The Modernist Movement and Aviation at the Heritage of the Air Conference in Canberra, 14-17 November


The advent of accessible air travel in the mid-20th century led to increased requirements for new airports, amenities and associated infrastructure.  This session invites presentations on aviation architecture, through the lens of modernism.

How did the modernist movement influence air travel, and vice versa?  How did architects embrace the utilitarian design and functional requirements of airport architecture (i.e. terminals and control towers)? How were designers reimagining uniforms and fashion for travelling? How did connecting countries and cultures contribute (or otherwise) to the globalisation of airport design? How did the effect of overseas travel influence Australian architectural styles?

Session Convenor: Sarah Webeck 

Paper abstract submission deadline: 17 May 2019

Contact: Ashley Harrison by email

The Heritage of the Air ARC Linkage Project /Australia ICOMOS ‘Heritage of the Air’ conference, to be held from the 14 – 17 November 2019, at University House in Canberra, is now inviting submissions for papers!

You are invited to submit your abstracts for papers for the conference sessions by 17 May 2019.

The main themes for the 2019 Heritage of the Air Conference are:

  • Modernism
  • Machines
  • Migration
  • Memories

Abstracts can relate to one or more of the conference themes and link to one of the conference sessions. A full list of the proposed conference sessions, including a general session, can be found on the conference website.

More sessions may be added so please check the website regularly.

Abstracts must be submitted on the submission form available at the call for papers webpage. 

A standard paper is 15-20 minutes and blitz papers 5-6 minutes- some sessions may vary this format.

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words each.

Diverse responses to the themes and sessions are encouraged.

We encourage you to email the session convenors (see conference sessions) to discuss the session and the relevance of your submission.

Final paper abstract submissions and questions about the conference must be sent directly through to Ashley Harrison via email.

The Heritage of the Air Conference Committee will review all submissions and advise of the outcome in June.