The International Council on Monuments and Sites is a private, nonprofit, non-governmental international organization dedicated to conservation of the world’s monuments and sites. The U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) is one of numerous national committees forming a worldwide alliance for the study and conservation of historic buildings, districts, and sites. It is the focus of international cultural resources exchange in the United States, working to share preservation information and expertise worldwide. It also highlights and interprets the unique American preservation system: the partnership between private organizations and federal, state, and local governments, and the cooperation between the academic community, professionals and civic volunteers.
US/ICOMOS fosters heritage conservation and historic preservation at the national and international levels through education and training, international exchanges of people and information, technical assistance, documentation, advocacy and other activities consistent with the goals of ICOMOS and through collaboration with other organizations.
As the only U.S. professional preservation organization with a global focus, US/ICOMOS is the gateway for U.S. professionals to participate in worldwide heritage conservation. With over 700 members, US/ICOMOS promotes strong ties between national, regional, private, and governmental organizations within the U.S. and the international preservation community.
What you’ll find
- The KnowledgeExchange, virtual communities of practitioners focusing on climate change, sustainable development and other themes
- An online archive including over 230 publications, including previous annual Symposia
- The US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program, a twelve-week internship program with participants from across the world
- Curated World Heritage News
- List of international scientific committees
- Current and potential World Heritage Sites, including a list of U.S. World Heritage sites