SAH News


July Newsletter 2014

by Helena Karabatsos | Jul 15, 2014

 
July 2014 Volume LVIII, No. 7 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
     
    Save the Date: 2014 SAH Awards Gala, November 8
The 2014 SAH Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, November 8, at The Fortnightly of Chicago. The theme of the gala is "A Foundation for Preservation," honoring those individuals who initiated early preservation work in Chicago and continue to support and encourage preservation. SAH will present five Awards for Architectural Excellence in: Preservation Advocacy, Stewardship of the Built Environment, Architectural Conservation, Architectural Media and Conservation of the Natural Environment. View the Honorees
     

  City of Chicago and Graham Foundation to Partner with the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America will take place in Chicago in the fall of 2015. The event will include robust public programming and exhibitions featuring the world’s leading architectural talent and will be presented by the City of Chicago, the Graham Foundation, and the recently-formed Chicago Architecture Biennial. Read More
     
    Mexico City: From Mexica Past to Modernism and Beyond
SAH Blog post by H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow Amber N. Wiley
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Since I am addressing a forum of intellectuals with a keen interest in history and culture, many of you might already know this fact. I might have heard it a time or two in life, only to forget, and then be reminded again in Mexico City. I am not ashamed to admit that. Why is this tidbit of information important to the history of architecture and urbanism in Mexico City, you ask? It has everything to do with memory of place, transnational dialogues, regional differences, and most immediately, place names. Read More
     
    Architectural History and Architectural Humanities
SAH Blog post by Dianne Harris
Note: This essay is a revised version of the plenary address delivered at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, on April 14, 2014.
 In June of 2013, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a report that is or should by now be well-known to many of you: “The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation.” I attended “The Heart of the Matter” launch on June 19th at the Capital Building in Washington, DC, where the project’s leaders delivered brief declarations about the importance of the humanities for their own lives, and especially for the nation’s health. Read More
     
    Buildings of Michigan Honored
Congratulations to Kathryn Eckert, whose revised edition of Buildings of Michigan was selected by the Michigan Architectural Foundation as part of Rae Dumke Collection of 100 Essential Architecture Books. An opening reception highlighting the collection was held at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, Michigan, on June 11, 2014; a video of the official comments can be viewed online.
     
    Mackintosh Architecture Symposium, September 19
The symposium and the exhibition Mackintosh Architecture celebrate the completion of a major research project led by The Hunterian, ‘Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning’. Tickets for Mackintosh Architecture Symposium cost £30.00 (£25.00 with early-bird discount). Includes refreshments and free admission to the Mackintosh Architecture exhibition. Read More
     
    ACLS Announces the 2013-2014 Programs in China Studies Fellows and Grantees
The American Council of Learned Societies announced the results of the 2013-2014 competitions of the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies and of the Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society program, supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. There were three competitions in the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies, offering predissertation-summer grants, postdoctoral fellowships, and collaborative reading-workshop grants. The competition for the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation program offered grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences. All combined, 31 fellowships and grants were awarded from over 190 applications. Read More
 
Senate Confirms William D. Adams as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
The United States Senate voted on July 9 to confirm William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams, president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014, is a committed advocate for liberal arts education and brings to the Endowment a long record of leadership in higher education and the humanities. Read More
 
Humanities Funding Still Below Pre-Recession Levels
A new report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, The State of the Humanities: Funding 2014, indicates that funding for humanities research, education and programs in the U.S. is still below pre-recession levels. Read More
 
Chapter and Partner News
The Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of SAH will hold its 2014 conference, "Building Collections, Building Community," on October 3-5 in Seattle. Read More

Join the Southern California Chapter of SAH for a special tour of the exhibit "Climate Change: Mid-Century Modern" in La Jolla, California, on August 23. Activities include a guided tour, a talk by architectural historian Diane Kane and the project architect about the recent adaptive reuse project for Wisteria Cottage, and a walking tour of the surrounding historic Scripps/Gill Cultural District. Read More

The Southeast Chapter of SAH announced that the Spring 2014 issue of the SESAH Newsletter would be the last printed issue as the newsletter transitions to a digital format. The first digital issue will be published this summer. Read More

Cleveland Goes Modern: Design for the Home, 1930-1970, by James and Nina Freedlander Gibans, won the 2014 Western Reserve Award from the Western Reserve Chapter of SAH. Read More 
 
Current SAH Opportunities 
Call for Nominations for 2015 SAH Fellows: The SAH Board of Directors seeks nominations for the 2015 class of SAH Fellows, those individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field. Deadline extended to July 25.

Call for Nominations to SAH Board for 2015: The 2015 SAH Nominating Committee seeks your recommendations for new SAH Board members who would begin their terms in April 2015 and serve for three years. Deadline
August 1.


CFP: Graduate Student Lightning Talks: SAH is accepting paper abstracts for the Graduate Student Lightning Talks session of the 68th Annual Conference in Chicago, April 15-19. Deadline August 1.

2015 SAH Award for Film and Video: This annual award recognizes the most distinguished work of film or video on the history of the built environment. Deadline August 1.

2015 SAH Publication Awards: Each year, SAH presents five awards honoring publications in architectural history, urban history, landscape history, preservation and exhibition catalogues. Deadline August 1.

2015 SAH International Travel Grants: Funded by a grant from the Getty Foundation, these grants are for scholars from countries that have traditionally been underrepresented at the SAH Annual Conference to attend the 2015 conference in Chicago. SAH membership is not required. Deadline September 1.

SAH Membership Grants for Emerging Professionals: Funded by the Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars, these grants provide a one-year membership in SAH to emerging scholars. Deadline September 12.

H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship: This prestigious $50,000 fellowship allows a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. Deadline October 1.
  
Members in the News
Belmont Freeman: Obituary for Cuban Architect Mario Coyula Cowley
ACLS Names Four SAH Members as Fellows
Ken Breisch: USC Profiles SAH President
Obituary: Marietta Marsh
John Vinci, FAIA: Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago AIA
Obituary: Janann Strand
Wayne Charney: Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Kansas State University
Craig Lee: Comments on Chicago's Trump Tower Sign
 
SAH July Booklist
Read the July Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. Booklists and exhibition catalog lists are selected by Barbara Opar, architecture librarian, Syracuse University Library.