Get ready for some deep dish - we're headed to Chicago!


As Docomomo US celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are headed back to where it all began, Chicago, Illinois. It was in 1995 that a group of volunteers gathered during the first Preserving the Recent Past conference to set in motion a Docomomo chapter in the United States. As we look back on 25 years of preserving modernism, we hope you will join Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Chicago VIRTUALLY for a deep dive of where we've been and what challenges lie in store.


May 25 - 28, 2021
Virtual event
All event times are listed in Eastern Time Zone


Join us for the 2020-21 Docomomo US National Symposium where we explore our thematic vision which views innovation and change through the lens of the modern movement. Experience Chicago's history and the prospects for the recognition, interpretation, preservation and extension of these forms and ideas of modernism in the middle of America.

Docomomo US is an AIA Continuing Education Provider. 


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Chicago Makers & Shakers Mart

Even though we cannot physically be together in Chicago, Docomomo US/Chicago has partnered with our favorite small businesses, artists and craftspeople to bring you the Chicago MAKERS & SHAKERS Mart. 

The MAKERS & SHAKERS Mart offers a few ‘Windy City’ curated delights via an online marketplace. Symposium attendees and presenters have a chance to connect with and support local businesses, artists and craftspeople, and in return, local businesses, artists and craftspeople have an opportunity to support Docomomo. The Makers & Shakers will have virtual booths during the Symposium and many will be offering discounts for symposium attendees.

Unofficial Symposium Kickoff with Makers & Shakers

Monday, May 24th, 2021
7 pm ET / 6 pm CT via Zoom

Prior to the official start of the 2021 Docomomo US/National Symposium, join us for the unofficial Chicago Makers & Shakers Happy Hour Zoom, an hour-long virtual happy hour in which symposium attendees and presenters have an opportunity to learn a bit more about some of our featured "makers & shakers," their creative process and what inspires them.

The MAKERS & SHAKERS Mart is a benefit of registration of the Docomomo US National Symposium. You do not need to be registered for the National Symposium to attend the Kickoff event, but we encourage you to do so.

The 2020-21 Docomomo US National Symposium is a collaboration of Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Chicago.

The Chicago Symposium would not be possible without the generous support of the following partners and sponsors.

Century of Progress

World's Fair Columbian Exposition

The Great Chicago Fire

Fort Dearborn

Chicago River

Partner Organizations


The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals.

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.