Keynote – James B. Lindberg


We are pleased to welcome James B. Lindberg to the 2018 conference to deliver the Richard A. Grills Keynote Address in Historic Preservation.

Lindberg is Vice President of Research and Policy at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through his leadership of the Trust’s Preservation Green Lab and the ReUrbanism initiative for cities, he seeks innovative ways to encourage building reuse and create more vibrant, equitable, and resilient communities.

Jim has more than 25 years of experience in historic preservation, planning, and sustainable development. He has led a range of nationally recognized preservation and sustainable development projects for the National Trust, including the adaptive use of a former dude ranch in Rocky Mountain National Park and the green rehabilitation of a historic school in Denver. Jim is the author of numerous reports, articles, and books on architecture, planning, and preservation and is a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver.

Reset to Default: Making Building Reuse the New Normal
Civic leaders and advocates across the country are seeking to create more inclusive, healthy, and sustainable communities of the future. Research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Research & Policy Lab points to the potential of a “reuse dividend” that can help communities achieve these goals, by taking preservation policies and practice to greater scale and impact.

Lindberg’s keynote address is made possible through a generous grant from the Southeastern New England Educational and Charitable Foundation.

Salve Regina University gratefully acknowledges the Southeastern New England Educational and Charitable Foundation, whose support helped to this conference possible. Thanks to the foundation and Salve Regina’s dedicated faculty, students are able to learn the skills they need to embark on careers that preserve, restore and protect our treasured historical heritage.

Special thanks to the family of the late Richard Grills, founder of the SNEC. From his humble beginnings as a janitor, then plant manager, then owner of the Bradford Dying Association in Rhode Island, Mr. Grills was an ardent supporter of historic preservation and environmental conservation. Only a high-school graduate himself, Mr. Grills had a deep respect for a college education and so directed the efforts of the foundation to support those seeking advanced degrees. Salve Regina gratefully acknowledges the generous support of  Mr. Grills’ daughter, Sharon Grills Jackson, and her husband, author and Salve alumnus Stephen Leal Jackson ’15 (Ph.D.), both foundation trustees, through whom Mr. Grills proud legacy lives on.