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Preservation Power Lunch


The field of historic preservation has made tremendous strides in the last ten years. But with an ever-changing matrix of politics, economy, environment, and public support, what will be the top issues facing the American preservation movement over the next ten years? M. Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, will draw on his experience to highlight what he believes are both challenges and opportunities, with particular attention to livable communities, sustainability, and resiliency. As the current chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and former California State Historic Preservation Officer, he will look ahead at the role of the council in coordinating reviews done under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  Click below for more information about Mr. Donaldson, lunch and the keynote.

We are changing locations and times for this address, but admission is still free and open the public.   This year, we are moving the Keynote to Friday, May 10, at 12 Noon, at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple at 650 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City. 

M. Wayne Donaldson

In June 2010, Milford Wayne Donaldson was appointed by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, LEED AP most recently served as the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for the state of California from 2004 through 2012. The SHPO serves as Chief Administrative Officer of the Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento and as Executive Secretary of the State Historical Resources Commission.

Before his appointment in 2004 by Gov. Schwarzenegger, he had a successful 26 year practice as a preservation architect and contractor in California, Arizona, and Nevada. He is a member of the California State Historic Capitol Commission, a former Chair of the State Historical Building Safety Board, a past member of the State Historical Resources Commission and past-president of the California Preservation Foundation. Donaldson is a board member of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and US/ICOMOS.

He is an architect of innovative design and has received several awards in preservation architecture including the California Council of the American Institute of Architects Award of Excellence and the Historic Preservation Award and the 1996 Preservationist of the Year Award by the California Preservation Foundation. He served as a member of the Preserve America Summit "Determining What's Important" committee.

Donaldson is a 1967 graduate of the California Polytechnic University, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture. He received his Master of Science from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and a Masters in Public History and Teaching from the University of San Diego.

He and his wife, Laurie, reside in Sacramento in a signature Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects 1963 mid-rise condominium. Their family includes one daughter, Erica Lynn Donaldson and two sons, Jaret Blankenship and Nevin Blankenship.


The Preservation Power Lunch is open to the public, free of charge.  However, lunch is not included with the speech.  We are offering a delicious boxed lunch at $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the Conference.  Lunch is included with all of the registration packages (All-In-One and CLG).  Advance sales have closed; come to the Conference to get a boxed lunch.  Guests may also bring their own lunch if they wish.