Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Architectural Plastics & Polymer Composites in the 21st Century
Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture

Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture

March 28 - March 30, 2020

Cambridge, MA

Event Navigation

Properties of plastics as a construction material.

Properties of plastics as a construction material.

The intensive Architectural Plastics & Polymer Composites in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture conference will be held on March 28-March 29, 2020 at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an optional tour program on March 30th.

This international meeting, organized by Technology & Conservation, the Boston Society of Architects/AIA’s Historic Resources Committee, and Prof. Mark Goulthorpe, MIT Department of Architecture, will provide in-depth information on: • currently used plastic and polymer composites for buildings, bridges, and other architectural structure applications, along with an historic perspective  • potential of carbon-polymer composites  • energy aspects including the role of windows, skylights, and translucent building components  • fire resistance behavior  • health and safety implications  • durability, life cycle, and sustainability • new methods of fabrication • performance and evaluation • meeting historic regulations and modern standards • planning and implementing approaches to the conservation/restoration of architecture and works of art  that utilize polymeric material in their construction. In addition, a number of innovative case histories of structures incorporating plastics – such as stadiums, religious buildings, cultural and recreational facilities, educational and government buildings, bridges, transportation centers,and residential complexes – will be detailed.

All of the sessions are designed to offer conference attendees valuable insights into the performance and sustainability of plastics and polymer composites in specific environments . . . and the appropriate selection, specification, use, and maintenance of these materials for existing and new buildings, other structures, building components, and artistic works. Continuing education credits will be available.
Informative presentations will be given by more than 25 noted architects, engineers, conservators, polymer specialists, fabricators, cultural resource managers, and other professionals. Among the speakers are: • Glenn R. Bell, PE, SE, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger  • Billie Faircloth, AIA, Partner, Kieran Timberlake  • Prof. Nicholas A. Dembsey, PE, FSFPE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Fire Protection Engineering  • Dr. Michael D. Dimitriou, Manager, Exponent   • Dr. Rick Duncan, PE, Technical Director, Spray Urethane Foam Alliance  • John A. Fidler, RIBA, FIC, FAPT, John Fidler Preservation Technology, Inc. • David Fixler, FAIA, FAPT, Principal, David Fixler Architect  • Eric Goetz, Chief Technology Officer, Goetz Composites  • Roger Goldstein, FAIA, Principal, Goody Clancy  • Prof. Mark Goulthorpe, MIT Department of Architecture  • Andrew Groarke, Principal, Carmody Groarke  • Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, HatfieldGroup  • Craig Hatto, Director of Design & Creative Experience, Continuum Attractions (former Project Leader, Historic Royal Palaces) • Mark Hobbs, Head of Structural Engineering, Premier Composites Technology  • Justin Jin, CEO, Axia Materials Co., Ltd. • Dr. Thomas J. S. Learner, Head of Science, Getty Conservation Institute  • Prof. Roberto Lopez-Anido, PE, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine  • Rosa Lowinger, FAPT, Principal Conservator, Rosa Lowinger & Associates  • Jamie Marina, Engineering Director, MouldCAM  • Edmund P. Meade, PE, Principal/Director of Historic Preservation, Silman  • Charles Moore, Senior Product Development Engineer, 3form  • Dr. Maureen T. F. Reitman, Corporate Vice President & Principal/Practice Director, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry, Exponent  • Stephen Selkowitz, Senior Advisor – Building Science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and University of California, Berkley  • Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge Historical Commission  • Prof. Franca Trubiano, Department of Architecture, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania  • Andrew Whalley, Chairman, Grimshaw Architects  • Dr. Christopher C. White, Research Chemist-Polymeric Materials Group, Materials & Structural Systems Div., National Institute of Standards and Technology

Further information, including conference schedule, registration form, the call for posters, and hotel room availability, is available online in this PDF.

Questions: contact Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, Conference Organizer/Chair – email: ses_tec_con@msn.com

Share →


MIT Campus<br /><small>Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture</small>
Cambridge, MA United States
+ Google Map
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119