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RESTORE Workshop on Inspection, Repair and Preservation of High-rise Terra Cotta Structures

Friday, September 30, 2011-Saturday, October 1, 2011

University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, School of Design Philadelphia, PA

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Beginning Friday, September 30, 2011, RESTORE will present a two-day Workshop on Inspection, Repair and Preservation of High-rise Terra Cotta Structures in association with the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in Philadelphia. This RESTORE Workshop will provide architects, engineers, owners, contractors and cultural resource managers with an understanding of this complex and idiosyncratic building material, and will equip them with the knowledge to prioritize and execute terra cotta stabilization and preservation in a cost effective manner.

The RESTORE Workshop will offer a material science approach to terra cotta conservation. Participants in the workshop will gain a thorough insight into the chemical and physical properties of architectural terra cotta, as well as a fundamental understanding of construction technology of terra cotta cladding systems. The lectures and demonstrations will address all aspects of preservation, repair, maintenance, cleaning and conservation applicable to a variety of terra cotta materials (e.g., glazed and unglazed block, faience slab and glazed brickwork). The curriculum will cover strategies for responding to inadequate original design and construction detailing, manufacturing defects and poor maintenance. The workshop will discuss preservation procedures with regard to the Secretary of Interior Standards and international charters and standards, and will also address public environmental health and safety considerations. The workshop will pay particular attention to medium and to high-rise construction, including accessibility problems and extreme weathering conditions. The Workshop Curriculum is posted on RESTORE’s website

This workshop will be presented by RESTORE, a national not-for-profit educational corporation which offers a range of programs related to the technology of building conservation. Since 1976, RESTORE has provided workshops and courses on the technology of architectural preservation to building industry professionals who are directly responsible for the stewardship and preservation of our architectural heritage. All RESTORE curricula have been reviewed by the Professional Development Committee of the American Institute of Architects and workshop participant are eligible for AIA Continuing Education Learning Units.

Workshop Location / Cost / AIA Credits

The RESTORE Workshop will be held Friday through Saturday, September 30 – October 1, 2011 at The University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Meyerson Hall, 34th Street and Walnut Street in Philadelphia. The workshop will run from 9:00am to 5:30pm each day and will include lecture and workshop demonstration sessions.

The cost of the workshop is $600, which includes the RESTORE Conservation Reader. AIA members will qualify for a total of 15 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units, including 6 units for AIA Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW).

To register on-line, go to and follow the links to the application form.


RESTORE recruits a diverse teaching faculty. The RESTORE faculty consists of a team of nationally and internationally renowned architectural conservators, architects, engineers, conservators, materials scientists and industrial hygienists, all of whom are actively engaged in architectural preservation work. The RESTORE Faculty for this workshop will include:

John Fidler is an English architect with more than thirty years experience specializing in the maintenance and repair of historic buildings, monuments and archaeological sites. Mr. Fidler is a leading authority on the preservation of terra cotta buildings. He is the author or editor of numerous publications including “Architectural Ceramics” and “Stone” in the English Heritage Research Transactions series. Mr. Fidler is currently practice leader for preservation technology with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm that designs, investigates and rehabilitates buildings and structures of all types in over 39 countries around the world. He was formerly the Conservation Director at English Heritage in London where he was responsible for national technical policy development, scientific research, technical advice and services, standard-setting, training, outreach and publications. His responsibilities also included the management of 420 heritage sites.

Frank G. Matero is the former Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also founder and Director of the Architectural Conservation Laboratory. Professor Matero has lectured extensively and has authored many technical articles on current preservation / conservation issues. Prof. Matero is nationally and internationally renown in the field of architectural conservation. He has worked as an architectural conservation consultant on numerous, high profile preservation projects both in the United States and abroad. Professor Matero has been a member of the RESTORE faculty since 1981.

Monona Rossol is a leading authority on the health and environmental hazards inherent in the arts and in architectural conservation. Ms. Rossol has degrees in chemistry, industrial hygiene and a MFA. In 1987 she founded and is the President of ACTS, the leading organization in this field. Ms. Rossol has served as a consultant to a number of major institutions, including the J. Paul Getty Conservation Laboratory, Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Chicago Field Museum. Ms. Rossol is a member of a group of scientists that is writing guidelines to address the toxicity issues at Ground Zero in New York City. Ms. Rossol has taught and lectured throughout North America as well as abroad, and is a noted, award-winning author on this complex subject. Monona Rossol has been a member of the RESTORE faculty since 1981.

Susan Knack-Brown is an Associate Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. She has worked on the New York State Capitol clay tile and terra cotta roof reconstruction, an on-going project for the last 12 years. She has also been involved with the evaluation, repair and or restoration of terra cotta on the Milwaukee City Hall, as well as other tall terra cotta clad structures. Ms. Knack-Brown has completed research on the material properties of both existing and replacement terra cotta.

Niklas W. Vigener is a Senior Principal and Division Head with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., He has led many of SGH’s most notable building technology and historic preservation projects, including the rehabilitation of the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, Butler Library at Columbia University, and the multi-phase restoration of the New York State Capitol Building. Mr. Vigener is also a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

To register on-line, go to and follow the links to the application form. To contact RESTORE, please call (212) 749-1800, or e-mail RESTORE at or

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