Call For Sessions

The Arizona Preservation Foundation and the State Historic Preservation Office are pleased to announce that the 2021 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference will be held October 27-29, 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe. In recognition of the City of Tempe’s 150th birthday and its iconic convergence of prehistoric and historic heritage resources as well as contemporary infill within its vibrant downtown, the Planning Committee has selected a theme of Layered Landscapes for our 2021 gathering.



At this time, the Planning Committee is announcing a Call for Sessions for the October event. Successful proposals will tie to the Layered Landscapes conference theme, highlighting the myriad ways preservation practice and heritage resources management helps communities with telling the full story of the development of place while also responding to contemporary needs.


Session topics could address:

  • design of sensitive infill for historic districts and downtowns

  • evaluation and preservation of landscape-level Traditional Cultural Properties

  • documentation and preservation of intangible heritage

  • design and installation of placed-based public art

  • organizational strategies that promote capacity of preservation programs

  • preservation as a tool or strategy to tackle contemporary urban issues

  • development of balanced preservation policy on working landscapes

  • projects that use education and interpretation as tools to promote preservation stewardship to new audience

  • uncovering the past in urban areas

  • the transition from the prehistoric to the historic period


As you submit your proposals, be sure to consider the following questions:

  • How does your session address the Layered Landscapes theme?

  • What are the main takeaways for attendees from the proposed session?


Remember that your session title tells 90% of the story. Be sure that it is clear, concise, and attractive enough to inspire attendees to learn more about your topic.



  • Submission deadline: Friday, August 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MST

  • Submissions are accepted online only. Click here to complete our easy online form.

  • Submission presenters will be notified via email by August 31, 2021 whether or not their session was selected. In the meantime, if you have questions about the Call for Sessions, contact Eric Vondy via email or 602-542-6998.


Thank you! We look forward to your responses and your attendance! In the meantime, please continue to stay healthy and safe during these turbulent times.

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