How to Register

Online registration has closed. Please register on-site at the conference.

The registration table will be located on the 14th floor of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North, 350 W Mart Center Dr, Chicago. You may register on-site beginning Wednesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. On-site registration will be open through Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. 

Registration Rates

   Rate Includes 1-yr membership? 
Full-Conference Registration Rates 
SAH Member (HQ Hotel*)  $290  n/a 
SAH Member (Alternate Accommodations)  $390 n/a 
SAH Student Member $180  n/a 
Non-Member (HQ Hotel*) $420 yes** 
Non-Member (Alternate Accommodations)  $520 yes** 
Student Non-Member  $240 yes** 
Day Rates (on-site registration only)
SAH Member Thursday OR Friday Day Rate  $110  n/a 
SAH Student Member Thursday OR Friday Day Rate $55  n/a 
Non-Member Thursday OR Friday Day Rate  $240  yes** 
Student Non-Member Thursday OR Friday Day Rate $115  yes**
Guest Pass Rate (on-site registration only)
Guest Pass (limited number available for each session)  $40 for a single session  no 
Public Rates (Full Conference Registration Not Required) 
SAH Chicago Seminar  $10  no 
Tours-only registration (opens February 16, 2015) $25 + cost of tour(s)  no 

* Reservations made at the HQ hotel help offset meeting room fees charged to SAH. SAH shares this $100 discount with you.

** Non-Member conference registration includes a 1-year electronic membership. You may upgrade to an electronic & print membership by contacting

Registration FAQ

What does my full-conference registration fee include? 

Full-conference registration fees include the program, a badge to gain access to all 36 paper sessions, admission to the Exhibitors Area, Opening Reception, Introductory Talk, Plenary Talk, Awards Ceremony, and various midday programs, and a copy of the attendee roster. Registered attendees will also receive access to all available session handouts and will have the opportunity to register for a variety of receptions and tours for which a small cost recovery fee is charged. Please note that reservations are required for all events, even those included in the registration fee. This allows us to estimate the number of attendees so that we can provide enough seating and food and beverages.

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration? 

After registering online, you will receive an email confirmation at the address indicated on the registration form. If it does not appear within one hour of registration, please make sure it did not get routed to your junk mail or spam folder. For registrations paid by check, please allow two weeks for processing. Confirmation of your registration will be sent to you via email or regular mail upon processing. The registration, events and tours cannot be confirmed until full payment has been received and processed at the SAH office. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kathy Sturm at 312.543.7243 or or contact Beth Eifrig at 312.573.1365,

Why should I register in advance?

If you register before Feb 16, 2015, you will be able to take advantage of the early registration fee. Registration fees increase $75 on February 16, 2015. Registering in advance also helps us determine how many are attending the conference. This will ensure we have enough food for the receptions, buses for the events and tours, and chairs for the sessions. Tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and often sell out quickly, so registering early is also recommended if you want to secure tickets for specific tours.

How do I add tours and events to an existing registration?

If you would like to add tours and events to an existing registration, you may do so by using the registration link at the top of the Registration page. 

  • Log onto the SAH website
  • Select “Register Now”
  • Under event tasks, select “Register Now”
  • On the registration fee page, be sure to select “Registration Fee Already Paid” so you are not charged the basic rate again and are only charged for the tours and events that you select.
What is a Guest Pass and how does that work?

This year, we are offering a limited number of Guest Passes for each session for those who wish to listen to a particular paper or session. Guest Passes will be available for purchase on-site only, on a first come, first served basis at the rate of $40 for a single session. You do not have to be an SAH member to purchase a Guest Pass. You will only be allowed to attend the session for which you have purchased a Guest Pass. (SAH reserves the right to limit the number of Guest Passes sold to individuals.)

I am not a member of SAH, but my co-worker is a member and cannot attend. Can I use their membership to register at the member rate?

Individual membership in SAH is not transferable to others. You can register as a new member during the Annual Conference registration process by choosing the registration rate that includes a one-year membership. Institutional (library) members may designate up to two employees of their department to register for the conference. The institution’s membership must be current through April 19, 2015, and the department members must be approved in advance by the main contact of that institution’s membership.

Who can attend the SAH Annual Conference?

The SAH Annual Conference is open to all who share an interest in the history of architecture, landscapes, art, urbanism, sustainability, and design. Membership must be current through the Annual Conference (through April 19, 2015) to attend/participate in the conference. If you have not yet joined or need to renew your membership, you can register as a new or renewing member during the conference registration process. If your membership expires between your conference registration and the dates of the conference, you will not be able to attend until you renew your membership.

Will I get a refund if I have to cancel my registration?

All cancellations MUST be in writing. Cancellations must be submitted to Kathy Sturm via email, via fax to 312.573.1141, or via mail to Society of Architectural Historians, 1365 N. Astor St., Chicago, IL 60610-2144.

Registration cancellations received on or before February 15, 2015, will be refunded in full less a $50 administrative fee. There will be no refunds on or after February 16, 2015. Refunds, less applicable administrative fees, will be sent in the form of a check and mailed by May 31, 2015, to the address on the registration form.

Speakers and session chairs, please refer to the Speaker and Session Chair agreement regarding cancellations. 

When can I register for tours? 

You may select the tours of your choice when you register for the conference, beginning on January 6, 2015. SAH members are urged to register as early as possible to reserve a spot on their preferred tour(s). Tours will open to the public (tours-only registration) on February 16, 2015.

What if I can’t use a tour or special event ticket?

Tour and event tickets are non-refundable, but they are fully transferable. Substitutions may be made at any time. If you are unable to attend but another registered member can participate in your place, go ahead and either donate or sell the ticket. There will be a message board at the SAH check in/information desk area where you may offer your tickets to another registrant. If you need to sell or exchange your tickets prior to April 16, you may do so on the conference discussion board on the SAH Communities site. (You will need to create a login to post to the site.) SAH is not able to broker your tickets on your behalf. In the event that a tour is sold out and there is a waiting list, SAH will resell your ticket and process a refund to you by May 31, 2015.

Do you offer a Day Rate registration?

Day Rate registration is available on-site only during registration hours and may be purchased for either Thursday, April 16, OR Friday, April 17 ONLY (not available for Saturday, April 18). Non-members are welcome and can pay the selected membership rate during registration. A single-day ticket includes a one-day conference badge and access to the paper sessions and mid-day programs for that day. Receptions and tours offered on the selected single day are at the posted rates.

How do I receive credit for 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, which include the Introductory Address, paper sessions, tours, Plenary Talk, and SAH Chicago Seminar. To receive the correct number of learning units for your transcript, please provide your AIA member number on the conference registration form. Upon check-in at the conference, you will be given a participation form to be completed and returned to the SAH Check-In/Information Desk at the conclusion of the conference. 
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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