Recent Opportunities

  • Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital

    Columbus | Dates: 16 – 16 Mar, 2018

    The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that registration is now live for Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture, to be held on March 16, 2018. This workshop will be hosted by the Knowlton School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and is open to cultural heritage professionals, the information, museum, and educational communities, and anyone interested in visual culture. Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture is one of four workshops being offered in the 2017-2018 VRAF Regional Workshop Program. The VRAF is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of this exciting opportunity to partner with cultural heritage and educational institutions.

    “Digital capture” encompasses a broad range of technologies and processes. While the role of a digitization space has historically revolved around slide and flatbed scanners, these represent just two of many possible approaches to digital imaging. The first part of this workshop will explore traditional methods for digital capture, including scanners, DSLR cameras, copystands, lighting, and specialized imaging devices for specific uses. Part two of the day will take participants beyond the basics by focusing on emerging technologies and their impact on the capture, dissemination, and storage of cultural materials. All workshop content will be framed within the important questions you should be asking when planning the present and future directions of your digital capture project or facilities. Participants will also receive significant supplemental material, including equipment recommendations, buying guides, and workflow documents. When combined with the presented information, participants will have the tools in place to build an efficient digitization space that is as unique as their specific resources and project needs.

    Documenting Cultural Heritage will be taught by Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Library Archivist and Curator at the Knowlton School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University. As photographer, art historian, and digital curator, Chris has always been driven to document and preserve cultural heritage. His professional background is a perfect mix of his passions in preservation, photography, emerging technology, open access, and metadata management. He works with an archive of unique items, documenting the history of the various programs in the Knowlton School as well as highlighting new work that showcases each programs’ students. Chris has also served as the staff photographer of the Greek-American Excavations at Kenchreai through Harvard University since 2015 which provides a test case for location photography of unique and varied materials. Chris has recently presented on the topic of digitization at the 2+3D Photography – Practice and Prophecies – 2017 conference at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, HASTAC 2017 in Orlando, and the June 2017 Images: Digitization and Preservation of Special Collections in Libraries, Museums, and Archives, NISO Virtual Conference. In addition to conference presentations, he has also produced online learning training sessions, taught local workshops, and has actively assisted special collections in designing and streamlining their digitization process.

    To register for Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture and to learn more about the workshop, visit The fee for this day-long workshop is $125. If you have questions about registration, feel free to contact Steven Kowalik, VRAF Director, or for questions about the program or venue, please contact Chris Strasbaugh
  • CFP: Urbanism at Borders

    Aberdeen | Dates: 18 – 30 Jan, 2018

    The deadline for abstracts is Tuesday 30 January 2018. Send abstract by email or post on or before to:

    Helen Aggasild 
    Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment 
    Robert Gordon University 
    Sir Ian Wood Building, 
    Garthdee Road, 
    AB10 7GJ, 

    Abstract format 

    • One A4 page stating the core theme, objectives, methods, case study for paper submission or documentary film submission. These could be findings of a specific theme on ‘urbanism at borders’, using maximum 300 words, 11 fonts, single spacing, indicating title (no more than 10 words), keywords, author/s names, affiliation, contact email, references if relevant.
    • Abstract and full paper will be peer-reviewed by the workshop panellists.
    • Full paper description will be posted later after the abstract selection has been completed by January 2018. The outline of the paper will follow the book format of The Urban Book Series, Springer Publishing, Switzerland.
    • Confirmation of acceptance of paper/short film subject abstract: Thursday 15 February 2018
    • Full paper submission/film submission: Saturday 30 June 2018
    • Papers should be presented in PowerPoint presentation extracting the core information on the paper.
    • Short film documentary should be available to present alongside paper presentation.
    • Analysis on documentary film should be accompanied by short paper (description will be posted later). In publication, the film will be available as snapshot of selected footings, with a link for full digital films.
    • Films can be black & white or colour, in any methods, mobile footage, and full edited film with narrations or text descriptions on each context on the urbanism at borders.

    Interdisciplinary Global Workshop for Research Network

    Robert Gordon University is proud to be hosting the inaugural Interdisciplinary Global Workshop from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 September 2018. The event will take place at our Garthdee Campus, on the banks of the River Dee.


    Border research emphases on the discourse analysis on critical issues and connotation of separation - demarcation – segregation and conflicts and translated and theorizing these issues in various patterns of urbanism. Borders determine the degree of how regions are positioned in the global maps with the condition with which regions are valued, categorised and marked by its capacity to create individual geographical identities and unique settlement patterns. Borders define socially and economically incompatible systems that influence the nature of mobility of goods, human traffic, and economic transactions that suggest temporal, subdued, blurring socio-cultural entities defined by urban orders. Borders create these blurring urban orders along its boundaries defined by lack of cohesiveness with either sides of a border.

    Borders are more than geographically defined separations, but accounts of metamorphoses and metaphors that two neighbouring states are defined by the economy, politics, culture, and religion – manifested by its typological entities.

  • Memorial Service for Vincent Scully, Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Yale

    New Haven | Dates: 20 Jan, 2018
    The memorial service for Vincent Scully will be live streamed at

    Memorial service for Vincent Scully
    Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art
    Yale University

    Saturday, January 20, 2017, at 1 pm
    Battell Chapel, (corner of Elm and College streets) New Haven, CT

    Professor Scully, one of the nation’s most influential and respected architectural historians, and a legendary and beloved teacher to generations of Yale students, died on Nov. 30 at his home in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he had lived for the last six years. He was 97 years old.
  • Valentine's Reception at Charnley-Persky House / Talk with Dr. Rebecca Graff

    Chicago | Dates: 13 Feb, 2018

    Join the Society of Architectural Historians for a reception at the Charnley-Persky House, followed by a presentation by Dr. Rebecca Graff, assistant professor of anthropology at Lake Forest College. Dr. Graff will give a talk on the consumer habits of the residents of Chicago’s Gold Coast at the turn of the 20th century and discuss her forthcoming book, The Vanishing City and the Enduring Home: Approaching Modernity at Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and the Charnley House. During her presentation, she will share insights into 19th-century consumer choices and select artifacts recovered from archaeological digs at Charnley-Persky House. This event is hosted by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation.

    Wine, hors d’oeuvres and Valentine treats will be served. Tickets $10. Space is limited; please reserve early.

  • The Roman art world in the 18th century and the birth of the art academy in Britain

    Rome | Dates: 18 Jan – 12 Mar, 2018


    The Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and the British School at Rome (BSR) invite submissions for papers for the conference 'The Roman Art World in the 18th Century and the Birth of the Art Academy in Britain', to be held in Rome between 10 and 11 December 2018. The conference will focus on the role of the Roman pedagogical model in the formation of the British academic art world in the long 18th century.

    Even as Paris progressively dominated the modern art world during the 18th century, Rome retained its status as the ‘academy’ of Europe, attracting a vibrant international community of artists and architects. Their exposure to the Antique and the Renaissance masters was supported by a complex pedagogical system. The Accademia di San Luca, the Capitoline Accademia del Nudo, the Concorsi Clementini, and numerous studios and offices, provided a network of institutions and a whole theoretical and educational model for the relatively young British art world, which was still striving to create its own modern system for the arts. Reverberations of the Roman academy system were felt back in Britain through initiatives in London such as the Great Queen Street Academy, the Duke of Richmond’s Academy, the Saint Martin’s Lane Academy and the Royal Society of Arts. But it was a broader national phenomenon too, inspiring the likes of the Foulis Academy in Glasgow and the Liverpool Society of Artists. The foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1768 officially sanctioned the affirmation of the Roman model.

    If past scholarship has concentrated mainly on the activities of British artists while in Rome, this conference wishes to address the process of intellectual migration, adaptation and reinterpretation of academic, theoretical and pedagogical principles from Rome back into 18th- century Britain. It responds to the rise of intellectual history, building on prevalent trends in the genealogy of knowledge and the history of disciplines, as well as the mobility and exchange of ideas and cultural translation across borders.

    The conference welcomes diverse approaches to investigating the dissemination of the academic ideal from Rome to Britain. These might address, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:

    • The impact of the Roman academic structure, theory and pedagogy on British art academies, artists’ studios and architects’ offices.

    • The impact of art and architectural theory in Rome on the formation of a public discourse on art and architecture in Britain.

    • The process of adaptation and reinterpretation of Roman theoretical and pedagogical principles to the British artistic and architectural context, and the extent to which British art academies developed new principles, absorbed the Roman model, or derived them from elsewhere.

    • The role played by Roman and Italian artists and architects in the formation and structuring of the 18th-century British art academies and, in particular, of the Royal Academy of Arts.

    • The presence and activities of British artists and architects in Roman studios, offices and academies and the presence of Italian artists in British academies.

    • The role played by other relevant academies – such as those at Parma and Florence – on the formation of British artists and architects in relationship/opposition to the Roman model.

    This conference will conclude a series of events celebrating the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Academy ofArts in London. It will also be part of a series of conferences and exhibitions focusing on the role of the Accademia di San Luca in the spread of the academic ideal in Europe and beyond, inaugurated in 2016 with an exhibition and conference on the relationship between Rome and the French academy, held at the Accademia di San Luca and at the Académie de France à Rome.

    Please provide a concise title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 20-minute paper. Send your proposal, with a current CV of no more than two pages, to Proposals must be received by midnight, Monday 12 March 2018. Speakers will be notified of the committee’s decision in mid-April 2018. Travel grants will be available.

    Dr Adriano Aymonino

    Professor Carolina Brook

    Professor Gian Paolo Consoli

    Dr Thomas-Leo True


    New York | Dates: 18 Jan – 08 Feb, 2018

    Czech Center New York


    Exhibition on view: January 18 – February 8, 2018

    Opening: Thursday, January 18, 7-10 PM with a guided tour


    Bohemian National Hall, originally built in 1896, celebrates 10 year anniversary of its renovation and re-opening.

    Observe photographs by Marian Beneš following the extensive renovation of one of New York´s landmarks, which began in 2003. The fully renovated architectural jewel was unveiled in 2008. Join us for a guided tour with Joseph Balaz, President of BBLA, at the opening night to appreciate both traditional and contemporary design. 


    MARIAN BENEŠ is a photographer, pedagogue, curator, juries member, and a holder of the Qualified European Photographer title awarded by the Federation of European Photographers in Brussels.

    He is a Head of the Department of Visual Arts and the Studio of Photography and Audio-Visual Arts at the University of Creative Communication in Prague (VŠKK) and a vice-president of the Association of Professional Photographers of the Czech Republic.

    He graduated at the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). The doctorate received at the Faculty of Art and Design at the J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. Thanks to the Fulbright scholarship studied in a certificate program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

    His photographic projects have been widely exhibited and achieved a number of awards, among others: Calendar of the Year Award; Photographic Publication of the Year Award; American Photography Award; Fujifilm Euro Press Photo Award; Czech Press Photo; PDN Photo Annual Award; FEP European Fine Art Photograph of the Year Award.


    “A vibrant cultural venue for new generations of New Yorkers”

    One of the city's many exciting venues for contemporary art, music, film, and theater is this little-known treasure on a sleepy Upper East Side street. Judging by its exterior, Bohemian National Hall is an elegant neo-Renaissance townhouse. But step inside for a postmodern surprise: a sleek white-on-white lobby emblazoned with catchphrases and quotes, multimedia screen projections, and a glassed-in art gallery. The bright yellow reception desk faces a space-age spiral staircase and state-of-the-art screening room. 

    Jo-Anne Alikann for 111 Places in New York That You Must Not Miss 

    Czech Center New York at the Bohemian National Hall (between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

    73rd Street, New York, NY 10021

    Subway: Q to 72 St / 6 to 68 St321 E

  • Confederate Monuments, Civil Rights Memorials, and Civic Values

    Davis | Dates: 25 Jan, 2018

    Join the faculty and students of Human Rights at UC Davis for the second in this year’s Human Rights Lectures. January 25 at 7:00 pm. Held at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, and co-sponsored by Art History, Professor Dell Upton, one of America’s leading thinkers on the political meaning, use and abuse of Confederate monuments and Civil Rights memorials will speak on how racism, politics and the struggle for human rights intersect in public parks and in front of courthouse steps. Ari Kelman, an award-winning American historian will help guide our discussion with Professor Upton. UC Davis College of Letters and Science. Sign up now to make sure you will have a chance to attend this important evening.

    Professor Dell Upton, chair of UCLA’s art history department, is a leading historian of architecture, material culture and cities. He will address the debate surrounding monuments to the Civil War erected in the South in the early 20th century. A post-lecture discussion will be led by Ari Kelman, Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History, and associate dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs and Planning, College of Letters and Science.

    When: January 25, 7-9 pm
    Where: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis
    Register Here

  • SAH in Paris: Glass, Light and Structure

    Paris | Dates: 17 – 18 May, 2018
    The Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to present a two-day fundraiser offering special access to iconic landmarks from the 19th to 21st centuries in Paris and the region. Enjoy 48 hours touring in and around Paris, Lille, and Lens with SAH Past President Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

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  • CFP: 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

    Dates: 15 – 15 Feb, 2018
    I would like to advertise a call for papers for an EAA session (#254) that my colleagues and I are organizing at the conference in Barcelona, Spain on September 5-8 titled, “Mobility and Culture Change during Transitional periods in and around the Alpine Region.” Abstracts for the session are due by February 15, 2018, and can be submitted here:  The abstract is provided below.


    Transitional periods, often accompanying the migrations of people and/or cultures to an area, are times of significant socio-cultural change as evidenced in the archaeological record. These periods are particularly important to study, as they can provide context and understanding to the resulting assimilation, colonization, and ethnogenesis of populations. We aim to discuss how the migration of people during key transitional periods in the history of the Alpine region altered the social, economic, and political landscapes as evidenced by human and animal remains as well as material culture. We are interested in papers dealing with various transitional periods, for example, from the Mesolithic to Neolithic, Copper Age to Bronze Age, Bronze Age to Iron Age, Pre-Roman to Roman Period, and Late Roman to Early Medieval Period. Although there are multiple methodological approaches to answering questions related to migration and socio-economic change, this session will focus on the use of archaeological science, including biochemical analyses of human and faunal remains, i.e. stable isotopes, ancient DNA analysis, and provenience studies on material remains to discuss these transitional periods in the archaeological record.

    We invite scholars to present papers with a geographic focus in and around the Alpine region, including Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and Monaco who are studying (1) the impact of migration on social, economic, or political environments during key transitional periods, and (2) employing archaeological science methodologies.
  • CFP: 2018 National Humanities Conference

    New Orleans | Dates: 11 Jan – 16 Mar, 2018
    THE FEDERATION OF STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILS AND THE NATIONAL HUMANITIES ALLIANCE are pleased to announce the 2018 National Humanities Conference, which will take place in New Orleans in conjunction with the city’s tricentennial celebration. The National Humanities Conference brings together the public humanities and academia to explore local and national opportunities and challenges, discover new ideas and research, learn about collaborations and best practices, and strengthen America’s humanities network.

    We will gather in New Orleans to draw attention to the remarkable ways local communities are integrating the humanities into public life. The city’s 300th anniversary celebration will serve as an ideal backdrop for these conversations. Emerging from a mixture of Native American, French, Spanish, and African influences, New Orleans boasts a dynamic creole culture that endures in the “post-Katrina” era. Residents continue to wrestle with the legacy of slavery, confront coastal land loss, adjust to a changing educational landscape, and reimagine their neighborhoods while continuing to celebrate their city’s renowned traditions. The humanities find fertile ground in a city where street parades, shotgun houses, and iconic cemeteries are living parts of communities and where preservation plays a central role in the local economy.

    While aspects of this culture are unique to New Orleans, the challenges faced by the city offer touchpoints for other American communities. New Orleans promises to be a thought-provoking setting for renewed conversations about the centrality of the humanities in our diverse worlds. 

    Deadline for submitting proposals: Wednesday, March 16, 2018
  • Writingplace: Laboratory for Architecture & Literature

    Dates: 11 Jan – 11 Jun, 2018

    Writingplace is a platform aimed at exploring alternative ways of looking at architecture, urban places and landscapes through literary writing. It is a laboratory, where experiments take place; testing conventions and limits and transcending boundaries while gathering professional knowledge and understanding in the process.

    Writingplace is literally a place where people, ideas and experiments converge around the idea that literature – be it fiction, poetry or theory – and literary approaches can make architecture richer, and vice versa. Writingplace provides architects, writers, students, teachers, academics, poets and anyone else with an interest in (or thinking about) the connection between architecture and literature, with an open field of experimentation for exchange and discussion. We try not to be an institute, but a place; present in different locations at different times, but always at our site in the internet.

    As a laboratory, we do not restrain initiatives or fixate processes. Instead we let different angles and new perspectives determine our experiments. Writingplace follows these premises piecemeal. By allowing close-to-total freedom regarding contributions, we hope to foster and inspire creativity and new ideas. However, in order to structure our activities we base our discussions upon four fundamental pillars; research, debate, publication and the construction of a network of common interests. Together, these four pillars form the identity of Writingplace.

    Our main focus is placed on experimentation and research on the subject of architecture and literature. Through workshops, essays, projects, creative writing, poems, fiction, and other such formats, we study the two disciplines and their points of convergence as valid methods of communication and representation. Most importantly, we like to share our findings. Writingplace combines extremely different and diverse perspectives and angles on these subjects, and provides a database for investigators, scholars, students and the broader public, as long as they share interests akin to ours.

    Writingplace does not only gather content and knowledge. Through debates, conferences or lectures we try to be actively present in pressing contemporary debates with our ideas and postures. Taking part in the academic discourse is a good way to test our theories, sharpen our ideas, and promote different ways of addressing architecture and literature.

    The website of Writingplace is an online platform on which we publish our experiments and findings. With time this platform should form a library where diverse representations, projects and experiments are stored for future use. Aside from ongoing online activities we aim to publish hard copies of Writingplace magazines, addressing relevant themes or anchoring the knowledge obtained from special events, such as conferences or projects. Online and physically, Writingplace works as an open library, available to everyone.

    Through our contributors, our presence at debates and conferences and our online library, we operate as a network of people with a broad array of skills and experiences. By sharing our knowledge we sharpen each other’s ideas, discover new perspectives and consider different angles for any particular topic. With the growth of our distinctly diverse group, we aim to become an important voice for the promotion of alternative ways of looking at architecture, urban places and landscapes.

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in History Education

    New York | Dates: 11 Jan – 07 Mar, 2018
    The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum is riding an exciting wave of success and is in the midst of a revitalization of its mission and operations, which centers on the recent renovation and expansion of its historic building, the advancement of the stewardship of its collections, and new and ambitious exhibitions, publications, and public and school programs.

    The Museum of the City of New York seeks applications from scholars-in-training who wish to gain valuable hands-on experience in public history and teaching, to fill three Predoctoral Fellowships funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellows in History Education will enhance and expand educational activities now underway at the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center while receiving training in the fields of public history and museum education. The Schwarz Center welcomes over 46,000 students, teachers, and families each year.

    The Fellowship is open to advanced (ABD) PhD candidates in fields relating to the collections and programs of the Museum of the City of New York. Three Fellows will be selected to be in residence at the Museum for two days a week for 14 months, during which time they will be fully integrated into the life of the Museum.

    The Fellowship offers extensive experience and training in teaching. Fellows receive three months of focused training in museum pedagogy and observe programs delivered by Museum Educators before beginning to teach. Compensation is $30,900 for a commitment of two days a week at the Museum from July 2018 – August 2019. A stipend for relocation is available.
  • 2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference | New Instrumentalities

    Madrid | Dates: 14 – 16 Jun, 2018

    Join architecture and design professionals throughout the world to present, discuss and propose ways architecture faculty, designers & practitioners can help resolve the multiple crises our cities are facing.

    In light of the multiple crises our cites are facing, architecture is now in a position to contribute positively to salvage and invigorate the urban realm​. After a decade of recasting ourselves through cultural, ​technological, environmental and social engagement, ​we -​architects​-​ seek to deploy a newly found adroitness to address the different paradigm shifts that render our cities less just, plural, safe, entertaining, productive and environmentally proficient.

    We seek to identify contributions in response to these challenges on the city:

    • Disruption: "Disruptive" digital economies and their impact of the social economic fabric of cities: "Disruptive" economies are transforming our cities. Uber, Amazon, Airbnb, etc. are changing the social and economic fabric of cities often displacing the disenfranchised. An example of which were the recent citizens'​ revolt against Airbnb as new tourist protocols are transforming cities and disrupting the essence of a community. 
    • Inequality – People and Capital Flows: Historical and emerging people and capital flows are contributing to the city as a stage for augmented inequalities. The growing global inequalities as generated by real estate speculation and migrations are finding in the city a territory to intensify rather than abate a sense of equality and community. The migration trends have recently intensify beyond the rural to urban migration to include a growing number of refugees of war.
    • Public Space: The changing politics and protocols of public space. Public space in the city is being continuously contested. The most egregious of these challenges comes from the recent terrorist attacks on cities across the world. More nuance challenges and opportunities are appropriations of public space and its monuments to legitimate or question power, history, memory, gender, cultures and race. Lastly, the public space of the city has ​become a regional and global destination for celebration and protest amply augmenting is scope. 
    • Environmental Crisis: Comprises management of environment and resources, and the challenges of consumption and resiliency. We have enumerated multiple flanks of attack​s​ on the city and we have yet to broached perhaps the most grave ones. As Houston floods, Miami sinks and Beijing chokes, the changes brought about by climate change and resource management are beyond palpable, already catastrophic. 
    • Nascent material conscience has emerged aiming to empower local resources, addressing the economy of means and the need for new identities. The lack of real estate in some cases and busting economies in others, have increased the need of repurposing what already exists, reinforcing strategies of adaptability, transformation and reuse, therefore rising awareness of the behaviour and evolution of architecture over time.
    • Open Topic will be offered for abstracts that do not fit under one of the 5 topic sessions (above), but is consistent with the general theme of the conference, New Instrumentalities. We encourage the submission of well-crafted abstracts on topics that explore a range of issues within architectural education and practice. The selected papers will be grouped according to overarching themes that emerge from the open call. 
  • 106th ACSA Annual Meeting | The Ethical Imperative

    Denver | Dates: 15 – 17 Mar, 2018

    106th ACSA Annual Meeting  |  The Ethical Imperative
    March 15-17, 2018  |  Denver, Colorado
    Co-chairs: Amir Ameri, University of Colorado Denver & Rebecca O’Neal Dagg, Auburn University
    Host School: University of Colorado Denver


    In its material, cultural, and economic effects, architecture poses essential and unavoidable ethical quandaries and challenges. In its performative capacity to express ideology, architecture is inexorably entangled in questions of power and legitimation. As part of an interconnected global economic infrastructure that consumes natural resources at an alarming rate, architecture raises new and pressing questions with which educators, practitioners, and students must engage. 

    Given that there is an infinitely ethical dimension to every aspect of architecture, the 106th ACSA Annual Meeting will seek to solicit wide reflection on the ethical challenges of architecture in a world in flux.  

    Architecture as practice and as discipline and pedagogy struggles to solve problems and to advance culture. Within this struggle the discipline faces an ambiguity of values and agenda. The relationship between these two purposes, problem solving and cultural advancement, often exists as a rift, a great chasm filled with nuanced dilemmas related to ethics and power. 

    Join us for the ACSA Annual Meeting in Denver 2018 to engage these and other fundamental questions that face educators across the curriculum. 

  • Victorian Society in America Summer Schools

    Dates: 11 Jan – 01 Mar, 2018
    We invite you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of our internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. You will enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public. AIA Continuing Education Units are available. Applications are due March 1st! 

    NEWPORT Join renowned architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson on this 10-day program in Newport, Rhode Island, exploring the "Queen" of American resorts and its environs. Visit The Breakers and McKim, Mead & White's Isaac Bell House as well as Victorian gardens, historic churches and stunning Tiffany windows!

    CHICAGO The six-day Chicago summer school focuses on the American roots of Modernism, visiting private and public buildings, parks and landscapes with access to some of the era's most iconic spaces: H. H. Richardson's Glessner House, Burnham & Root's Rookery Building, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio, among others.

    LONDON Spend two weeks exploring Victorian art, architecture and design in London, the Midlands, and the West Country. Tour the Palace of Westminster, Lincoln's Inn and Leighton House in London, the great Victorian industrial centers cities Liverpool and Manchester, and visit iconic Arts and Crafts sites such as Emery Walker House and Kelmscott Manor.

    For more information and online applications, visit 
  • Lecture: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island

    New York City | Dates: 14 – 14 Feb, 2018
    The Victorians Society in America Presents a Summer Schools Evening*

    “The Greatest Victorian Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island”

    A lecture by Richard Guy Wilson

    Director, VSA Newport Summer School and
    Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia 

    Wednesday, February 14, 6:00 PM                                                      
    Jefferson Market Library                                                                               
    425 Avenue of the Americas, New York

    *Learn about the VSA Summer Schools in Newport, London and Chicago before this year’s March 1st application deadline!

    RSVP by Monday, February 12 to
  • 2018 Mid-West Tool Collectors Association Internship at George Washington's Mount Vernon

    Mount Vernon | Dates: 09 – 31 Jan, 2018

    George Washington’s Mount Vernon is pleased to invite applications for a summer 2018 internship in the Historic Preservation and Collections Department. This internship, generously supported by the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, will offer a unique and exciting opportunity for historical research focusing on the building materials acquired by George Washington for the construction and repair of Mount Vernon, and the operationally-diverse, 8,000-acre plantation system surrounding it. The goal of the project is to gather all known references to building materials between 1755 and 1802 and to analyze the context within which they were employed in order to develop a more accurate understanding of how the Mansion and estate developed over time. The intern will work closely with members of the Preservation Architecture division and the Curatorial division, as well as other library and historic preservation colleagues.


    The focus of the internship is to identify all references to building materials in the Washington Papers and related primary sources and to synthesize those references with known information about building campaigns and tools acquired by Washington during the same period.

    The primary goals for the project will be:

     (1) to enter and organize the materials data within a spreadsheet for eventual import into the Washington Material Culture Database (a searchable Access database that allows staff to track the material goods acquired and used by the Washingtons from 1755-1802)

    (2) to produce a summary-level report analyzing the types, sources, volume, timing, and historical background of the materials acquisitions, as well as including brief descriptions of the respective materials.

    This paid internship is full-time (40 hours/week) for 10 weeks (or an equivalent number of hours). Compensation in the amount of $5,000 (gross) is offered, payable on Mount Vernon’s bi-weekly pay schedule.  Applicants are responsible for their own housing and travel arrangements.  Mount Vernon is happy to work with the intern’s academic program to provide credit for the internship period.   


    Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation, American Material Culture, Architectural History, American History, History of Decorative Arts, Museum Studies, or related field required; graduate coursework or master’s degree preferred. Familiarity desired with primary source research, editing, and databases, as well as 18th-century handwriting, building materials, and building techniques; abilities to work independently and accurately, precisely record information, and proofread required.

    Start date target: late May/early June 2018

    To apply:

    Please submit electronically via our website  cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume (no more than 2 pages) with contact information for 3 references by: January 31, 2018.  Point of contact: Caroline Spurry, Architectural Historian,

  • EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories

    Canterbury | Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2018

    Biennial Conference, Centre for European Architecture, Kent School of Architecture (UK)


    From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories


                Cultural landscape refers to landscapes shaped by humans through habitation, cultivation, exploitation and stewardship, and has influenced thinking in other fields, such as architecture. Generally, architecture has been subsumed within cultural landscape itself as a comprehensive spatial continuum. Yet standard architectural histories often analyse buildings as isolated objects, sometimes within the immediate context, but typically with minimal acknowledgement of wider spatial ramifications. However, buildings may become spatial generators, not only in the immediate vicinity, but also at larger geographic scales. ‘Buildings’ in this case include architectural works in the traditional sense, as well as roads, bridges, dams, industrial works, military installations, etc. Such structures have been grouped collectively to represent territories at varying scales.

                In the context of this conference, the term ‘territories’ is appealed to rather than ‘landscape’, for the latter is associated with a given area of the earth’s surface, often aestheticized as a type of giant artefact. Territories by contrast are more abstract, and may even overlap. Discussions in this conference may consider varying territorial scale relationships, beginning with the building, moving to the regional, and even to the global. For example, at the level of architectural detailing, buildings may represent large-scale territories, or obscure others, themselves acting as media conveying messages. How tectonic-geographic relationships are represented may also be considered. Various media, primarily maps but also film and digital technologies have created mental images of territories established by buildings, and are all relevant to these discussions. Geopolitical analysis may provide another means towards understanding how architecture makes territories. Governments are often the primary agents, but not always, for religious and special interest groups have played central roles. Mass tourism and heritage management at national and international levels have reinforced, or contradicted, official government messages. Organisations dedicated to international building heritage, such as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) also are implicated in such processes.

                Paper proposals may cover anytime period, continuing into the present. Relevant proposals from all disciplines are welcomed.



    Conference organisers: Dr. David H. Haney, and Dr. Luciano Cardellichio.


    Conference webpage address:


    Paper abstracts: 150-200 words in length.

    Paper abstract submission due date: 5th February, 2018.

    Paper selection announcement date: 31st of March, 2018.

    Please send paper abstracts as a Word doc (without images):


    Conference dates: 28th and 29th of June, 2018

    Location: Canterbury, Kent, UK

    Venue: The Cathedral Lodge:

    Daily Schedule: to be published

    Conference Fee: £140 per person. Includes coffee/tea and refreshments, and buffet lunches on both days.

    To pay the registration fee online, please click here:


    A conference publication containing selected essays is planned.


    Keynote Speaker Lectures:

    Professor Lucia Allais, Princeton University (US): ‘Maps of monuments and scales of design: Strategic bombing and the postwar international order’.

    Professor Mark Bassin, Södertörn University (Stockholm): ‘Nature as State: Geopolitics and Landscape Monuments’.

    Professor Kenny Cupers, University of Basel: ‘The Earth that Modernism Built’.

    Professor Tullia Iori, The University of Rome Tor Vergata: ‘Engineering the Italian Landscape: the Autostrada del Sole as Territorial Construct for a New Post-War National Identity’.

  • Islamic Heritage 2018 - Call for papers

    Dates: 17 – 19 Apr, 2018

    Islamic Heritage 2018
    2nd International Conference on Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art
    17 - 19 April 2018

    Conference website:

    Conference Topics:
    • Historical aspects
    • Heritage studies
    • Archeological studies
    • Mosques and minarets
    • Conservation and restoration
    • Oman and Eastern Saudi Arabian Architecture
    • Citadels and fortifications
    • Urban environment
    • Baths and caravansereis
    • Palaces
    • Houses and gardens
    • Bridges and dams
    • Irrigation systems
    • Climate adaptability
    • Structural aspects
    • The use of light and orientation
    • Construction materials
    • Architecture in Malaysia and Indonesia
    • Mediterranean Islamic heritage
    • The upper Gulf (Kuwait and Basra)
    • The central Gulf (Bahranian and Qatar)
    • The lower Gulf architecture
    • The Persian coast and islands
    • The Trucial coast (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates)
    • Classical Ottoman architecture
    • The Balkans legacy
    • The Black and Caspian sea legacies
    • Islamic architecture along the Silk Road
    • Islamic architecture in China
    • Afghanistan and Persia
    • Islamic architecture in the ex-Soviet republics
    • The Indian continent
    • Islamic architecture in Al-Andalus and other Spanish regions
    • Influences in the Americas
    • Islamic architecture in Africa
    • New cities and the search for authenticity


  • DEMHIST 2018 Conference - Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 14 – 18 Oct, 2018


    Modernity Meets History: Historic House Museums of Today for Tomorrow

    The 20th anniversary meeting of the International DEMHIST Committee, to be held in Chicago, October 14-18, 2018 will explore concepts of modernism and modernity as a paradigm for how we explore the collections, narratives, buildings, and public engagement strategies of historic house museums. This theme follows from the 2017 DEMHIST conference in London which met around the theme of “relevance.” 

    The conference will include a public lectures, and general sessions, a poster session, a key-note address, workshops, tours, receptions and excursions. 

     Attendees may arrive several days early and attend the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, Saturday and Sunday, October 13- 14, 2018.

    Call for proposals, including papers, sessions, posters, as well as hotel, lodging, and transportation information, will be made available on the  Chicago DEMHIST 2018 conference website at the end of January.  

    Sign up for updates HERE
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