Glass Boxes and Beyond

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Our final day “Glass Boxes and Beyond” offers a view through the rigorous glass panes of mid-century works as well as beyond the mid-century to more recent and pluralistic expressions of the modern movement.


Morning Sessions 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

THE MODERN VALUE PROPOSITION presents examples of character-defining elements of late modern architecture, including post modernism. Focused content includes special attention to late modern glass and the intersection between business, branding, and architecture. 

Early Afternoon Sessions 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

RECONSTRUCTING THE MODERN LEGACY presentation renovation panel illustrates how Modern buildings can be reprogrammed, updated, and preserved successfully. Of particular focus is how methodical and careful analysis of original design approaches, forms, and details are essential in preserving the useful life in the work of Brutalist and Postmodern architecture to aid in the design of strategic interventions. For works created in the lifetime of an architect, to what degree does the original architect become engaged with the rehabilitation of a building? Following these panels, a series of one-hour programs will take us back to mid-century era structures by a diverse range of architects in various locations. 

Late Afternoon Sessions 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

This series of one-hour programs will take us back to midcentury era structures by a diverse range of architects in various locations.

Tour 5:00 - 6:00 pm ET

We conclude Day Four at the James R. Thompson Center (Helmut Jahn, 1985) with a virtual presentation and a discussion of the challenges of preserving this Postmodernist masterpiece.

Featured Sponsors

Thank you to Harboe Architects, PC and Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC for supporting the 2021 National Symposium.

Harboe Architects, PC

Harboe Architects is an award winning architecture firm specializing in the preservation of historic structures. Located in Chicago, Harboe Architects have completed significant restoration projects on over a half dozen National Historic Landmarks and National Register Properties. Harboe Architects recently prepared the Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West.

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Mills + Schnoering Architects

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC is a full service architectural firm dedicated to design that contributes meaningfully to the built environment, and to the preservation of significant historic structures that reflect their time, place, and cultural associations. Our work is focused on cultural buildings of all types, including theatres and museums; public buildings; campus planning and design; and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, with a particular focus on the restoration and adaptive use of mid-century Modern structures. We look for projects that inspire and challenge us, and clients who share our commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

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