Carl Elefante, FAIA, LEED AP O+M, a principal and director of sustainability with the design firm of Quinn Evans Architects, has been inducted to the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) College of Fellows.
Noted by the jury as “a champion of the intersection of preservation and sustainability, and a visionary,” Elefante was recognized for his decades of leadership in advancing sustainable principles in historic preservation practice.
Elefante is a founding member and former co-chair of APTI’s Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation. He has also served on the organization’s board of directors. In announcing his induction to the College of Fellows, APTI noted that through these leadership roles, as well as co-chairing two national symposiums on sustainable preservation, Elefante has elevated APTI into “the forefront of defining the relationship between historic preservation and sustainable building practices.”
Elefante was also recognized for his “national stature” and prominent roles in other professional organizations. He is the president-elect of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has served on the AIA’s board of directors and on AIA Maryland’s board of directors. Elefante is a former board member of the U.S. Green Building Council and has served on the President’s Council on Sustainable Development.
Elefante holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland (1980). He has directed many of Quinn Evans Architects’ major projects, including the modernization of the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia, Penn.; the renovation of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and the development of a campus heritage plan for Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Elefante envisions an increasingly important role for APTI, noting the challenges that climate change in particular presents to historic preservation efforts.
“APTI has a critically important voice to add to the climate change discussion. Today, with the focus shifting from energy conservation to eliminating the causes of climate change, the work of reconciling the often-competing interests of heritage conservation and sustainable design is far from complete.”
Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP
Elefante is among several Quinn Evans Architects employees who are active in APTI. Tom Jester, AIA, LEED AP, a principal with the firm, is also an APTI Fellow.