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.

Educational credits for AIA and AICP members are being finalized. Sessions will be indicated once approved.

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