Blaservations is a portmanteau of ‘observation’ and ‘Blasius’ with a nod to the more provocative and forward thinking principles of heritage conservation and historic preservation.
Elizabeth Blasius (b. July 16, 1982, Troy, Michigan) is an architectural historian based in Chicago. Through her historic preservation practice, Blaservations Inc., Blasius has worked extensively in the public and private sector consulting clients in following the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Much of her work relates to how these laws come into play in the recovery and mitigation of the historic built environment during a natural disaster, event of climate violence, or terrorist attack.
In 2018, Blasius spent nine months working on Hurricane Harvey recovery in southeast Texas, including conducting fieldwork on thousands of floodwater damaged historic buildings, and providing consultation on in-kind, in-place repair and mitigation to lessen the risk of damage in a future event of climate violence. Blasius has worked extensively in the telecommunications industry, ensuring that carriers follow best practices for equipment siting and has authored white papers on the effects of telecommunications equipment on National Register historic districts in Chicago, New York City, Boston and Savannah.
Across her professional practice and her advocacy work, Ms. Blasius addresses environmental justice, accountable development, and economic and racial equity as they relate to the historic built environment, particularly when these issues relate to vernacular architecture. She seeks to eliminate historic preservation’s traditionalist approach to saving buildings in favor of a radical future where the movement reflects a broader scope of American social and cultural history. Blasius is interested in identifying future landmarks, and exploring how physical and material histories that are outside traditional architectural significance can be brought into the fold of both the practice of historic preservation and our perception of value in architecture.
Blasius has an ongoing and personal relationship with historic preservation issues across Chicago, most notably the need for an update of the Chicago Historic Resources Survey and the past, present and future of the James R. Thompson Center.
Blasius formerly served as the Midwest editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, and has had her work featured in Curbed Chicago, the Chicago Tribune and MAS Context. Blasius has served on the board of Logan Square Preservation since 2015, and is a Landmarks Illinois regional advisor. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, and a Bachelor of Art History, also from SAIC, in 2004.
For a copy of her curriculum vitae, please contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.