About PTN

The Preservation Trades Network (PTN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization founded to provide education, networking and outreach for the traditional building trades.  PTN was established on the principle that conservation of the built environment is fundamentally dependent on the work of skilled people in all of the traditional building trades who preserve, maintain and restore historic buildings, and build architectural heritage for the future.  Membership in PTN is open to all.  While many members are full-time, practicing tradespeople, PTN also includes architects, conservators, engineers, preservationists, home owners, students and interested members of the general public.

What We Do

PTN works with North American and international partners to provide educational resources, events and workshops that build opportunities for collaboration, and exchange of skills and knowledge.   We support existing trades education programs, and provide a network for people in the traditional trades.  PTN is committed to recognizing the masters of the trades, and creating opportunities for the next generation of tradespeople.

PTN Events and Workshops

1997 – International Preservation Trades Workshop, Frederick, Maryland
1998 – International Preservation Trades Workshop, Gaithersburg, Maryland
1999 – International Preservation Trades Workshop, Gaithersburg, Maryland
2000 – International Preservation Trades Workshop: “Convergence of Architecture and Craft”, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2001 – International Preservation Trades Workshop: “Partnerships”, Brooklyn, New York
2002 – International Preservation Trades Workshop: “Community”, Fairmont, West Virginia
2003 – International Preservation Trades Workshop: “Futures”, Columbia, Maryland
2004 – International Preservation Trades Workshop: “Education”, Mobile, Alabama
2005 – International Preservation Trades Workshop: “Building Bridges to International Collaboration” and 1st International Trades Education Symposium, St. Clairsville, Ohio
Alternatives to Demolition Project to document and salvage two historic structures in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina
2006 – New Castle Preservation Trades Workshop, New Castle, Delaware
Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Traditional Building and Historic Preservation Field School, New Lebanon, New York
Greater Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church Repair Demonstration Project, Holy Cross Neighborhood, New Orleans, Louisiana
International Preservation Trades Workshop: “Rebuilding Hope – Reclaiming Heritage”, New Orleans, Louisiana
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 Repair and Conservation Workshop, New Orleans, Louisiana
2007 -- International Preservation Trades Workshop and International Trades Education Symposium, Tällberg, Sweden
Casey Farm Preservation Trades Workshop, Saunderstown, Rhode Island
Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Traditional Building and Historic Preservation Field School, New Lebanon, New York
10th Anniversary International Preservation Trades Workshop and International Workshop, "Coming Home" - Frederick, Maryland
2008 -- International Preservation Trades Workshop and International Workshop, "A Place for the Trades" - Barre, Vermont

Askins Achievement Award

The award is named in honor of the James S. (Jim) Askins the founder of the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center. The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the promotion, education, and application of preservation trade skills.  The award has been presented annually by the Preservation Trades Network since 1998 at the International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW). <read more>

Continuing Education Program (AIA/CES)

PTN’s Trades Education initiative is broad based and encourages various approaches to training as well as to building understanding about preservation trades and craftsmanship. One approach, pursued by PTN since 2001, is to provide a framework for offering formal credit and certificates to those who attend PTN workshops, demonstrations and other educational programs.   PTN is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) as an official provider of educational programs for architects. Since 2001 PTN has offered AIA Continuing Education Credits and PTN Certificates to attendees of the annual IPTW.  Since 2001, drawing on the nationwide reach and status of AIA/CES, this initiative has expanded to benefit students, teachers and others who appreciate the stamp of approval conferred by AIA/CES for programs which focus on a “hands-on” experience with materials and craftsmanship.  

Architects are not the only ones to benefit from the benefits conferred by AIA/CES endorsement. Colleges and Universities that offer degrees in architecture, preservation, and related fields, often agree to give college credit for programs endorsed by AIA/CES. Teachers, who are encouraged or required to participate in continuing education, may also benefit from this endorsement. And lastly, employers may be more inclined to approve their staff’s attendance at AIA/CES endorsed programs. The endorsement of PTN’s educational programs by AIA/CES broadens the reach of trades education by giving it status accepted by many academic and certifying programs, and employers as concrete evidence as skills and knowledge attainment.