Michael Mills, FAIA, Presents Live, Study, Play: Community in the Work of Eero Saarinen, FAIA

December 2, 2021

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Live, Study, Play: Community in the Work of Eero Saarinen, FAIA


December 14, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:40 PM 


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AIA CNJ December Meeting

When: Tuesday, December 14th, 2021; 5:30pm to 6:40pm

Where: Online / Virtual

Join AIA Central NJ for our Virtual Meeting on December 14th.  Member firm and AIA NJ 2020 Firm of the Year, Mills + Schnoering Architects will be providing our CEU presentation focused on their historic preservation work.  

5:30pm | Networking

5:40pm | Mills + Schnoering Architects: Live, Study, Play: Community in the Work of Eero Saarinen, FAIA


Midcentury dormitories, more than most other campus buildings, are reflective of rapid growth and cultural change – admission of women, lifestyle changes, the post-war increase in student body population and increased need for housing. Many of them have begun to reach a critical point in their lifespan, and preserving, renovating, and adapting them to new cultural trends is imperative for their survival.

This session will discuss the comprehensive renovations recently completed at the University of Pennsylvania’s Hill College House designed by Eero Saarinen, FAIA, in 1960. This historic structure was constructed for freshmen women and its iconography of an urban Italian palazzo created a protective environment.  By contrast, the interior is bright, light-filled, and organized around an open atrium with overlooking balconies.  The interior was designed with spaces for living, study, and play and one of the goals of the renovation was to enhance those facilities in the context of this larger rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn more about the historic context for this landmark work of architecture originally designed by Eero Saarinen in 1962.
  2. Participants will learn how the most significant features of the building were determined and how these features were treated in the renovation design.
  3. Participants will gain insight on how to plan and execute a transformative new design in a significant mid-century modern building while respecting its architectural character.
  4. Participants will learn about specific repair methodologies such as reinforcing existing concrete with applied carbon filament tape.
  5. Participants will learn state-of-the-art techniques for upgrading a historic mid-century modern building to become more energy-efficient and sustainable. 

This course has been approved by AIA for 1 CE Credit.

About Our Speaker

Michael J. Mills, FAIA, has devoted his career to the preservation and adaptive use design of some of the region’s most significant historic structures. He is a member of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and previously has served as Chair of its Advisory Group. He is also a member and past president of Preservation New Jersey, a statewide non-profit devoted to advocacy and preservation of New Jersey’s historic resources. Michael is a national peer reviewer for the GSA Design Excellence Program, and was a long-time member of the NJ Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board.

He has lectured at Princeton University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning; Rutgers University’s Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program, as Associate Graduate Faculty; the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design; the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and has presented papers at national conferences and symposia for the Association for Preservation Technology International, Docomomo-US, and Traditional Building. Publications include the APT Bulletin, the Docomomo International Journal, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Journal, and Design & Historic Preservation: The Challenge of Compatibility (University of Delaware Press).


Registration for this session is FREE for all participants.  When you register, please include your AIA number in the Special Instructions field, if applicable. 

A link to the virtual meeting will be provided within 24 hours of the session.  Please contact LoriAnne at president@aiacnj.org if you have any questions.

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