The 5th International Congress on Construction History will take place from Wednesday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 7th. The conference will be held on the sixth floor of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, which will allow delegates to participate in concurrent paper sessions. Five keynote speakers will discuss current topics in construction history, and concurrent paper sessions will be take place each day. Friday is reserved for tours highlighting historic construction techniques, builders, and exemplary architectural and engineering works in the Chicago area.

Final Congress Agenda:
Click here to view the paper titles and speakers for all nine paper sessions. Or you may click on any bold and underlined event in the agenda below for more information.


Wednesday, 3 June:
  10:00am - 1:00pm Registration
  1:00pm - 2:00pm Keynote Speaker: Tom Leslie “Construction History in Chicago: Why We’re Here
  2:00pm - 2:30pm break
  2:30pm - 4:00pm Paper Sessions #1
Skyscrapers (Session W_A_001)
Gothic Vaulting (Session W_A_002)
History of Contracting (Session W_A_003)
Mid-Century Modernism (Session W_A_004)
Masonry Innovations (Session W_A_005)
Nineteenth Century Bridges (Session W_A_006)
  4:00pm - 4:30pm
  4:30pm - 6:00pm
Anti-Seismic Construction (Session W_B_007)
Spatial Structures (Session W_B_008)
Timber Trusses (Session W_B_009)
Theories of Construction (Session W_B_010)
Lighting (Session W_B_011)
Masonry Construction (Session W_B_012)
  6:00pm - 7:30pm
Welcome Reception at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Dine Around Chicago

Thursday, 4 June:
  8:30am - 9:00am Registration/Announcements
  9:00am - 10:00am Keynote Speaker: Stella Nair “Master Masons of the High Andes: Tracing Inca and Tiahuanaco Stone Carving Traditions
  10:00am - 10:30am break
  10:30am - 12:00pm Paper Sessions #3
Roman Vaulting (Session Th_A_013)
Building the Nineteenth Century (Session Th_A_014)
Equipment and Elevation (Session Th_A_015)
Building in Earth and Stone (Session Th_A_016)
Geometry and Bridges (Session Th_A_017)
Brick History (Session Th_A_018)
  12:00pm - 1:00pm
lunch break
  1:00pm - 2:30pm
Health and Comfort in Buildings (Session Th_B_019)
Geometry and Construction (Session Th_B_020)
Timber Innovations (Session Th_B_021)
Twentieth Century Architecture and Construction (Session Th_B_022)
Iron Structures (Session Th_B_023)
Civil Engineering History (Session Th_B_024)
  2:30pm - 3:00pm
  3:00pm - 4:30pm
Military Construction (Session Th_C_025)
Metal and Steel (Session Th_C_026)
Industrial Buildings (Session Th_C_027)
Early Americas (Session Th_C_028)
Concrete Shells (Session Th_C_029)
Material Fabrication (Session Th_C_030)
  4:40pm - 6:00pm
CHSA Meeting and Social - all current CHSA members and those interested in joining are invited to attend
Dine Around Chicago

Friday, 5 June:
  8:00am - 8:30am Registration/Announcements
  8:30am - 5:00pm Tours
  5:00pm - 8:00pm
A panel presentation highlighting Chicago’s multigenerational construction companies, their business evolution and changing construction practices. Marvin Levine will present his research detailing famous and not-so-famous Chicago builders, contractors and subcontractors, and will reveal their formula for longevity.  A panel discussion moderated by Mary Brush of Brush Architects will follow Marvin’s presentation.  The panel will include Fred Berglund of Berglund Construction and Martin Ozinga IV of Ozinga Concrete, who will discuss the construction industry in Chicago today. Sponsored by the Builders Association (AGC) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Saturday, 6 June:
  8:00am - 8:30am Registration/Announcements
  8:30am - 9:30am Keynote Speaker: James Campbell “Bricks, Books, Cathedrals, Staircases and Libraries
  9:30am - 10:00am break
  10:00am - 11:30am Paper Sessions #6
Building the Americas (Session Sa_A_031)
Codes and Documentation (Session Sa_A_032)
Medieval Construction (Session Sa_A_033)
Midcentury Construction (Session Sa_A_034)
Construction Professionals (Session Sa_A_035)
  11:30am - 1:00pm
lunch break
  1:00pm - 2:30pm
Infrastructure and Water (Session Sa_B_036)
Construction Organization (Session Sa_B_037)
Stadiums and Pavilions (Session Sa_B_038)
Twentieth Century Structural Engineering (Session Sa_B_039)
Concrete Shells (Session Sa_B_040)
Residential Construction (Session Sa_B_041)
  2:30pm - 3:00pm
  3:00pm - 4:30pm
Guastavino Vaulting (Session Sa_C_042)
Early Concrete (Session Sa_C_043)
Twentieth Century Bridges (Session Sa_C_044)
Iron Construction (Session Sa_C_045)
Cascaras Hispaniolas (Session Sa_C_046)
  4:30pm - 5:00pm
  5:00pm - 6:00pm
  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Reception hosted by Skidmore Owings & Merrill at their offices

Sunday, 7 June:
  8:30am - 9:00am Registration/Announcements
  9:00am - 10:00am Keynote Speaker: Santiago Huerta “Construction History: the Building of a Discipline
  10:00am - 10:30am break
  10:30am - 12:00pm Paper Sessions #9
Building the Gothic (Session Su_A_047)
Nineteenth Century Iron Construction (Session Su_A_048)
Teaching Construction (Session Su_A_049)
Building Archaeology (Session Su_A_050)
Structural Theory and Construction (Session Su_A_051)
Stereometry and Geometry (Session Su_A_052)
  12:00pm - 12:30pm
Closing statements