John H. Cluver, AIA, LEED AP

Director of Historic Preservation

John H. Cluver, AIA, LEED AP received his professional degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked on a wide range of rehabilitation projects for a variety of educational, commercial, and civic institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, both as architect and preservation consultant. His preservation projects have included work at Yale University, Drexel University, Rittenhouse Plaza, and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

John will take any opportunity to talk about his interest in sustainable preservation and traditional design. He has published numerous articles, including “Energy Savings in Historic Buildings” in the Association for Preservation Technology Journal, “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To:  A Preservationist’s Perspective on Traditional and Contemporary Building Practices” in the book Durability in Construction, and several articles and essay in Period Homes magazine.  He has also been invited to present on the topic of sustainable preservation to organizations such as the Preservation League of New York, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Rutgers University, and the University of Notre Dame. 

John has been an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design, and has presented at the Traditional Building Conference on multiple occasions. In 2006 he volunteered to assist the National Trust for Historic Preservation in doing conditions assessments in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He currently serves on the City of Philadelphia’s Historical Commission Architectural Advisory Committee, and was named Young Architect of the Year by the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.

When not thinking about historic preservation, John spends his time rehabilitating his 1926 Foursquare house, which he affectionately calls “his hobby” in order to justify the time and money he spends on it.  His interest in leadership, service, and education in addition to a long-standing enjoyment of camping and related activities has led to a position as Scoutmaster to two dozen teenage Scouts. And, he will take any opportunity to tap into his inner travel agent and help family, friends, or complete strangers plan trips to Italy, which he counts as his favorite place on Earth for its unique combination of culture, geography, architecture, and food (and by food, he really means gelato).

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