The International Architectural Paint Research (APR) Conference will be held from March 15 - 17, 2017 in New York City on the historic campus of Columbia University. APR is a multi-disciplinary field, and this conference promises to bring together many members of this vibrant, creative community that includes historic paint analysts, scholars of historic interiors, art and architecture conservators, material scientists, decorative painters, preservation architects, and heritage managers.
The 2017 APR conference will be the sixth in a series of increasingly influential and groundbreaking conferences that brings together professionals from around the world to share their latest findings related to the study, analysis, conservation, and replication of historic finishes in the built environment. With over 30 speakers from 14 different countries, conference topics are not limited to paints, and include architecturally engaged finishes such as wallpaper, gilding, plasterwork, and wood finishes.
Previous APR conferences have been held in Stockholm, Sweden (2014, hosted by the Swedish National Heritage Board); Lincoln, England (2010, hosted by the University of Lincoln); and New York City (2008, hosted by Columbia University). Each conference has resulted in an illustrated volume of peer-reviewed papers published by Archetype Publications Ltd., one of the world’s leading publishers in the conservation of art and antiquities and technical art history.
Registration is now open on the conference website.
Does your work contribute to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes? Have you published a scholarly article on the subject in the last two years? You may be eligible for the Bishir Prize.
The Bishir Prize, named for longtime member and influential scholar Catherine W. Bishir, is awarded annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. They should be based on primary research, break new ground in interpretation or methodology, and contribute to the intellectual vitality of these fields. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies.
Please note that essays published as chapters in a book are also eligible if the volume is peer-reviewed, published within the time parameters specified, and the research presented in the essay is new. Anthologized collections are not eligible.
The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Bishir Prize is December 20, 2016.
To nominate an article please submit the following:
Nomination materials should be submitted to Arijit Sen at email@example.com
For more detailed information please see the awards section VAF website.
The Historic Preservation Program at the University of Oregon has a brand new home in Portland! With the help of a significant private gift, the graduate program has moved from UO’s Eugene campus to newly-renovated classrooms and offices in the White Stag Block, an award-winning renovation of historic commercial buildings along the Willamette River in Portland’s historic Old Town. The HP program joins UO’s existing architecture, law, and business programs in the expanding Portland nucleus.
The HP Program also has a new director, as James Buckley has taken over from the retiring long-time head, Kingston Heath. Heath, who guided the program for 13 years, worked with the donor to plan the new space and provide an endowed chair for the program. Buckley, whose background includes both development of historic properties and academic roles at UC Berkeley and MIT, expressed excitement about the opportunity that the move to Portland presents: “Our students will have state-of-the-art facilities from which to explore one of the most dynamic cities in the country, where intense development pressure threatens a remarkable physical and cultural heritage.” As part of the bequest, the program will be able to add another full-time tenure-track faculty position, with the search to commence in the Fall of 2016.
The program will continue to emphasize hands-on experience in preservation, offering Master’s degree students the chance to work with local professionals on actual sites and policies in the Portland Metro area and throughout the West. This summer, for example, students in UO’s flagship Field School joined National Park Service experts in a variety of restoration projects in Mt. Rainier National Park. Both Heath and Buckley are long-time members and former board members of the VAF, ensuring that vernacular perspectives will continue to be at the core of UO’s preservation program.
More information on the program is available at http://hp.uoregon.edu/historic-preservation-program.
Are you interested in the overlap between vernacular architecture and data science? Need a unpaid part-time assistant? My name is Afiya Webb and I am an independent researcher in the greater Boston area. I am looking to gain experience with BIM, data science techniques (using Python or R), and/or using the Faro laser scanner to investigate topics in vernacular architecture. If interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After years of survey work, VAF member Boyd Pratt has worked with the 100 Friends of Old Island Barns to create a web site Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands that showcases the incredible variety in age, function, size, and form of barns located on the collection of islands in the waters north of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. In addition a database that is searchable by location and roof type that provides concise histories and beautiful images, there is technical information on preservation and reference material for delving into the historical context of the area.
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