Construction History – A One-Day ExplorationThe National Building Museum, Washington, DC – December 2, 2009

This one-day symposium gathered together in three panels representatives from government agencies, professional and trade associations and design and construction history societies to debate and discuss:

  • why the study and research of the history of all aspects of American design and construction is important.
  • current activities and commitments of the representative entities in the field.
  • opportunities for future collaboration on the subject.
  • and initiatives that could be taken to expand awareness of the value of construction history throughout the industry and with the public.

Speakers and panelists included representatives from the GSA, National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Architect of the Capitol, American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Construction Managers Assocation of America (CMAA), Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Public Works Historical Society (PWHS), National Building Museum, Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI), Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) and representatives from the Construction History Society of America.

This event was presented in partnership with the National Building Museum, was sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and supported by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, who celebrated their centennial in 2009.


Third International Construction History Congress – Cottbus, Germany – May 2009

Following International Congresses on Construction History in Madrid (2003) and Cambridge (2006), the third Congress was held in Cottbus, Germany in May 2009. Approximately 300 delegates attended the Congress, including seventeen American delegates. Over 200 papers were presented. The full proceedings can be obtained for 70 € plus postage.  For more information, contact