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14th Annual US/ICOMOS International Symposium

Read the final report from this symposium online.


Respecting the Value of Context

The Relationship Between Old and New as a Prelude to the
40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in 2012

June 2‐4, 2011

Venable LLP Conference Center
575 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20004


Over the next five years, the international world of Heritage Conservation and the US community of Historic Preservation will be celebrating major anniversaries of the World Heritage Convention [2012], the Venice Charter [2014], US / ICOMOS [2015], The National Historic Preservation Act and the US National Park Service [2016].
As the US re-engages in the international scene, and is anticipating adding new sites to the World Heritage Sites List, this Symposium, is the first in a series,designed to critically examine the
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the United States' most recent addition (2010) to the UNESCO World Heritage List, constituting both natural and cultural heritage. Photo: Polynesian voyaging canoe. Credit: Na'alehu Anthony.

impact of international Charters, Declarations and Doctrines - starting with the Venice Charter - and the effect they have had on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and our preservation laws.

As a prelude to the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Act [2012], this Symposium will present internationally and nationally renowned experts, who will discuss the relationship between old and new. The Symposium will be organized in four cycles, and will explore the relationship between old and new at the urban level, at the cultural landscape level, leading to the design of buildings in historic contexts and culminating with a round-table discussion at the recently restored and expanded Virginia Capitol. The Virginia Capitol, originally designed by Thomas Jefferson, is now on the US Tentative World Heritage Sites List.

The 2011 Symposium will be the prologue to the 15th Annual International Scientific Symposium 2012 to be held in San Antonio, Texas that will celebrate the World Heritage Convention and bring together experts from the United States, the Caribbean and Central /South America.



Thursday, June 2, 2011
9:00 - 9:15 AM
Welcoming Remarks
George C. Skarmeas, AIA, NCARB, PhD
Chair, US / ICOMOS
9:15 - 10:00 AM
Keynote Address
Taking the Long View: An International Perspective
Gustavo Araoz
President, ICOMOS
9:45 - 10:15 AM
Questions and Answers
10:15 - 10:30 AM
Coffee Break2
10:30 - 11:00 AM
The Impact of the World Heritage Act on American Cities: Setting the Context
W. Paul Farmer, FAICP, Executive Director and CEO, American Planning Association
11:30 – Noon
A City Story: Efforts to Obtain World Heritage Designation
Ellen Moyer, Former Mayor Annapolis
Noon - 12:15 PM
Questions and Answers
12:15 - 1:30 PM
Lunch [On your own]
1:30 - 2:15 PM
A Country View:  Looking at the Impact of New Architecture on Polish Squares
Boguslaw Szmygin, President, ICOMOS / Poland
2:15 - 2:30 PM
Questions and Answers
2:30 - 3:30 PM
A Look at an Evolving City:  Charleston, SC
Winslow W. Hastie
Director of Preservation and Museums, Historic Charleston Foundation and
Charles E. Chase, AIA
Principal, Architectural Resources Group
3:30 - 3:45 PM
Questions and Answers
3:45 - 4:00 PM
Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Cultural Landscapes:  Heritage Standards and Design Interventions - A Dialogue
Laurie Olin, RLA, FASLA, Olin Studio and 
Patricia O’Donnell, RLA, FASLA, AICP, IFLA, Heritage Landscapes
5:00-6:00 PM  
Guided Tour of design review issues in Washington by David M. Schwarz
The tour is focused along Connecticut Avenue and Dupont Circle, leading to The Cosmos Club reception.
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Reception Cocktails and Hors D’ oeuvres
The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Business attire (coat and tie for men) required.
[Dinner for Speakers and Sponsors - Hosted by Jeff Soule and Grover Mouton, US/ICOMOS Board of Trustees]
Friday, June 3, 2011
9:00 - 9:15 AM
Introduction: The Juxtaposition of Old and New
Ronald Lee Fleming, FAICP, Secretary US / ICOMOS
With illustrations by Angus MacDonald, AIA 
9:15 - 10:45 AM
Old and New: A Dialogue
Clem Labine, Founder, Traditional Building Magazine
Warren Cox, FAIA, Partner Emeritus, Hartman Cox Architects
Alan Chimacoff, AIA, Principal, Ikon 5 Architects
10:45 – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – Noon
A Dialogue
A Roundtable Discussion
Clem Labine, Warren Cox and Alan Chimacoff
Noon - 1:00 PM
Lunch [On your own]
1:00 - 2:15 PM
Looking at the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards
Impact on Architectural Practice
David M. Schwarz,President & CEO, David M. Schwarz Architects
Impact on Tax Act Projects
Susan Mead, Esq., Partner, Jackson & Walker, LLP
Impact on Civic Design
Anne Fairfax, Partner, Fairfax & Sammons Architects, PC
2:15 - 2:30 PM
Coffee Break
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Should the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards Be Modified?
Dialogue between:
Steven W. Semes, AIA, Director, Rome Studies Program,
School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
John Sandor, Architectural Historian, Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service
3:30 - 3:45 PM
Introduction to Heritage Issues at the Virginia Capitol and Day Three of the Symposium
4:00 - 5:00 PM
US / ICOMOS Annual Meeting
5:00 - 7:00 PM
US / ICOMOS Board Meeting
Saturday, June 4, 2011
The Virginia State Capitol - Case Study and Symposium Wrap - up
The Virginia State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark designed by Thomas Jefferson, was restored and expanded in 2007.  The planning, design and construction process was governed by a Constitution based on the Venice Charter, the Secretary of the Interior Standards, the New Orleans Charter and other national and international charters and doctrines in Heritage Conservation.  The site is on the US Tentative List for consideration as World Heritage Site.
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Travel to Richmond [Bus Trip]
10:00 - 10:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Bruce F. Jamerson, Clerk of the House of Delegates
Susan Clark Schaar, Clerk of the Senate
Richard F. Sliwoski, PE, Director, Department of General Services
Kathleen Kilpatrick, Director, Department of Historic Resources
10:30 - 11:00 AM
About the Project
George C. Skarmeas, AIA, NCARB, PhD
Chair, US / ICOMOS and Lead Architect of the Project
11:00 – Noon
Tour of the Capitol
Noon - 1:00 PM
Keynote Speaker
Ron Van Oers, Program Director, UNESCO Heritage Conservation Center [invited]
[Lunch provided by the Virginia Capitol Foundation]
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Round Table Discussion
Jeff Soule, FAICP, American Planning Association, Director of Outreach and International Programs
Gustavo Araoz, President, ICOMOS
Alan Chimacoff, AIA, Principal, Ikon5 Architects
Kathleen Kilpatrick, Director, Department of Historic Resources5
Patricia O’Donnell, RLA, FASLA, AICP, IFLA, Heritage Landscapes
Ron Van Oers, Program Director, UNESCO Heritage Conservation Center [Invited]
Steven W. Semes AIA, Director, Rome Studies Program, 
School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Boguslaw Szmygin, President, ICOMOS / Poland
3:30 – 3:45 PM
Closing Remarks
William Dupont, AIA, Professor of Architecture, UTSA and Coordinator of US / ICOMOS 15th Annual Symposium [2012]
George C. Skarmeas, AIA, NCARB, Chair, US / ICOMOS
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Return to Washington, DC