NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University presents “Preserving Our Heritage Through the Architectural Lens,” a virtual talk by building conservator Eric N. Kuchar ’96 at 4 p.m. Jan. 28.

This event, part of the School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series, is free, open to the public and accessible here.

Kuchar is a senior manager with Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker MCWB Architects who manages the Williamsburg, Virginia, office. He received a Bachelor of Science in architectural studies from Norwich University in 1996 and a Master of Science in building conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003.

Eric N. Kuchar has worked on projects at Mount Vernon, Monticello, the New York State Capitol, the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland, and other mid-Atlantic region historic sites.

Kuchar has more than 26 years of project management and business development experience and has worked with Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker for more than 12 years. Early in his company tenure, Eric was a drafter for the restoration of James Madison’s Montpelier, detailing the drawings for restoring and replacing doors, windows and staircases. He was assistant project manager for building systems installation in the mansion.

Kuchar is now helping to restore the Thomas Jefferson-designed Student Rooms roofs within the Academical Village at the University of Virginia, a world heritage site. He is also managing projects at Hampden-Sydney College, Sweet Briar College, the College of William and Mary and the Rosewell Ruins.

Kuchar has previously worked on projects at Mount Vernon, Monticello, the New York State Capitol, the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland, and other mid-Atlantic region historic sites.

Myriad projects

Kuchar is 36 CFR 61 Qualified and meets the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Architectural History and Historic Preservation, as he worked at New York’s State Historic Preservation Office. Kuchar is experienced at compliance and easement review with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

At New York’s State Historic Preservation Office, Kuchar worked on projects including the redevelopment of the Eero Saarinen-designed Trans World Airlines Flight Center at the John F. Kennedy Airport into a hotel, numerous historic tax credit projects, flood mitigation strategies for historic buildings and energy-efficiency upgrades for historic buildings.

Kuchar recently joined Norwich University’s Board of Fellows for the School of Architecture + Art. The board was founded in 1975 and consists of alumni and friends of Norwich University who have an abiding interest in enriching the university’s academic programs. The School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, a philanthropic organization supporting cancer research, education, volunteerism and other charitable endeavors.

For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich University to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists and writers to campus for free, open-to-the-public events. Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited architecture school in northern New England.

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