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The immaculately preserved 55-acre property proved to be an appropriate venue to host nearly two hundred architects; facilities managers; restoration and renovation contractors; building owners; classicists, and preservationists. The former residence of Mr. and Mrs. Bowman Gray, built in the 1920s, Graylyn Estate is now an executive conference center, with 85 private guest rooms, 15 meeting rooms, and overflowing with old-world charm.

The Mews at Graylyn

The Mews at Graylyn.

The Traditional Building Conference education focused on the appropriate application of replacement windows and the sensitive restoration of windows and exteriors. 

AIA Continuing Education

AIA Continuing Education System registered seminars included: “ Repairing Wooden Windows,” “Window Rehabilitation and Replacement,” “Case Studies of Repair for Metal Windows,” “Window Sizes in Historic Buildings,” “Stone Tracery for Stained Glass Windows—Combining Ancient Craftsmanship with Modern Technology,” “The Benefits of Storm Windows,” “Case Studies of Residential and Commercial Windows,” “Historic Window Repair and Replacement Projects,” and a field trip-architectural tour on each day: “The Restoration of Union Station” in downtown Winston Salem and “Wake Forest University’s Sustainable Traditional Architecture.”

Winston-Salem Union Station

A look inside Winston-Salem's Union Station.

An Overview of the Speakers

Over two busy days, speakers from around the country shared their knowledge, advice and passion for traditional building and historic preservation. 

Our presenters included: Samuel Binkley, AIA, Senior Project Manager, Wake Forest University; Edwin Bouldin, AIA, NCARB; James S. Collins, Architect; Kimber Degling, Innerglass Window Systems, LLC; Brent Hull, Artisan and President, Hull Millwork, Inc; April Larkins, Senior Project Manager, The Christman Company; Rosalba Ledezma, AIA, Senior Advisor, Wake Forest University; David Martin, President, Allied Window, Inc; Charles “Chick” McBrien, Regional Manager, Architectural, CSI, CDT, Marvin Windows and Doors; Stuart McCormick, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, President/Design Principal, Lambert Architecture + Interiors; Michelle M. McCullough, Project Planner, City-Council Planning; Jim Nelson, Sales Manager, Mon-Ray, Inc; Richard William Off, AIA, Senior Staff Architect, Hoffmann Architects, Inc; Rachel Palisin, PE, LEED AP, Senior Engineer, Hoffmann Architects, Inc; Sam Pardue, Indow Windows; Stephen Payne, Owner, Payne/Bouchier, Inc; Chris Poe, PE, Director, Planning and Construction, Wake Forest University; John Sandor, Architectural Historian, Technical Preservation Services, US NPS DOI; Kurtis Suellentrop, VP – Sales & Marketing, Winco Window Company; Kyle Sword, Business Development Manager, Pilkington North America; Chad Thorell, Partner, Historical Arts & Casting, Inc; Laurie L. Wells, VP Sales & Marketing, Old World Stone Ltd; and Bill Wilder, Director of Technical Sales, Graham Architectural Products.

Winston-Salem Union Station windows

Pilkington's windows at Union Station.

Dedicated Sponsors

Our supplier sponsors play an important role in the education too: Marvin Windows and Doors, Pilkington North America, Allied Window, Ludowici, Weimann Metalcraft, Crown Point Cabinetry, and Historical Arts and Casting. Crittall, Ltd. is a Silver Sponsor. Bronze sponsors include Haddonstone, Innerglass, Old World Stone, Mon-Ray, Kuiken Brothers Company Inc, and Indow. Regional sponsors Kolbe, Trimline Wood Windows, Winco Windows, Graham Architectural Products, Abatron, Vintage Millwork & Restoration, Seekircher Steel Window, Connor Mill-Built Homes, and D.C. Mitchell LLC. As always, we are profoundly grateful to our sponsors for their continued support and all they do for the Traditional Building community.

Graylyn facade

Close-up of Graylyn Estate.

Two-Day Interactive Symposium

The Traditional Building Conference Series delivers focused, relevant education for architects, contractors, craftspeople, designers, building owners, and facilities managers in a time-efficient format at beautiful historic venues. In a two-day interactive symposium, you will learn from best-in-class experts and practitioners about historic preservation, adaptive use, urban infill, classical design, sustainable design, building restoration/maintenance, and traditional craft.

Learn More

For information about the education programs, please contact Judy Hayward at or 802-674-6752. Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Peter H. Miller at and partnership inquiries to Griffin Suber, Registration inquiries may be directed to Carolyn Walsh at .

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