Mission and History

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MISSION


The Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national, and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national, and international programs.

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CORE VALUES STATEMENT


The Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) reaffirms the values that have served as the Society’s guiding principles since its founding in 1940 and has unanimously endorsed the statement below.  

SAH is an international learned society whose mission is to advance the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide for the benefit of all. SAH serves a diverse network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. Through print and online publications, local, national and international programs, and advocacy efforts SAH promotes meaningful scholarly and public engagement with the history of the built environment. Recognizing that rigorous, wide-ranging inquiry, evidence-based argumentation, and the peer review process—values at the core of SAH's mission—are essential to sustaining the practices and institutions that nurture democracy and free, open societies, SAH reaffirms its commitment to these principles in scholarship, teaching, and advocacy.

SAH affirms its commitment to inclusivity, ethical standards, fairness, diversity in all its aspects, and respect for all. SAH is dedicated to open and informed advocacy for the built environment and the people and cultures that shape and preserve it. As a scholarly organization that is firmly rooted in the humanities, SAH will continue to advocate for all of the scholarly and public communities we serve worldwide.

Unanimously endorsed by the SAH Board of Directors
December 14, 2016


WHAT WE DO


As the world’s built environment rapidly changes, SAH provides leadership to ensure that knowledge and understanding about architecture, landscapes, and planning form the foundation for assessing new design solutions and conserving the world’s cultural heritage. SAH aims to equip the public to think critically about the central role that architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism play in the quality of everyday life.

Founded at Harvard University in 1940, SAH has a distinguished history of providing services for teaching and design professionals and institutions that educate the public about the history of the built environment. For much of its history, the Society's services have revolved around four core activities: publishing its quarterly journal, JSAH, and its Buildings of the United States series, and organizing annual conferences and study programs. More recently, SAH has focused on developing innovative digital resources designed to disseminate research about the history of the built environment to the public worldwide, including SAH Archipedia, SAHARA, and JSAH Online. 

SAH is headquartered at the landmark Charnley-Persky House in Chicago and currently has over 2,400 individual members and nearly 600 institutional members in 63 countries. SAH members include architectural historians, art historians, landscape historians, architects, preservationists, urban planners, teachers, students, museum professionals, and individuals from other professions who share a passion for the built environment. Join SAH today.


JSAH
Published since 1941, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians is widely recognized as a leading English-language journal on history of the built environment.
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Buildings of the United States

Buildings of the United States is an award-winning series of books on American architecture compiled and written on a state-by-state basis.
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SAH Annual International Conference

The conference brings leaders in the field together each year to present new research on the history of the built environment.
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Study Programs

SAH offers Fields Seminars and Study Days that focus on the architecture and landscapes of various regions, periods, styles, and architects.
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SAH Archipedia

SAH Archipedia is an online encyclopedia of American architecture and landscapes developed in collaboration with the University of Virginia Press. 
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SAHARA

SAHARA is a digital archive of over 100,000 architecture images developed in collaboration with Artstor and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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EEO STATEMENT


The Society of Architectural Historians is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
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SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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