At the Crossroads

Exploring the Intersection of Planning, Preservation, & Change

In 2023, the APA Urban Design and Preservation Division partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions to explore the intersection of planning, preservation, and change. The initiative features joint educational webinars, in-person conference panels, and an update of APA’s historic preservation policies and advocacy positions.

Interested in participating? Complete our initiative contact form!

May is National Preservation Month! Register for our special Division preservation webinars on May 3 and May 31!

APA Historic and Cultural Resources Policy Update

Our Division is working with the APA Legislative Policy Committee on opportunities to update the 1997 APA Historic and Cultural Resources Policies to more effectively advocate for preservation and planning at the federal and state levels. The update would help decision-makers consider and incorporate historic resources in a more integrative way aligned with today’s critical planning issues:

  • Housing Production
  • Zoning & Regulatory Reform
  • Climate Change & the Environment
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Economic Development
  • Equity

We're looking for volunteers who have an interest in participating in this effort.

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Project Resources

APA Policy Guide on Historic and Cultural Resources (Adopted 1997)



The Relevancy Guidebook: How We Can Transform the Future of Preservation

Friday, May 3, 2024 | 1 PM - 2:30 PM ET

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Register for the UDPD Webinar with Bonnie McDonald, CEO and President, Landmarks Illinois

Planning, Preservation, and Change: The Federal Perspective

Friday, May 31, 2024 | 1 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Register for the UDPD Webinar with Sara Bronin, Chair, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation



Planning, Preservation & Change: Part I Webinar, How Planning and Preservation Can Work Together to Create Great Places


Planning, Preservation & Change: Part 2 Webinar, An Effective Planning Tool



Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation: Opportunities in 2024 (National Trust for Historic Preservation Forum)


ACHP Housing and Historic Preservation Policy Statement

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Read APA Comment Letter on Draft ACHP Housing and Historic Preservation Policy Statement


ACHP Climate Change and Historic Preservation Policy Statement

Read Policy Statement


ACHP Chair’s Report: Reviewing and Modernizing Federal Historic Preservation Standards

Read Chair's Report