The Architecture Specialty Group (ASG) is a relatively new group to AIC in the somewhat new field of architectural conservation. While numerous articles from ASG members have been published over the years in JAIC, this is the first issue that is solely the product of research and findings by ASG members.
Morgan W. Phillips (1942–1996) was a seminal figure in developing the field of architectural conservation in America. He coined the term “architectural conservator” and was a founding member of ASG. This issue is dedicated to his memory.
Phillips majored in American studies at Yale University and studied historic preservation at Columbia University. In 1968 he joined the staff of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in Boston and began a 22-year tenure addressing problems of the society's historic buildings. In 1990, he moved to Canajoharie, New York, to open a private practice. Phillips was known for his pioneering work in the study of historic house paints, replication of historic masonry mortars, epoxy treatments for wood, and adhesives for plaster stabilization. He sought to use simple, readily available materials to solve complicated conservation problems. The widespread use of his work today is testament to the success of his undertakings.
The following articles cover a wide range of topics and illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of architectural conservation. With this JAIC issue, we acknowledge and thank Morgan Phillips, who created a legacy of research and scholarly publication that paved the way for architectural conservators today.
Morgan Phillips, 1942–1996