International Architectural Paint Research Conference – Call for Papers


Call for Papers – The 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference
Dates: March 15-17, 2017
Location: Columbia University, New York, NY
Language: English

Powers of Ten: Expanding the APR Toolbox
Like the Charles and Ray Eames 1977 short film, Powers of Ten, Architectural Paint
Research (APR) deals with magnitudes of scale, from a single pigment particle, to a
painted house, to the decorative tastes of an entire region. In the spirit of the film, the
2017 APR conference aims to take a closer look at how we carry out our research at
every level, from the micro to the macroscopic.
The 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference organizing committee is
sending out a call for papers and posters for its next meeting in New York City, March
15-17, 2017. Submissions are invited from APR specialists and advanced students, as
well as members of related disciplines including art conservators, preservation
architects, decorative painters, heritage managers and materials scientists.
There will be a session on APR standards led by the standards committee, as put into
motion at the 2014 Stockholm APR conference.
Topics should ideally include but are not limited to:
Non-traditional or Overlooked Finishes: Projects where finishes identified through APR
included unexpected color combinations, non-traditional use of traditional materials,
finishes rarely discussed at previous APR conferences, or finishes that may be unique to
a single geographic region.
Case studies with a Focus on Cross-section Microscopy: As always, APR case studies
are welcome topics at the conference. We request that papers be well supported by
cross-section photomicrographs and other analytical data that illustrate your interpretive process.
Research into paint materials and technologies: This can include archival research or
research of a technical nature that sheds a new light on paint materials or finishes.
Topics may focus on a particular studio or decorative painter/artist’s working methods,
colourman’s practices, pigment manufacture, and/or the evolution of
paint/pigment/varnish technology.
Replication of Historic Finishes: Spotlight on the challenges and solutions involved with
replicating finishes identified through APR. Topics can include methods for removing
overpaint, collaborating with decorative painters to replicate schemes, and/or the
sharing of information that could only have been gleaned through the
preparation/replication process.
Projects Revisited: Have you had the opportunity to re-visit an old project? If so, how
have these projects fared over time? How has your work been received by the public?
What lessons did you learn that carried over into future projects?

Submitting an Abstract
The language of the conference will be English. To submit an abstract for a paper or
poster, please submit a provisional title with a summary (500 word maximum) at Please use the name of one author. The
names of any co-authors can be submitted in the body of the abstract.
This year we encourage submissions from advanced students working on APR related
projects for a dedicated “Student Research Session”. Select papers will be included in
the final publication. When submitting your abstract, please indicate if this is a student
Abstracts must be submitted by February 15, 2016.
Selected speakers and poster authors will be notified by April 16, 2016. Details regarding
guidelines for the conference presentations and articles will be provided at the time of
notification. Speakers will also be requested to submit their work in the form of a fulltext,
illustrated article for publication in the conference post-prints. This article will be
peer-reviewed and due on November 15, 2016.
Poster authors may be asked to give a 5-minute presentation at the conference, but will
not be responsible for an article.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jablonski


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