Call For Abstracts-Students

Applications to be submitted by March 31, 2014

Submission Form

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
October 26–30, 2014
Presentations will be on October 28 and 29

Students from all areas of study in Historic Preservation and Conservation are encouraged to apply for an APT Student Scholarship to participate in the APT Québec City 2014 Conference. Applications are accepted by submitting an abstract that summarizes research and/or a project that addresses the 2014 Conference theme and tracks described below.

Conference Tracks
Application Requirements
Submission Form
Martin Weaver Scholarship

Conference Theme
Métissage: The fruitful encounter of differences   
For over four centuries, as a primary gateway to North America, Québec City and the Saint Lawrence Valley have provided a meeting place for encounters and exchanges between the French and British colonial nations, the First Nations, and generations of European immigrants. This dialogue echoes, of course, both American and European sources. Generally, the architecture, its urban environment and rural landscape reflect the commercial, political and social influences of the North Atlantic world. Québec City is reminiscent of 17th century St. Malo in France. Throughout the 19th century, its architecture borrowed from both Glasgow and Boston. After 1950, inspiration came from Levittown, USA.

Métissage first came about as an imperfect translation of these foreign influences into original and often unexpected mixtures of plan, program, construction techniques and materials. Architectural métissage was influenced by cultural references, and shaped by site constraints, construction materials and the savoir-faire of both the local and immigrant builders. It spoke to the social concerns and technical means of the population. Métissage can be seen at all scales of intervention: landscapes, urban environments, buildings, interiors.

The conservation/preservation of the built environment sets in motion a modern cycle of métissage. Since every rehabilitation project can be framed as an interaction between contemporary needs and desires and tangible and intangible heritage values, it becomes in itself a métissage of past and present. As suggested by Alain de Botton in his essay “The Architecture of Happiness” (2006), architecture is a promise of a better world; conservation of the built environment is an opportunity to maintain, renew and redefine this promise.

APT Québec City 2014 Conference Tracks
This Conference provides an opportunity to reflect on and explore the concept of métissage as it relates to the built environment, including:
• What are the principal notions, materials, techniques and practices that were initially adopted and why?
• How were these original ideas adapted to local requirements and conditions?
• How did these structures perform and how do we continue to adapt and modify our environment in response to current needs while preserving their inherent cultural values?
The concept of métissage will be explored at a variety of scales (Territory, Building, and Tectonic) and across a range of structures from the vernacular to the monumental.
A detailed explanation of each track is included with the Conference Call for Abstracts.

A. Territory: The Large Scale
This track will explore the building traditions and typologies that were adopted, how they were adapted over time and the current needs and pressures for revitalization and expansion. This scale includes cultural and agricultural landscapes, historic districts, historic sites, campuses, and policy.

B. Building: The Middle Scale
This track will address the various building typologies (traditional, hybrid, contemporary), how they came about, how they have evolved over time, and the technical challenges in preserving and adapting them to current needs.

C. Tectonic: The Micro Scale (some materials are happier together than others)
This track will deal with the notion of compatibility, performance and durability at the materials level.

At the time of the application, you must be enrolled in a trade, undergraduate or graduate program, which is affiliated with a trade school, college or university. Scholarships are awarded to individuals, not teams.  If your project is a group effort, please select one representative to apply for the scholarship.
Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, March 31, 2014.

Be prepared to respond to the following: (the online form provides detailed instruction and examples)
1. Abstract title
2. Appropriate track
3. Your involvement in the project
4. Brief summary (30 words) of your abstract
5. Relevancy of your project (60 words)
6. Your abstract (450 words)*
7. Key words that are industry-specific
8. Two learning objectives
9. One discussion starter
10. Whether the project is complete
11. Whether you will be presenting a unique topic
12. Your technical presentation needs
13. Speaker biography (100 words describing your experience as a student in preservation and your future goals)
14. Commitment to fulfill APT expectations
15. Contact information for you and your professor

*The abstract must be based on your student project or research, which is ongoing or completed and illustrates research or a project that was developed to address an aspect of preservation/conservation technology.  

Submissions will be judged based on:
• Fulfillment of submission requirements
• Quality of abstract and biography
• How well the concepts demonstrate excellence in the applicant’s area of study
• Relevance to the Conference theme/paper tracks

You will be informed of your status in late May, 2014. Following notification of selection, you will be assigned an APT Mentor, who is a member of the APT College of Fellows, and a Session Chair, who will oversee the session you will present in.

You will be included as a Conference presenter, which includes collaborating with the Session Chair and other session presenters to create a cohesive session. You will be expected to prepare an oral presentation (with PowerPoint slides), no longer than 10 minutes, based on the abstract topic. Your faculty advisor, Mentor and Session Chair, will be prepared to assist you as needed.

As a Student Scholar, you will be able to participate in the APT Québec City 2014 Conference at no cost. In exchange, you are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the Conference, attend all events for which you have tickets, and any Student Scholarship fundraising activities.
• APT Student Membership through June 2015
• One Full Conference Registration
• One ticket for the following (this excludes the APT Social):
• APT Kansas City 2015 Preview Lunch, Student Scholar Recognition and APT Annual Meeting
• Chapters and New Member Breakfast
• Breakfast with Exhibitors
• APT Awards Banquet
• Housing in a shared room for three nights
• Cash stipend to help cover reasonable travel and food costs

*APT Québec City 2014 also includes workshops on October 26–27 and field sessions on October 27 and 28, which you may attend at your own expense.

Martin Weaver Scholarship
One APT Student Scholar will be selected as the Martin Weaver Scholar and will receive a $1,500 grant from the Martin Weaver Scholarship Fund in addition to the Conference registration and stipend described above.

Shortly after your identification as an APT Student Scholar you will be invited to apply for the Martin Weaver Scholarship by submitting a short essay (about 500 words) describing how you would use the grant money to further research and/or your career in historic preservation/conservation. You will be asked to include a description of any interest in wood-based architectural materials if applicable. See the Martin Weaver Student Scholarship announcement for more information.

Questions:  For additional information contact one of the Student Scholarship and Outreach Committee Co-Chairs:

Lesley M. Gilmore
(406) 922-7114
Sue Ann Pemberton
(210) 732-9268

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