SAH Study Programs

The Society of Architectural Historians offers the following study programs that focus on the architecture and landscapes of different regions, periods, styles, and architects. SAH draws on a vast network of scholars and practitioners to provide members with programs of the highest quality and unprecedented access to buildings and sites.

SAH Field Education Program

Upcoming Field Education Programs
None scheduled at this time.

Designed for: Faculty, adjuncts, graduate students, independent scholars and others who are building up their basic course offerings in architectural history

Purpose: To provide participants with core pedagogical material for a focused course

Length: One-week program every June

Includes the following:

  • Lectures by noted scholars
  • Roundtables
  • Panel discussions
  • Site visits
  • Social hour for discussion and networking
  • AIA/CES learning units
  • A tool box with the following customizable items:
    • Seminar syllabus
    • Bibliography
    • Readings
    • Sample assignments
    • Copies of all PowerPoint lectures
    • Instructions on the use of SAHARA and SAH Archipedia

SAH Field Seminars

Upcoming Field Seminars
Architectures in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism
September 1-12, 2015

Vietnam - December 2016

Designed for:
 Those whose interest in architecture goes beyond the standard guidebook

Purpose: To provide participants with an intensive firsthand experience of a region's built environment

Length: 10–12-day program that covers multiple buildings, regions, cities, styles, and architects in locations around the world

Includes the following:
  • Site visits and lectures designed by a member with authoritative expertise and knowledge
  • Unprecedented access to sites usually inaccessible to the general public
  • An environment that fosters intellectual discussion and debate
  • Unique, customized tours that are not “canned”
  • AIA/CES learning units

SAH Study Days

Upcoming Study Days
The New York Botanical Garden - September 25

Designed for: Students and anyone who has an interest in hands-on learning

Purpose: To provide an in-depth experience of the architecture and/or landscapes of a city. To provide behind the scenes access to exhibitions and museum collections.

Length: One-day programs held in the U.S. and internationally

Includes the following:

  • Tours of museum exhibitions
  • Tours of architecture and landscapes
  • Talks with architects and patrons of a building
  • Lectures and discussions
  • AIA/CES learning units offered


If you have questions, please contact SAH Director of Programs Kathy Sturm, at or 312.543.7243.

Study Tour Fellowships

Study Tour Fellowships are offered in conjunction with each study program to allow for a graduate student or emerging professional to participate in the tour. Read the Study Tour Fellow Reports to learn more about SAH study programs from the perspective of the fellowship recipients.

AIA/CES Learning Units

 SAH currently offers AIA/CES learning units for these programs. SAH is registered with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with AIA/CES criteria.

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