Laser Scanning, tablets, digital photography, LIDAR, BIM, HBIM, GIS, virtual collaboration…these are just some of the tools that we at Quinn Evans Architects utilize in our daily work when working with historic buildings. This week, I had the opportunity to showcase these tools in an hour long talk entitled “An Architect’s Toolbox: Modern Solutions to Historic Problems.” I had first presented this material with my colleague, Brandon Friske, at the 2014 APTI conference in Quebec, Canada last October as part of the Documentation Workshop. The lecture was a general overview of how we use various technologies in our office at the various stages of a project. We divided the technologies into survey/research, design, and management, and I spoke briefly about the major technologies that we use in each area and the natural overlap between them. The talk concluded with a few case studies that illustrated the wide variety of projects across our four offices and how we have adapted technologies to both micro and macro scales. Some of the most important takeways were that technology is ever evolving and there are always new ways to use it - often ways that you do not anticipate from the outset of a project - and that just because a new technology comes along, you shouldn't immediately discard what has come before. Everything has its place and use.