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August 13, 2018
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Kevin Yoder, AIA, One of Only Eight Americans to Present at Docomomo International Conference in Slovenia

By AGW Communications
Kevin Yoder, AIA

[August 2018 | Philadelphia, Pa.] Philadelphia architect and founding principal of architecture and interior design firm, k YODER design, Kevin A. YODER, AIA, LEED AP, will be one of only eight American design professionals represented at the 15th International Docomomo Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, later this month. He will describe his firm’s award-winning work renovating houses by three midcentury modern masters: I.M. Pei, Vincent Kling, and Louis Kahn.

“Our work on these significant architecture projects restructured my firm’s design approach with a clear philosophy that guides our work today,” said Yoder. “Ultimately, it’s about respecting each house by understanding those who created it, and then respecting the new occupants by finding solutions that meet their contemporary needs within that context.” 

The biannual International Docomomo Conference brings together practicing architects, preservationists, and scholars from around the globe to share research and best practices associated with documenting and preserving modern architecture. Yoder and his firm are committed to supporting appreciation for architecture of the recent past and to fostering advocacy and stewardship.

This year’s four-day Docomomo conference will be comprised of 18 primary sessions, each of which includes presentations and discussions of four papers. Yoder will present Friday, 31 August as part of Session 08: Visions for Living, moderated by Eui-Sung Yi, principal of the acclaimed design firm Morphosis.

Yoder coauthored “Midcentury Modern Domestic Architecture: A Continuum of Livability” with architectural writer and longtime collaborator Amanda Gibney Weko. The paper ties into the conference theme of Metamorphosis: Continuity and Change, describing the efforts to both preserve and enhance the ongoing viability of midcentury houses, even as they must be changed and adapted to suit contemporary lifestyles.

Yoder’s and Weko’s paper examines projects at Pei’s 1964 Society Hill Town Houses and Kahn’s 1961 Margaret Esherick House in Philadelphia and Kling’s 1959 Smith Residence in Gladwyne, Pa.

Paper Abstract
Midcentury Modern Domestic Architecture: A Continuum of Livability explores the notions of change and constancy in renovating, preserving, and extending the functional livability of three residences by architects I.M. Pei, Vincent Kling, and Louis Kahn. The idea of evolution – a process of change in a certain direction – both distinguishes and challenges renovation architecture. Edits made in any era must contribute to longevity and architectural integrity. Architects must be sensitive to how their interventions contribute to a building’s evolution. Often, and especially in residential renovation design, projects require removal of changes made over time. Ideas and design concepts must come full circle. The paper describes choices made to determine the appropriateness of change and demonstrates how midcentury modern domestic architecture can be further “modernized” without sacrificing contemporary amenities or slavishly copying period details. A subtle blend and balance of conservation, restoration, and renovation brings out the best of each home’s original design intent while imbuing it with new vibrancy.

About Docomomo International
An international nonprofit organization, Docomomo is short for the International Committee for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement. The organization was founded in 1988 and maintains chapters around the globe, including presence in both the U.S. and Philadelphia.

For more information visit the following sites:
Docomomo International:
Docomomo U.S. Chapter:
Docomomo Philadelphia Chapter:

About k YODER design
Founded in 2010, k YODER design provides architecture and interiors to clients seeking a classic modern aesthetic and cohesion across design, furniture, décor, and art selection. The boutique practice has built a reputation for sensitive and thoughtful renovations of modern architecture by midcentury masters, and has been recognized with awards from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Lower Merion Township Historic Commission, and Chestnut Hill Historical Society. In 2016 and 2017, k YODER design’s work earned the highest honors from Docomomo-US, back-to-back Modernism in America Awards. For more information, visit

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