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WCAPT Student/Emerging Professional Scholarship FundThe WCAPT Student/Emerging Professional Scholarship Fund provides financial support to current students or recent graduates in historic preservation or related fields in architecture, engineering, materials science, etc. to help with expenses such as professional development/training, attendance at annual Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) meeting, or other WCAPT or APTI sponsored events.  WCAPT will award two scholarships each year (one student applicant and one emerging professional applicant) pending availability of funding and number of applicants.

  • $2000 for one student scholar
  • $1000 for one emerging professional

Application deadline is 5:00 PM PST, Wednesday, August 31, 2022.  See Scholarships webpage for further details.

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Your Journey to Detroit Starts Here!


Join us in Detroit this November and see the revitalization

of this great city taking shape!

The APT Detroit 2022 Conference offers no better place to share your ideas, insights and obeservations in preservation. The conference audience, comprising of those committed to maintaining, conserving and protecting historic structures and sites for continued use, will be engaged in the presentations and discussions led from their peers - like you.

All papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in post‐conference issues of the APT Bulletin. APT reserves the right to publish all accepted abstracts on their websites and with conference registration materials. 

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2022 Track highlights are below, full descriptions are on the abstract site.

Pink Cadillac: The Composite Effect of Building and Industrial Design 

Detroit not only served as an epicenter of the automobile industry, but its citizens also championed industrial design and its intersection with architecture from the early 1920s until the early 1970s. Designers of all professions experimented with new materials and processes, such as concrete mixes, ceramics, plastics, metal alloys, and paints. This track explores the preservation, adaptation, interpretation, and enhancement of “modern” materials (both the historic Modern Movement and the new century’s design advancements) used at all scales around the world. 

Stop! In the Name of Renewal: Adaptive Reuse and Renovation in a Metropolis 

It just can’t be saved. It’s too far damaged. Just tear it down and build back better. This track will focus on the extreme ends of the adaptive reuse spectrum and what challenges building owners, developers, and historic districts must overcome. Like Detroit’s motto, “resurget cineribus,” these buildings shall rise from the ashes. 

The Dire Straits: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations within Marine Environments 

Before there were interstates and before there were steel rails, there was the Big Water, the Great Lakes. Settlement patterns and industry developed along the waterways, connecting remote settlements and bringing products to market and to consolidated industrial centers. This track will discuss the challenges of maintaining, preserving, and reusing maritime structures, including material choices and repair alternatives employed in the extreme exposure conditions. 

Dancing in the Street: (R)evolution of a City

The US’s one and only UNESCO Design City, Detroit has shaped the culture of not only the local region, but also the world, and gave inspiration to future artists of the visual, audio, and tactile arts. This track will study how books, music, movies, and social media can influence the culture and use of a building and how buildings will help preserve the story of the artists and local culture.

Presentations will be selected based upon a blind review process. 

Not able to submit an abstract this year? APT is also actively seeking volunteers to lend their talents as abstract reviewers. Email us for more information.


About APTI

The Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) is a cross - disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. Membership in APT provides exceptional opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, craftspersons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The international, interdisciplinary character of APT - with its outstanding publications, conferences, training courses, awards, student scholarships, regional chapters, and technical committees - makes it the premier worldwide network for anyone involved in the field of historic preservation.


To help promote APTI when giving presentations, APTI has developed some informational PowerPoint slides to add to your PowerPoint presentation. Download the PowerPoint images and a suggested script below.




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Updated Seismic Retrofit Preservation Brief

The National Park Service has released an update of Preservation Brief #41 on Seismic Retrofit of historic buildings. The revised Brief contains expanded and updated information covering new technologies such as fiber wrap, as well as expanded graphic representations illustrating general issues and needs associated with the seismic rehabilitation of historic buildings. 

WCAPT is now an AIA CES Provider.        

The Western Chapter of the Association of Preservation Technology is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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