1 March 2020 ~ Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Terra 2021 World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage

Looking Back, Moving Forward—Advances in Conservation

June 8–11, 2021
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Co-organized by Getty Conservation Institute; National Park Service, Vanishing Treasures Program; and University of Pennsylvania, Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Under the aegis of The International council on Monuments and Sites, International Scientific Committee on the Conservation of the Earthen Architectural Heritage

Terra 2021 World Congress is the thirteenth international congress organized by the earthen architecture community under the aegis of ICOMOS since 1972. It is expected to draw hundreds of specialists in the fields of conservation, anthropology, archaeology, architecture and engineering, scientific research, site management, and sustainable development of earthen architectural heritage. The four-day program will include papers, posters and videos/digital media that reflect the latest research and best practice in the study and conservation of earthen heritage around the world.

The wealth, variety and significance of earthen heritage in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the greater region of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico make it an ideal setting for the congress, which aims to inform and stimulate conversations around earthen heritage. The program will include sessions presenting technical information, management issues, methodology, advances in research, case studies and guidelines for best practice. Optional pre-congress and post-congress tours will be offered.

Visit the Terra 2021 website for complete congress information.

Submission Guidelines

Abstract submissions for oral presentations, posters, and video/digital media should:

  • Describe the content of the paper, poster, video, or media presentation in English or Spanish
  • Be no longer than 300 words
  • Include the name(s), affiliation(s) and address of the author(s) with corresponding author noted
  • Specify preference for an oral presentation, poster, or video/digital media submission
  • Indicate up to three themes that best represent topic of submission


  • Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico
  • Archeological Sites
  • Historic Buildings and Structures
  • Urban Settings
  • Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Routes
  • Advances in Research
  • History of Conservation
  • Education and Advocacy
  • Risk and Vulnerability
  • Care by and for Communities

Theme descriptions are available on the Terra 2021 website.


Abstracts, papers, posters, and digital media submissions will be accepted in English and Spanish, the official languages for presentation and publication. Simultaneous interpretation between English and Spanish will be provided during the congress sessions.

How to Submit

Abstracts should be submitted online via the submittal form on the Terra 2021 website.

Deadline for Submission

March 1, 2020

Notification of Acceptance

Authors will be notified of acceptance in August 2020.


Guidelines for presentations, posters and video/digital media will be sent to authors whose abstracts for papers, posters or video/digital media are accepted
Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes. Each session will be followed by ample discussion time. The program will allow for both general sessions and presentations by theme. Presenters will be asked to submit their presentation texts one month ahead of the congress for the interpreters to prepare for the sessions.

Travel to the United States

All citizens of a foreign country who plan to participate in the Terra 2021 World Congress must first obtain a US visa. The congress organizers will provide participants coming from outside the United States with a formal letter of registration to facilitate the visa process.

In addition, the congress organizers are prohibited under US law from transacting or dealing with persons who are subject to US financial sanctions. Prospective registrants will be screened and required to certify their eligibility.


For abstract submissions, registration, travel, tours, and hotel inquires:

Melissa Rael
MgR & Associates
PO Box 67585
Albuquerque, NM 87193
Tel: +1 505 508 2999
Email: Melissa@mgr-events.com

For program content:

Leslie Rainer
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
Tel: +1 310 440 6421
Email: terra2021@getty.edu

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