Photo by NPS Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Photo by NPS Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

2015 Symposium

St. Louis, Missouri

April 13-16, 2015

The NCPTT, the Friends of NCPTT, the World Monument Fund, the American Institute for Architecture St. Louis, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are soliciting oral and poster presentations for a jointly organized symposium on the preservation of Mid-Century Modern Structures. The meeting will be held April 13-16, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Focusing primarily on the history, use, and preservation of materials found in Mid-Century modern architecture, the 2015 three-day symposium will provide in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of these structures. Special emphasis will be on modern architectural metals, but presentations on other materials, such as concrete and curtain wall structures, will be included. Additionally, presentations may explore future directions in materials conservation associated with mid-century modern architecture as well as current gaps in research and understanding of issues.

General Registration $299
Speaker Registration $199
Student Registration  $ 99

Presentations will be reviewed and selected by conference staff.

Oral presentations
Talks will be 30 minutes in duration, including questions. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstract should contain: presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, fax, email), and a 100-word biography for the author and each co-author. We recommend no more than two presenters per paper. Oral presentation abstract deadline is extended to November 15, 2014. Email notification of accepted presentations will be sent on December 1, 2014. Presentations addressing similar topics will be combined into sessions.

Written papers
Presenters will be required to prepare a short paper, 10 pages maximum, for inclusion in a symposium publication. Those speakers selected for the conference will receive format instructions. Deadline for submission of the paper is February 2, 2015.

Poster presentations
Posters should be approximately 36 x 40 inches, landscape. Please submit an abstract of no less than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstract should contain: main presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, fax, email). Poster presentation abstract deadline is December 1, 2014.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Special focus on the Gateway Arch project
  • “New” materials and Mid-Century modern architecture in an historical context
  • Cyclic maintenance and protection of aging structures
  • Material properties, performance and behavior
  • Field evaluation and diagnosis techniques
  • Mechanisms of corrosion
  • Metal surfaces and textures
  • Engineering issues
  • Cleaning and other treatments
  • Special emphasis will be given to modern architectural metals

Submissions should be sent to:
ATTN: Mary F. Striegel
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457


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