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21 May

POSTPONED – VISION Keynote: The U.S. Capitol – A 30,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

May 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
953 Eden Park Dr





1.0 LU/HSW


Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA and the 11th Architect of the Capitol


Registration & Networking: 5:30 p.m.
Discussion & Q&A: 6:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.


Free (registration required): AIA members, students and non-members with no CEU Certificate

$25: non-members requesting LU/HSW certificate

Program Description

POSTPONED – VISION Keynote: The U.S. Capitol – A 30,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

4.17.20 UPDATE – this lecture is being postponed until late summer. We will provide an update as soon as a new date is confirmed.

The Architect of the Capitol recently led a complete restoration of the cast iron dome of the U.S. Capitol Building.  In this session, Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA and the 11th Architect of the Capitol will present a comprehensive overview of the project with stunning images and fun stories.  He will explore the politics of public projects on Capitol Hill and review how to drive public engagement on projects. He will also review the planning and research that went into determining the best repair techniques for 150-year-old cast iron.  An overview of the environmental issues, the more than a million pounds of unique scaffolding and the historical paint analysis are also included.

AIA Cincinnati’s VISION leadership program is thrilled to partner with the Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Cincinnati Art Museum on this event. 

Under Mr. Ayers’ leadership, the Architect of the Capitol oversaw the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome, restoring it to its original splendor. He also led the restoration of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, a campus-wide effort to restore and repair deteriorating stone façades, and launched the renewal of the Cannon House Office Building, a century-old building that is plagued with serious deficiencies.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the process of historical paint analysis and decision-making process for repairing and repainting the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for Historic Preservation
  • Learn how lead-based paint and asbestos laden caulking are effectively dealt with on a massive scale in conformance with applicable codes and standards
  • Learn how the 30,000 pieces of the cast iron Dome were removed, catalogued, refurbished and reinstalled
  • Learn repair techniques for cast iron and the decision-making process for selecting the best technique for a specific project
  • Understand how to ensure the safety of those working in and visiting a renovation site through effective communication and engagement that empowers occupants to be collaborators in the successful completion of the project by cooperating with construction safety measures

Speaker: Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA

Stephen Ayers Headshot

In 2010, The Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as Architect of the Capitol. He was responsible for the U.S. Capitol Building, more than 570 acres of grounds, and 18.6 million square feet of buildings. He oversaw approximately 2,300 employees and an annual budget of $730 million.


Mr. Ayers served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Construction Management Association of America and the Construction Users Roundtable.

Mr. Ayers is a licensed architect in California and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland and earned his Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Design by the Boston Architectural College in recognition of his service as a champion of historic preservation, great public design and sustainability.

The University of Maryland presented Mr. Ayers with their Distinguished Alumni Award and the Sigma Delta Tau Silver Medal. He is also the recipient of the Carroll H. Dunn Award and the Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.

About the Cincinnati Preservation Association

Cincinnati Preservation Association logo

Cincinnati Preservation Association promotes the appreciation, protection and appropriate use and development of the Cincinnati region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes.   Established in 1964 as Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation (MPA) and renamed in 1992, CPA is a private, non-profit, membership organization.  In addition to advocating for the protection and reuse of historic buildings and settings, CPA’s public programs include lectures, tours, newsletter, annual awards, and technical assistance.  In 2016 CPA was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with its “Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence”.  More information on CPA is available at  

About the Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum logoThe Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.

Free general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is made possible by a gift from the Rosenthal Family Foundation. 

Special exhibition pricing may vary. Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum is free. The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.,

Event Details

Date: May 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Cincinnati Art Museum
Address: 953 Eden Park Dr