BEEP San Diego
Public happenings for the Urbana group…

Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office Inaugural Conference.  Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, RPH, AICP, will facilitate a session on urban planning and historic preservation at the Nebraska OHP’s inaugural preservation conference to be held in Omaha in July 2013.

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

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.

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.

University of California, San Diego – Extension Architectural History, Urban Planning & Historic Preservation Classes.  Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, AICP, continues her role as an Instructor within the Urban Planning & Development professional certificate program at the University of California, San Diego – Extension where she teaches courses in urban planning and planning history, historic preservation planning, and architectural history. To view a current class schedule please visit www.extension.ucsd.edu.

American Planning Association Urban Design & Preservation Division.  The National Urban Design & Preservation Division of the American Planning Association is comprised of a nationwide community of professionals dedicated to supporting educational and networking opportunities for planners, urban designers, preservationists and allied professionals. The Division is uniquely concerned with the built environment, particularly urban design, historic preservation, and the legacy of the planning profession. Please visit the Urban Design & Preservation Division website http://planning.org/divisions/urbandesign or contact Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, AICP, Division Chair at info_UDP@planning.org.

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.  To learn more about the program, or to volunteer please email www.beepsandiego@gmail.com.

2011 Congress of History Conference.  The 2011 Congress of History conference focused on the history of women. Urbana Principal, Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, presented research on the life and work of Landscape Architect Harriet Wimmer, FASLA. The 46th annual history conference was held March 4-5, 2011 at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom. For more information please visit http://congressofhistory.org.

County of San Diego Artifact Display Project. Heather Crane, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Historian assisted Artist Jay Johnson in researching and obtaining historic images and artifacts for use in the forthcoming County of San Diego’s Artifact Display Project (ADP). The ADP is an installation of historic photographs and artifacts that represent the technology and equipment employed by the County of San Diego from the late-1800s forward. Also included in the exhibit are historic letters from citizens, meeting minutes, accident report books, and diaries of County employees that help to tell stories of the County’s history. The exhibit opened on October 15, 2010 at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa.

2010 Association of Environmental Professionals Scholarship Recipient. Malia Bassett, MCP (candidate), Junior Planner, received the 2010 student scholarship from the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals (www.sandiegoaep.org). Congratulations!

2010 City of San Diego City Planning & Community Investment Department
- Historical Resource Board Award.  In May 2010 Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, on behalf of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, received an Award of Excellence in Education from the City of San Diego City Planning & Community Investment Department’s Historical Resources Board for the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Built Environment Education Program (BEEP). SDAF received the award for the BEEP Lesson Manual which features 15 lessons that help to teach children education concepts using the built environment. Wendy volunteers as the BEEP Chair and has worked to complete the 15 lessons over the last 1.5 years.

2009 Friends of the San Diego Public Library Award.  In September 2009 Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, on behalf of the Urbana, received an Award of Thanks from the Friends from the San Diego Public Library and the University Heights Branch Library for preservation planning work completed at the historic San Diego State Normal College campus. The property is anchored by the 1910 San Diego State Normal College Teachers Training Building, which is proposed for adaptive reuse as a joint-use library to be shared by the San Diego Unified School District and the City of San Diego. Urbana prepared a Phase 1 Preservation Planning Study for the property and has remained as the Pro Bono Historic Preservation Consultant to the Friends of the University Heights Joint-Use Library Task Force.

June 2009 Master Architect Lloyd Ruocco Lecture.  Urbana is proud to have sponsored the June 2009 San Diego Historic Places lecture on master architect Lloyd Ruocco, FAIA. Ruocco’s death in 1981 left a group of individuals passionate about maintaining his legacy and body of work in San Diego. Landscape Architect Todd Pitman, ASLA, presented a chronology on Ruocco and shared his experience in researching Ruocco’s work in San Diego.
San Diego Historic Places is an educational program of the San Diego Historical Society. For more information please visit:
 http://sandiegohistoricplaces.com or www.sandiegohistory.org.

August 2008 Municipal Preservation Seminar.  Urbana Principal Wendy L. Tinsley Becker, AICP, moderated the August 26, 2008 seminar entitled Municipal Preservation Programs Throughout San Diego County. The half-day seminar was sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association and the UCSD Extension Urban Planning & Development Program. For information on future seminars or professional development opportunities please visit the San Diego APA website at www.sdapa.org and the UCSD Extension website at www.extension.ucsd.edu.

June 2008 Master Architect Lillian Rice Lecture.  Urbana is proud to have sponsored the June 2008 San Diego Historic Places lecture on master architect Lillian Rice, AIA. The Lillian Rice designed ZLAC Rowing Club at the shore of Mission Bay, provided the perfect setting for Cultural Landscape Specialist Vonn Marie May to present images and stories of the career of Lillian Rice, one of the first female graduates of the UC Berkeley School of Architecture. With its rustic board-clad exterior walls and exposed ceiling trusses, the ZLAC Clubhouse embodies the Bay Area Tradition and gives evidence to the architectural roots, philosophy and education of Lillian Rice.
San Diego Historic Places is an educational program of the San Diego Historical Society. For more information please visit: http://sandiegohistoricplaces.com or www.sandiegohistory.org.


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