AIA International – Restoring the Past, Protecting the Future: Decarbonizing Historic Buildings

Join , on March 15 for the AIA International Spring Conference Decarbonizing Construction: From Material Production to Preservative Adaptive Reuse, when I’ll speak about Decarbonizing Historic Buildings!

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How can landmarked historic buildings be sensitively transformed into high-performing, energy-efficient buildings, prepared for the next century? We look to the renovation of the landmarked Rubin Hall, a New York University student residence that will be one of the largest Passive House EnerPHit certified residential buildings in the world. Learn how this project serves as a model for the decarbonization of existing building stock across the country, and how the team addressed challenges related to historic preservation, deep-energy retrofits of existing buildings, and installing new all-electric mechanical systems.


Michael Syracuse, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Partner at FXCollaborative. His work on programmatically driven performing arts, higher education, medical education, workplace, and commercial projects—both new construction and adaptive reuse—starts at a project’s inception and carries through construction and occupancy. Michael is driven by the unique culture of each client, combining craft, constructability, and environmental responsibility to support a client’s mission. Michael’s work has encompassed some of New York City’s premiere educational and cultural institutions, including New York University, Juilliard School, Columbia University, and the Brooklyn Friends School. In addition to his architectural work, he stays connected to academia through his support of Rensselaer’s Integrated Design Development studio, offering office and project tours, and serving as a guest reviewer to give students insight into the professional practice of architecture.