The 8th Architectural Finishes Research Conference

An international conference on finishes of built heritage, organized by the Low Countries

From May 29 through 1 June 2024, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) will host the Architectural Finishes Research Conference in Amsterdam. We will do so in collaboration with renowned partners on this subject in the Low Countries: Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium/Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique (KIK/IRPA), SRAL -The Conservation Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Amsterdam.

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Aims of the conference

The general aim of the conference is to provide an international platform for professional researchers specialized in finishes of built heritage. Whilst exchanging new developments in the interpretation, preservation, documentation and management of historical finishes, common grounds are sought which lead to mutual understanding between the various participants. Thus creating a professional and strong cohesive global Architectural Paint and Finishes Research community.

Call for abstracts

The organizing committee calls professionals and students to submit abstracts for papers on relevant subjects. Deadline for submittance is 1 January 2023. The papers will be presented and published in 2024. See the page about the call for more information and the criteria.

Program and registration in 2023

Registration will be opened when the final program is published. This will  approximately be mid-2023. Please check our calendar for updates.

Conference venue in 2024

The conference is scheduled for four days from 29 May till 1 June 2024 and will take place in hybrid format, including field trips. We aim for venues in or near Amsterdam for the plenary sessions. If circumstances allow, we will organize a hybrid event in which participants can partake online or live. If a live event can’t be held due to circumstances, alternative arrangements will be made accordingly.

Past conferences and peer-reviewed papers

This specialized conference is formerly known as the Architectural Paint Research Conference and focusses on the research of finishes in building conservation. Previous conferences have been organized since 2000 by various institutions around the world and were accompanied by peer-reviewed publications. These initiatives resulted - besides some national initiatives - in European standards developed by the working group CEN/TC 346/WG13.

Peer reviewed publications of the previous seven conferences 


The RCE organizes this conference in collaboration with Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium/Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique (KIK/IRPA), SRAL -The Conservation Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Amsterdam.