Track 4: This New World: Preservation technology and emerging issues within our historic buildings and built landscapes
2 - Incorporating Preservation Theory and Treatment Methods into Masonry Craftworker Training
Monday, September 24
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
As specialized repair strategies and treatments are designed for historic masonry structures, there exists an increasing demand for masonry craftworkers skilled in the proper implementation of both traditional and contemporary craft techniques. Quality craftsmanship is a primary component for successfully executing approaches that address the needs of historic structures. However, skills-based training faces challenges in the 21st century that is unprecedented due to rapid advancements in building technology, proliferation of materials, and economics. This has dramatically affected the ways in which craftworkers are trained (or in many cases not trained), how the work is executed, and the long-term performance of the repairs to buildings of cultural significance. While new repair approaches are being formulated to meet the parameters of unique project requirements, very rarely is the rationale behind these repairs explained to the individuals tasked with implementation. In situations where preservation is the primary directive on large-scale projects, the need for masonry craftworkers educated in preservation theory, methodologies, and techniques is imperative.
Within the past 2 years, the International Masonry Training and Educational Foundation (IMTEF) and the International Masonry Institute (IMI) have launched a Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate Program which provides advanced education and specialized skills training opportunities to the journey-level masonry craftworker. The program introduces participants to the concepts and theories behind preservation/conservation and couples this with hands-on training exercises. This program relies heavily on the participation of practicing conservation, engineering, and architectural professionals as well as master craftworkers. This presentation will provide an overview of the program requirements, curriculum, and partnerships with craft-based, professional, and organizational partnerships.
- Recognize the challenges that the construction industry is facing when it comes to training and educating the next generation of masonry preservation craftworker
- Understand the evolution of masonry craftworker education thought-out the 20th Century
- Comprehend the rationale behind the development of masonry craftworker preservation education and training
- Evaluate how this type of education can either be used as a project requirement or implemented as part of a project-specific training program