APTNE 2021 Annual Meeting & Symposium

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Disasters come in various forms, whether they be a natural disaster, a man-made disaster, or a disastrous situation.  In preservation, we deal with each of these disasters, whether it be from planning to prevent them, investigating the aftermath, or in overcoming them and coming out better than before.  Each situation is defined in how we approach the disaster and each of us are judged in how we react.  In a time that is currently fraught with various global disasters, each of us is challenged to move above and beyond, bringing our history and our buildings with us.

Industry professionals, artisans, students, and professors will present topics ranging from planning for seismic disasters to protecting our cultural heritage from fire and from adapting for flooding to graffiti. 

In addition to the 9 virtual presentations and the virtual round table (worth a total of 6.25 HSW credits), this event will also include several additional activities available to all attendees including: 

  • Virtual networking during coffee breaks
  • A virtual reception directly after the symposium
  • See below for the Symposium Schedule of Events and more details 
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Abstract: Everyone knows that engineers learn from failure. Just like everything else that “everyone knows” that statement is both true and false. While we have learned lessons from past failures, the learning process has often been long and convoluted. Lessons-learned can be forgotten, incomplete, or taken out of context. The process of improving buildings based on past failures depends not only on the type of failure and professional understanding of the failure, but also on public understanding of the failure. The last item is usually overlooked, and plays a critical role: new building technology is usually more expensive than old, at least at first, and economic decisions often require public pressure. For example, the general push towards “fire-proof” construction in the late nineteenth century was, in large part, due to the public’s reaction to the Chicago fire of 1871.  We can better understand the paths of failure-based improvements throughout history by looking at some of the more “famous” failures that have prompted the public to demand action.



Round Table: Power to the People

Abstract: This interactive forum will use Haiti, Puerto Rico and Dominica as Case Studies of Resilience. In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and Hurricane Maria in 2017, Architects working in resiliency and recovery efforts in the Caribbean Region identify this as an opportunity to build in higher levels of resilience and sustainability.  Along with cultural sensitivity, these natural occurrences are transformed into catalysts for new planning and design principles that can be translated worldwide.  Panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges of working with impacted communities, while dealing with unfamiliar policies or unenforced construction laws & regulations.  Sustainable Communities are the ones that are empowered in the recovery efforts.  Architects and Design leaders facilitate community participatory design in recovery efforts by harnessing the local brain trust to create a collaborative and culturally relevant solution.

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  • Full cost is:
    APTNE Member: $40 (complimentary depending on sponsorship)
    Non-Member: $70
  • There is a discounted cost for our student and young professional members.
    APTNE Student:  $0  *non-member students also receive this discount
    APTNE Young Professional:  $25


  • There will be networking opportunities with all attendees throughout the day.

 Did you know that many of APTNE's sponsorship levels include free Symposium registrations and discounts?  Please consider becoming a new Sponsor for 2021 or renewing your lapsed sponsorship and show your support for APTNE and the preservation community.  Sign up here 

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APTNE Symposium Reception - Friday, February 26th 

Our virtual reception will begin immediately following the Symposium, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and is included in the ticket price.  We will be utilizing Remo for our reception which allows attendees to interact via video in real-time by joining a table of their peers.  There are different table sizes and private chat available for all interactions!  There will also be a number of giveaways to reception attendees!!


 Continuing Education

Continuing education credits will be provided for Friday's attendance at the Symposium (6.25 HSW/LU credits).  Please note your preference for reporting CEU's during the registration process.  Confirmation of attendance will be required on the day of the Symposium



Thank you for your continued support of APTNE! We look forward to seeing you virtually in February!



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