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Docomomo US National Symposium – Chicago: Crossroads of Modern America
New dates announced | Covid-19 disclaimer

[Dear Symposium Speakers, Registrants, and Sponsors,

Thank you for your ongoing and generous support of the Docomomo US National Symposium in Chicago.  I am writing today with good news.

We have identified May 26-29, 2021 as the new dates for the Chicago Symposium. We believe these dates allow us to move forward with the outstanding program of speakers, tours and events that were originally scheduled. While we considered dates in the fall of 2020, we believe keeping the Symposium in the late spring necessitates the least amount of changes, provides a time with excellent Chicago weather, and allows for largest number of people to participate in the event. We are pleased all of the original venues for the Chicago Symposium have been confirmed for 2021 and the event will go forward as planned outside of the one-year delay.

The last few weeks have been tough on us all, but we hope this news can bring some joy your way.

While we continue to put plans in place for the 2021 Chicago Symposium, we are grateful to the vast majority of registered guests and sponsors who have been able to leave their registration with us.

Your registration will be carried over to the rescheduled dates with no changes to the outlined benefits. Guests will be notified of any changes to the event or scheduled tours. A modified refund/alteration schedule will be available for all registered guests next year.

Again, on behalf of myself, the Chicago Symposium committee, our national and local board and staff, we thank you for all your support during this challenging time. We look forward to seeing you soon and bringing our community together.


Liz Waytkus
Docomomo US Executive Director
On behalf of the Docomomo US Board of Directors and the Chicago Symposium Committee

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Chicago has been recognized as the “crossroads”, not only for its connecting of water, land, and air networks, but for its place at the intersection of architecture, culture, and technological change. The rapidity of Chicago’s growth, coupled with its prominence in producing innovations of the modern movement is an opportunity for the 2020 meeting of Docomomo/US to consider this history and its prospect for the recognition, interpretation, preservation and extension of the forms and ideas of modernism in the middle of America. The 2020 Symposium theme will be explored through guided tours and lectures, both from invited speakers as well as those to be selected from a call for presentations, to be sent this fall.

Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Chicago Symposium co-chairs Gunny Harboe, Eric Keune, Craig Brandt, and Angelo Kokkino invite you to join as a supporter and an event sponsor for the eighth annual Docomomo US National Symposium.

Chicago Symposium Scholarship Opportunities

Docomomo US is excited to offer an expanded number of scholarship and student sponsorship opportunities for this year’s National Symposium in Chicago.

Tiny Activist Scholarship: created in 2017, the Tiny Activist Scholarship aims to make continuing education affordable for emerging preservationists by bridging funding gaps. This scholarship will award up to ten $200 scholarships in 2020. Deadline: March 31, 2020. 

Docomomo US/NOCA Travel Grant: the Docomomo US/Northern California chapter will award one travel grant of up to $1,000 for a student or emerging professional committed to the documentation and conservation of the Modern Movement. Deadline: April 3, 2020.

Student Sponsorship Opportunities: the Sponsored Student opportunity allows Symposium Sponsors to donate their complimentary registrations and tour tickets to a student or recent graduate. Currently, there are three Sponsored Student opportunities available, courtesy of Mills + Schnoering Architects, Harboe Architects, PC, and Prudon & Partners. Deadline: March 27, 2020.

To know more about the schedule, tours and accomodations, please visit docomomo US’ website.

If your firm is interested in providing a Sponsored Student opportunity, please contact info@docomomo-us.org.