Recent Opportunities

  • Conference on cultural heritage and new technologies

    Vienna | Dates: 08 – 10 Nov, 2017
    Integrating historical maps and archaeological data using digital technologies Irmela HERZOG | David BIBBY, Germany Adding life to written sources by studying the dead David BIBBY, Germany | Ann DEGRAEVE, Belgium | Raphael PANHUYSEN, The Netherlands | Karin WILTSCHKE-SCHROTTA, Austria New realities 3: virtual, augmented reality and other techniques in Cultural and historical Heritage for the general public Willem BEEX, The Netherlands | Giorgio VERDIANI, Italy | Bernard FRISCHER, USA 3D digital reconstruction and related documentation sources Fabrizio I. APOLLONIO, Italy | Krzysztof KOSZEWSKI, Poland | Piotr KUROCZYŃSKI, Germany 3D Documentation in Underwater Archaeology: Photogrammetry, Georeferencing, Monitoring, and Surveying Marco BLOCK-BERLITZ, Germany | Luca BEZZI, Italy | Moritz MENNENGA, Germany New Approaches to Medieval Structures and Spaces Meredith COHEN, USA Reflections and research on archaeological practices in the digital era Suvi DEBENJAK, Austria | Isto HUVILA, Finland | Peter TÓTH, Hungary PhD / Master Session Martina POLIG, | Benjamin STANGL, Austria The Employment of Mobile Applications for Survey, Documentation and Information Claudiu SILVESTRU, Austria
  • 2017 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Summer Field School

    Milwaukee | Dates: 23 Jun – 04 Aug, 2017
    This summer course provides students an immersion experience in the field recording of the built environment and cultural landscapes and an opportunity to learn how to write history literally “from the ground up.” The 2017 field school focuses on Sherman Park, a racially, economically and culturally diverse neighborhood known for its artist communities and active neighborhood groups. This summer we will study residential building types in this neighborhood—everyday residences, duplex and four squares, single- and multi-family units, boarded up homes, refabricated and reused homes, homes transformed into stores and workplaces, homes as works of art, homes remembered in family histories and homes in domestic worlds. This project seeks to employ the enduring creativity of storytelling, the power of digital humanities, and depth of local knowledge to galvanize Milwaukee residents to talk about their homes as repositories of community memory, spaces of caring and markers of civic pride. Students will learn how to “read” buildings within their urban material, social, ecological and cultural contexts, create reports on historic buildings and cultural landscapes and produce multimedia documentaries. The five-week course calendar covers a broad array of academic skills. Workshops during Week 1 will focus on photography, measured drawings, documentation and technical drawings; no prior experience is necessary. Week 2 will include archival and historical research focusing on the study of the built environment. Week 3 schedule includes workshops on oral history interviewing and digital ethnography. Week 4 is centered on mapping and archival research. Week 5 and 6 will be devoted to producing final reports and multi-media documentaries.
  • Special Preview of Frank Lloyd Wright at MoMA

    New York | Dates: 02 – 03 Jun, 2017
    Join curators and scholars at The Museum of Modern Art on June 2 for a one-of-a-kind, daylong preview of Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition on one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century. The exhibition, which opens to the public on June 12, marks the 150thanniversary of the American architect’s birth and the fifth anniversary of the transfer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives to the joint stewardship of MoMA and the Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. Co-curators Barry Bergdoll (MoMA and Columbia University) and Jennifer Gray (MoMA) will lead a tour of the exhibition, which comprises approximately 450 works from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, as well as a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited.

    Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 is structured as an anthology and divided into 12 sections, each of which investigates a key object or group of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. SAH members will hear from Mabel O. Wilson (Columbia University), Ken Tadashi Oshima (University of Washington), and Juliet Kinchin (MoMA) as they unpack objects and share critical insights on Wright’s work. Wilson will examine Wright’s proposed design for a Rosenwald School for African American children, Oshima will explore a rare photo album of the Imperial Hotel, and Kinchin will investigate Wright’s design for an experimental farm.

    Study Day participants will be among the first to use the newly extended Bauhaus staircase in the Museum's original 1939 building, where a long-missing connection between the ground floor and second floor galleries has been re-established by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and is among the first stages of MoMA's expansion and renovation, scheduled to open fully in 2019.


  • SAH Awards Gala

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Nov, 2017
    The 8th annual SAH Awards Gala will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Racquet Club of Chicago. Save the date!
  • CFP: Aggression, Transgression, and the Avant-garde (Edinburgh, 6 Jun 17)

    Edinburgh | Dates: 23 Mar – 14 Apr, 2017
    University of Edinburgh
    Deadline: Apr 14, 2017

    A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Edinburgh

    "The twentieth century will undoubtedly have discovered the related categories of exhaustion, excess, the limit, and transgression – the strange and unyielding form of these irrevocable movements which consume and consummate us." (Michel Foucault, 'Language, Counter-Memory, Practice')

    In the political tumult of the twentieth century, an era which saw humanity face the worst excesses of war, revolution, fascism, capitalism, and communism, the arts have provided a constant critique of the social order, and not always politely. This one-day conference explores the historic role of the avant-garde as aggressor towards the status-quo, and the ways it has sought to subvert cultural norms through a diverse range of creative engagement and expression. This may not always have been for the better, nor may it always have been political, but it was frequently transgressive, and constantly fascinating.

    Etymologically, ‘aggression’ stems from the Latin aggressio meaning ‘an approach’ or, more forcefully, ‘an attack’. It has its roots in ad-
    (towards) and gradior (to step, to proceed) and therefore, more intellectually speaking, takes on the sense of encountering and tackling contrary notions, which the avant-garde constantly did in its various guises: from Futurism’s declaration in its founding manifesto that “No work without an aggressive character can be a masterpiece,” to Georges Bataille’s and Roger Caillois’ theories of violence and aggression.

    As we find ourselves entering a new epoch in the twenty-first century, with some new, but regrettably familiar challenges posed to society, we seek answers to the questions: what can we learn from the historic avant-garde’s counter-hegemonic practices, and its emancipatory projects? How are aggression and transgression employed to upset convention and break taboos? In what ways can these strategies be problematised?

    We are seeking cross-disciplinary responses which address the ways that the avant-garde (in its various manifestations) sought to transgress social and political boundaries, and what ends their attacks - at both an individual and collective level - hoped (but sometimes failed) to achieve. Contributions may include, but are not limited to:

    - Artistic responses to political ideologies
    - The subversion of traditional values
    - Iconoclasm in the avant-garde
    - Representations of violence (visual, literary, and historical)
    - Sexuality, the body, and transgression
    - Revolution and protest in literature/visual art/philosophy
    - Challenges to accepted theories of the avant-garde
    - Politico-historical (re)readings of key avant-garde movements and moments

    This is an interdisciplinary conference open to postgraduate research students and early-career researchers (no more than 3 years post-completion of PhD) in all fields of the humanities, and social sciences. It will be held at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday, 6th June 2017 and is part of an ongoing programme of events organised by members of Edinburgh College of Art's Dada and Surrealism Research Group.

    Please send abstracts (250 words max.) for 20 minute papers, along with a short biography (c. 100 words), to

    The deadline for submission of abstracts is 14th April 2017. Successful applicants will be notified the following week.

    If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers, Naomi Stewart and Josh Bowker, at the above email address. 
    More information can also be found on the conference website:
  • Islamic Art and Architecture (Zurich, Schaffhausen, 4-6 Jun 17)

    Zurich and Schaffhausen | Dates: 04 – 06 Jun, 2017
    Zurich and Schaffhausen, May 4 - 06, 2017 Registration deadline: Apr 30, 2017 <>

    A l’Orientale - Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries

    International conference

    Prof. Dr. Francine Giese (University of Zurich), Prof. Dr. Mercedes Volait (CNRS/InVisu), Dr. Ariane Varela Braga (University of Zurich)

    Museum Rietberg Zürich,
    Moser Familienmuseum Charlottenfels der Heinrich und Henri Moser Stiftung in Neuhausen bei Schaffhausen

    Keynotes Speakers: 
    Kjeld v. Folsach (The David Collection, Copenhagen),  Yannick Lintz (Musée du Louv-re, Paris), Tim Stanley (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin)

    Registration open:
  • CFP: SAHGB Architectural History Workshop

    London | Dates: 23 Mar – 15 Apr, 2017
    Offers of contributions to our first Architectural History Workshop are now invited. This is the new name of our former Graduate Student Research Forum but the purpose is unchanged and it now takes place in our permanent London base for the event, The Gallery, Cowcross Street, London.

    The Workshop invites various forms of participation to its ‘lightning’ rounds. Contributors are invited to speak for ten minutes either as a short developed paper, discursive ramble, thematic exploration, or whatever, that explores and presents your PhD research…warts and all. This research can be at any stage from a research proposal that you wish to talk about, issues arising from your research, final work as you write-up, post-doctoral reflections and anything in-between. Speakers from the predecessor events are particularly welcome to up-date us on the progress of their work.

    The Workshop provides an informal safe-zone away from your own institution where you can discuss, debate, practice and enjoy the company of like-minded researchers taking the same journey as you in Architectural History. The event is limited to PhD students (full - or part-time) – intending, actual, or recently graduated –  a few invited guests drawn largely from Early Career Scholars, and the Society’s own funded PhD Scholars. Interspersed between student presentations will be career-focused sessions by invited speakers. This is primarily a student-led event - by students and for students - hosted by the Society through its Education Officer and student conveners.

    If you are interested in making a contribution please send a working title, contact details, and roughly 300 word proposal/abstract, to the Workshop organisers.   

    The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 April 2017. The result of all applications will be communicated by Friday 14 April. The Workshop takes place on Saturday 20th May. No funding is available and a contribution of £10 is requested from all attendees to cover costs. Lunch and coffees etc are provided.

    For further information or clarification of any sort please contact the SAHGB Education Officer, Dr. Julian Holder.
  • CFP: Standard Architecture: From Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand to BIM (Frankfurt, 20-22 Oct 17)

    Frankfurt | Dates: 23 Mar – 01 Jun, 2017
    Call for Papers
    Standard Architecture
    From Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand to BIM

    From 20 - 22 october 2017, the international symposium Standard Architecture will be held at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main. With this open call, we are soliciting lecture proposals for the Young Researcher Forum on 20 October 2017. To submit a proposal, please email your abstract and CV in PDF form (max 5 MB) by 1 June 2017 to We will select around five proposals from the different submissions by mid of June. We can offer a grant for part of the travelling costs.
    We especially welcome contributions that address how standardization influences architectural design and the role of architects. We're interested in diverse approaches to the topic--whether the proposal undertakes a critical analysis of technical developments and their ramifications, or instead engages with something like the associative cultural resonances of standardization processes in the designs of O.M. Ungers and Superstudio.

    About the symposium's theme: 
    Standardization has played a key role in architecture and construction since the Enlightenment. It accelerates building production, reduces costs, and assures quality control, at least in theory. The classical modernists of the 20th century treated standardization and normalization as engines of social and technical progress. Even though concepts for mandatory, form-giving standards--like those proposed by Ernst Neufert--never established themselves, there are more standards today than ever before. Despite appeals to cultural specificity, standards shape processes and products all around the world through the digitization and rationalization of cognitive processes. With the introduction of BIM (Building Information Modeling), these processes are becoming increasingly relevant Both building elements and processes of design and production are undergoing standardization:

    Standardized Design Processes
    Modernity has given rise to processes that rationalize, systematize, and accelerate the designing of buildings. More structures need to be built more quickly all the time. Designs are often executed by unskilled or semi-skilled workers. Buildings are being erected in disparate places around the world through the use of identical specifications. To make all this possible, design tools have been created that enable people to generate and implement a great number of design-related tasks simultaneously. Today, Building Information Modeling Systems (BIM) use standardized forms of information to automate planning and design and to supplement human with artificial forms of intelligence.   

    Standardized Building Elements
    Ernst Neufert tried to standardize architecture at all scales, from the very small to the very big. Adopting paper formats as his model, he sought to systematize building components using (among other means) his octametric system of dimensional coordination. This project reached its climax in the 1970s, but lost a good deal of its currency in the years thereafter. Today, there are more standards than ever--and they often operate on a national and international level--but their influence on form-making has proven harder to trace. It goes without saying that they continue to shape the design of spaces that have a great number of technical needs and requirements (kitchens and offices, for example), as well as temporary buildings and storage facilities (containers and container ports, for example).  
    Standardized Building Processes 
    While knowledge rested squarely with the individual producer in premodern societies, it can be said that it is anchored today in objectified rules and specifications, many of which are sanctioned by liability concerns and multi-national contractual agreements. Arguably, standardization ensures that products that are manufactured by different companies are in fact compatible. This is important where the manufacturing of building components is concerned.  According to some, however, it can also stifle innovation and compromise the exercise of know-how and common sense.   

    Speakers will include: 
    Keller Easterling (Professor of Architecture at Yale University), Manfred Grohmann (Universität Kassel, Professor for Structural Design),  Alexander Klose (Author/ Container Researcher); Markus Krajewski (Universität Basel Professor für Medienwissenschaft), Antoine Picon (Harvard University, GSD, Director of Research), Christina Sonderegger (Swiss National Museum, Zurich) Gernot Weckherlin (BTU Cottbus, Professur für Architekturtheorie), Aashish Velkar, (University of Manchester, Lecturer in Economic History), Nader Vossoughian (New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design), Georg Vrachliotis (KIT-Karlsruhe, Professur für Architekturtheorie), Christine Wall (University of Westminster, Reader in Architectural and Construction History) Detailled program soon at

    Drawing on the results of the symposium, ARCH+ will publish a special issue dedicated to the topic.
    Supported by Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau - BBSR/  BMUB (Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung / Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Wüstenrot Stiftung and Pfeiffer Stiftung Organized by the Department of Architectural Theory and Design, University of Kassel in cooperation with ARCH+ , Deutsches Architekturmuseum and project Bauhaus.
  • march 2017 wikiD New York writing workshop

    New York | Dates: 30 – 30 Mar, 2017
    Join us to write more women in the built environment into Wikipedia as part of wikiD: Women, Wikipedia, design.

    We welcome anyone interested in writing more women in the built environment into Wikipedia. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary. We will start with an overview of writing and editing Wikipedia article. We will also provide assistance throughout the event for Wikipedia newcomers. Experienced Wikipedian are also very welcome – we need as much help as you can offer! Please bring your laptop and a bio of someone you would like to write about.
  • Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon

    Barcelona | Dates: 24 Mar – 01 May, 2017
    Barcelona´s Museo Marítim presents the exhibition "Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon". 
    After being presented at CCB - Cultural Center of Belém and Bogotá’s Architecture Museum Leopoldo Rother, this exhibition will be shown in cities like Madrid, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

    This is not an exhibition exclusively about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, nor is it even about his designs. Despite it´s anthological nature, the exhibition is above all a manifestation of a way of looking that Carrilho da Graça exemplified, something that has been present since the start of his career. This gaze is illustrated here using the city of Lisbon, over which he has worked for over 30 years.

    The materials presented in this retrospective enable us to draw closer to a theory of territory, expressed in a ground plan and model of Lisbon, and reiterated by the models of the individual projects. 
  • Buell Dissertation Colloquium

    New York | Dates: 31 Mar – 01 Apr, 2017
    2017 Buell Dissertation Colloquium
    March 31 - April 1, 2017
    East Gallery, Buell Hall

    The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture's biennial Dissertation Colloquium brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. The Colloquium has been held since the Buell Center's founding in 1982, and its purpose is to provide a forum for discussing significant new work by emerging scholars. Much of the event's long and distinguished history, which includes early work of many of the field's establishes scholars, is available for perusal online here.

    Following a keynote presentation entitled "Angels of Memory Guard the City in Freefall" by Joseph Heathcott of The New School at 6:00 on Friday March 31, participants and paper titles for the 2017 Colloquium are as follows:

    Panel 1: 10:15 - 12:00

    Michael Abrahamson, University of Michigan
    "Freedom and Flexibility: Gunnar Birkerts at Tougaloo College, 1965"

    Christian Parreno, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
    "Sigfried Giedion and the Confusion and Boredom of the International Style: Death or Metamorphosis? New York, 1961"

    Alexandra Quantrill, Columbia University
    "An Environment for Industry: The Cummins Engine Company and the Commercial-Philanthropic Sphere, 1963-1975"

    Response: Edward Eigen, Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Harvard University

    Panel 2: 1:00 - 2:45

    Bryan Norwood, Harvard University
    "Plantation Grotesque: Empathy and Abstraction in the Deep South"

    Andrea Merrett, Columbia University
    "Scholarship as Activism: Writing the History of Women into Architecture"

    Katie Singer, Rutgers University-Newark
    "Narrative of the Kreuger-Scott Mansion Project: Constructing Newark History"

    Response: Sarah Lopez, Assistant Professor of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin, Mellon-Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, Princeton University

    Panel 3: 3:00 - 4:15

    Molly Briggs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    "Bachmann's Stereographic and the Panoramic Natural"

    Azra Dawood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    "Building a Protestant Internationalism: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the Architecture of New York's International Student House"

    Joseph Watson, University of Pennsylvania
    "The Suburbanity of Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City"

    Response: Timothy Hyde, Associate Professor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Summer School: University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience (1088-2017)

    Bologna | Dates: 06 – 14 Oct, 2017
    University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience (1088-2017) Studienkurs of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut In 2013, the Municipality of Bologna set up a competition to find a logo that represents 'at a local, national and international level' all the 'features and elements that make up the face of the city'. The winning project 'è Bologna' provides a visual translation of the endless perceptions of the city, linking letters to geometrical forms inspired by archetypical Bolognese images, such as the city walls and the brick mosaic of Santo Stefano. By typing a script, these forms are superimposed with fixed proportions and chromatic relationships. Thus, written words generate different but related signs that render the 'multiplicity of elements which describe Bologna'.

    The 2017 Summer School (Studienkurs) of the KHI focuses on 'universitas' and 'diversitas', concepts that are emblematic of Bologna from the medieval to the modern period. The idea that the sum of all things comprises a whole entity ('universum') provides a starting point for exploring the city, whose urban fabric is characterized by its former canals, medieval towers and porticoes. Bologna's university, the 'Alma Mater Studiorum', considered to be founded in 1088, encapsulates the city's manifest identities through its original organization as a conglomeration of loose societies called 'nations'; the teaching of canon and civil law and medicine; and the training of personages such as Petrarch, Leon Battista Alberti and Copernicus. Bologna as a cosmopolitan city is shaped further by its relationship to religious institutions (the Dominicans and the Papacy, for example); by persons acting on an 'international' scale, such as the Bentivoglio, Gabriele Paleotti, Ugo Buoncompagni (Pope Gregory XIII), Pier Paolo Pasolini; and by the artworks within the city of Nicola Pisano, Giotto, Raphael, Giambologna or the Carracci. Carlo Cesare Malvasia, writing in the seventeenth century, described Bologna as the 'metropolis of a kingdom' due to its role as the capital of ancient Etruria and as the 'school of the universe' for having taught philosophy, letters and religion before all other cities. The images of the city as an important geographical crossroad linking central and northern Italy to the rest of Europe and as hub of learning, culture and avant-garde thinking pervades into modern times. They impacted, for example, the tragic bombing of the city during World War II or the Neo-Fascist attack at the Central Station in 1980, a site that in recent years witnessed the construction of the Alta 'velocità' railway, with its projected architectural complex by Isozaki-Maffei.

    The seemingly disparate histories of Bologna will be explored through notions of 'universitas' and 'diversitas' in an attempt to better understand the common links that, just as in the dynamic logo, comprise the character of the city and will allow the Summer School to engage, more generally, with the mechanisms that contribute to the cultural constructions of multi-faceted urban centres and their relationship to surrounding and interconnected environments. Shifting between synchronic and diachronic approaches, topics to be explored, through individual presentations and discussions, include: Santo Stefano and its artistic and religious connections to the Eastern Mediterranean; Bolognese manuscript illumination and its 'international' impact; the open-air tombs of professors of law and medicine; 'foreign' cults within the city, such as the Madonna di San Luca and the Madonna of Guadalupe; spaces as places for display and as sites of alterity: relics, bodies and burials of saints (e.g., St Dominic and St Caterina Vigri), anatomical waxes, collections of natural objects and artefacts with transcultural trajectories, especially to the New World and the Ottoman Empire, and their role in the history of science and scientific knowledge (Ulisse Aldrovandi and Ferdinando Cospi); as well as the writing of artistic traditions and the so-called Bolognese School of Painting. How does the city space and the civic cultures embodied within it participate in connecting the local with the universal? How can shifting notions of university/universality and diversity be described and analyzed within the interplay of individuals and groups that together make up the experience of the city?

     The KHI Summer School invites applications from the fields of Art History and related disciplines, from graduate students, doctoral candidates and scholars who are embarking on post-doctoral research. The number of participants is restricted to fifteen. Each participant is expected to contribute to the success of the course not only with a presentation, but also by actively engaging in the discussions. To allow for active participation in the discussion, good passive knowledge of Italian and German is required. The Institute will bear the cost of accommodation and will reimburse half of the incurred travelling expenses; in addition, participants will receive a daily allowance. Applications should include: a letter of interest comprising a research statement, a one-page Curriculum vitae and a presentation proposal (ca. 300 words). These materials can be written in English, Italian or German. Please send your documents by 1 May 2017 in a single PDF file (max. 2 MB), referencing 'Studienkurs 2017', to the attention of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf ( Concept and organization: Annette Hoffmann, Marco Musillo, Jessica N. Richardson and Gerhard Wolf
  • CFP: VISTAS: 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

    Dates: 15 – 18 Mar, 2018
    VISTAS: 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Philadelphia, March 15-18, 2018 Keynote: Elizabeth Milroy (Drexel University) In honor of the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the NCSA committee invites proposals that explore the notion of the vista in the nineteenth century. From personal gardens to public parks, from the street level to the top of a skyscraper, or from the microscope to the panoramic photograph, the nineteenth century was a moment when the idea of the vista changed from a narrow sightline to a sweeping, expansive view. How did theorists alter our historical perspective, broadening our notion of the world through science or religion? In what ways did power systems affect urban vantage points? How did man-made vistas reflect socio-cultural ideals? How did domestic spaces or nightlife transform with the widespread use of gas or electric lighting? How does the conceptual vista operate metaphorically? Topics might include horticulture, landscapes and seascapes, new technology, photography, sightseeing, film and the theater, urban planning, visions and dreamscapes, shifting perceptions of the gaze, or literary or artistic descriptions or depictions of viewpoints. In contrast, papers may consider the absence of vistas, such as mental or physical confinement or elements that obfuscate a view. Please send 250-word abstracts with one-page CVs to by September 30th, 2017. Abstracts should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome individual proposals and panel proposals with four presenters and a moderator. Note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2017. We encourage submissions from graduate students, and those whose proposals have been accepted may submit complete papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who reside outside of North America and whose proposals have been accepted may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see the NCSA website for additional requirements:
  • Call for Submissions - ARRIS, the Journal of the Southeast Chapter of SAH

    Dates: 18 Mar – 15 Apr, 2017
    ARRIS is a peer-reviewed journal published annually by the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. ARRIS is now soliciting papers for volume 28, to be published in the Fall of 2017. The journal welcomes original scholarship on all aspects of the history of architecture and landscape. Papers should conform to the submission guidelines at: The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017. Papers will be blind-reviewed and the authors notified in July 2017. Further information may be obtained by contacting Robin B. Williams at
  • New Journal on Built Heritage - Contributions Welcome

    Dates: 16 Mar, 2017 – 16 Mar, 2018
    Built Heritage is a blind-peer-reviewed international journal devoted to all aspects of the research, conservation, and regeneration of historic buildings, settlements, and sites. It is the first journal integrating built heritage conservation in a multidisciplinary sphere of architecture, urban and rural planning, and landscape architecture, administrated by the Minister of Education of China, sponsored by Tongji University, and published by Tongji University Press. The editor-in-chief Chang Qing is a professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The co-editor-in-chief Zhou Jian is a professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University and the Secretary-General of the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO. 


    The conceptual basis of BH lies on the fundamental differences concerning built heritage conservation with regard to global cultural diversity, recognising these differences as a source for creativity. Published in English, the aim of BH is to foster scientific exchange between Chinese and international scholars, offering a platform to record the latest developments in the field, allowing for further homologation of scientific research and the recognition of cultural diversity. BH will enhance the awareness for the conservation of the built environment in China, offering support to the debate from a critical perspective, engaging with current hot discussions such as: the role of contemporary architecture in historic environments; the definition of authenticity; new tools of heritage management; politics, culture and identity; energy consumption and sustainability. 


    BH will introduce the most recent international scientific research production in built heritage conservation theory and practice. It encompasses the conservation of architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture in urban and rural environments from a multidisciplinary approach. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

    1. The empirical study of built heritage. Articles on this topic shall include thematic studies on built heritage, regarding information on its current and historical condition, the definition of socio-cultural values and the description of its historical environment through empirical and logical reasoning methods. 


    2. History and theory, which is the critical reflection and theoretical construction of the discipline. The articles on this topic shall be thematic studies on the histories, legacies, and theories about the development of built heritage conservation by using historical documentation, physical evidence and related theories. 

    3. Conservation projects, referring to the process of implementation, control and management. Articles on this topic will include cases of preservation, restoration, renovation, addition, and revitalization from planning, design, and technological perspectives, bearing innovation in their material research methods and regeneration strategies. 

    4. Heritage management, based in the roles of social participation in policy-making: This part is to introduce thematic studies on the laws, regulations, codes, charters and guidelines for the conservation of built heritage and case studies of the management of conservation projects. 

    Articles should NOT be previously published and should demonstrate a full command of the scholarly literature and available archival and field sources. Manuscript submissions and subsequent correspondence between authors and the BH are through E-mail. 

    The E-mail address is Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below. 

    Contents of the Submission 

    Manuscripts must include three separate Word files, presented in this order: 

    1. Cover Page. Title of article should be succinct. Subtitle is allowed if is necessary. All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses and email addresses. First time submissions should be provided with a brief introduction of the authors, including nationality, affiliation (with address and postcode), title and post, academic degree, research area, and recent academic achievements. 

    2. Main manuscript. It should contain: 

    a) Title and subtitle. Both should be succinct and descriptive of the content of the article. 

    b) Abstract. In no more than 200 words, the abstract should summarize the significant points of the paper, and be written in the third person. 

    c) Keywords. Supply three to eight keywords separated by semicolons. 

    d) Text and accompanying endnotes. 

    3. Tables and Illustrations. Tables and illustrations should be included in an independent file. Figures should be numbered by Arabic numerals according to the order of usage, labelled with name and resource, and illustrated with a few words if necessary. 


    Preparation: Language, format, length and copyright 

    English style 

    Papers are accepted in English. Please use British-ise spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript. 


    BH follows the 'Chicago author-date' referencing style. Your manuscript will be referenced with short endnotes, which connect to an alphabetical bibliography listing all the sources and works on which it is based. 


    A typical manuscript for this journal should be no more than 8000 words; this limit includes tables, references, figure captions, endnotes. Papers for 'Project Analysis' can be between 3,000-4,000 words. 


    It’s important to illustrate your paper with a good spread of high quality images. At manuscript submission stage your figures and tables are not embedded but kept apart from the text and submitted as separate files, numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be entered as a separate file (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)). Number the captions correspondingly in a list following the bibliography of the main text. 

    Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be saved as TIFF, PostScript or EPS files. 

    Please avoid using scanning images. But if their use is absolutely necessary, the author is responsible for correcting the pattern (descreening) in PhotoShop and alerting us to the problem. 

    Copyright material 

    You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission. 


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  • CFP: Architectural Theory Review 22:1 Resist, Reclaim, Speculate

    Dates: 16 Mar – 01 Jun, 2017
    Architectural Theory Review
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2017

    Resist, Reclaim, Speculate 
    Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City

    In search of new forms of critical and creative resistance, the Editors 
    of this issue of ATR call for situated, relational, and embodied 
    perspectives in architectural scholarship rather than distant, 
    autonomous, and authoritarian ones. In this we draw our inspiration 
    from radical (feminist) thinkers including Donna Haraway, Isabelle 
    Stengers, Jane Bennett, Rosi Braidotti, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and 
    Karen Barad. Whilst the relevance of these perspectives for 
    architectural and urban studies—and more specifically Donna Haraway’s 
    “situated viewpoints” and Isabelle Stengers’s “ecology of practices” 
    and “cosmopolitics”—have now, arguably, become evident, this issue asks 
    how such approaches as these can also inform new critical engagements 
    with architecture and the city. Through slowing down, hesitation 
    (Stengers, 2005), and “category work” (Haraway, 2006), scholars are 
    invited to resist the taxonomies and conceptual categories through 
    which they have become accustomed, or feel obliged, to think. The 
    Editors invite scholars to reconnect with (hi)stories and (radical) 
    imaginations that tell alternative stories; stories that went unnoticed 
    because they were considered odd, unrealistic, or inconvenient. From 
    the authors named above, we learn that by reclaiming and reconnecting 
    with alternative stories, other forms and imaginations of engagement, 
    of resistance, can emerge.

    This issue of ATR articulates embodied-relational and feminist 
    perspectives as a form of critical engagement that can be, but are not 
    necessarily, intertwined with the feminist struggle. It contends that a 
    wider scholarly openness to feminist epistemologies and situated 
    perspectives suggests valuable approaches to addressing timely and 
    urgent questions regarding the ethical, political and critical agency 
    of architecture and urban design. We seek accounts of concrete 
    situations that challenge the authority of theoretical taxonomies and 
    analytical categories, or that offer alternative forms of resistance 
    that are embodied, situated, experimental, risky, and probing. It also 
    asks how embodied-relational perspectives can inform not just critical 
    analysis, but how they can inform critical (design) practices. What is 
    the transformative potential and what are possible “speculative 
    gestures” (Stengers and Debaise, 2015) of relational perspectives, for 
    research, for theory, and for design?

    The Editors invite contributors to examine the potential of situated 
    perspectives for the study of architecture and the city and to 
    demonstrate the possibility of a critical engagement in research and 
    design through the analysis of concrete practices and practices of 
    thought: architectural and urban, contemporary and historical. We 
    welcome contributions from architectural and urban studies, and from 
    fields outside (but pertinent to) the study of architecture and the 
    city. Contributions may include papers that recount stories that do not 
    fit neatly into the current discourses and paradigms; present models of 
    critical engagement; or discuss material instances of the realization 
    of feminist perspectives in speculative design practice.

    Guest Editors
    Isabelle Doucet 
    Hélène Frichot 
    Chris L. Smith

    Submission Instructions
    The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is 1 June 
    2017. Please submit manuscripts to the journal’s website: 

    When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are submitting 
    to this special issue: vol. 22, no. 1 – Resist, Reclaim, Speculate. The 
    Editors welcome expressions of interest prior to paper submissions and 
    are available for discussing possible contributions.

    Manuscript submission guidelines can be found on the Architectural 
    Theory Review Website:
  • IAHsummer17 by Archistart

    San Cataldo (Lecce) | Dates: 01 – 08 Aug, 2017
    Archistart promotes IAHsummer17, an international architecture workshop, incorporated within a holiday, created in order to generate interactive experiences between students and young graduates under the age of 32 years. One hundred thirty young people from all over the world will have the chance to live 12 days (1st - 12th August) full of architecture immersed in the landscape of the wonderful coasts of Salento. As from 2017 Archistart gives its summer a makeover: the designing workshop IAHsummer (1-8 August) will be followed by IAHconstruction (8-12 August), an extra self-construction session for winning projects of IAHsummer17. The theme of IAHsummer17 is the design of a temporary cabin, a “special tent” to be realized in the same hostel where the workshop takes place. The housing unit/temporary room should be designed to be made with simple materials that are also easy to find.
  • CFP: Drawing Millions of Plans (Copenhagen, 1-3 Nov 17)

    Copenhagen | Dates: 16 Mar – 15 May, 2017
    This conference invites scholars and practitioners to investigate and discuss contemporary architectural drawing and, in particular, the drawn plan. We will consider various types of drawing ranging from the sketch to the working drawing as an epistemic and/or generative device, and look at the role of drawing in relation to 3D techniques and drawing in the spectrum between representation and simulation. What types of contemporary plan drawing practices do we know exist today – or should be developed – in relation to architectural education, as well as to design work and actual building practices situated in professional offices?

    KADK 1–3 November 2017

    Penelope Haralambidou, The Bartlett School of Architecture (UK)
    Jan De Vylder, Architekten De Vylder Vinck Tailleu (BE)

    “A plan calls for the most active imagination,” wrote Le Corbusier in Towards A New Architecture. To Le Corbusier, the plan was essential to any architectural project and its agency comparable to that of a generator. Indeed, historically speaking, plans, whether they are floor plans, site plans or others, have been of unquestionable importance to the discipline of architecture. Yet, what is the agency of the plan today? May we still consider it a generator, a promotor of our imagination, or with the advent of digital design possibilities, has it merely lost its previous status as a privileged tool for developing and communicating about architecture?

    Traditionally, the architectural plan was executed through the process of analogue hand drawing supported by geometrical tools. What are the implications for drawn plans and the processes of design and conceptualisation connected to plan drawing given that many professional architects today consider computers their privileged (drawing) tools? Do architects still use tracing paper (or napkins!) for sketching, and has the role of the sketched plan become purely diagrammatic, or turned into prototyping?

    In a digital context, how have architectural offices changed their practice of drawing plans? What new kinds of drawing have been developed, and do they still possess the same aspects of ambiguity often associated with the hand-drawn sketch? Moreover, architects look at buildings orthogonally through plans. This projective way of looking is closely linked to traditional geometrical drawing tools. Yet, when tools change and projections persist, as with a lot of design software today, what are the consequences?

    Drawn architectural plans may be considered as aesthetic objects worth contemplating and even exhibiting. They may be described as beautiful, which would imply that the plan possesses certain graphic and/or organisational qualities. This points to the plan as an object of meaning and imagination, and apt for interpretation, as stated by Le Corbusier. Such immaterial, almost existential aspects of the plan were emphasised by John Hejduk, who argued, “the plan shows the death of the soul of architecture. It is an X-ray of the soul.” Just as actual X-rays require skilled interpretation, what sort of hermeneutic measures does the drawn plan call for?

    We invite scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers and/or to submit actual drawings. The conference will consist of academic and work-based sessions, with the latter including presentations of submitted drawings. The drawings will be installed in a pop-up exhibition at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (KADK). Selected papers and drawings will be published in a peer-reviewed catalogue after the conference.

    For both academic and work-based proposals, we ask for an abstract of maximum 500 words plus a CV of maximum 500 words. Drawing submissions should include up to eight images and contain information about drawing size and media in one pdf no larger than 20 MB. Proposals should be submitted by email to

    Deadline for Abstracts: May 15, 2017
  • Imagine Moscow

    London | Dates: 16 Mar – 04 Jun, 2017
    Drawing on rarely seen material, Imagine Moscow presents an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realised. Large-scale architectural drawings are supported by artwork, propaganda and publications from the period. Taken together, these unbuilt projects suggest an alternative reality for the city, offering a unique insight into the culture of the time.

    Each of the six projects presented in the exhibition introduce a theme relevant to life and ideology in the Soviet Union: collectivisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialisation, communal living and recreation.

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  • Villagers’ MiMo Historic Hunt & Road Rally

    Miami | Dates: 08 – 08 Apr, 2017
    “Happy Days Are Here Again” is the theme for the 2017 Villagers’ Annual Historic Hunt & Road Rally on April 8. The event is open to the public and will begin downtown promptly at 4 PM, in the parking lot of the Miami Women’s Club, 1737 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami (behind the former Omni complex). MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture will captivate registered hunters as they drive their own cars for a 2 ½ hour mad-cap, clue-solving quest, touching on some of Miami-Dade’s most interesting historic sites. The Miami Auto Museum will be the Hunt’s final stop at 6:30, for an optional buffet dinner in the 50’s Diner, silent auction and tour of the Museum’s Dezer Collection. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams. The Miami Auto Museum is located at 2000 NE 146th Street in North Miami. The museum tour includes Supercars, James Bond Gallery, Batmobiles and Hollywood set cars. The Villagers have been hosting Historic Hunts for more than 30 years and have developed a reputation for creating lots of laughter and good-natured team competition, while exposing the little-known, often quirky side of local history. Tickets are available through Villagers’ members or on-line at Prices per person are: $25 for the Hunt; $55 for Dinner & Museum Tour; $75 for Combo Hunt, Dinner & Museum Tour; $20 for Kids (6-12) Dinner & Museum Tour. All proceeds support historic restoration and preservation in Miami-Dade County. Founded in 1966, The Villagers, Inc. is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization.

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