Docomomo US is celebrating its 25th anniversary and heading back to where it all began— Chicago. In 1995 a group of volunteers gathered during the first “Preserving the Recent Past” conference to set in motion a Docomomo chapter in the United States. As the organization looks back on 25 years of preserving modernism, join Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Chicago virtually for a deep dive of where the movement has been and what challenges lie in store.
The 2020–2021 Docomomo US National Symposium, May 25–28, will explore a thematic vision which views innovation and change through the lens of the Modern Movement. Experience Chicago’s history and the prospects for the recognition, interpretation, preservation and the extension of these forms and ideas of modernism in the middle of America.
The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals.
The Symposium developed as a result of the Docomomo US Board of Directors’ annual “Face to Face” meeting. The first expanded event took place in Los Angeles in 2010 with an open forum for local individuals actively engaged in the discussion of modern architecture. Docomomo US hosted its first National Symposium in Sarasota, FL, in April 2013. Held annually, this multi-day conference seeks to engage local participants in cities across the United States, offering participants the ability to interact with and explore a wide variety of significant modern architecture and sites. The 2021 National Symposium will be held online.