SAH 68th Annual Conference

Chicago at the Global Crossroads

Welcome from the SAH 68th Annual Conference Co-Chairs
Ken Tadashi Oshima, 1st Vice President, SAH
Alison Fisher, The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Architecture and Design

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) founding, it is indeed fitting that we gather in the hometown of the Society’s headquarters in Chicago, a city situated at the global crossroads. Strategically located between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Valley system, Chicago grew rapidly with westward expansion after the 1803 acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. Becoming a major railway hub of the continental U.S. in the second half of the nineteenth century and international airway hub in the twentieth century, Chicago has always been closely connected to major currents in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Read More

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Registration for tours and events is now open to the public.


The conference takes place at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza in downtown Chicago.

Paper Sessions

The conference's 36 sessions cover a wide range of topics on the built environment.


Download the complete program, get the mobile app, or view the conference schedule.

Chicago Seminar

This public program explores the history and future of Chicago's waterways and neighborhoods.


Over 30 tours of Chicago's architecture, landscapes, and neighborhoods are open to the public and led by local experts.


Architecture & Design SocietyGraham FoundationUniversity of California PressVernacular Architecture Forum Chicago

Media Sponsor

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AIA/CES Learning Units

The Society of Architectural Historians is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education system (AIA/CES) to provide learning units for participation in various events at the Annual Conference, including paper sessions, tours, roundtable discussions, and the SAH Chicago Seminar. To receive the correct number of learning units for your transcript, please provide your AIA member number when you register for the conference. Upon check-in at the conference, you will be given a participation form to be completed and then returned to the SAH Check-in/Information Desk at the conclusion of the Annual Conference. 


If you have questions about the SAH Annual Conference, please contact Kathy Sturm at
or 312.543.7243.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
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