Hartley Honored with AIA Savannah’s 2012 Artisan Award

#1333 | January 18, 2013

SAVANNAH – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Savannah Chapter selected Savannah Technical College’s Historic Preservation Department Head Stephen Hartley for its 2012 Artisan Award.

The Artisan Award is given every other year to an outstanding artisan in the Savannah area, and the recipient is nominated by a member of AIA Savannah and selected by the awards committee. Hartley was selected for his dedication to the art of practicing and teaching historic preservation in Savannah and the Low Country.

Hartley earned his bachelors of art in history from Coastal Carolina and his master’s in fine art in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has participated in the restoration of more than 30 historic sites, winning awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for his work. He has taught at SCAD and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Three years ago, he began Preservation Week at Savannah Technical College. In 2011, he launched the College’s Visiting Artisan Series, bringing world-class craftsmen to campus. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field and has served as a peer reviewer for the Association for Preservation Technology. Hartley was recently selected to join the Boards of Emergent Structures and the Georgia Green Building Council.

Having presented at the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) in Beirut Lebanon, International Trades Education Symposium (ITES) in Lincoln, England, Hartley is academically active with several conferences within the United Sates. In 2012, he was Workshop Chair for the Association for Preservation Technology’s International Conference in Charleston, S.C., where he led a post conference workshop on stained glass restoration, as well as chairing a paper session.

His professional affiliations include: National Trust for Historic Preservation; International Council for Monuments and Sites; Association for Preservation Technology; Preservation Trades Network; Timber Framer’s Guild of North America; Artist Blacksmith Association of North America; and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Savannah Tech has the only public hands-on preservation program in the state. The program has gained international recognition, was recently approved for associate membership with the National Council for Preservation Education and has contributed to a number of community-based preservation projects in the surrounding communities. Historic Preservation is the cornerstone of new instructional programs in Green Building Technology, which focuses on a comprehensive view of systems and efficiencies in construction. For information about Historic Preservation events and projects, like the department’s Facebook page at



Historic Preservation Department Head: Stephen Hartley or 912.443.5864

Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
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