Tweed Courthouse2017 RESTORE Course on Masonry Conservation -- For Architects, Engineers, Craftworkers and Contractors
REGISTER NOW! Classes begin Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Earn over 50 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units, 14 of which qualify for AIA Health, Safety, Welfare credits. These credits can be used for required professional license re-registration.

RESTORE will begin its 40th year of evening classes for the Course on Masonry Conservation on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The classes will meet weekly, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., from January through May at 488 Madison Avenue, Suite 1900, New York, NY – between 51st and 52 Streets. The Course includes laboratory and field-workshop sessions at Barnard College and the University of Pennsylvania. To apply on-line, follow the link to the left. To contact RESTORE, please call (212) 749-1800, or email RESTORE at

RESTORE is a not-for-profit educational corporation that teaches people in the building industry about the technology of architectural conservation. RESTORE offers a materials science approach to architectural conservation. The RESTORE curriculum has been approved by the Professional Development Committee of the American Institute of Architects. Graduates of the RESTORE Course receive over 50 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units, 14 of which qualify for AIA Health, Safety, Welfare credits.

The course covers a wide range of technical issues concerning materials and treatments. This knowledge is important not only to the preservation and maintenance of existing buildings, but also applies to the design and construction of new structures. Participants in the RESTORE course include a cross section of design professionals, craftworkers, contractors, cultural resource and facilities managers, architectural conservators and preservationists. RESTORE equips everyone on the jobsite to handle the complex preservation / conservation problems they encounter in the field. Topics covered in the RESTORE curriculum include:

  • Problem analysis and causes of masonry deterioration
  • Technology of masonry cleaning, coatings and consolidants
  • Technology of masonry repair, mortar matching, repointing and replacement materials
  • Field and laboratory testing - a materials science focus on masonry conservation
  • Special problems related to design and detailing
  • Health and environmental hazards inherent in architectural preservation materials and processes

The RESTORE faculty consists of a team of nationally and internationally renowned building conservators, craftworkers, architects, engineers, chemists, geologists, materials consultants and industrial hygienists. All have had many years of field experience and are recognized leaders in their areas of expertise.

Senior RESTORE faculty members include:

  • Frank G. Matero is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania -- School of Design and former Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. He is Director and founder of the Architectural Conservation Laboratory and a member of the Graduate Group in the Department of Art History and Research Associate of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He was previously on faculty at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation of Columbia University and guest lecturer at the International Center for the Study of Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, as well as visiting lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He received his graduate education in architecture and preservation at Columbia University and in fine arts conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is founder and editor-in-chief of Change Over Time, a journal on conservation and the built environment published by Penn Press.
  • Monona Rossol is a leading authority on health and environmental hazards inherent in the arts and architectural conservation. Ms. Rossol has degrees in chemistry and fine arts and is an industrial hygienist. She founded and is the President of ACTS, the leading organization in this field. Ms. Rossol has taught and lectured throughout North America as well as abroad, and is a noted, award-winning author on this complex subject
  • Peter Bower, PhD is a geologist and Professor of Environmental Science at Barnard College. Dr. Bower has a special interest in the inherent properties and long-term performance of natural building stone - knowledge that is essential to design
    professionals and conservators..

Sponsors for the RESTORE course include: the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee, US / ICOMOS, Partners for Sacred Places, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. RESTORE receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tuition for the RESTORE Course on Masonry Conservation is $2,200, which includes lab fees, course materials and the RESTORE Conservation Workbook. Graduates of the RESTORE Course receive over 50 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units, 14 of which qualify for AIA Health, Safety, Welfare credits.

RESTORE Course on Masonry Conservation:

Who Should Attend and Why

RESTORE's goal is to provide an essential core of architectural conservation knowledge to the design professionals and craftworkers involved in building conservation and preservation maintenance work. The curriculum covers a wide range of technical issues concerning materials and treatments.

This RESTORE Course will equip the participants with essential information needed to analyze and resolve restoration and preservation maintenance problems related to workplace health and environmental hazards - whether their role is that of an architect, engineer, craftworker, contractor, building owner or manager or preservation consultant. The following are comments from previous RESTORE participants:

  • Masonry Craftworker: "I would like to thank you for making the RESTORE Program available to craftworkers such as myself. The cross-section of people in the class and their different roles in the various facets of this industry made it possible for me to get viewpoints on issues that I had not been exposed to before. Many good discussions have occurred in our stone shop and on the scaffold due to the RESTORE Course. Sharing information has been rewarding and I feel the job site is a better place because of RESTORE’s education."
  • Preservation Architect: "I was greatly impressed with RESTORE – the innovative and rigorous programming, the in-depth nature of the presentations and the clear manner in which the information was presented to us."
  • Architect at a large municipal agency: "I walked away from the RESTORE Course with organized information and the ability to act on what I had learned, which I found very refreshing."
  • Engineer, Project Manager: "The RESTORE Course provided me with a technical overview that was first-rate in its thoroughness...I really learned a great deal about material science and the conservation of masonry structures."

RESTORE Course on Masonry Conservation

2017 Curriculum Outline

January 2016

  • Introduction/Course Concept: Materials Science Strategy for Masonry Conservation
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Preservation
  • Documentation and Analysis of Materials and Problems on Site and in the Lab

February 2017

  • Stone as a Building Material: Types and Properties,Parts I-IV
  • Architectural Ceramics: Properties and Manufacture
  • Masonry Decay Processes, Parts I and II

March 2017

  • Technology of Cleaning Masonry Structures,Parts I - III
  • Health and Environmental Hazards Inherent in Architectural Preservation, Parts I-IV

April 2017

  • Mortar and Stucco Manufacture, Reproduction and Installation
  • Composite Repairs for Stone, Parts I & II
  • Technology of Cleaning Masonry Structures, Parts II & III
  • Field Workshop Session: e.g. Replication of ArchitecturalOrnament

May 2017

  • RESTORE Laboratory Workshop: Analysis of Conditions on Site and in the Laboratory
  • Case Studies on Masonry Conservation
  • Surface Treatments/Consolidants for Masonry, Parts I & II
  • Field Workshop Session: e.g. Traditional Techniques for Working in Stone

For the full 2017 RESTORECurriculum Click Here

For an online application form and tuition information Click Here

Jan C. K. Anderson, President
Mike Mecklenburg, Project Director