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8th Architectural Finishes Research Conference

Past forward, from paint to finishes

An international conference on historical finishes of built heritage, organized by the Low Countries
29 May – 1 June 2024

Specialists from around the world in the field of historic Architectural Finishes Research (AFR) will meet in Amsterdam from 29 May through 1 June for the eighth international AFR conference. This four-day international event will be a platform to exchange ideas and new developments in the interpretation, preservation, documentation, and management of historical finishes. We will also seek common ground leading to improved communication and a mutual understanding between the various stakeholders of historic sites where such finishes are preserved. This conference promises to be an ideal opportunity to nurture a more professional and cohesive global Architectural Paint and Finishes Research community.

The organizing partners hope to provide the perspective of the Low Countries on research into historic finishes in built heritage. Based on various themes, the similarities and differences between Low Country AFR practice and the rest of the world will be explored. Topics to be considered include: Do we speak the same AFR language concerning the topics of this conference? What can we learn from our differences, and can we find commonality to work on standardizing the practice of AFR into a more organized profession?

The organizing partners invite everyone invested in the preservation and study of historic architectural finishes to take part in this international event, share the latest research, learn from each other, and help build a strong, global AFR community.

Registration fees

Fee participation online
Fee live in Amsterdam
Regular registration
€ 350,-
€ 550,-
Regular registration - Student*
€ 150,-
€ 250,-

* If you opt for the student fee during registration, we kindly ask you to show your studentcard at the registrationdesk on 29 May.

Please see more information on the cancellation policy below.


What is included in the registration fee?

For all participants (in-person and online)

  • Access to all conference sessions, in-person or online.

  • PDF version of the conference publication.


For in-person participants

  • On-site visits on 30 and 31 May and 1 June.

  • Lunch and refreshments.

  • Admittance to either the Welcome reception or Closing reception. You are more than welcome to visit both. You have free admittance to one or the other (if you want to join both, you can indicate this during registration and pay an extra fee of €20).

Registration fee does not include:

  • The Conference dinner on 30 May. You can register if you wish to take part. The cost is €70.

  • Paperback version of the conference publication (€50). During registration, you can opt for a discount voucher.

Registration fees

Call for nominees for the 2027 conference

Would you like to host the next conference? Please send your nomination to before 29 April 2024. Make sure to include a brief explanation of why you would like to host the next conference in about three years' time, specifying contact person(s), and their institution(s). We will then be in touch about the procedure and the announcement of the nomination. Previous hosts will be available to share their experiences, guidelines and formats.

Practical information

Practical information


The language of the conference is English.

When and where?

The 8th AFR conference will be held on 29 May - 1 June 2024 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The lectures will be held in the Trippenhuis in the middle of the vibrant historical city centre, and a range of on-site visits will take you to various places in the Netherlands.


The Trippenhuis on Amsterdam’s Kloveniersburgwal canal was built for the brothers Louys Trip (1605–1684) and Hendrick Trip (1607–1666), dealers in arms, artillery, bullets, munitions, iron, and tar. The architect was Justus Vingboons (ca. 1620 – ca. 1698). In the nineteenth century, the Trippenhuis became the property of the city of Amsterdam and the Dutch State. Currently, it houses the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more about the venue on the website of the Trippenhuis.

On 29 May, there will be tours in the historical part of the Trippenhuis, devoting particular attention to AFR in this unique interior and the many architectural finishes dating from the mid-17th century.

The Trippenhuis is located at Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam. Use your preferred navigation system to get there. If you want to use public transport, visit the website to plan your route.


The main venue (Trippenhuis) is accessible for people who have a difficulty walking or use a wheelchair. The Trippenhuis also offers sets with receivers and headphones for people who have trouble hearing, to be used in the lecture hall. If you want to make use of the wheelchair entrance or headphones, please notify us beforehand via

About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. Find out more about the city on the website


There are many accommodations in the immediate vicinity of the venue. The Trippenhuis is also easily accessible from other cities near Amsterdam. We have been able to reserve a limited number of rooms at three hotels in Amsterdam, and gathered several tips for other accommodation: 

Pension Homeland

Only possible to book a room for 5 nights (28 May - 2 June)

Single room: € 125,00 per night

Double room (with double or twin bed): € 165,00 per night

Family room (4 guests) € 220,00 per night

Not included: breakfast, city taxes

If you would like to stay in this hotel: 

- send an email to and ask for a specific room. 

- mention the AFRC-congress

They will contact you.



Possible to book a room for 1 or more nights

Superior double room: € 163,50 per night

Design double room: € 189,85 per night

Design suite: € 201,65 per night

Apartment (4 guests) € 228,90 per night - If you would like to book an apartment with more than 2 guests, please fill in the form and note as 'special request' the extra guest/guests.

Not included: breakfast, city taxes

If you would like to stay in this hotel: use this link to book your room of choice



Possible to book a room for 1 or more nights

A great variety of rooms and prices

If you would like to stay in this hotel: use promocode AFRC24



For budget options you could check out: 

- Flying Pig 

- ClinckNoord 

- Hostelle (female-only hostel)


Couchsurfing at the homes of students or alumni of the University of Amsterdam

- Couches, spare rooms or air mattresses available

- Lodging only

- Initially targeting students or researchers from non-western countries

If you would like to couchsurf:

- send an email to

- use ‘couchsurfing’ in the subject line

- write a short introduction about yourself

The couchsurf coordinator will inform you of available lodgings in Amsterdam or its vicinity for which you can send a couchrequest.

Registration transfer and cancellation policy

Participants may cancel their registration at any time:

  • If you change your mind, you may cancel your registration within 14 days for free.

  • A participant is permitted at any time to transfer the registration to another person.

  • If the registration is cancelled before 8 January 2024, the paid registration fee will be refunded, less €38 administration costs. 

  • If the registration is cancelled between 9 January and 29 March 2024, 50% of the paid registration fee will be refunded.

  • If the registration is cancelled after 29 March 2024, there will be no refund.

If you need to cancel or transfer your registration, please contact us at

In the event of a health crisis or other force majeure circumstances

As with any event, the 8th Architectural Finishes Research Conference may be adversely affected by circumstances beyond the organizer’s control. If any such circumstances prevent the holding of the event as planned, the organizers will aim to provide the best possible solution. 

Registration transfer and cancellation policy

Organizing partners

The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands organizes this conference in collaboration with Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium/Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique (KIK/IRPA), SRAL -The Conservation Institute, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Amsterdam.

Organizing partners

Associate partners

E-RIHS, DOCOMOMO, Stichting Hendrick de Keyser, APR 2017 New York

Previous conferences

The 8th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference follows the legacy of seven previous AFR/APR conferences:

Tel Aviv (2021), New York (2017) Stockholm (2014), Lincoln, England (2010), New York (2008), Copenhagen (2005), and London (2000).


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