Getty Conservation Institute – Conserving Concrete Virtual Event

Live Roundtable Discussion for the Launch of Conservation Principles for Concrete of Cultural Significance

Join us for this free virtual event bringing together a multidisciplinary group of professionals to discuss the importance of conserving historic concrete and the importance of using a sound conservation methodology to guide practice.

December 2, 2020  10:00 to 11:30 am (Los Angeles time)
via Zoom

Free, Advanced Registration Required


Over the last two hundred years, concrete has been used to produce a remarkably rich and diverse legacy of buildings and structures increasingly recognized for their cultural significance. With growing recognition of this heritage comes the need for protection and conservation; however, concrete conservation is still a relatively new field with limited availability of guiding resources.

Conservation Principles for Concrete of Cultural Significance (2020) synthesizes current best practices in general repair of concrete and cultural conservation by providing a framework for architects, engineers, conservators, contractors, and stewards to make sound, informed decisions for conserving culturally significant concrete buildings and structures. Available in PDF format for free download.

Virtual Event Participants
  • Barnabas Calder, Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool School of Architecture, is a historian specializing in the relationship between architecture and energy throughout human history. Author of Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism (2016) and Architecture: Buildings and Energy from Prehistory to the Present (2021).
  • Claudia Devaux, partner at Devaux & Devaux Architects, Paris. She is a heritage architect with extensive experience in conservation of modern architecture sites such as the Eileen Gray-Etoile de mer-Le Corbusier site.
  • Paul Gaudette, Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Chicago. He is an engineer highly experienced in the evaluation and development of recommendations for repair of historic concrete structures and co-author of Preservation Brief 15: Repair of Historic Concrete.
  • Rosa Lowinger, CEO and Chief Conservator of Rosa Lowinger and Associates, Inc, with locations in Miami and Los Angeles. She has over 30 years of experience as a conservator of sculpture, contemporary art and historic buildings. Rosa lectures frequently on public art and conservation of modern finishes.
  • Susan Macdonald, head of the Buildings and Sites department at the Getty Conservation Institute. Trained as a conservation architect with experience in conserving modern heritage, she is a co-author of Conservation Principles for Concrete of Cultural Significance.
  • Ana Paula Arato Gonçalves, research associate in the Buildings and Sites department at the Getty Conservation Institute. Her work is focused on the Concrete Conservation project, including the publication of Conservation Principles for Concrete of Cultural Significance.


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