Chicago to Host International Construction History Conference

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The Construction History Society of America is hosting the 5th International Congress on Construction History in Chicago, June 3-7 at the Palmer House Hotel. The conference is open to all who share an interest in the history of construction – architects, engineers, contractors, preservationists, academics and a wide variety of trades, professions and interests associated with the construction industry.

Five keynote speakers will discuss various topics in construction history, and concurrent paper sessions will take place each day.

The opening keynote address by Thomas Leslie, AIA, architecture professor at Iowa State University and author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, will specifically discuss construction history in Chicago -- known as the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of the steel-framed structures that allowed the development of ever taller buildings.

Another keynote presentation by William F. Baker, P.E., S.E., structural and civil engineering partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago (and 2013 recipient of AISC’s T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award), will talk about Frank Lloyd Wright’s past proposal for a mile-high steel tower in Chicago.

The conference will also include tours highlighting historic construction techniques, builders, and exemplary architectural and engineering works in the Chicago area. More information about the program will be available next month.

To register for the conference, visit Reduced rates for early registration will be available until March 31.