Repurposing Everyday Buildings: Extraordinary Renovations of Ordinary Structures

Expanding adaptive reuse strategies for buildings that would previously have been overlooked or demolished.


In the past, only large institutions could afford to completely renovate existing buildings, but private clients today are asking architects to radically renovate modest structures.  This session will explore their motivations, from project budgets to communicating a progressive brand, and provide a sense of what the changing environment means for you. 

Learn why architects are now expanding the use of adaptive reuse strategies to include buildings that would previously have been overlooked and demolished, review the history of adaptive reuse, and see examples of extraordinary renovations and additions to everyday buildings.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the differences between preservation and restoration as understood in Europe and master the vocabulary of adaptive reuse.
  • Compare strategies and techniques of adaptive reuse using international examples and learn new ways to reuse existing buildings.
  • Analyze examples of adaptive reuse in the United States, and dissect the elements of their success, including the design process and financial impacts.
  • Experience a thoughtful conversation about respecting history while planning for the future.
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  • Eric Fisher

    Eric N. Fisher


    Principal | Fisher ARCHitecture

    Harvard-educated Eric Fisher (AIA, LEED AP) puts the experience he has gained working for renowned...
  • Bea Spolidoro

    Beatrice Spolidoro

    AIA, LEED Green Associate, WELL AP

    Principal | Fisher ARCHitecture

    Bea Spolidoro (AIA, LEED Green Associate, WELL AP) is an Italian architect registered in...