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The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) is planning a workshop on design and construction of historic structures along the Gulf Coast.  Vermilionville will be the site for the workshop on Nov. 20, 2008 in Lafayette, Louisiana.  On Nov. 21 the group will be visiting structures around Lafayette that are representative of the principles learned during the first day.

Held in partnership with the AIA South Louisiana, Bayou Vermillionville District, EnvironMental Design, Louisiana State University School of Architecture, Tulane School of Architecture the workshop will be a combination of lecture, group discussion, and site visits. Cost for the workshop is $125 and those interested may apply online by visiting the NCPTT website or by calling 318-356-7444.

The workshop will cover a number of specialized topics that are critical to historic preservation and design along the gulf coast such as:

  • evolution of buildings within the Gulf Coast environment
  • introduction to Gulf Coast climate
  • introduction to sustainable design principles
  • environmental architecture from pre-history to the present
  • applying lessons learned to improve sustainability of historic buildings

People from many walks of life may benefit from this workshop, including:

  • architects
  • engineers
  • state and local government employees
  • architecture students
  • preservation studies students

Several regional sustainability experts are developing the workshop. The instructors are:

  • Edward J. Cazayoux, Principal of  EnvironMental Design
  • Eugene D. Cizek, Director of the Preservation Studies Program, Tulane University
  • Barrett Kennedy, Professor of Architecture at Louisiana State University
  • Mark W. Thomas III, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Tulane University

Looking at Environmental Adaptations in Design along the Gulf Coast

The workshop is the first of a series developed focusing on the impact of natural disasters on buildings along the gulf coast, design adaptations of historic structures in response to the coastal environment, and ways to incorporate these ideas in sustainable design.

Historically buildings were designed to adapt to the environment they were located.  Before the advent of modern day heating, venting and cooling systems buildings were designed and materials were chosen specifically for the hot, humid climate along the Gulf Coast.  These adaptations and materials can now be incorporated in new construction or returned to use in historic structures for increased sustainability.


Flickr stream on examples of Gulf Coast structural adaptation

NCPTT Architecture and Engineering Program webpage


NCPTT uses technology to serve the future of America’s heritage through applied research and professional training. Since its founding in 1994, NCPTT has awarded over $6 million in grants for research that fulfills its mission of finding solutions to the challenges faced in preserving our nation’s cultural heritage through the innovative application of advances in science and technology. The Center is located in Lee H. Nelson Hall on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  For more information about NCPTT, visit the Center’s website:

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119