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Conservation and the Future of Twentieth Century Buildings
April 25

At the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Preserving our Recent Past: Conservation and the Future of Twentieth Century Buildings presented in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.

This presentation will focus on how preservation thinking, strategies, and techniques can be applied to modern era buildings. Three experts in the fields of preservation architecture, structural engineering, and architectural conservation will discuss project examples where preservation of the original building design and construction was an integral part of the overall project and guided planning and decision making for the design and construction teams.

Speakers include:
• Tom Jester, FAIA, FAPT, principal at Quinn Evans Architects, a national leader in the renewal of modern architecture, co-founder of the Association for Preservation Technology’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage, and the editor of Twentieth-Century Building Materials: History and Conservation.
• John Matteo, PE, FAAR, principal at MCC 1200 Architectural Engineers, is a structural engineer with extensive experience implementing innovative and efficient designs for buildings of historical and cultural significance.
• Alfonso Narvaez, principal at Aeon Preservation Services, LLC, is a senior architectural conservator with extensive experience in the survey and analysis of existing buildings, materials and components; the application of high technology for documentation and non-destructive evaluation; and the development of conservation treatments for buildings, sculpture and monuments.

Learning Objectives:
• Analyze how historic preservation is not static or specific to a defined period in architectural history and continues to evolve as existing buildings age.
• Identify criteria used to assess modern era buildings to determine their architectural historical significance.
• Consider specific preservation techniques that are typically applied to much older buildings, but are applicable to modern era buildings as well.
• Explore how modern requirements for safety, security, accessibility, and energy efficiency can be respectfully integrated into modern era buildings that allow them to adapt to changed uses while maintaining the integrity and value of the original building.

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This event is open to the public and offered in celebration of Architecture Week. For information on all our Architecture Week activities, click here.