2017 Urbana card

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2016 – La Mesa Historical Society Historic Home Tour | Mt. Helix

In November 2016 Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker served as a tour bus guide for the La Mesa Historical Society’s 11th Annual Historic Home Tour. The tour included seven Modernist homes in the unincorporated community of Mt. Helix in San Diego County. Properties featured included homes designed by Master Builder John Mortenson, and Master Architects Lloyd Ruocco, Homer Delawie, and John Mock. Urbana staffers Jessica Seyforth and Chris Matthews also attended the tour. Kudos to the La Mesa Historical Society for putting together another great tour!

2016 – Paine House Centennial Celebration

Urbana clients Mike Tuke and Lilly Rosa hosted a centennial celebration for their historically designated home, the Paine House. Designed and constructed in 1916 by Master Builder Alexander Schreiber, their Craftsman style home was one of three adjacent homes that Schreiber simultaneously constructed. The Paine House is recognized as an architecturally significant Craftsman home and a masterful example of Schreiber’s work. Urbana is proud to have worked with Mike and Lilly on the designation and Mills Act process for their home. Happy 100th birthday! The party was amazing!

2016 – County of San Diego Valle De Oro Community Planning Group

In September 2016 Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker was appointed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors as a Member of the County’s Valle de Oro Community Planning Group (VDO CPG). The role of the VDO CPG is to advise and assist the County of San Diego officials on matters of planning and land use affecting the group’s 19-square mile area.

2016 – Award of Excellence For Preservation Advancement

In May 2016 Urbana received the Award of Excellence for Preservation Advancement from the City of San Diego Historical Resources Board for our work on the Preservation Planning Study of the San Diego State Normal School Campus and San Diego City Schools Historic Education Complex. Thank you!

2016 Urbana Card

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2015 – National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in Washington, D.C.

In November I attended the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s PastForward conference in Washington, D.C. The conference began with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act. Other attendees and I made congressional visits to advocate for historic preservation issues and funding. A session on intangible heritage included presentations on how organizations in Greenwich Village, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. are working to preserve legacy businesses. Seminars on Asian American historic preservation covered a revitalization project in the Chinatown-International District in Seattle and the history of the first Chinatown in D.C., where the Federal Triangle is now. At the closing event, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spoke on celebrating the National Park Service’s accomplishments within the field of historic preservation, continuing to advocate for funding, and adopting a strategy of inclusion by recognizing diverse stories in our shared heritage. – Christina

2015 – Urbana 10-Year Gear

For Urbana’s 10th year in business we wanted to do something special to commemorate our first decade of success. We worked with Design & Branding Consultant Juliana Giacini to help us come up with a unique anniversary campaign to celebrate Urbana, give thanks to our valued clients and partners, and to develop 10-Year Gear. We decided that we wanted something that popped. Indeed, the 10-Year Card is a pop-up card! Its unique design and construction (custom die cut, scoring and hand assembly) really make the card memorable and fun.

Our gear includes an architectural scale, notepad, pen, mechanical pencil, USB drive, and new ladies t-shirts (we are a woman-owned business after all). Men’s tees are on the way!

Thanks for all of the phone calls and messages – we are so glad you liked the card and gear!

2015 – BEEP San Diego Volunteer Award

Now in its fifth year of action, BEEP San Diego held its annual volunteer appreciation event at Christopher’s on Congress adjacent to Old Town State Historic Park in San Diego. BEEP President, Laura DuCharme Conboy, presented Wendy with a ‘Presidential Citation’ and a wonderful gift of wine and chocolate to mark her time working on BEEP from 2007 forward. In early 2015 Wendy moved to an Ex-Officio position on the BEEP Board of Directors.

2015 – Painting With Light / Field Fashion

Many thanks to professional photographer Dave DeVries for sharing this fashionable photo! In August 2015 Dave instructed me in the art of ‘painting with light’ wherein he had me running around a dark room at five-second intervals and popping the handheld flash to illuminate the space for a large format view. The results will be part of a Historic American Landscape Survey documentation package for historic Collier Park in La Mesa, California. The building is a contributing element to the park. – Wendy.

2015 – San Diego History Center Research Archives

The San Diego History Center is fundraising for new chairs in the research archive. Urbana is proud to serve as a chair sponsor.

2015 – Mastering Business Growth Course

In July 2015 Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker and Office / Operations Manager Jessica Seyforth completed the Mastering Business Growth course, sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric Company. The course consisted of 10 four-hour sessions that focused on business growth, marketing, finance, succession planning, business law, human resources and personnel management. Many thanks to all of the great instructors from Infinity Business Solutions and to our speakers from SDG&E!

2015 Urbana Card

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2015 – 10 years in business!

Happy Labor Day as we celebrate our 10th year of business!

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

– Theodore Roosevelt, September 7, 1903.

2014 – APA Urban Design & Preservation Division Leadership Term Changes

In April 2014 Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, AICP, completed her term as Chair of the APA Urban Design & Preservation Division. She will remain as Immediate Past Chair of the Division until the National Planning Conference in April 2016.

2014 Urbana Card

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2013 – Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office Inaugural Conference

Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, RPH, AICP, presented a session on urban planning and historic preservation at the Nebraska OHP’s inaugural preservation conference held in Omaha in July 2013.

2013 – Next Generation of Leaders: Built Environment Ambassadors

In July 2013 the Built Environment Education Program (BEEP) San Diego graduated its most recent group of 2012-2013 Built Environment Ambassadors from schools throughout the San Diego region.

Offering a curriculum of 17 lessons to inspire, create, connect, and engage elementary, middle, and high school students as leaders and decision makers in their built environment, to-date BEEP San Diego has graduated approximately 300 students as Built Environment Ambassadors. Read the full article by Wendy Tinley Becker here.

2013 – Oceanside Art Museum Architecture Lecture

Wendy L. Tinsley Becker gave a presentation on Modernist Architecture in the San Diego Region at the Oceanside Museum of Art in May 2013.

2013 Urbana Card

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2012 – California Chapter APA Conference in Rancho Mirage California

In October 2012 Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, RPH, AICP, served as a panel speaker for a session on historic preservation program tools in small cities.

2012 – Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter Luncheon

In September 2012 Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker presented the preliminary findings of her research on municipal preservation planning programs in the San Diego region.  The study is a comparative analysis of program components and processes and also includes a tally of municipal preservation programs in the Los Angeles region and throughout California.

2012 Urbana Card

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2011 – Congratulations to the City of Chula Vista!

In October 2011 the City of Chula Vista received an award for its newly adopted historic preservation program from the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter. Urbana is proud to have served as the City’s historic preservation consultant for this award-winning program! Many congratulations to the City for undertaking and adopting the program!

2011 – The Built Environment Education Program (BEEP) San Diego has launched!

After three years of planning, BEEP San Diego’s curriculum is being taught at partner schools in San Diego. Prior to launch, the organization held a test workshop at the New School of Architecture where approximately 40 volunteers worked through three major lessons from BEEP’s curriculum. To learn more about the organization, or to volunteer, please email beepsandiego@gmail.com.


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