Come Back to the Future


Wednesday, April 21–Friday, April 23, 2021

Hindsight is so 2020. Come Back to the Future in 2021. RIHPHC invites you to our first-ever virtual historic preservation conference. Join us for:

  • Thursday’s keynote address: “The Accidental Archivist” by George Smart, Modern architecture advocate and creator of the USModernist Radio podcast
  • Friday’s keynote address: “Black Landscapes Matter” by Kofi Boone, FASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University
  • Sessions exploring Ira Rakatansky’s Modernist architecture, Indigenizing design, monuments, postwar suburbs, Black landscapes, preservation futurism, monuments, digital media, the Gaspee’s 250th, and more
  • Virtual tours of Clouds Hill Museum, geology and architecture of the Pawtuxet River Valley, and CCRI’s Knight Campus—the Brutalist-style megastructure. Check back for announcements of new tours and bonus content.
  • Historic District Commission workshops on Wednesday
  • Networking and conversation

The conference brings together a growing community of professionals, volunteers, and students to preserve Rhode Island’s historic places.

Registration fee: $25 
Student discounts available.

Approved AIA LU|HSW and APA/AICP Certification Maintenance sessions are indicated on the agenda.

Interested in sponsorship?

Questions? Check the FAQ.

George Smart, USModernist

Kofi Boone, FASLA, NC State University

The conference is a program of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission with Preserve Rhode Island and other partners.

Header image credits (left to right): CCRI; Providence Public Library; ©Thad Russell Photography

Keynote speaker image credits (left to right): SRQ Magazine; Charles Harris

Thank you to all of our sponsors

Contact Us

(401) 222-2078

150 Benefit Street

Providence RI 02903