"Preserving the Metropolis" will open the discussion on protecting urban cultural heritage in the 21st century by exploring best practices and viable solutions from New York and around the world, all while earning attendees a year's worth of CEUs. In addition to presentations with international relevance to cities of all sizes, the conference and related events will provide the opportunity to present lessons learned from one of the oldest international metropolises, and demonstrate why New York City remains a magical and unequalled place to live and visit.




If you attend every Conference activity that provides continuing education (Keynote Presentations, Paper Sessions, Field Sessions and Workshops), you can earn 37 CEUs. When you break down the cost per CEU, you only pay $15-$21 for each credit (most economical if you are an APT member). If you only attend the Paper Sessions, it's still an excellent value. You'd earn 8.5 CEUs, with each costing less than $55.

Continuing Education credits will be available throughout the Conference including:

  • AIA LUs;
  • U.S. Engineers RCEP PDHs; and
  • Canadian Architects CEs.


A. Material Conservation in Urban Environment

Cities present challenging environments for the conservation of building materials that must perform in high pollution, extreme exposure, and difficult-to-access locations. These concerns affect material maintenance, durability and the specification and installation of repairs; and often require testing and scientific assessment to determine appropriate new and restoration materials.

B. Balancing Change, Preservation, and Development

The long term success of historic preservation in urban environments requires the active collaboration of preservationists with design professionals, developers, community members and others, in order to balance development pressures with the desire to retain historic streetscapes, buildings, open spaces, etc. The effectiveness of the integration of often-conflicting goals bears directly on the success or failure of preservation in a city and, ultimately, the retention or loss of a city’s character and diversity.

C. Building Types, Districts and Infrastructure

Even metropolises are comprised of collections of diverse neighborhoods and districts, often with unique buildings, parks, streets, subways, infrastructure and utility systems, and other purposefully designed or ad-hoc elements. The retention, protection, and continued use of individual structures and specific neighborhoods are the focus point of preservation efforts throughout the world.

D. Energy Use and Conservation: Exploring the Potential

Improved energy generation and efficiency is essential for worldwide economic growth and environmental protection. Energy has become a private and public sector priority that drives international politics and national, state and local policy and direct investment in new and existing buildings. Through desired or required building performance, energy concerns will continue to have tremendous effects on the preservation of the existing built environment.


  • Demonstrate successes in preserving diverse, historic, dynamic, and evolving world-class cities.
  • Illustrate the impact of preservation-related laws (e.g., historic commissions and review, building inspections, etc.)
  • Highlight the preservation of buildings associated with New York City's Centers of Excellence (academic, financial, medical, knowledge, and cultural/arts institutions).
  • Create unique opportunities to visit buildings, infrastructure and neighborhoods.
  • Explore the role of preservation in the metropolis and identify commonalities across borders and scale.
  • Create collaborative opportunities with allied professionals, including planners and non-structural engineers.
  • Explore preservation's role in the context of economic development of urban environments.
  • Demonstrate the criticality of preserving, maintaining and improving infrastructure (transportation, utilities and energy, parks, hospitals, internet, etc.)


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