SAH 68th Annual Conference

Chicago: A Global Crossroads

The Society of Architectural Historians will hold its 68th Annual Conference on April 15-19, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. The 2015 conference (#SAH2015) includes 35 paper sessions, Graduate Student Lightning Talks, the SAH Chicago Seminar, tours of the city's architecture and landscapes, and events celebrating the Society's 75th anniversary.

August 1, 2014  Annual Conference Fellowships open 
September 1, 2014  Deadline for 2015 SAH International Travel Grants
January 6, 2015  Early Registration opens

Graduate Student Lightning Talks Call for Presenters

Deadline August 1, 2014

As it has since 2010, the Society of Architectural Historians is proud to feature the Graduate Student Lightning Talks as part of the 2015 Annual Conference. This full session is composed of five-minute talks that allow graduate students to present their current research. Participants may present their work in the form of a focused summation, a concentrated case study, or a methodological exegesis. In 2015, the Lightning Talks format, in which presentations are divided into thematic groups with question and discussion following each, will be augmented with established scholars acting as respondents.

Graduate students are invited to submit a short abstract (150 word max.) headed with the applicant's name, institutional affiliation, and title of talk (must be 65 characters or less, including spaces), along with their CV (2 pages max). Preference will be given to advanced PhD students, but all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Applications cannot be accepted from graduate students who are submitting an abstract for the conference sessions. Only one submission per conference is allowed. Lightning Talks speakers are not eligible for SAH Annual Conference Fellowships. To allow respondents time to prepare, participants will be required to submit a brief text of their presentation in early 2015. Membership in SAH is not required to submit an abstract; however, if your abstract is accepted you will need to register and become a member, beginning in early January, 2015.

To Submit an Abstract:

Lightning Talks abstracts are submitted through the SAH website (a user account and login is required).

  1. Follow this link to submit an abstract online. You will be asked to login to the system.
  2. Select 2015 Graduate Student Lightning Talks, and follow the instructions to submit. If you do not have a login, please follow steps below to create a user account:
    1. When prompted to login, select “Create an Account.”
    2. Fill out your user profile and select “Next” to go to your profile page.
    3. Under Awards & Fellowships, select “View Open Fellowships and Awards.”
    4. Select 2015 Graduate Student Lighting Talks, and follow the instructions to submit.

The deadline to submit an abstract is August 1, 2014. Decisions will be made by August 31, 2014.

Session Co-Chairs:
R. Scott Gill, The University of Texas at Austin
Jen Donnelly, University of Pittsburgh
Tait Johnson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

If you have questions, email R. Scott Gill at


Kathy Sturm
SAH Director of Programs

Annual Conference Committee

Conference Chair

Ken Tadashi Oshima 
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Washington

Conference Chair

Alison Fisher
Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture, Art Institute of Chicago

Partner Outreach
Cheryl Bachand
Visiting Instructor, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, De Paul University; Principal,

Stephanie Whitlock
Program Officer, Graham Foundation

Tour Coordinator
Jean Guarino
Independent Architectural Historian

Volunteer Coordinator
Anne Bird
Director of Membership, SAH

Advisory Committee
Kevin Harrington
Professor Emeritus, Illinois Institute of Technology

Elaine Harrington
Chicago, IL

Bonnie McDonald
President, Landmarks Illinois

Janet Halstead
Executive Director, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

Celeste Adams
President & CEO, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Barbara Gordon
Vice President of Program Operations, Chicago Architecture Foundation

SAH Board of Directors


Prof. Ken Breisch
University of Southern California

1st Vice President
Dr. Ken Tadashi Oshima 
University of Washington

2nd Vice President
Sandy Isenstadt
University of Delaware

Prof. Gail Fenske 
Roger Williams University

Jan M. Grayson 
Chicago, IL

Executive Director
Pauline Saliga

Christopher D. Armstrong
University of Pittsburgh

Luis M. Castaneda
Syracuse University

Michael J. Gibson 

Greenberg, Whitcombe, Takeuchi, Gibson & Graver, LLP

R. Scott Gill
University of Texas at Austin

Dale A. Gyure
Lawrence Technological University

Richard L. Hayes
American Institute of Architects

Greg Hise
University of Nevada
Duanfang Lu 
University of Sydney

Michael P. McCulloch 
University of Michigan

Martha J. McNamara 
Wellesley College

Robert Nauman 
University of Colorado Boulder

Donna Robertson 
Illinois Institute of Technology
Abby Rumsey 
Scholarly Communication Institute

Michelangelo Sabatino 
University of Houston College of Architecture
Cynthia Weese 
Weese, Langley, Weese Architects Ltd.

Gary Van Zante
MIT Museum

Prof. Swati Chattopadhyay
UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Karen Kingsley
Editor-in-Chief, Buildings of the United States

Jeffrey Klee
Colonial Williamsburg 

Randall F. Mason
University of Pennsylvania

Jacqueline Spafford
UC Santa Barbara