May 2014 Monthly Meeting

May 6 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

The Science of Masonry: Conservation in Portland


Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204


Dr. Lauren Allsopp


This course focuses on historic masonry and critical factors that lead to its degradation, with problems specific to Portland being highlighted. Changes in masonry construction, improper repairs, and the use of inappropriate materials during conservation will be addressed. New and on-site techniques will be discussed for the continued future of historic masonry.

Lauren Allsopp Ph.D. is an expert in historic preservation and Adjunct Professor teaching in the Historic Preservation program at the University of Oregon. She is also Principal of Anthemion International, a consulting firm specializing in the preservation of the built environment. Lauren has taught at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and was a tenured professor at Eastern Michigan University where she taught in the graduate Historic Preservation program. At Eastern, she was Director the RMS Titanic Conservation Laboratories in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Prior to her teaching career, Lauren was the architectural conservator at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. She holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her research focuses on vernacular architecture and the conservation of traditional materials, particularly masonry and mortars. Clients have included the National Park Service, the Hungarian Government, the Gila River Indian Community (Arizona) and R.M.S. Titanic, Inc.