Architecture

Who We Are

The Architecture Specialty Group (ASG) was formed in 1988 and has more than 400 members. 

The ASG’s core initiative is to develop and promote the conservation of immovable cultural property such as buildings, monuments, outdoor sculpture and related heritage sites. The group provides a forum for the exchange of information yielded from practice and research in effort to further the professional standards of architectural conservation. 

ASG activities include organizing sessions at AIC annual meetings in addition to facilitating other regional conferences. In past years, sessions have followed overall AIC conference themes or concentrated on a unique theme often as part of joint sessions with other AIC specialty groups. Additional conference activities have included discussion groups, technical sessions, and architectural walking tours. ASG provides scholarships and support for emerging professionals to engage them in the field via a network of specialists. 

Architecture Specialty Group Emerging Conservation Professional Speaker Stipend Award

The Architecture Specialty Group (ASG) offers stipends to fund AIC Annual Meeting attendance in the amount of $1500-2000 to cover travel costs, registration, receptions, accommodations, and meals. This speaker stipend is intended to support early-career professionals who are presenting in an ASG session at the Annual Meeting. Awards will be given at the discretion of the ASG review committee based on available funds.

Criteria for Review

  • Qualifications of applicant with a strong preference to AIC-ASG members with residence in North America

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are recent graduates within three years of graduation date of a preservation master’s program with focus on architectural conservation

  • Level of research or original content that bears relevance and interest to field of architectural conservation

  • Budget information that demonstrates financial need

Application Process

The process of applying is managed entirely through an online system.

Apply here.

You will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account with AIC/FAIC (this should be the case if you are an AIC member, have previously submitted an abstract, or have participated in an AIC/FAIC program), use the same login information you use to access that account. If you do not have an account in the system, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application.

The online form will take you through the four sections of the application:

  1. Applicant information (name and contact information, resume/CV, etc.)

  2. A short statement addressing applicant's professional goals for attending the meeting. 

  3. A full preliminary draft of the paper and PowerPoint to be presented.

  4. Budget information (total cost for attending the AIC Annual meeting and any funding that has been obtained from external sources).

You can save and return to your application later to complete it. When you are satisfied with your responses, “save and finalize” to submit your application. Once the application has been submitted, you cannot return to edit the form.

Procedures

The deadlines for receipt of all materials is December 15. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the ASG officers for final approval. Notification of awards will be made six to eight weeks after the deadline (by February 15th).

Please submit supporting materials in PDF format.

Apply for Funding

The application will become available eight weeks before the application deadline.

Final Report

A final written report consisting of at least two images and a one page narrative (or equivalent AIC blog post) is due within 30 days of the Annual Meeting. Final reports will be submitted by speaker stipend recipients to egoergen@conservation-us.org with a subject line of: “ASG Speaker Stipend Final Report.” Final reports are required to be eligible for future funding. Reports may be published in part or in full by the Architecture Specialty Group and/or FAIC, including posting on the AIC/FAIC website.

Support

Funding for this scholarship comes from the generous contributions of firms, universities, and individuals.

Contact

If you have any questions about the Stipend or have technical issues when applying, please contact Erika Goergen, AIC Membership Operations Assistant and ASG Staff Liaison at egoergen@conservation-us.org or by phone at 202-991-0643.

Annual Meeting

Specialty groups coordinate specialty programming for AIC’s Annual Meeting. Programming sometimes corresponds with overall meeting theme, sometimes concentrates on a special theme and frequently includes collaborative efforts with other specialty groups. Topics covered include collections management, treatments, updates on research, disaster recovery, research and analysis, case studies, techniques, and other issues. The program is usually a full day or more of paper presentations, panel discussions, tips sessions, workshops, as well as a business meeting and social events. Program content is then sometimes assembled into publications and resources.

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Publications and Resources

Specialty groups prepare topic-based publications, typically though not always a collection of concepts presented at the AIC's Annual Meeting turned into long-form articles. While not peer-reviewed, these postprints present a wealth of information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments. They also produce publications and resources that range from catalogs of conservation treatments and techniques, to conservation wikis, and to various special topic publications and resources. Electronic and print versions of past and current publications are usually available in the store, either free or for a fee.

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How We Work

Each specialty group is managed by officers who guide the group based on its adopted Rules of Order.

How to Join

For more information on dues and how to join this group, go to Membership.