In early May 2018 the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative held its first short training course, Introduction to Conserving Modern Architecture, at the Getty Center. Attended by twenty-five people from around the world and taught by instructors in private practice and GCI staff, the course—a combination of lectures, case studies, and labs—covered a range of subjects, beginning with an overview of the ways accepted preservation practice and heritage listing are applied to modern buildings.
Participants were introduced to a conservation methodology, and several case studies were used to demonstrate how this methodology has been used with respect to modern buildings. There were technical sessions on material and system deterioration and repair, focusing on the diagnosis and conservation of reinforced concrete, glass, metal windows, and curtain wall assemblies, and on the treatment and replacement of modern finish materials. There were also demonstrations of analytical equipment and laboratory techniques focusing on concrete, sealants, and paint analysis. An on-site session was held at the Eames House, at which participants learned about the scientific studies and analysis the GCI has conducted as part of the Eames House Conservation Project. The GCI hopes to repeat this course at the Getty Center in 2019.