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Surface Effects: Architectural Tile & Terrazzo and its Conservation

Friday, February 28, 2020Saturday, February 29, 2020
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Day 1 Symposium: Meyerson Hall - Lower Gallery/Upper Gallery
8:00am - 6:00pm
The Stuart Weitzman School of Design
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Day 2 Workshop: IMI/BAC Local 1 PA/DE Training Center
9:00am - 3:15pm 
2702 Black Lake Place
Philadelphia, PA

This two-day symposium and workshop will explore the history, design, and conservation of architectural tile and terrazzo. Presentations (Day 1) will explore the use of ceramic and glass tile, mosaic and terrazzo, with a focus on their design, application,  performance, deterioration, repair, and conservation. These masonry materials have been used historically as both decorative and functional skins and their revival, especially in the latter half of the 20th century, argues for renewed consideration. The workshop (Day 2) will focus on traditional installation methods and current methods and materials for addressing treatment repairs to tile and terrazzo surfaces. These interactive demonstrations will allow participants to better understand these materials and best practices in their repair and conservation. AIA Continuing Education credits are available for both the symposium and workshop components of this event. 8 LU|HSW credits are available for the February 28 symposium and 4 LU|HSW credits are available for the February 29 workshop, just bring your AIA card to check in. 

Day 1 Speakers 
8:00 am - 6:00 pm 

Tile & Architecture: A Long History
Susan Tunick | Author, Artist, President of the Friends of Terra Cotta

Tile Manufacture & Installation
Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, LEED AP | Director of Industry Development & Technical Service, International Masonry Institute (IMI)

To Replace or Repair: Historic Tile in Outdoor Sites
Amy Green | Principle, Silverlake Conservation

Laying With Tiffany: Conservation of the Swan Memorial Glass Mosaic at Woodlawn Cemetery
Courtney Magill | Architectural Conservation Laboratory Manager, Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Saving Streamline Moderne: Conservation of Stone and Gold-Glass Mosaic Facades of the Saban (Former May Co) Building at the Academy of Motion Pictures
John Fidler, RIBA, IHBC, Intl Assoc AIA, FRICS, FSA, FIIC, FAPT | President & Chief Technical Officer, John Fidler Preservation Technology Inc.
Christina Varvi | Principle Conservator, RLA Conservation
Dann Salinas | Premier Tile

Moravian Pottery & Tile Works-History & Techniques
Adam Zayas | Head Ceramicist, Moravian Pottery & Tile Works

History and Installation of Cement and Epoxy Terrazzo
Bob Mion | Northeast Regional Training Director, International Masonry Training & Education Foundation (IMTEF)

Terrazzo Restoration Methods
John Trevisan | Vice-President, Roman Mosaic & Tile Co.

Back on the Map: Conserving the Terrazzo Map Pavement of the New York State Pavilion
Frank Matero | Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Merging Technologies for Refinishing Ceramic Tile and Glazed Terra Cotta
Tom Tipps,CSI, CDT | Product Specialist, BeeckSilicate Mineral Paints and Glazes

Terrazzo and Tile at the Denver Art Museum - Revitalize, Replace, Reimagine
Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer


Day 2 Workshop Demonstrations and Hand’s On
9:00 am - 3:15 pm 

The workshop will be offsite and taking place in Northeast Philadelphia, an 8:15 bus from the University can be purchased with your ticket during registration. 

Breakfast and Lunch Location: 2706 Black Lake Place (Union Hall)
Workshop Location: 2704 Black Lake Place (New Training Center)

8:15 Bus Pick Up from Meyerson Hall

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Workshop Introduction

9:30-11:45 WORKSHOPS
Group 1: Workshop 1
Group 2: Workshop 2

11:45-12:45 Lunch 

12:45-3:00 WORKSHOPS
Group 1: Workshop 2
Group 2: Workshop 1

3:00-3:15 Closing Remarks

Workshop 1: Cement and Epoxy Terrazzo Installation and Restoration (Patch and Crack Infill)
Workshop 2: Ceramic and Glass Tile Restoration
Station 1: Localized Tile Removal and Reinstallation
Station 2: Glass Tile Restoration and Microscopy
Station 3: Ceramic Tile Patch and Glaze Repair


Hosted by The Stuart Weitzman School of Design Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, the International Masonry Institute, and the Association for Preservation Technology – Delaware Valley Chapter