National Symposium

Docomomo US National Symposium

The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for those interested in the preservation of modern architecture to gather, discuss, share and explore the preservation of heritage of the second half of the 20th Century and its legacy and importance today. The Symposium developed as a result of the Docomomo US Board of Directors’ annual “Face to Face” meeting. The first expanded event took place in Los Angeles in 2010 with an open forum for local individuals actively engaged in the discussion of modern architecture. Docomomo US hosted its first National Symposium in Sarasota, Florida in April 2013. Held annually, this multi-day conference seeks to engage local participants in cities across the United States, offering participants the ability to interact with and explore a wide variety of significant modern architecture and sites.

National Symposium Objectives:

  • To promote the value of modern architecture and to highlight its significance and attributes
  • To provide a forum whereby participants can share their knowledge and experience in an effort to promote collaboration and best practices
  • To bring together the Docomomo US Board of Directors, its chapters and friend organizations, national and local partner organizations as well as the general membership and local community
  • To provide an engaging and educational experience for Docomomo US members and all those who attend
  • To promote interaction and communication among the chapters, the Board of Directors and its staff
  • To provide a platform for the host organization, its city and region for their commitment and contribution to the preservation of modern architecture
  • To influence public opinion and increase positive attitudes of modern architecture and design

Docomomo US National Symposium 2016: Beyond Modernism? The Legacy of Renewal and Revitalization

In 2016, Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Michigan will launch the fourth annual Docomomo US National Symposium entitled Beyond Modernism? The Legacy of Renewal and Revitalization. The two-day symposium will look at the diverging design and theory of the late 1970 and early 1980s through examining its leading architects and designers and their iconic architectural contributions. Beyond Modernism seeks to broaden the discussion and expand our understanding of how those examples fit into the discourse of modernism. As the only national event working to explore and build consensus on the preservation of Modernism, the symposium will bring together world renowned designers, scholars, students, and professionals from the state of Michigan and from around the country.

More information on the National Symposium can be found on the symposium website:

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New York, NY 10023
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