weekend event.  Each event hosted over 30 registered attendees, ranging from AIA members, architects, engineers and community members and several double-hung wood windows of the building were restored.

Building Houston Oral History Project
Currently the HRC is focused on the Building Houston Oral History Project. In partnership with the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library at the University of Houston, the committee is gathering, producing, publishing and archiving interviews of people who strongly impacted Houston’s built environment. The project includes the digitization of earlier audio interviews captured in 1980, as well as coordinating current audio and video interviews amongst local architects, architectural scholars, developers and philanthropists. The collection is ongoing effort; please check back often to experience new subjects.

Historic Resources
Research a building or site? Curious about Houston’s architectural history?  The HRC has compiled a list of Historic Resources comprised of archival materials, available both online and in public archive collections. Available resources include photos; maps; newspapers; books; historic designation documentation; local, state and federal tax credit programs; historic preservation organizations and more.




Master of the Midcentury, The Architecture of William F. Cody Lecture