Stephen Hartley leads the Historic Preservation and Restoration program at Savannah Technical College. He earned his B.A. in History from Coastal Carolina and his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has participated in the restoration of more than thirty historic sites, winning awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for his work. Steve has taught at SCAD and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Three years ago, he began Preservation Week at Savannah Technical College and in 2011, he launched the 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. Steve is also a member of the International College of Traditional Practitioners (ITCP), a branch of the Prince’s Trust for the Built Environment.
Hartley is academically active, having presented at the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) in Beirut Lebanon, International Trades Education Symposium (ITES) in Lincoln, England, as well as several conferences within the United Sates. He has also assisted in organizing major preservation conferences. In 2012 he was Workshop Chair for the Association for Preservation Technology’s International Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, where he led a post conference workshop on stained glass restoration, as well as chairing a paper session.
In 2013 Hartley won the Artisan Award from the American Institute of Architects, Savannah Chapter for his dedication to teaching and practicing historic preservation in Savannah and the low country.
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
US Green Building Council