Entries by dennis

HALS Documentation

During the past few decades, the concept of historic preservation has grown beyond protecting a single building or urban district to include the historic landscape that provides the setting and context for a property as well as much larger landscapes that have regional and national significance. In response to this growing interest in the historic […]


California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is intended to inform government decision makers and the public about the potential environmental effects of proposed activities and to prevent significant, avoidable environmental damage. Common types of environmental impact include traffic, noise, groundwater contamination, archaeological resources, vegetation, and wildlife. This also includes cultural and historic resources. The CEQA Guidelines […]

I Photograph Ugly Buildings

As I go about photographing historic buildings and sites, I often hear comments such as “why would they want to save that?” or “what makes that historic?”. I generally tell them “there are standards” and “it’s not arbitrary.” The Secretary of the Interior has developed four criteria: That are associated with events that have made […]

Commissioning Architectural Photography

Commissioning Architectural Photography Here is a great tool for those who are considering commissioning architectural photography for their latest projects. A collaboration between AIA (American Institute of Architects) and ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), this short yet concise explanation has information for both architects and photographers. One area I found of particular interest was […]