College of Fellows

The College of Fellows fulfills a variety of salient functions within APT. Overall, the college advises the Board of Directors on issues regarding the advancement of philosophy and practice of preservation technology. Members of the College serve on committees or in other capacities, as needed. 

The College of Fellows honors those APT members who have provided valuable services to the preservation field and to APT. Each year at the APT annual conference the College of Fellows inducts up to six new members.

The College of Fellows Jury, which consists of five members, reviews the nominations and elects those for invitation to the fellowship.  The jury, a committee of the College of Fellows, includes three Fellows selected by the College, one member at Large, and one member of the Board of Directors selected by the APT President with the approval of the Board of Directors.

A special thank you to APT's 2003 College of Fellows member, François LeBlanc, for preparing a tribute to APT and NTC pioneers from Canada’s National Capital Region for the 2017 APT/NTC Joint Conference. 

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For further information contact APT.


 Welcome to the New 2020 Class of Fellows

Mark BrandtFor four decades Mark Brandt has dedicated his professional career to Architecture, Historic Preservation, and advancing the profession, while encouraging the next generation of practitioners. Mark served for seven years as Co-Chair of the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (TCSP) and four years as a director on the APT Board of Directors. Mark began his career in architecture in 1978, receiving his degrees from the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University. He has worked with students as a professor and as program committee chairs at Algonquin University and Carlton University for nearly twenty years. While Mark’s work is centered in Ottawa, his focus has been global, with work throughout North America and Europe. He has been on the forefront of merging best practices in preservation and sustainability, to keep these practices alive and relevant in the urban environment, with cultural heritage and affordable housing receiving the attention and excellence needed for diversity in the built environment, and for the urban fabric to remain vibrant. Mark has received multiple awards for his work both in Ottawa and in Ontario including the CAHP Design Award of Excellence for adaptive reuse of the Hall of State of the House of Commons, the Urban Design Award for Excellence, Sir John A MacDonald Building, PRESERVING THE PAST TRANSFORMING TOMORROW MAY 29, 2020 and the RPIC Federal Heritage Award for Excellence in Heritage Conservation.

His seven years as Co-Chair and leader of the TCSP allowed this committee to become one of the strongest at APT. His generous spirit brings people to the table, and creates teams that willingly give their time and attention to APT. He inspires others, and there is no greater asset an organization can have than a dedicated volunteer like Mark Brandt.

John DumsickJohn Dumsick currently serves as the Senior Structural Engineer in the Department of State, Overseas Buildings Operations, Office of Cultural Heritage where he has worked to develop a program that integrates preservation technology throughout all Department of State projects around the world. John has worked on structural stabilization and repairs to locally or nationally protected buildings in Algiers, Algeria; Tangier, Morocco; Barcelona, Spain; Florence and Rome, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; Stockholm, Sweden; Panama City, Panama; and Valletta, Malta. The buildings range in age from the early sixteenth century to the early twentieth century and are built using construction methods traditional to the host nation. In addition, he has worked with facility managers on coatings and moisture issues, as well as metal window restoration projects around the world. John has been instrumental in bringing in preservation professionals, many of whom are APTI members, to give brown bag lunch presentations to Department of State architects, engineers, and facility managers.

John is a graduate of Texas A&M and the Savannah College of Art and Design, has enjoyed mentoring students and emerging preservation professionals, and has been extensively engaged in professional engineering boards and associations, contributing his expertise and his passion about preservation engineering. John is not only passionate about the field of preservation, but also about the Association for Preservation Technology.

For over 15 years, John has provided valuable service to advance the activities of APT. He served on the APT Board from 2007-2008 and was co-chair of the Preservation Engineering Technical Committee from 2007-2018, where he coordinated workshops, shared his experience with young engineers through APT’s Student Design Competition Task Force, and brought to fruition APT’s David Fischetti Award. He also served as Secretary of APT DC from 2006-2007. During his time as a member of APTI John has presented at APT Conferences in Atlanta (2006), San Juan (2007), Victoria (2010), Charleston (2012), and Miami (2019) and he has co-chaired preservation engineering workshops in Quebec (2014), San Antonio (2016), and Miami (2019).

Mary JablonskiMary Jabolnski is one of APTNE Chapter’s most distinguished members who contributed greatly to the growth, membership diversity, and stability of the chapter. As a founding partner of Jablonski Building Conservation, and a dedicated APT member since 1989, Mary has provided the chapter as well as APTI extraordinary support with time and money, as well as regularly sharing her historic preservation knowledge with our industry and membership.

One of Mary's significant contributions was in her role as co-Chair of the 2013 Annual Conference in New York City, where she tirelessly coordinated with her team all aspects of the largest APT annual conference, including committee coordination, venue selection, participating in paper selection and finding a keynote speaker, and fundraising over $400,000.

Mary has presented at seven APT Annual conferences and has committed herself to the advancement and education of historic preservation technology, constantly pushing for her staff and students to do the same. She is a member of both APT's Technical Committee on Modern Heritage and the Technical Committee on Materials. Her paper Cast Pyrex Glass Block: Illuminating Its History and Conservation Issues, received APT’s prestigious Anne de Fort-Menares Award in 2010.

As an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University since 2002, she has contributed to the future of the historic preservation community by developing and mentoring future conservators. Many APT NE members and Board members have been her students.

Mary prides herself on doing the right thing and is the consummate professional, providing expertise, a collaborative spirit, and a dedication to her clients, colleagues, students, and the structures she works on. This diligence has earned her widespread respect and admiration.

Walter SedovicWalter Sedovic embodies the ideals, values and mission of APT and the College of Fellows. Walter’s credentials, including his leadership roles, professional committees, special assignments, honors and awards, speaking engagements and keynote addresses, papers, publications and professional journals, and in particular his years of dedication to APT, speak to his enduring commitment to the field of heritage preservation. In 2019, Walter’s professional expertise was affirmed by APT in the bestowal of Recognized Professional.

Before the term sustainable preservation was coined, Walter was pushing the boundaries of traditional preservation, synthesizing the inherently sustainable attributes of heritage structures with doctrines of green building and sustainable design, and promoting collaboration between disparate fields. As a founding member of the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (TCSP), Walter was part of a small group of professionals who led APT to the forefront of the sustainable preservation movement developing conference presentations, papers, panel discussions and training and educational programs on the subject. Walter conceptualized and served as the guest editor for the APT Bulletin: Special Issue on Sustainability (2010) which was the second of APT’s professional publications on the subject.

His knowledge, skill, and guidance have been sought out by myriad organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), APT International and the APT Northeast Chapter. In the last decade for APTI, Walter was a presidential appointee to the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, peer reviewed conference abstracts and Bulletin articles, has been an active member and chaired subcommittees for both the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation and the Technical Committee on Building Codes. Walter strives for cross-pollination and collaboration, stimulates conversation and exploration, promotes education and mentorship, and he empowers those around him.

Walter’s dedication to APT runs deep and his support includes sponsorship and financial support for conferences, workshops, symposia, and student scholarships, advancing international chapters and underwriting conference registration to encourage Latin American attendance, working to expand membership, and exploring inter-organizational relationships and partnerships.