Opportunities

Share Your Opportunities Online

Posting an opportunity to the SAH website is free and open to members and non-members.

All posted opportunities appear on this page, the SAH homepage, and in our Weekly Opportunities Roundup email. Opportunities include awards, conferences, lectures/symposia, calls for papers/sessions, fellowships, and exhibitions. Click here to submit an opportunity.

To post a job, please visit the SAH Career Center.

  • Community Builders: Fraternal Lodges in America and Portland

    Portland | Dates: 01 Nov, 2014

    In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fraternal lodges played an important societal role across America as community builders and as a virtual financial “safety net”. While since that time, private and public organizations have largely taken over these roles, many of the lodge buildings and temples, including those in Portland, are still standing, all too often hidden in plain sight and suffering from a mostly forgotten past.

    Thanks to a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission, architectural historian and AHC education committee member Eric Wheeler will take a broad look at the fraternal lodge movement in America and the architecture it inspired, both nationwide and right here in Portland. Included in the story are well-known examples of Portland’s fraternal lodge buildings, such as the downtown Elks Temple (now part of the Sentinel Hotel) or the Hibernian Hall (Wonder Ballroom) in the Eliot neighborhood. You’ll also learn about some of the not-so-well-known buildings in the region like the Red Men Hall on Hawthorne or the Lents Odd Fellows Lodge. You’ll learn about the context in which these fine, yet sometimes quite modest, buildings were constructed, and discover how many have been re-purposed, rehabilitated, and put to new uses, while others have been lost or have an uncertain future.

    This presentation is the first of a two-part series; the second installment will premier in early 2015.

    Seating is Limited

    Pre-Registration is Strongly Suggested

  • Vocabulary of Architecture and Architectural Styles

    Portland | Dates: 25 Oct, 2014

    Do you find yourself describing the elements of buildings in terms of thing-a-ma-jigs and what-cha-ma-call-its? Join us as Eric Wheeler, member of our AHC Education Committee, helps demystify the language of architecture as it relates to some of the common architectural styles found in the Portland area.

    This updated program is a great follow-up to the House History research program and is ideal for anyone interested in architecture. After this session you’ll be able to impress your friends, family, co-workers, and contractors with your new-found knowledge of architectural terms such as gambrel, oculus, lintel, corbel, and quoin. From pilaster to pediment, there’s sure to be a little something for the architectural nerd in all of us!

    Program participants are encouraged to bring photographs of their homes or any building details that you can’t seem to identify. There will be a short break midway through the presentation.

    Seating is Limited

    Pre-Registration is Strongly Suggested

     

  • Inside the New Whitney Museum

    New York | Dates: 29 Oct, 2014

    The Whitney Museum of American Art – one of the only museums in New York City dedicated to American art – will move to its new home in the Meatpacking District in spring 2015. Scott Newman, partner at Cooper, Robertson & Partners and partner-in-charge of the new Whitney Museum in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will provide a sneak preview of the building’s interiors. He will touch on how the design reflects the museum’s unique mission and how that informs the display of art while actively engaging with the needs of a growing audience, the surrounding community, the city, and the environment.

    Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2014.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC
    Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students
    NYSID students, faculty, and staff are free.

  • We Heart Garden Apartments!

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 Nov, 2014

    Los Angeles has one of the country’s largest collections of historic garden apartment communities: “villages in the city” that used new planning principles of the Garden City Movement. Their innovative design and garden-like settings put people first, connecting people to nature and with each other. Yet their low density and vast open spaces now make them increasingly vulnerable to demolition and redevelopment.

    The Los Angeles Conservancy will host a one-time-only tour of three garden apartment communities: The Village Green in Baldwin Hills (1941), Chase Knolls in Sherman Oaks (1948), and Lincoln Place in Venice (1951). Enjoy rare access to beautiful interiors, see firsthand why these places are so special, and learn about efforts to preserve them for future generations.

  • Unfinished: The Future of Regional Architecture

    Venice | Dates: 25 Oct, 2014

    Unfinished is an ongoing series of public discussions which have now been held in more than 10 European countries. Local architects, stretching across three generations shed new light on the legacy and status quo of regional architecture. In Venice, these protagonists from different countries will meet at the Serbian Pavilion for the first time and share their experiences and points of view. In an informal setting they will discuss the relevance of regional trends and if and how these will shape architecture in the next 100 years. The discussion will be moderated by Ivan Rašković, the Serbian National Commissioner, and by Bostjan Bugaric and Christian Burkhard, editors of Architectuul.

    Unfinished at the Serbian Pavilion will take place in the form of a colloquium following ‘Open Space’ principles. Participants are invited to prepare short statements on architectural issues that are particularly relevant in their home country. Topics include unsolicited architecture, semi-public spaces, hybrid use, ‘small scale -large impact’, informal architecture, ‘growing’ architecture, improvisations and user-enhanced design, among many others. Ideas will be shared in parallel 15-minute breakout sessions and summarised thereafter. No seating is required. The participants are invited to walk around freely and listen or debate on the topics they choose. All the discussed topics will be documented and made available online. With the Venice get-together, Unfinished will be able to make a giant step towards the facilitation of cultural, economic and political exchanges in architecture from a local point of view with the hope to establish the groundwork for a more nuanced locally rooted but globally informed architectural language.

    Partner: Architectuul has moderated the Unfinished country talks and is the event’s media partner. Architectuul.com is an international open text, online catalogue of architectural works and architects founded in 2010 in Estonia and operated out of Berlin. It covers buildings throughout history, with a broad collection, from archetypal classics to contemporary projects. The website’s content is sourced by the Architectuul community and curated by an editorial team. Architectuul currently has a reach of over 200,000 monthly site visits with more than 1.5 million social media impressions every month.


  • Native Modernism: Chicago Architecture & Design before Mies And Moholy

    Chicago | Dates: 04 – 04 Nov, 2014
    Robert Bruegmann, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Thomas Leslie, AIA, Pickard Chilton Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, will present their research on the interplay between innovative technologies, and the cost of materials, utilities, and land affect the design of buildings and consumer products in Chicago during the interwar period. They will focus on the period from 1925 to 1938, when a homegrown modernism developed before the arrival in Chicago of the Bauhaus designers circa 1938. How did product design become established as a discipline through the growth of mass market consumer items designed, manufactured, and distributed from Chicago in this period? How did changes in building and zoning codes during the period affect the forms of buildings?
  • Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, Dec. 15

    Dates: 15 – 15 Dec, 2014
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum's Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is based on primary research, emphasizes fieldwork, breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published in the two calendar years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. Edited collections are not eligible. The nomination deadline is December 15, 2014. For instructions see http://www.vafweb.wildapricot.org/Cummings-Prize.
  • ETH Zurich: The Future of Open Building

    Zurich | Dates: 09 – 11 Sep, 2015
    Overview Comparatively no longer a radical alternative to many approaches emerging to analyze and organize the design and construction processes which shape the built environment, THE FUTURE OF OPEN BUILDING conference asks participants to critically consider what the notion of 'open building' continues to offer. The aim of this provocation is to encourage participants to challenge how collaborative synergies amongst the design professions and those impacted by design choices, are often made, unmade and transformed within every scale of the built environment. Structure Designed to be relevant and accessible to both academics and practicing design professionals, the conference is organized around keynote speakers and panelists in the morning sessions and academic paper sessions in the afternoon. Speakers Details coming soon...
  • 2015 Midwest Art History Society Conference

    Minneapolis and St. Paul | Dates: 26 – 28 Mar, 2015
    Annual Art History Conference in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
  • EAHN: Fourth International Meeting

    Dublin | Dates: 05 – 05 Jan, 2015
    Although the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to European architecture but also to that of the rest of the world. The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, a limited number of roundtable debates addressing key issues in the field will also take place at the meeting. Proposals for these should re-map, re-define, or outline the current state of the discipline. They will typically consist of a discussion between panel members and encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum in which different scholars can present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies.

    Scholars who wish to chair a session or roundtable at the 2016 meeting are invited to submit proposals by 5 January 2015 to Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty (Kathleen.jameschakraborty@ucd.ie), General Chair of the Fourth EAHN International Meeting, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.  The conference website address is http://eahn2016conference.wordpress.com/.

    Duties of the session and roundtable chairs include selecting who shall present from the proposals submitted to them by the agreed deadline, communicating the list of speakers and titles to the conference organizers by the agreed deadline, and submitting material for the proceedings to the conference organizers by the agreed deadline.  Chairs will not be able to act as speakers in their own or any other session or round table at the conference.  Although there will be some editorial help available for non-native English speakers, ensuring that the intellectual content is publishable is the responsibility of the chair.  Sessions should be unique to EAHN.  Should a similar proposal be found for a different conference, the Scientific Committee will withdraw the session from the EAHN programme.
  • Lecture by Alison Fisher

    Dates: 11 Nov, 2014

    The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal

    Alvin Boyarsky, Chicago à la Carte: The City as Energy System, Architectural Design, December 1970. Courtesy of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive, London. © Wiley/Architectural Design

    Tuesday November 11, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm.
    RSVP HERE

    The third talk of the MAS Context fall series is by Alison Fisher. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 11 at the International Museum of Surgical Science.

    Alison Fisher is an assistant curator of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Since joining the museum, she has curated many exhibitions including the retrospective Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention (2011–12), and the current exhibition The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, which will travel to the Princeton University Art Museum in 2015. She completed her PhD in Art and Architectural History at Northwestern University and her research often focuses on issues of late modern architecture, housing, and urbanism in the United States and Europe. She is the local chair for the 2015 national conference of the Society of Architectural Historians in Chicago.

    In her talk, titled “The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal,” Alison will discuss the architectural and planning implications of the return to the historical street and neighborhood as critical models during the 1960s and 1970s, as explored in the Art Institute exhibition The City Lost and Found. Through case studies in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, she will discuss the work of architects who attempted to repair the city and correct earlier models of urban planning and design using an unlikely model, the megastructure. Although contemporary criticism, like Reyner Banham’s 1976 bookMegastructure, often dismissed the genre as bombastic and retrograde, she argues for a new understanding of these late megastructural developments as bold refusals to abandon the political and social project of cities.

    The event will take place at the International Museum of Surgical Science, located in a historic lakeside mansion constructed in 1917 under the careful direction of Eleanor Robinson Countiss to house her family. Her father, an executive of the Diamond Match Company, generously provided the home building fund. One of the few remaining lakefront mansions, and the only one open to the public, the building received historic status in 1988, and is listed in the National Register and the Illinois Register of Historic Places and is a City of Chicago Landmark.

    This talk is done in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians. 

    What: Lecture by Alison Fisher
    When: Tuesday November 11, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
    Where: International Museum of Surgical Science – 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610(Clark/Division Stop Red Line)(151 Bus)
    Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door. Includes wine.
    Registration: Yes as space is limited.

  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities

    Austin | Dates: 22 Oct, 2014 – 15 Jan, 2015
    The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. The Ransom Center invites applications for its 2015-2016 fellowships, which will support research visits that will take place between June 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016. Applications must be submitted through the Center’s website by January 15, 2015, 5 p.m. CST. More information about the fellowships and the Ransom Center’s collections is available at http://budurl.com/z63q.
  • Tom Kundig Lecture at Tulane University School of Architecture

    New Orleans | Dates: 27 Oct, 2014
    Tom Kundig, FAIA, founding principal of Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle, will discuss his background and influences and how they have shaped his work. The lecture will focus on his work with buildings and landscape, the nature of community, and the craft of building.

    There will be a reception at 5pm in the Favrot Lobby and the lecture will begin at 6pm. This lecture is free and open to the public. AIA continuing education credits will be offered.

  • Towanda: An American Town Pictured

    New York | Dates: 29 Oct – 13 Nov, 2014

    October 29 - November 13, 2014
    Opening reception: Wednesday, October 29. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    During the fall of 2013, 15 students from Parsons The New School for Design collaborated with Documentary Strategies instructor, Vincent Cianni, in an effort to document the town of Towanda, PA through photography, interviews, and video. The resulting body of work, including a series of photographs by Towanda High School students, formed a portrait of a community that expands received notions of documentation, subject, and observation. The project was further developed by a team of graphic designers led by Parsons Graphic Design professor Jeanne Verdoux. The 16 designers collaborated to produce a printed poster-catalog of the project, a live website, and an overall graphic identity that complemented and broadened the scope of the work of the photography students.

    This exhibition which includes photography, video, and posters continues the project: it highlights the works produced by both photographers and designers while renewing an engagement with the town of Towanda, PA. It thereby forges a new link between rural Pennsylvania and the New York galleries at SJDC/Parsons The New School for Design.

    Artists: Vincent Cianni, Luke Clerkin, Jordan Jablon, Abigail Nicolas, Carson Russell, Daniel Evan Rodriguez, Lior Tamim, Sarah Uriarte, Olivia Zimmerman

    Designers: Kathryn Carissimi, Ariel Chan, Jessica Chen, Thando Hadebe, Kelin Handville, Genevieve Howe, Anri Kang, Na Youn “Jenny” Kim, Nicholas Lee, Carmen McLeod, Anna Meininger, Audrey Melick, Christopher Rodriguez, Jenna Saraco, Youshin Song, Annette Wong

    Curator: Carmen McLeod


  • Columbus Indiana Architecture Tour

    Columbus & Indianapolis | Dates: 16 – 19 Oct, 2014
    Itinerary, details and registration information: www.architecture-tours.com/upcoming-tours/
  • Spotlight on Design: Robert A.M. Stern

    Washington | Dates: 07 Oct, 2014

    RAMSA Founder and Senior Partner Robert A.M. Stern will present a history of the planned garden suburb in conjunction with the recent publication of Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City, of which he was co-author along with David Fishman and Jacob Tilove. The book is the definitive history of the garden suburb from its origin in late-eighteenth-century England to the onset of the Second World War, and suggests how the principles of traditional town planning can inform efforts to remedy fraying urban fabric and suburban sprawl in our own time. For Corinthian members, join us before the program in the Corinthian Lounge at 5:30 pm to enjoy light refreshments. A book signing will take place after the talk.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) | 1.5 CM (AICP) | 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

     
    $12 NBM and Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

  • Mediated City Los Angeles Education Conference

    Burbank | Dates: 01 – 04 Oct, 2014

    The Mediated City Los Angeles conference – officially endorsed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – is the second part of a two-stage gathering that began at London’s Ravensbourne University earlier this year. Marking the 50th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s book Understanding Media, the event will bring together leading intellectuals and practitioners from various disciplines to explore how their work, ideas and practices complement and inform each other.  Among those in attendance: architects, urban designers, filmmakers, animators, theorists, academics, artists, web designers and programmers. The conference was organized by Woodbury University in collaboration with Architecture_MPS and its Amps Journal.

    Shaping the agenda will be some 40 presentations – culled from more than 100 abstracts submitted—and 22 guest speakers from around the globe.  The conference will welcome theoretical examinations of the cinematic city; practical debates on the architect’s role in filmic production; conversations on the use of apps to navigate “metropolis”; considerations on the simulation of the urban environment; debates about the nature of the “virtual” building; and discussions on the digital mapping of the world by companies like Google – and much more.

    Among the speakers:
    Mike Gatto – Member of the California State Assembly, 43rd District
    Wil Cashen – Chairman, Tesla Foundation Group
    Frances Anderton – Host, “DNA” on KCRW-FM
    Eames Demetrios – Charles Eames Historian and filmmaker
    Paul Debevec – Chief Visual Officer, Institute for Creative Technologies, USC
    Dr. Richard Jackson – Chair, Environmental Health Science, UCLA
    Mia Lehrer -  Landscape architect, Los Angeles River revitalization projects
    Mear One -  Street mural artist
    Marc Cucco – Gensler
    Joe Flores – Public Information Officer, Burbank Water and Power

    Select abstracts and conference presentations will be published online and in print.

    To learn more, visit woodburymcd.wix.com/mediatedcityla

  • The North American Passive House Network 2014: Conference & Expo

    Portland | Dates: 22 – 23 Sep, 2014

    The North American Passive House Network 2014: Conference & Expo will gather Passive House leaders from across the continent and around the world to share new developments in the future of low carbon construction.  With over 40 speakers ranging from Dr. Wolfgang Feist to Marc Rosenbaum, and Rena and Gernot Vallentin, it will be the most comprehensive Passive House conference held outside of Europe. See program here.

    There will be workshops preceding and tours of Passive House buildings the day after. The Expo will showcase over 30 industry leaders of Passive House components and services. GET BEST PRICE, don’t wait, register today.

    For very best price, become a New York Passive House member. More info about New York Passive House membership here.

  • That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs

    Queens | Dates: 05 Oct, 2014 – 08 Feb, 2015

    From Weegee to Margaret Bourke-White, the New York World’s Fairs proved to be an irresistible subject for photographers. Professionals were sent on assignment for magazines and newspapers to document the advances in science and technology, art and fashion. At the same time, there was an even larger wave of camera enthusiasts coming to the fairs in droves armed with new technologies in cameras and film. Both these amateurs and the professionals captured compelling memories being made before right before the viewers’ eyes.

    One popular stop in both fairs was, of course, the Eastman Kodak Pavilion. In the 1939-40 fair, anyone could pose in their “Photo-Garden” where a series of unusual tableaux provided unrivaled souvenir picture taking opportunities — in front of a map of the grounds highlighted by a child-sized Trylon and Perisphere, the iconic symbols imprinted on everything from “manly” rubber and glass ashtrays to ladies’ enameled metal powder compacts or the immensely popular painted panorama of the fairgrounds that simulated the impression that one was riding in a balloon. Here two visitors could sit side-by-side and appear to be gently floating high above the scenery creating an unforgettable moment.

    In the 1964-64 fair, Kodak’s unusual building design featured the “Moondeck,” an undulating rooftop floating thirty feet above the fair distinctive for its highly dramatic vantage points for both the professional and amateur shutterbug. Strangely articulated mounds and peaks presented photographers with distinctive shadows and angles compelling both as backdrops or subjects in and of themselves. One of the ten largest buildings in the fair, the Kodak pavilion was crowned by the world’s most massive photographs ever produced for outdoor display mounted on an eighty foot tower. Magazines such as LIFE, LOOK, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue all took advantage of this otherworldly attraction for extraordinary images.

    Inspired by the generous donation of over 1,200 medium format color slides taken by fashion photographer Jerry Kean and theater photographer Van Williams at the 1964-54 Fair, That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs will reveal materials from the museum’s permanent collection never seen before by the public such as vintage photographs, albums and scrapbooks, ephemera and books such as “How to Make Good Pictures,” a Kodak publication from the ‘30s. Other artifacts to be included in the exhibition will be on loan from local and national collections.

    That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs has been organized by Louise Weinberg, Registrar, Archives Manager and Curator.

  • 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community

    New Orleans | Dates: 01 – 04 Oct, 2014

    The International Sculpture Center returns ten years later to the culturally vibrant city of New Orleans for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community from October 1-4, 2014. This conference will feature panel discussions, keynote speakers Alice Aycock and Fairfax Dorn, ARTSlams, optional tours, networking events, and workshops, and will explore how sculpture and the arts can rejuvenate communities and economies.

    Registration is open now! Registration includes admission to all panels, keynote speakers, opening reception at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, gallery hop at the Art for Arts’ Sake street party, the littleSCULPTURE show, Friday Nights at NOMA, ARTSlams, and networking events, among other activities. Registrants may also register for optional fee-based tours and workshops. Visit http://www.sculpture.org/nola2014 for more information.

    The 24th International Sculpture Conference is hosted in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, New Orleans Arts District, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, and Sculpture for New Orleans.