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Architecture professor’s gift to name conservation office

Peyton Hall, a longtime instructor and adjunct professor at the USC School of Architecture, has given $50,000 to name the office of the school’s Master of Heritage Conservation program.

Hall is managing principal of Pasadena-based Historic Resources Group, a firm devoted to historic architecture, preservation planning and architectural history. In his almost 20-year history of teaching at USC, he has been an instructor for the intensive Heritage Conservation summer short course, as well as the graduate certificate and degree program in historic preservation (now heritage conservation).

Hall, who holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a master of environmental design from Yale University, has been a National Endowment for the Arts fellow and lead preservation consultant for The Gamble House since 1997.

Angels Flight

Angels Flight is one of the many projects Professor Peyton Hall has been involved with during his two decades at USC.

Other iconic Los Angeles projects he’s been involved with include the Memorial Coliseum, Angels Flight, the Rose Bowl, many buildings at El Pueblo on Olvera Street, and Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian theaters. His projects have received awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the California Preservation Foundation, the Los Angeles Conservancy and the American Institute of Architects, among others.

Hall is president emeritus of the California Preservation Foundation and former chair of the board of directors of Pasadena Heritage. He currently serves as chair of the five national advisers to the Historic Resources Committee of the American Institute of Architects.

USC’s Master of Heritage Conservation is an interdisciplinary program linking landscape architecture, building science, architecture and conservation. It is designed to expose students to materials conservation, policy and planning, global conservation efforts, architectural and landscape history, sustainability and historic site management. Often, students take courses in other USC schools in real estate, regional history, urban planning and spatial sciences.

“Professor Hall’s generous gift makes tangible his ongoing support and commitment to the heritage conservation program and its students,” said Trudi Sandmeier, director of graduate programs in heritage conservation. “He has gifted us with his amazing experience and wisdom over the years — now we are benefitting in yet another way.”

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