Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Computer In A Roll-Top Desk

Integrating Technology Into Historic Buildings

Breakout 1A

Day/Time: Thursday, January 17, 9:30–10:45 a.m.
Location: Creekside I, 2nd Floor
Speakers: Chris Hutson, AIA, Hutson|Gallagher, Inc. and Sam Goldsmith, Goldsmith Solutions

The walls are 28 inches think, there are no dropped ceilings, the basement is damp and dusty (with rodents), there are miles of abandoned wires all over the place, and there’s no reliable A/C dedicated to a server. These are a few of the challenges faced when converting historic buildings into fully functioning 21st-century places of business complete with essential technologies.

Explore solutions for consolidating systems and trades. Learn to avoid common mistakes that occur when technology upgrades are not considered holistically. Discuss all aspects of workday needs for communication, document creation, record storage and retention, lighting and air-conditioning controls, energy management, audio-visual systems, and security.

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) can earn continuing education credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). Texas Society of Architects (TxA) is the provider of record. When Learning Units (LU) and health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credits are available for AIA-approved courses, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AIA’s continuing education program can be found at and



Chris Hutson is the founding principal and architect of Hutson|Gallagher, an Austin-based historic preservation architecture and conservation firm. With over 25 years of broad architectural experience, his technical expertise and attention to detail are hallmarks of his work in the preservation field. Hutson has provided architectural services on large and small historic preservation projects and managed complex design projects for institutional, commercial, and residential clients. Some of the iconic Texas buildings he has worked on include the Alamo, the French Legation in Austin, and the Colorado, Llano, Sutton, and Kimble county courthouses.


Sam Goldsmith is the owner of Goldsmith Solutions, an IT services company that helps Texas counties develop technology strategies, solutions, and action plans in order to more efficiently deliver services to citizens. Over the past 14 years, Goldsmith has emerged as a leader in his field and has been recognized with a Best Practices Award for Exceptional Delivery of a Service by the Texas Association of Counties. Goldsmith grew up in Baird and has volunteered for the past five years to help restore his hometown’s 1929 Callahan County Courthouse to its former glory.