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Subject: Workshop on architectural drawings

Workshop on architectural drawings

From: Gawain Weaver <gawain.weaver<-a>
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Identification and Care of Architectural Drawings and
Stanford University Libraries
June 18-20, 2014, 9:30am-5pm
Taught by Lois Olcott Price

Online registration:


Cost: $475

Lois Olcott Price
Director of Conservation Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Architectural drawings are not an end in themselves; they are
created to illustrate an architectural concept, sell a project, or
provide the graphic information to construct a building.  A study of
the materials and methods used to create architectural drawings
therefore provides insights into changes in architectural practice
as well as drafting techniques.  Drawings, ranging from quick
conceptual sketches on tracing paper to annotated working
blueprints, also illustrate different phases in the design and
construction process.   The interpretation and preservation of
architectural drawings depends upon an understanding of their role
in architectural practice and a knowledge of drafting materials and
techniques and the ability to identify them.  This workshop will
provide an overview of changes in the fabrication and role of
American architectural drawings from the eighteenth to the mid
twentieth century and then focus on issues of identification,
storage and stabilization.  X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy as an
aid in process ID will be discussed and a Bruker Tracer III-V+
portable XRF will be available during the workshop for ID exercises.

What you will learn:

    Supports and media used for original architectural drawings

    Photo-reproductive processes used for architectural and
    engineering drawings

    Typical deterioration problems associated with each type of

    Housing options and materials

    Strategies for setting priorities and choosing the most
    appropriate housing

Lois Olcott Price is Director of Conservation at the Winterthur
Museum and Winterthur Professor of Art Conservation in the
Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.  She
has published, lectured and consulted widely about architectural
drawings and published a monograph on her research in 2010, Line,
Shade and Shadow:  the Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural
Drawings, which won the Historic Preservation Book Prize in 2011.

Gawain Weaver
Photograph Conservator
San Francisco Bay Area

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