Preserve Iowa Summit

The Preserve Iowa Summit is the only statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation and historic commercial district revitalization in Iowa!

Network with people who recognize the importance of downtown revitalization and historic preservation at a pre-conference gathering, then learn how historic preservation can give you the tools to discover, retain, and enhance your community’s sense of place with general sessions, concurrent breakout sessions, tour options and additional networking opportunities that will be held throughout the day Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

To learn more about the Summit, download the Full Summit Program or the Schedule at a Glance.

Remember to save some time to visit with one of the Summit Exhibitors.  A map of the Exhibit Hall has been provided so you can start planning your visits!.

Session Highlights

  • Financial & planning tools to revitalize neighborhoods and downtowns
  • Economic benefits of preservation at the local level
  • How preservation can help sustain a sense of place in all communities

Who should attend?

  • Preservation professionals, consultants & enthusiasts
  • Downtown development advocates
  • Planning professionals
  • Local government officials
  • Community leaders & civic organizations
  • Real estate developers
  • Architects (Learning Units are available)
  • Citizens interested in their community’s quality of life
  • Historic preservation commission members
  • Main Street volunteers and staff


Register online for early rates before August 1
Regular:    $125
Special rates for partners*:   $50
    *Designated Main Street Volunteers & Staff, Certified Local Government Commissioners, Preservation Iowa Members and Residents of the Host Community

After August 1, the registration fee for all attendees will be $155.

Be a Sponsor and attend FREE! Sponsor Prospectus [PDF]

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS! Scholarship Application for Students [PDF]


Register after June 10 at


Be sure to indicate that you are an AIA member when you register.

y attending the Preserve Iowa Summit on August 21-23, 2014 in Cedar Rapids, IA. AIA members will earn 1 AIA CES LU or 1 AIA CES LU/HSW per hour of education provided. Refer to each workshop for the exact number of credits available. AIA Iowa is an AIA CES Approved Provider (#A023) with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available upon request. Questions? Contact AIA Iowa at

Download a map of the Conference Venue!

Looking for more to do in Cedar Rapids?

Spend some time reviewing the Official 2014 Cedar Rapids Area Activities Guide!

Take a look at where you can "Revisit your favorite hotspots and explore the newest additions to the downtown neighborhood" by reviewing the Eatery and Nightlife opportunities available!