Once celebrated for their innovative design, important modern buildings around the world are now at risk, endangered due to neglect, inappropriate alterations, deterioration, and, often, demolition. For the last two decades, the World Monuments Watch has called attention to threatened modern sites as a key issue in the field of heritage preservation. This presentation will offer an overview of the modern sites featured on the Watch since 1996, ranging from the iconic, including Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library and Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, to the less widely known, including Hilario Candela’s Miami Marine Stadium and Vann Molyvann’s National Sports Complex. Examples of successes, challenges, and irreplaceable losses will be shared.
Lisa Ackerman was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Monuments Fund in 2007. Previously Ms. Ackerman served as Executive Vice President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Ms. Ackerman holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute, and an M.B.A. from New York University. Ms. Ackerman serves on the boards of Historic House Trust of New York City, New York Preservation Archive Project, and US/ICOMOS. In 2007 she received the Historic District Council's Landmarks Lion award and in 2008, Ms. Ackerman was named the first recipient of the US/ICOMOS Ann Webster Smith Award for International Heritage Achievement.
Norma Barbacci, who joined the World Monuments Fund in 2001, is WMF’s Director of Programs for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, and she manages all field projects and initiatives in these countries. Ms. Barbacci received her B.A. in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was awarded the AIA School Medal and Certificate from the Adams Fund for Excellence in the Study of Architecture. She received her M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Historic Preservation Thesis Award for her study of the adaptive reuse of a medieval residential complex in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. Ms. Barbacci is a registered architect in the State of New York. Before joining WMF, Ms. Barbacci worked as a preservation architect at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners.