Preservation Snapshots Lectures

Preservation Snapshots is one of Landmarks Illinois’ longest running educational programs. Since 2001, the series has provided 175 lectures on diverse preservation-related topics to our members and the public. Guest speakers have included architects, historians, preservation professionals, planners, authors and architectural historians. Landmarks Illinois has partnered with venues such as Chicago Cultural Center, The Auditorium Theatre and AIA Chicago to bring over 8,000 attendees the opportunity to learn about Illinois’ remarkable past and the community benefits of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and to be inspired to take action in their own communities.

Women Who Built Illinois

This summer, Landmarks Illinois launched an exciting new initiative, “Women Who Built Illinois,” a database of places in the state created by women. The project will compile data on women architects, engineers, developers, designers and builders in Illinois between 1879 and 1979 and their built projects throughout the state. Join Landmarks Illinois Director of Advocacy Lisa DiChiera and Landmarks Illinois Skyline Council Member Erica Ruggiero of McGuire Igleski & Associates to learn about the project findings to date and how you can help. (Learn more about this project here) (Photo: 5000 block of Wilson Ave., Chicago, builder Mary E. Wilson. Credit: Ellen Kaulig)


Tuesday, September 22, 2020
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Via Zoom


Reservation required. $5 Members/$7 Public




Lisa DiChiera has been Director of Advocacy for Landmarks Illinois since 2003. Previously, she held positions with Hines Interests and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Lisa has a Bachelor’s of Art in Art and Architectural History from UCLA and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Erica Ruggiero is  a member of Landmarks Illinois’ emerging professionals committee, the Skyline Council, and is a Principal at the women-owned architecture firm McGuire Igleski & Associates. Erica received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Interior Design with a graduate certificate in urban design from Florida State University and has a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Donovan Rypkema September 16 Presentation

Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics led a Preservation Snapshots Lecture September 16, 2019, “Lessons for Chicago: Recent Findings on the Impacts of Historic Preservation.” See his presentation below. 


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