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The 5th International Architectural Paint Research Conference| Call for Papers

12 maart 2014 - 15 maart 2014

Oproep van onze Zweedse collega’s voor bijdragen aan de 5e internationale conferentie :

‘Interdisciplinary Innovation through Baseline Proficiencies’

Stockholm, Sweden 12-15 March 2014

Hosted by:

Riksantikvarieämbetet/The Swedish National Heritage Board

This 5th International Conference draws on the legacy of the four previous conferences* to bring together members of the growing number of international APR specialists and the wider conservation community. It aims to provide a platform for the interchange of current ideas and knowledge to explore the potential of this significant discipline in the study and conservation of architectural heritage. This conference aims to re-examine three important issues:

  1. the production of a set of standards for APR research,
  2. the relationship between APR practitioners, commissioning clients and communities,
  3. the communication of research findings and conservation options to the heritage decision-makers.

(1) APR is enhanced by its interdisciplinary nature – the fusion of material and documentary evidence to clarify the structural and decorative development of buildings. The vitality of the discipline and its rapid development is due to the fact that practitioners come from a wide range of backgrounds; architectural conservation, fine art conservation, decorative painting, paint manufacturers, and material science. Previous conferences have discussed the consequences of the lack of baseline standards for conducting APR studies.

(2) Another important issue is the often problematic relationship between APR researchers, commissioning bodies and communities utilizing research findings. Misunderstanding about the practicalities and potential of APR (fueled by the absence of agreed standards) is severely hampering the development of APR.

(3) The recognition of ‘multiple values’, ‘intangible heritage, and the empowerment of local communities worldwide to make heritage decisions, places a new obligation on APR researchers to inform and educate the decision makers.


Papers and posters are invited from APR practitioners, researchers, statutory bodies, commissioning clients and end-users of the research findings. We seek papers that address the following themes:

APR Standards

Reaching an agreement on APR standards, European and other Introduction of core minimum competencies in education as well as practice (skills, competencies, equipment, report templates, protocols) Establishing understanding, co-operation, core values and common goals amongst professionals


Relationships between professionals and communities Communication and cooperation between involved parties – property owners, architects, engineers, painters, researchers, technical analysts, heritage agencies, teachers and conservators. Interpretation, presentation and delivery of research findings Community participation activities, user empowerment and decision making Storytelling – the biographies of buildings Accessibility of research and documentation Archiving and evaluation

Commissioning APR

Defining ‘the research question’ Access to documentation – consideration of disciplinary boundary protection mechanisms Educating the client and involved parties, promoting awareness Impact of tendering and procurement practices -ensuring the quality and information of the context Management of research – use of ‘staged research’.

Deadline for Abstract

Submissions is March 5 2013

No more than 500 words please. No images will be required at this stage. Please send abstracts to

After peer reviews in March/April and June/July, the papers will be selected at the end of July. Notification along with guidance notes for the full paper will be sent by email before July 30, 2013. Full Texts will be required by September 17. Images are limited to 10 per paper. After peer review the deadline for final papers will be December 17. Only delivered final papers can be presented at the conference and will be published. Further information can be found by visiting

Visby, Sweden 2013-01-08

Pål Anders Stensson (Architect) + Kathrin Hinrichs Degerblad (Conservator)

* previous (related) conferences and their pre- or postprints:

  • American APR Symposium, Paint in America, 1989
  • English APR seminar, Layers of Understanding, Setting Standards for Architectural Paint Research, 28 April 2000, hosted by English Heritage, London
  • Symposium 2000 – The conservation of Heritage Interiors, 17-20 May 2000, organised by the Canadian Conservation Institute
  • International Conference, The Historic Interior: Recognition, Conservation, Use, 10-12 September 2001, Amsterdam
  • 2nd APR conference, Paint Research in Building Conservation, 8-11 May 2005, hosted by National Museum Denmark, Copenhagen
  • 3rd APR conference, Architectural Finishes in the Built environment, 17-19 January 2008, hosted by Colombia University, New York
  • 4th APR conference, August 2010, hosted by Lincoln University, Lincoln


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