Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Historic Preservation Officer Basics

Part Of The Certified Local Government Workshop

Pre-conference Workshop

Day/Time: Wednesday, January 16, 9–11 a.m.
Location: Capitol Salon H, 3rd Floor
Speaker: Madeline Clites and Lorelei Willett, Texas Historical Commission

Registration Information
$55 with conference registration
$100 for the workshop only
NOTE: This price includes the full CLG Workshop, which follows this one from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lunch included
Limited to 25 attendees, restricted to CLG participants

This workshop will focus on preservation basics for new or seasoned Historic Preservation Officers (HPOs) working in a city Certified Local Government (CLG). Each HPO is encouraged to bring a copy of his or her community’s preservation ordinance for more tailored instruction. CLG Program staff will review the typical process for the local designation of historic landmarks and districts, and explain how maintaining an updated historic resources survey is integral to the process. The training will also cover the HPO’s role in the design review process, and participants will gain experience drafting staff reports for preservation commission meetings

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at

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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



As state coordinator for the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program, Madeline Clites helps local communities develop and enhance local preservation programs to save significant historic resources. Prior to moving to Texas and joining the Texas Historical Commission in 2014, she worked for the Architect of the Capitol as a program analyst overseeing preservation and conservation projects in the U.S. Capitol. Clites has a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky. She has served on the City of Austin Historic Landmark Commission and volunteers with community preservation organizations.


As program specialist for the Certified Local Government Program, Lorelei Willett works with CLGs across Texas and trains local commissions on topics such as community outreach, preservation planning, and design review. Before joining the Texas Historical Commission, she was a planner with the City of Houston, where she enhanced the preservation program through her work with the local commission and various preservation organizations. She is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology and serves as co-regional director for the Austin region of the Texas Chapter. Willett received a bachelor’s degree in History from Texas A&M University before receiving a master’s degree in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.