On March 1, 2010, the School of Architecture opened a new exhibition highlighting the Acropolis Restoration Project. Lena Lambrinou, Architect of the Acropolis Restoration Service in Athens, detailed the history and current direction of preservation efforts in her lecture, “Preserving the Parthenon: Principles and Implementation.”
Ms. Lambrinou spoke about the ongoing restoration efforts at the Parthenon, with emphasis on techniques of strengthening damaged parts of the building and reincorporating retrieved fragments. She also spoke of her most recent work on the Parthenon's north colonnade, and plans for interventions on the west wall of the cella (from Latin for small chamber).
The concurrent exhibition, “Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project” includes a collection of photographs by chief Restoration Project photographer Socrates Mavrommatis, documenting the interventions and transformations of the Acropolis monuments since 1975. The exhibit was inaugurated in Athens at the renowned Benaki Museum in October 2002, and has since traveled to Thessaloniki, Brussels, Paris, Rome, and London. The North American tour has been organized by the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University. The exhibition will be on display in the Bond Hall Gallery from March 1 through March 29, 2010.
Lambrinou's lecture was followed by a reception, where a scale replica of a corner of the Parthenon built by Professor Kevin Buccellato and his students was also displayed.