Conference Overview

A Conduit to Connections, Creativity and Collaboration

APT Québec City 2014
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
October 26–29, 2014

APT Conference speakers will be presenting in their native language—French, English or Spanish. Headsets will be provided to listen to simultaneous interpretation into your preferred language.

Our theme this year, Métissage, reflects both the spirit behind the historic city of Québec, and the spirit we will foster at this year’s Conference: The Fruitful Encounter of Differences. The APT Québec City 2014 Conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on and explore the concept of métissage as it relates to the built environment and what we each bring to share and learn.  In addition, attendees can earn a year’s worth of CEUs. The Conference and its related events will provide the opportunity to present lessons learned from one of the most historic yet ever changing cities.


Agenda At A Glance

Continuing Education Credits

Conference Tracks


Paper Sessions

Field Sessions

Special Events


Continuing Education Credits
If you attend every CE opportunity (both keynote presentations, all paper sessions, one half day field session and one workshop) you can earn 27 CEs, which is $18.50 per credit for APT members who register early. If you attend only the paper and keynote sessions you can earn 10 CEs, which is also a great value at $50 per credit.

Continuing Education credits will be available throughout the Conference including:
•    AIA LUs;
•    U.S. Engineers RCEP PDHs; and
•    Canadian Architects CEs (via reciprocity with AIA)

Conference Tracks
The concept of métissage will be explored at a variety of scales and across a range of structures from the vernacular to the monumental. More information on the tracks can be found here.

A. Territory: The Large Scale
Presenters in this track will explore the building traditions and typologies that were adopted, how they were adapted over time and 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
Presenters in 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. Speakers will look at the building as an integrated and balanced whole (foundations, structure, building envelope, interior finishes and building systems) and discuss conservation/preservation issues related to the individual building components and/or the interrelationships between the components (assemblies).

C. Tectonic: The Micro Scale (some materials are happier together than others)
Presenters in this track will deal with the notion of compatibility, performance and durability at the materials level. Building materials are conserved/preserved by developing an understanding of their natural life cycles and mechanisms of deterioration, detailing and the quality of know-how that crafted and set them, and by planning and implementing regular informed maintenance. They will explore how the combination of a limited supply of quality materials and know-how, evolving (often experimental) technologies, and deferred or misinformed maintenance have created and continue to create significant challenges to materials conservation.

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