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 APTi and NTC Pioneers from Canada’s National Capital Region for the 2017 APT/NTC Joint Conference.


Welcome to the New 2017 Class of Fellows

Joan C. Berkowitz
Joan has been an active member of APTI since 1986 and has served both APTI and APT/NE with distinction, as board member, chair of the nominating committee, co-chair of the student scholarship committee, President and past-president.  When she “retired” from her executive duties at APTI, she then served on the Board at APT/NE, strengthening its relationship with the International board. Joan is an accomplished professional and entrepreneur.  Her extensive portfolio of work on iconic buildings, writings, and papers presented at professional conferences are testimony to her contributions to architectural conservation and preservation technology.



Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEED AP O&M
Carl is a long-time member of APTI, has shown a consistent and fulsome commitment to APTI. Through his work as a founding member of the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation, which he later co-chaired, service on the Board of Directors, and his leadership roles in co-chairing APT’s 2005 Symposium on Sustainable Preservation and the 2008 Symposium on Restoration and Renewal – Reshaping Sustainability, he has firmly thrust APTI into the forefront of defining the relationship between historic preservation and sustainable building practices. His national stature as a champion of historic preservation and sustainable design is also a product of his leadership in several kindred organizations at many levels of involvement – including the National Capital Region Chapter of the US Green Building Council, Maryland Chapter of the AIA, and President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.  In all these roles, he has enthusiastically presented APTI as the pre-eminent organization and resource for cutting-edge, timely, and thoughtful research and technical prowess on sustainable preservation.


 David N. Fixler, FAIA, LEED AP
As a skilled conservation architect, David has become one of the leading practitioners and theorists in historic preservation of modern structures.  His portfolio of projects includes work on such iconic buildings as Alvar Aalto’s Baker House at MIT, the UN Headquarters, Kahn’s Richards Laboratories, Saarinen’s Kresge Auditorium, Pei’s JFK Library, and list goes on.  For nearly two decades David has been a prolific writer and contributor to both APT publications and conferences on topics related to preservation technology and the modern heritage.  His 2001 Bulletin article based on a 1999 presentation at the Banff conference won the Anne deFort Menares award.



 Susan Macdonald
In a distinguished career, spanning 30 years and 3 continents, that started in Sydney, Australia, took her to England, then back to Australia, and now, for the last decade, at the Getty Conservation Institute, Susan has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of heritage conservation practice that is recognized internationally. As the Head of Buildings and Sites at the Getty Conservation Institute since 2008, she leads a department of more than 25 multidisciplinary staff engaged in the development and implementation of over 22 model programs, in over 15 countries, that seek to raise conservation standards and best practices internationally.  The GCI Keeping It Modern program she created and has directed since 2014, distributes significant amounts of funding to support meritorious modern movement projects throughout the world.




 Kyle C. Normandin, PA, AIC
Kyle has contributed significantly to the advancement of the field of preservation technology, especially through his efforts on behalf of APT as well as his work with ICOMOS, DOCOMOMO International and the Journal of Architectural Conservation, where he is a member of the editorial board. He served on the APT board from 1995 through 2012, including four years as treasurer and chair of the Development and Finance Committees.  As Co-chair of the Scholarship and Student Outreach Committee, Kyle was instrumental in establishing the Martin Weaver Student Scholarship fund.   Since 2016, he has served as Chair of the Technical Committee on Modern Heritage.  He served as co-chair of the symposium Renewing Modernism:  Emerging Principles in Practice at the Kansas City conference in 2015.  He has contributed to the Training and Education Committee as a speaker in workshops, most recently the Masonry Façade Cleaning series initiated in Chicago, in 2016.   Kyle has also been a frequent contributor to the APT Bulletin as peer reviewer, author, and guest editor – most recently as guest co-editor of the special issue titled Conservation of Metal Finishes in Modern Architecture.