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Architectural Aluminum in the 21st Century

Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture

March 24 - March 26, 2018

Cambridge, MA

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RegisterThis conference/training program – organized by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Museum, and the Boston Society of Architects’ Historic Resources Committee – will be held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. Continuing education credits will be available (approx. 16 units for the March 24-25 program and 6 additional units for the optional program on March 26). The conference schedule, with topics and speakers, is shown below, along with the “call for posters” and information for those requiring hotel accommodations.


For conference attendees needing hotel accommodations, we have obtained a special rate at the Cambridge, Marriott Hotel – $161+tax/night.

For booking through Central Reservations at 1-888-236-2427 – give them the group booking code which is tactaca.

Call for Posters

Poster presentations on a project or research involving architectural aluminum fabrication, performance, detailing, specification, design, use, care, or repair are welcomed. A poster presentation is one 30” x 40” board or two 20” x 30” boards showing project and/or research information relevant to the conference subject matter. An area will be set aside during the conference for the display of posters and discussion. Poster proposals should be submitted, by e-mail, by December 30, 2017 to: ses_tec_con@msn.com.

Registration Form

Download the registration form and return this form, with check (made payable to The Technology Organization, Inc.) for $565 per person before January 20, 2018 or $635 per person thereafter. Return this form, with check (made payable to The Technology Organization, Inc.), to:

Technology & Conservation
76 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143


Contact Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, Conference Organizer/Chair –– E-mail: ses_tec_con@msn.com; Tel: (1) 617-623-4488

Preliminary Schedule

SATURDAY, March 24, 2018

7:30-8:15am Check-in
8:15-8:20 Welcome – Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, President, Technology & Conservation, and Mary Leen, Associate Director, MIT Museum
8:20-9:05 Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys – Historic Overview of Structural & Decorative Architectural Usages ­– Tom Jester, AIA, FAPT, LEED AP, Principal, Quinn Evans Architects
9:05-9:45 Aluminum Conservation/Preservation Perspectives – Richard Pieper, Partner and Director of Preservation, Jan Hird Pokorny
Developments in Materials, Technology, and Care
9:45-10:15 Types of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys – Performance, Cost, Selection for Specific Usage & Environment with Comparison with other materials that could be/are used to the specific usages – John Weritz, Vice President, Standards and Technology, The Aluminum Association
10:15-10:35 Posters + Coffee Break
10:35-11:05 Mechanical and Structural Properties of Aluminum – Prof. Michael Stacey, University of Nottingham & Consultant to the International Aluminum Association
11:05-11:35 Aluminum Corrosion & Weathering – Environmental Factors & Treatment – Dr. Ockert Van Der Schijff, PrEng, PE, Senior Managing Engineer, Exponent, Inc.
11:35-11:50 Fire Resistance of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys – Gilbert Kaufman, CEO, Kaufman Associates, & a Past Vice-President of the Aluminum Association
11:50-12:05 Q&A
12:05-1:55 Luncheon – MIT Samburg Conference Center
Aspects of Performance and of Design Planning
1:55-2:25 Historic Aluminum Curtain Walls – Mic Patterson, LEED AP [BD+C], Director of Strategic Development, Schuco USA
2:25-2:45 Aluminum Life Cycle, Sustainability, and Recycling – Prof. Michael Stacey, University of Nottingham & Consultant to International Aluminum Assn.
2:45-3:05 Connecting Aluminum Parts – J. Randolph Kissel – Partner, TGB Partnership; Secretary of the Aluminum Association Engineering & Design Task Force; & Secretary of the American Welding Society’s D1.2 Subcommittee
3:05-3:20 Epcot Center: Structure and Skin – Glenn R. Bell, PE, SE, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
3:20-3:35 Posters + Coffee
Conservation/Preservation of Aluminum Structures, Components, and Artistic Works of the 19th–21st Centuries – Case Histories
3:35-3:50 Aluminum Bridges and Bridge Decks – Gilbert Kaufman, CEO, Kaufman Associates
3:50-4:15 Historic Window Replacement – Custom Aluminum & Standard Aluminum Window Solutions – Henry Moss, AIA, Bruner/Cott & Associates
4:15-4:25 Overview of the Battle to Allow Al Windows for Historic Tax Credit Projects – Sam Wharton, Fenestration Consultant, Heritage Consulting Group
4:25-4:40 Historic/Iconic Aluminum Structures: Construction and Restoration – TBA
4:40-5:10 Alcoa’s 1953 Harrison & Abramowitz building (and other headquarters): Construction and Adaptive Re-Use – Sean Beasley, Principal, Strada LLC
5:10-5:30 The deCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Aluminum Visitor Station and Its Aluminum Entrance Gate – Greg Russell, Associate Principal, Bruner/Cott &Associates
5:30-6:00 Conservation of Aluminum Sculpture – Rosa Lowinger, Principal Conservator, Rosa Lowinger & Associates
6:00-6:20 Aluminum Kinetic Facade Screen – Amy Forte, Principal, Arrowstreet
6:20-6:30 Q&A
6:30-8:00 Reception – Marriott Hotel
SUNDAY, March 25, 2018
7:30-8:00 am Case Studies: Videos
New Technologies and Innovations in Design
8:00-8:30 Aluminum used with other materials (other than just glass) – David N. Fixler, FAIA, LEED AP BD&C, Principal, David Fixler Architect
8:30-9:05 Color and Finishes – L. William Zahner, CEO/President, A. Zahner Company
9:05-9:25 Aluminum Powder and Liquid Coatings – Gabriel Morales Sada, Architectural Segment Market Manager, AkzoNobel – Americas
9:25-9:55 Fabrication Techniques & Advances – Richard Baird, President, Historical Arts and Casting Inc.
9:55-10:10 Solar Effects upon Aluminum: The Donald Judd 100 Aluminum Boxes Project & Its Implications for the Maintenance & Care of Structures and Sculpture – James C. Parker, SE, PE, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
10:10-10:25 Posters + Coffee Break
10:25-10:55 The Taipai Performing Arts Center and the RAI NHow Hotel: Two Urban Case Histories – David Gianotten, Managing Partner – Architect, OMA
10:55-11:15 Architectural Aluminum: Lessons Learned from a Structural Practice – Craig Schwitter, PE, Partner, Buro Happold
11:15-11:45 Supersize Contemporary Buildings – Benjamin Johnson, Director, Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill
11:45-12:00 Q&A
12:00-2:00 Luncheon – MIT Samburg Conference Center
Bringing Architectural Aluminum into 21st Century Architectural Design & Ornamentation
2:00-2:20 Aluminaire House – Prof. Michael Schwarting, AIA, FAAR, New York Institute of Technology, and Prof. Frances Campani, RA, New York Institute of Technology
2:20-2:40 Evolution of an Identity: Ryerson University Student Learning Center – Dennis Rijkhoff, Senior Designer, Snøhetta
2:40-2:55 Structural Case History – TBA
2:55-3:25 Versatility of Aluminum: In Creating Innovative Contemporary Facades and In Maintaining Integrity of Historic Structures – Ho-Yin Ng, Director, AL_A
3:25-3:40 Posters + Coffee Break
3:40-4:10 Aluminum Facades: Use of Aluminum Fins & Other Innovations – Friedrich Ludewig, Director, ACME
4:10-4:25 Aluminum Mesh for Exterior and Interior Applications – TBA
4:25-4:55 The Blue Planet – Denmark’s National Aquarium: An Aluminum Facade Structure in a Marine Environment – Kim Herforth Nielsen, RIBA, Founder and Principal, 3XN
4:55-5:15 Aluminum Roofing ­– TBA
5:15-5:35 Current Research on Aluminum for Architectural Applications – Dr. Luis Fanor Vega, Sr. Principal Scientist, Novelis Research and Technology Center
5:35-6:05 Treating/Restoring Contemporary vs. Historic Aluminum Structures – Robert Silman, PE, President Emeritus, Silman, and Edmund P. Meade, PE, Principal and Director of Historic Preservation, Silman
6:05-6:30 Q&A

MONDAY, March 26, 2018– Optional program
8:00am-2:00pm –
Program includes a bus tour to view/visit a variety of structures which utilized aluminum in their construction. Among the structures to be seen will be a contemporary dormitory, an historic single-family home, a recently constructed college building, and an iconic multi-storey government and office building. In addition, a short film will be shown dramatizing the history of aluminum and its uses. Individuals registering for the conference will be able to attend, at no additional cost, the optional program.

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