Docomomo US and our chapters maintain a series of programs aimed to promote the mission of documenting and increasing the awareness of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement. From the publically-accessible Register of significant sites, to the annual Docomomo US Tour Day event, to educational and advocacy efforts across the country, Docomomo US is committed to developing its programs.
The Docomomo US National Symposium is the nation's only annual event discussing the preservation of modern architecture. The first annual event was held in Sarasota, Florida from April 18-21, 2013. The three day event featured presentations by Docomomo US chapters, roundtable discussions with local and national organizations working to preserve 20th century heritage, a keynote address and tours of Sarasota’s significant post-war architecture. The National Symposium developed as an outcome of the annual Docomomo US Board of Directors meeting held in which invited guests were invited to participate, expand our discussions and engage the organization more broadly.
2002 – Chicago, Illinois
2004 – San Francisco, California
2004 – VIIIth International Conference of Docomomo in New York City
2006 – Dallas, Texas
2008 – Atlanta, Georgia
2009 – New Orleans, Louisiana
2010 – Boston, Massachusetts
2011 – Los Angeles, California
2012 – New York, New York
2013 – Sarasota, Florida
2014 - To be announced in the fall of 2013
One of the first visual architecture databases, The Register features publically-accessible information on significant modern buildings and sites alongside historic photos and plans. With more than 150 entries from 34 states and territories, the Register is an excellent informational tool designed to amplify preservation initiatives; provide academic instruction; bring awareness to cultural tourism and modern resources.
Each fall, Docomomo US and its chapters host the Docomomo US Tour Day featuring events and tours of the modern movement in the United States. The event, which seeks to encourage a sense of regional and national pride in this legacy, serves as the largest national event of its kind. Along with regional chapters, Tour Day brings together organizations from around the country including: The LA Conservancy, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Society for Architectural Historians, Palm Springs Modernism Week, the New Haven Preservation Trust, Salt Lake City Modern, Modern Phoenix, and many more. Tour Day events are free in many locations or discounted for Docomomo US members. Click here to continue on to the Tour Day landing page.