2023 George Washington Symposium

An Architectural History of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial

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Richard L. Hayes, RA, PMP, Ph.D.
From Antiquity to the Modern World, an Architectural Retrospective of Monuments and Tombs.

Dr. Hayes is a recognized professional in built environment ecologies as well as the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Trained as an architectural historian and historic preservationist, he is experienced in the history, theory and criticism of building projects along with project management, research, fiscal oversight, communication, planning, stewardship of cultural fabric, as well as collegiate education.


Caroline Mesrobian Hickman, Ph.D.
“To the Immortal Memory of Washington”: Nineteenth Century Monuments to George Washington.

Dr. Hickman’s presentation focuses on the history, architecture, and symbolism of major nineteenth century monuments to George Washington. Discussion of these monuments will provide contextual interpretation for the building of the GWMNM and include those in Washington County, MD (1827); Baltimore, MD (1829); Washington, DC, (1885); and Washington Square Arch, New York City (1895). Caroline Mesrobian Hickman, PhD teaches American architectural history in the School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Janice Olshesky, AIA, LEED AP.
How Classical Monuments Influenced H.W. Corbett’s Design of the American Skyscraper Memorial to George Washington

Ms. Olshesky serves as President of Olshesky Design Group, LLC (ODG), an award winning architecture and master planning firm founded in 2000. Ms. Olshesky, is a leader in disaster resilience, sustainable design and historic preservation practices and under her guidance ODG has been recognized for its innovative work by national and international organizations, private industry, and by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She has 30 years of domestic and international architectural experience on a range of project types. She began her career working on commercial and master planning efforts at SOM in Chicago and London, UK. Her firm's portfolio includes a range of historic preservation projects for private, state, and federal clients. She served as a Historic Preservation Commissioner for Cambridge, MD from 2015 to 2020.