Docomomo US is pleased to welcome esteemed speakers from across the country who will present a variety of modern preservation research, subjects and projects. Sessions will take place Thursday, May 30th and Friday June 1st at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. There will be an opening keynote on Wednesday evening and a closing plenary on Friday afternoon. 

Keynote Address

Docomomo US is pleased to announce that two well-established experts in the realm of Modern preservation, Rosa Lowinger and Uta Pottgiesser, will present the opening and closing keynote addresses at the 2024 National Symposium. Cuban-born American art conservator and founder of RLA Conservation of Art + Architecture, LLC, Rosa Lowinger will kick off the Symposium with her opening address, “Modern Materials, Tropical Identities: Preservation as a Tool for Personal and Communal Repair.” Flying in from Delft, Netherlands, the location of Docomomo’s original founding, current Docomomo International Chair Uta Pottgiesser will present the closing keynote, “Challenges of Modernity and their Impact on Modern Movement.” 

Rosa Lowinger

Rosa Lowinger is a Cuban-born American art conservator and founder of RLA Conservation of Art + Architecture, LLC, a sculpture and architectural materials conservation practice based in Miami and Los Angeles. She is also a published author, most well-known for Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub (Harcourt, 2005), a book on Havana’s pre-Castro nightclub era; Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure American Seduction (FIU press: 2016); and Dwell Time: A Memoir of Art, Exile, and Repair (Row House, 2023). A Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, the Association for Preservation Technology, and the American Academy in Rome, Rosa holds an M.A. in Art History and Conservation from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.

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Uta Pottgeisser

Uta Pottgeisser is Professor of Building Construction and Materials at TH OWL, Professor of Heritage & Technology at TU Delft (Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment) in the Netherlands, and the current Chair of Docomomo International. Her academic focus is on sustainable building construction and the preservation of Modern heritage, and she has more than twenty-seven years of experience as a practicing architect and research scientist concerned with the protection, reuse and improvement of the built heritage and environment.

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