Carla Bruni is an historic preservationist, architectural historian, certified energy rater, and neurotic volunteer. Her goal is to bridge the gap between historic preservationists and green building advocates as she feels they desperately need each other.
Carla has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Loyola University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her focus was Greening Historic Homes. Over the past couple of years, she has left Chicago to work on hands-on restoration projects in Washington, Idaho, and New Orleans, which she visits every few months to help with hurricane rebuilding efforts. Some might say she is downright obsessed.
Carla has given academic lectures and workshops on topics including: historically sensitive green retrofits, window repair vs. replacement, traditional restoration techniques for log cabin structures, and post-Katrina preservation planning in New Orleans, among others. She is a freelance consultant and works regularly with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association and other local organizations. She is also a Preservation Chicago board member and a consultant to the Chicago Green Homes Program and gives tours at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, mostly because she’s still trying to find at least one of those elusive praying mantis in the retention pond.
In her spare time, Carla works for free, leaving her no spare time.