A Special Citation for Documentation is given to Keeping It Modern and the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. The Getty Foundation and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) have long understood the risks facing modern architectural resources. They have sought to address these issues through two complementary programs that have been highly successful. The Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI) is a comprehensive, long-term, and international program of GCI, which aims to advance the practice of conserving twentieth-century heritage, with a focus on modern architecture through research and investigation, the development of practical conservation solutions, and the creation and distribution of information through training programs and publications. Projects of CMAI have included: the Eames House Conservation Management Plan, restoration of teak windows at the Salk Institute, and addressing challenges of reinforced concrete buildings and structures, among others. In 2014, the Getty Foundation launched the Keeping it Modern (KIM) grant program to complement the CMAI efforts. Now in its final year, it has supported 77 grant projects of outstanding architectural significance that contribute to advancing conservation practice. Five of these projects were implementation grants supported by strong prior planning and have potential to serve as models for the conservation of other twentieth-century buildings.
“Preservation of modern works can be an uphill battle, and it is important that we recognize the strong efforts put forth by our colleagues.”
-Emily Rauh Pulitzer, 2020 Jury member
“These two programs have made great contributions toward preserving both nationally and internationally significant modern sites.”
Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative:
Cesar Bargues Ballester, Sara Galerne, Ana Paula Arato Goncalves, Sara Lardinois, Susan Macdonald, Laura Matarese, Chandler McCoy, Kristen Munchheimer, Kyle Normandin, Gail Ostergren, Margherita Pedroni, Candace Wai, Sarah Yoon
Keeping It Modern:
Katie Devine, Alison Reilly, Cynthia Barthold Querio, Candace Wai, Antoine Wilmering