Faculty Associate, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302
- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Faculty Associate, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lauren brings her experience and professional qualifications in the stewardship of built environments to support and lead practical and sustainable adaptive reuse and restoration solutions to urban and rural development.
Her doctorate was awarded by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, for ground-breaking research into historic masonry and mortars, combining her expertise in construction technology, historic structures and material science. The National Endowment for the Arts funded this research. Building on that this expertise, Lauren’s career has included working for the U.S. and Hungarian governments, academia (where she was a tenured professor of conservation technology), and local communities such as Mesa, AZ, and The Gila River Indian Community. In more recent years, she has been working in the private sector and as Faculty Associate at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She is the 2015 recipient of the Arizona Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Award and a team awardee of the 2019 Mesa Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rehabilitation & Restoration.
Lauren has published over 100 articles, briefs, and reviews; and has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences. In particular, in 1999, she authored two books: The Use of and Need for Preservation Standards in Architectural Conservation (published by ASTM), and The Lost Art of Tabby Redefined: Preserving Oglethorpe's Architectural Legacy (published by Architectural Conservation Press). She also edited and produced the Masonry Conservation Handbook for the City of Cottage Grove, Oregon and the Warehouse District Reactivation Plan for the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Her latest publication is a chapter: “Urban Sustainable Design” in Sustainability for the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies.
Lauren has been an active proponent for, and leader in, the integration of stewardship focused on connecting social, economic and environmental resilience with our built environments and the natural landscapes in which they are situated. For her, preserving history in its physical manifestations isn’t about creating museums. Preserving history through our built environments provides important cultural and social milestones in our nation’s development, creating a firm foundation for future economic growth and the ability of communities everywhere to better withstand the realities of technological and climatic changes taking place, and enable more people to experience fulfilled and engaged lives.
- PhD, Architecture, University of Edinburgh
- MS, Historic Preservation, Columbia University
- BA, History (Architectural, Early American), University of Michigan
- stewardship of built environments
- recreating neighborhoods
- sustainable adaptive reuse
- historic preservation
- sustainable communities
- Native American studies
Sickels-Taves, L. B. and P. D. Allsopp. 2005. Making a mark in America: The architectural ingenuity of Germanic settlers. Material Culture 37(1):85-106. (link )
Sickels-Taves, L. 2003. Selecting mortar for preservation projects. Public Works 134(12):52-55.
Sickels-Taves, L. B., M. S. Sheehan and I. Rovner. 2003. Stereological solutions to monitoring buildings: Case studies of sod and tabby structures. APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology 34(1):25-30. DOI: 10.2307/1504849. (link )
Sheehan, M. S. and L. B. Sickels-Taves. 2002. Vernacular building materials and the factors conditioning their use: Tabby, a case study. Material Culture 34(2):16-28. (link )
Allsopp, L. 2000. Ackley covered bridge withstands the onslaughts of time. Covered Bridge Topics LVIII(1):3-4.
Sheehan, M. S., L. Allsopp and J. L. Bjork. 1999. The lime middens of Cumberland Island. CRM: Cultural Resource Management 22(5):39-41. (link )
Allsopp, L., M. S. Sheehan and I. Rovner. 1997. Computer-assisted optical sterology in historic preservation: Tabby, a case study. APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preseration Technology 28(2/3):30-33. DOI: 10.2307/1504530. (link )
Sickels-Taves, L. B. 1997. Selecting mortar for historic preservation projects. Masonry Construction 10(10):533-557.
Sickels-Taves, L. 1997. Understanding historic tabby structures: Their history, preservation, and repair. APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology 28(2/3):22-29. DOI: 10.2307/1504529. (link )
Sickels Taves, L. 1996. Vernacular houses: Bousillage houses of Louisania. Old House Journal 24(2):116.
Sickels-Taves, L. B. 1996. Southern coastal lime-burning. CRM: Cultural Resource Management 19(1):22-25.
Sickels-Taves, L., A. McClelland and M. S. Sheehan. 1996. Vernacular houses: Bousillage houses of Louisiana. Old House Journal XXIV(2):116.
Petersen, A., R. M. Link and L. Sickels-Taves. 1995. Creep, shrinkage, and mortars in historic preservation. The Journal of Testing and Evaluation 23(6):447-452. DOI: 10.1520/JTE11434J.
Sickels Taves, L. 1995. Vernacular Houses: Tabby. Old House Journal 23(2):108.
Sickels-Taves, L. 1994. An analysis of creek and shrinkage in mortars. The Journal of Testing and Evolution 22(6):548-555.
Sickels-Taves, L. B. ed. 1999. The Use of and Need for Preservation Standards in Architectural Conservation. Architectural Conservation. ISBN: 0803126069.
Sickels-Taves, L. B. and M. S. Sheehan. 1999. The Lost Art of Tabby Redefined: Preserving Oglethorpe's Architectural Legacy. Architectural Conservation Press. Southfield, MA. ISBN: 9780967536705.
Allsopp, L. 2018. Urban sustainable design. In: Hagen, B. and D. Pijawka eds., Sustainability for the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt. ISBN: 9781524969349.
Allsopp, L. 2019. Pairing technology and historic preservation. Presentation at the “By Design”, Season 2, Episode 2, ArchiCad by GraphiSoft, (link )
Allsopp, L. 2018. Celebrating community: Successful tools for preserving historic fabric. Presentation at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, June 7, 2018, Scottsdale, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2016. Digitally recording history: Laser scanning our built environment. Presentation at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, Jun 9, 2016, Phoenix, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2016. Preserving the Arizona State Fair's grandstand. Presentation at the Phoenix Urban Design Week, April 5, 2016, Phoenix, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2015. Drivers for reestablishing resilient communities: Phoenix's Warehouse District, a case study. Presentation at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, May 15, 2015, Flagstaff, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2015. Facebook as an online course resource. Presentation at the Faculty Showcase, April 3, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2015. From tarmac to treasures: Reenergized two Phoenix neighborhoods. Presentation at the Phoenix Historic Neighborhood Coalition invited speaker, June 18, 2015, Phoenix, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2015. Science meets history: Laser scanning the Arizona State Fair's grandstand. Presentation at the Arizona Preservation Foundation, September 2, 1025, Phoenix, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2015. Traning in community planning for the Hopi and Navajo Nations. Presentation at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning invited speaker, June 25, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2014. Strengthening a historic preservation plan. Presentation at the Historic Preservation Commission, May 8, 2014, Tempe, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2014. The science of masonry: Conservation in Portland. Presentation at the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) Education Committee, May 6, 2014, Portland, OR.
Allsopp, L. 2013. Energy efficient retrofit. Presentation at the Living with the Sun: Valley Style, ASES National Solar Tour, October 26, 2013, Scottsdale, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2013. Sunkist buildling strategy, rehabilitation and material analysis. Presentation at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, June 14, 2013, Mesa, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2012. Charting a future for Oregon's historic masonry buildings: Resilience, access, and economics. Presentation at the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (invited masonry expert), May 29, 2012, Eugene OR.
Allsopp, L. 2012. Invited sessions chair. Presentation at the World Heritage Organization’s 5th Healthy Cities: Making Cities Liveable Conference, June 6-8, 2012, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
Allsopp, L. 2012. Strengthening culture and commerce by an urban acupuncture approach to historic preservation. Presentation at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, June 15, 2012, Prescott, AZ.
Allsopp, L. 2012. The living landmark: The Farwell Building. Presentation at the Documentary premiered at the Farwell Building Reopening (narrator), April 19, 2012, Chicago, IL.
Allsopp, L. 2011. Invited sessions chair. Presentation at the 4th Healthy Cities: Making Cities Liveable Conference, July 28-29, 2011, Noosa, Queensland, Australia.
Allsopp, L. 2007. Understanding mortars. Presentation at the Canova International Architect Encounter, PowerPoint and Hands-on Analysis, June 7-10, 2007, ossola Valley, Italy.
Sickels-Taves, L. and M. S. Sheehan. 2005. Quantifying the flaws: Computer-assisted optical stereology in the analysis of steel from a maritime archaeological site. Pp. 385-287 Proceedings of the 33rd Symposium on Archaeology, Amsterdam. 33rd Symposium on Archaeology. Amsterdam.
Sheehan, M. S. and L. B. Sickels-Taves. 2002. The technological analysis of RMS Titanic's coal: The enhancement of archaeological research. Pp. 525-532 In: Vandiver, P. B., M. Goodway and J. L. Mass eds., Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology VI: Symposium. Materials Research Society Symposium.
Sickels-Taves, L. 1998. Handle with care: Tabby is no ordinary concrete. Pp. 75-81 The Conservation and Preservation of Tabby: A Symposium on Historic Building Material in the Coastal Southeast. The Conservation and Preservation of Tabby: A Symposium on Historic Building Material in the Coastal Southeast. Jekyll Island, GA. (link )
Sickels-Taves, L., M. S. Sheehan, G. White and J. F. Merkel. 1997. Application of qualitative trace element analyses: An interdisciplinary approach to materials conservation. Pp. 323-330 In: Druzik, J. R., J. Stewart and P. B. Vandiver eds., Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology V, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceeding. Materials Research Society Symposium.
Sickels, L. B. 1987. Mortars in Old Buildings and in Masonry Conservation: A Historical and Practical Treatise. University of Edinburgh. (link )