Our Webinar Program

Our Division offers a robust webinar series for our membership. In many cases, we partner with organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other APA Divisions to offer a diverse program of urban design and historic preservation educational sessions.

Check back for regular updates and upcoming webinars. you can explore and watch our previous webinars here.

2024 Division Webinars

2024 Urban Design and Preservation Division Webinar Program

Hosted by APA Divisions and Chapters Planning Webcast Series

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

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

Speaker: Bonnie McDonald, CEO & President, Landmarks Illinois

Join Landmarks Illinois CEO Bonnie McDonald to discuss the preservation field's current challenges based on her interviews with preservation professionals and advocates. Key findings from the Relevancy project include creating a just preservation movement, dismantling preservation's "culture of preciousness," focusing on affordable housing, addressing climate change, and creating preservation job opportunities. [CM: 1.5]

Registration Closed


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

Planning, Preservation, and Change: The Federal Perspective

Speaker: Sara Bronin, Chair, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Sara C. Bronin, the Senate-confirmed Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, underscores the importance of historic and cultural resources within the federal development portfolio and offers a refreshing approach to historic preservation and its role in addressing some of today’s most pressing issues. Chair Bronin recently issued a report on federal historic preservation standards that guide federal, state, and local regulatory processes, and she is encouraging new interpretations and additions to them that respond to the need for economic growth and housing, environmental sustainability, and climate change.  She is also guiding the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation through a process that could update the way these standards are interpreted in upwards of 120,000 federal agency actions reviewed under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act annually. [CM: 1.5]

Register for May 31 Webinar


Friday, June 21, 2024 | 1 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Connecting Stadiums to Communities

Speaker: Janet Marie Smith, Executive Vice President, Planning and Development, Los Angeles Dodgers and Founder & Executive Chair, Canopy Team

When carefully planned with their surroundings, new sports facilities offer the opportunity to revitalize communities, promote economic development, and create great places. Learn lessons from renowned urban designer and architect Janet Marie Smith, who was instrumental in overseeing the design of the pioneering Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the renovation of historic Fenway Park in Boston, the development of minor league and spring training stadiums, and the recent modernization of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. In addition to serving as the Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Smith and Fran Weld, recently formed Canopy, a woman-led company devoted to the design and management of sports projects and their surrounding developments. [CM 1.5]

Register for June 21 Webinar