Design practices and collecting institutions are united in grappling with the management and preservation of born-digital records and the ever-growing demands of digital archival collections.

The event: The annual ACAHUCH symposium for 2020 will bring together international and national experts, local professionals and designers. Speakers will assess lessons learned as we seek to continue to preserve, edit and share architectural and design-related documentation, and will discuss how to manage enduring access to digital design records including photographs, moving image, CAD, BIM, and 3D modelling.

Keynote speaker: Martien de Vletter Associate Director of the Collection at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal, where she is responsible for the digital preservation and access program. Prior to this she was a curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Rotterdam, and has also published widely on architecture and urbanism in the Netherlands and Indonesia.

Call for contributors and participants: We are seeking a limited number of presentation contributions on the following issues:

  • How are leading cultural and academic institutions and architecture design practices considering current and future digital archival collections, communication strategies and accessibility issues;
  • How are practitioners and curators creating and maintaining records and projects in the virtual environment, and how are historians and designers responding to and re-thinking the research value of digital archives. 
  • How does the digital continue to open new possibilities for re-thinking Indigenous cultural collections and their repatriation to places and communities?
  • How might new collaborations be envisioned that can help us imagine the digital future of the archive and participate in planning what next steps are both desirable and pressing?