Recent Opportunities

  • Architectural History / Restoration Field School

    Forest | Dates: 20 May – 02 Jun, 2018

    Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest announces its 2018 Architectural

    History / Architectural Restoration Field School. The intensive two week program will be held from May 20 – June 2.


    The program provides an overview of the philosophy, process, and techniques for museum-quality architectural restoration and conservation. Students, professionals, and instructors from any background and discipline may qualify. The program is limited to 10 participants each year. Components include: the history of Thomas Jefferson and his villa retreat; architectural investigation, documentation, and restoration techniques. The program includes visits to other restoration projects and talks from restoration experts.  A key part of the program is investigating and documenting an historic structure and producing an historic structures investigation report. This program provides an excellent understanding of the nexus of historic architecture, architectural history, and public history.


    Application deadline: April 16. Need based scholarships available; international scholarships available.


    More information and a typical schedule can be found on the Poplar Forest web site under the Architectural Restoration section.


    Contact: Travis McDonald  (434) 534-8123,

  • Stratford Hall Summer Internship Opportunities for 2018

    Stratford | Dates: 22 Mar – 01 Apr, 2018

    1. Preservation Intern 

    Assist the Preservation Department with Cyclical and Deferred maintenance of Stratford’s historic structures.  The work could include painting, window restoration, masonry repointing and plaster repair.  There could also be a research component as needed.

    2. Lee Family Digital Archive Intern 

    Reporting to the editor of the Lee Family Digital Archive; intern activities include transcribing Lee family letters from the 18th and 19thcenturies, researching names, places and other aspects of the letters for annotation; uploading transcribed letters to the Lee Family Digital Archive website; and writing blogs and using other social media associated with the archive project.  Basic requirements include excellent writing skills and research experience.  The intern will be trained on site to use the software for uploading documents to the archive website.

    3. Collections Intern

    The intern will work on a variety of tasks in the Collections/Curatorial Department, primarily conducting object-based research as well as compiling object information and photography for an upcoming inventory and assessment project. The candidate will ideally have experience in hands-on collection work as well as photography and data entry skills.


    Basic Information for all internships listed above:

    All internships are for ten weeks on site at Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, Virginia 22558.  Positions are open for both undergraduate and graduate students.  International students are welcome to apply; visa applications are the responsibility of the student (preferred coordination through International Arts & Artists).

    Compensation and Amenities:

    A stipend of $1,000 dollars for the 10 weeks will be paid. Along with the stipend, free on-site housing with kitchen and laundry facilities will be provided. The grounds of Stratford Hall and surrounding areas provide many outdoor activities that can be utilized during the internship.

    About Stratford Hall:

    Stratford Hall is located in Westmoreland County on the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia.  Westmoreland County is a 45 minute drive from Fredericksburg, two hours from Washington DC and 90 minutes from Richmond.  The Stratford property consists of 1,900 acres with 2.5 miles of Potomac River waterfront.

    Stratford Hall’s Great House, a National Historic Landmark, and related buildings were constructed circa 1738 and are among a handful of exceptionally intact survivals from colonial Virginia. In addition to the Great House, Stratford also features an operating reconstructed gristmill and extensive gardens. Stratford was the home of the Lee family, which includes two signers of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the home of Revolutionary hero “Light Horse” Harry Lee and birthplace of General Robert E. Lee.

    The landscape is primarily hardwood forests and pastures, but also includes two gardens and extensive maintained grounds. Stratford also has two guest houses and over 30 rustic cabins that were built to house Stratford’s board members during the twice annual meetings. See more at Stratford Hall’s website.

    How to Apply:

    Interested applicants should send a personal letter of no more than 500 words, stating reasons for wanting to be an intern at Stratford Hall, including their goals for the internship and dates available for work.  Please specify the internship position in your application materials.  A resume and list of two references should also be included.

    Applications (deadline April 1, 2018) should be mailed to:

    Stratford Hall

    Internship Application

    483 Great House Road

    Stratford, VA 22558

    Or emailed to:

  • Tenement Museum 2018 Masters Fellowship Program

    New York | Dates: 22 Mar – 01 Apr, 2018

    The Tenement Museum will be hiring three (3) paid undergraduate or graduate students for specific projects for the summer 2018 semester.   Our Masters Fellowship program is designed to offer our fellows the opportunity to work on meaningful projects that provide them with real world learning experiences in the area of their focus.  Fellows will also receive a comprehensive overview of museum/nonprofit operations during their time with us.   Fellows will be mentored by museum professionals who will share their knowledge, skills and experience to help them get the most out of their time with us.

    Our program lasts 10 weeks and our fellows are expected to commit to 4 days a week.  Our fellows are open to undergraduate and graduate students.  During the course of your fellowship you will participate in brown bag lunches, presentations from department heads and senior leadership, staff meetings and field trips.  At the end of your fellowship you’ll share what you’ve learned by conducting a short presentation to museum staff.

    Fellows will receive an hourly rate of $13.00/hour, a 30% discount in our museum shop, 4 complimentary tickets for your friends or family and a Tenement Museum Id that allows access to NYC museum for free. 

    The following opportunities are available.  Please submit your resume and cover letter via the link to our career portal.   Deadline to apply is April 1st.

    Research and Exhibit Development Fellowship

    The Curatorial Department seeks a fellow to assist its Curatorial and Education Departments with new research on residents of 97 and 103 Orchard Street, the pair of tenements it today interprets as a museum. This research will be used to augment and improve existing tours and programs, as well as serve as a catalyst for the possible creation of new tours and programs.

    The fellow will develop exhibit research and planning skills and be exposed to the multiple facets of museum research, project planning, and exhibition design as s/he works with the Curatorial and Education Departments. Tasks will include conducting in-depth historical research in various archives and libraries throughout New York City, assisting the Curatorial and Education Departments team in planning and executing meetings with scholars and stakeholders, and participating in the process of designing tours and programs for Museum visitors where opportunities allow. 

    The fellowship is a good fit for students in History, American Studies, Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Public History or Journalism. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and have knowledge of basic museum practices, solid research skills, an eye for detail, and a passion for practicing history in public. Preference will be given to students with a serious interest in pursuing a museum career.

    Collections Fellowship

    The Collections Department seeks advanced undergraduate or graduate level candidates in the field of collections management to assist with ongoing cataloging and data entry projects. Current anticipated projects include inventorying, scanning, and cataloging photograph collections, as well as sorting, cataloging, and accessioning backlog collections material. As part of processing the collections backlog it will require the fellow to identify fragments of vernacular material culture as well as floral and fauna remains, and some knowledge of standard nomenclature and descriptive terms will be strongly preferred. Other projects could include rehousing cataloged objects, inventorying storage spaces, reconciling object records and data, and monitoring the conditions of the historic tenement building.

    Qualified candidates will have some prior experience or knowledge of collections management practices and object handling procedures, including accessioning and inventorying polices, with a keen eye for detail.  Prior experience using PastPerfect Museum Software (or other museum database programs) is strongly preferred. Candidates with knowledge of material culture or archaeology standards and descriptions for cataloging also encouraged to apply. The fellow must be able to work independently with excellent interpersonal and communication skills utilizing a proactive approach to projects as assigned. The ability to lift 30lbs and sometimes work in non-climate controlled conditions is also a plus. Preference will be given to students enrolled in graduate level museum studies programs (or similar fields), or those with a serious interest in pursuing a career in collections management or museums.

    Development Operations Fellowship

    The Development Department raises funds from foundation, corporate,government, and individual sources to support the Museum’s annual operatingbudget.  The department seeks a development operations fellow with aninterest in museum studies, fundraising, history, and/or arts administration to:


    • Research prospective foundation, corporate, and individual donors andwrite research profiles
    • Draft member and donor correspondence
    • Work with the Development Operations Manager to analyze fundraising data and create a year-end fundraising report, using research to compare results against comparable institutions
    • Staff development events as needed
    • Provide general administrative support to the department

    The ideal candidate will possess a friendly and positive demeanor, strong writingskills, and the ability to be discreet when working with sensitive information.Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, including Word and Excel, is preferred.  Fellowswill have the opportunity to learn to use Altru, a fundraising and ticketing database,and MailChimp, an email and marketing service.

    Click here to apply for Research and Exhibit Development Fellowship.

    Click here to apply for Collections Fellowship.

    Click here to apply for Development Operations Fellowship.

  • State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grant for Authors

    Dates: 22 Mar – 15 Apr, 2018
    Apply for a grant to support historical research and interpretive writing on a topic related to Iowa history. Preference is given to proposals that pursue neglected topics or new approaches to other topics. If awarded a grant, you will also produce an annotated manuscript for the Annals of Iowa scholarly journal.
  • CFP: African Americans in Times of War

    Indianapolis | Dates: 22 Mar – 15 Apr, 2018

    Association for the Study of African American Life and History
    The 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference
    October 3-7, 2018: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Marriott Hilton Downtown

    The 2018 ASALH Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers, entire sessions, presentations, performances, films, roundtables, workshops, conversations, or alternative formats dealing with the 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” which commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918 and explores the complex meanings and implications of this global struggle.  The First World War was termed initially by many as “The Great War,” “the war to end all wars,” and the war “to make the world safe for democracy,” those very concepts provide a broad, useful framework for focusing on African Americans during multiple wars—from the Revolutionary War Era to that of the present War against Terrorism. Times of War must inevitably provide the framework for many stories related to African American soldiers, veterans, and civilians. This is a theme filled with paradoxes—of valor and defeat, of civil rights opportunities and setbacks, of struggles abroad and at home, of artistic creativity and repression, and of catastrophic loss of life and the righteous hope for peace.

    The theme suggests that contemporary conditions are cause for critical pause in considerations and studies. Therefore proposals can explore any of these issues: opportunities for advancement and repression during wartime, the roles of civil rights and Black liberation organizations in the struggle abroad and at home; African American businesses, women, religious institutions, the Black press; the struggle to integrate the military; experiences in the military during segregation/apartheid and integration; health development; migration and urban development; educational opportunities; veterans experiences once they returned home; how Black soldiers and/veterans are documented and memorialized within public and private spaces; the creation of African American Veteran of Foreign War posts, cultures and aesthetics of dissent; global/international discourse; impact and influence of the Pan-African Congress, the Black Power movement and the Black Panther Party; and the topographies and spaces of Black soldiers’ rebellion. These diverse stories reveal war’s impact not only on men and women in uniform but on the larger African American community. 

    The Program Committee seeks a diverse slate of presenters representing a variety of personal and institutional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We are interested in proposals that probe the theme within the traditional fields of economic, political, diplomatic, intellectual, and cultural history; the established fields of urban, race, ethnic, labor, and women's/gender history as well as southern, Appalachian, and western history; and the rapidly expanding fields of sexuality, LBGT, and queer history; environmental and public history; carceral state studies; and transnational and global studies across all fields, topics, and thematic emphases. We seek to foster a culture of inclusion in the ASALH program and encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and those from allied professions. 

    We encourage proposals focusing on research, teaching, and public education that broadly addresses our theme and related aspects of the global Black experience as creatively as possible. Our theme is the opening of opportunities for scholars working across a variety of temporal, geographical, thematic, and topical areas in Black history, life and culture. We are interested in proposals that probe the theme and related topics within the fields of economic, political, diplomatic, intellectual,and cultural history; the fields of urban, rural, race, ethnic, labor, and women's/gender history; the rapidly expanding fields of sexuality, LBGTQ, and queer history; environmental and public history; and cultural studies including literarure and the visual and performing arts.

    Deadlines for submission of proposals are as follows:
    Early Bird submission deadline for individual papers and organized panels is April 1st. After this date, all individual and panel submissions will be accepted until the deadline of April 15th. 

    All proposals must be submitted electronically to ASALH through the All Academic online system. For complete panels submitted by April 1st, day and time preferences can be requested and will be granted on the basis of first come, first served.

    Please refer to the ASALH website for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for submission requirements for the various kinds of sessions.

    Audio/Visual: Only panel proposal submitters will receive complimentary audio/visual 
    equipment on a first-come, first-served basis.

    For proposals for the Film Festival and for the Film Media Sessions, please refer to the ASALH website for further information and submission requirements.

  • Media Architecture Biennale 2018 Workshops Call for Workshop Proposals

    Beijing | Dates: 22 Mar – 15 May, 2018

    We are looking for people who are excited about the role of media and technology in the urban environment and want to share this excitement with an interdisciplinary audience.

    The Media Architecture Biennale is a biannual event, featuring workshops, a conference and an exhibition, that attracts interaction designers, lighting designers, architects, artists, researchers and industry practitioners.

    The workshops at the Media Architecture Biennale are an interactive, dynamic forum leading up to the conference and exhibition, with an opportunity for exchanging ideas, forming communities, sharing knowledge, inspirations, getting in touch, prototyping and networking.

    The next Media Architecture Biennale will be held in Beijing, China, 13-16 November 2018. We welcome workshops on academic research, art and industry themes.

    Topics of interest include:

    • Urban HCI
    • Urban prototyping
    • Urban lighting
    • Digital placemaking
    • Participatory media architecture
    • Digital cities
    • Media facades
    • Hacking urban spaces
    • Digital street art
    • Robotic Media Architecture
    • Lighting technologies and products
    • Industry case studies involving media architecture
    Types of workshops:
    • Theoretical discourse / urban observations
    • Hands-on activities / co-creation / prototyping
    • Show-and-tell / products and projects / Q&A

    Preparing your submission:

    2-page proposal (ACM Extended Abstracts format) describing:

    • Workshop title & theme
    • How does your workshop integrate with the Media Architecture Biennale?
    • Target audience
    • Type and format of audience engagement (e.g., co-creation, theoretical, prototyping, etc.)
    • Workshop length (half-day or full-day)
    • Rough schedule draft
    • Materials required

    Send your workshop proposal as PDF via email to by May, 15th 2018.

    Workshop Chairs:

    Luke Hespanhol, The University of Sydney

    Joel Fredericks, University of Technology Sydney

    Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Queensland University of Technology

  • PhD Studentship, University of Brighton/British Museum

    London | Dates: 22 Mar – 05 Apr, 2018

    University of Brighton/British Museum
    Application deadline: Apr 5, 2018

    The Global and the National: South Asian Collectors at the British Museum

    AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentship in collaboration with the British Museum and University of Brighton

    The School of Humanities at the University of Brighton and the British Museum are pleased to announce a funded studentship for doctoral research, awarded under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

    ‘The Global and the National: South Asian Collectors at the British Museum' will examine the role of South Asian and British South Asian collectors and donors in the making of British museums from the eighteenth century to the present day. The successful applicant will gain a unique opportunity to benefit from training and a placement at the British Museum, conduct research into its collections and archives, and carry out funded fieldwork in South Asia.

    The studentship will be supervised by Dr Claire Wintle, University of Brighton, and Drs Sushma Jansari and JD Hill, British Museum. This full-time studentship is funded for 3 years at standard AHRC rates and will begin 1 October 2018. In addition, a Student Development Fund (equivalent to a further 0.5 years of stipend payments) is also available to support the cost of training, work placements, and other development opportunities.

    Academic entry requirements:

    Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in history, art history, anthropology, museum studies or another relevant discipline, satisfy AHRC eligibility requirements including masters-level advanced research training or equivalent, and be able to demonstrate an active interest in museums, South Asian and imperial history, and archival research. Students must also meet the eligibility requirements of the UK Research Council for graduate students.

    English language entry requirements:

    Applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed a Secure English Language Test (SELT) in the last two years. Applicants who have obtained or are studying for a UK degree may apply without a SELT. However, the university may request a SELT is taken as part of any award made.

    The minimum English language proficiency requirement for candidates who have not undertaken a higher degree at a UK HE institution is IELTS 7.0 overall (with at least 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in the other elements)


    The full studentship award for students with UK residency includes fees and a stipend of £14,777 per annum plus £550 p.a. additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral students for 3 years.

    In addition, the Student Development Fund (equivalent to 0.5 years of stipend payments) is also available to support the cost of training, work placements, and other development opportunities. Students with EU residency are eligible for a fees-only studentship award. International applicants are normally not eligible to apply for this studentship.

    In addition, the student will receive further funds from the University of Brighton’s School of Humanities and the British Museum to undertake research in South Asia, and some additional support towards further research expenses. The successful applicant will be able to participate in additional training and other opportunities provided to CDP students by the National Museums, British Library, National Archives and English Heritage, and receive a British Museum staff pass, a workspace with computer, research library access and staff privileges.

    EU students:

    Students with EU residency are eligible for a fees-only studentship award

    International students:

    Candidates from outside the EU are not eligible for this studentship.


    We will only consider complete applications – the application is complete once you have uploaded all of the following:

    - copies of your bachelors and master certificates, including transcripts

    - your two-page statement

    - copy of your IELTS (or equivalent) certificate (if applicable)

    - copy of your passport

    - two references uploaded or requested – one must be an academic reference from your most recent period of study. Both must have been written within the last year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure referees submit references.

  • CFP: Negotiating the Past: Islamic Heritage in Italy and Spain International Conference

    Venice | Dates: 22 Mar – 30 Apr, 2018

    Università Iuav di Venezia, February 1 - 02, 2019
    Deadline: Apr 30, 2018 

    Negotiating the Past. Islamic Heritage in Italy and Spain International Conference, Università Iuav di Venezia, February 1-2, 2019

    The conference will focus on the discussion about the Islamic heritage in Italy and Spain and its later reception in the post-Islamic context. Sharing an Islamic past, both countries display this heritage in different ways through art and architecture. As cultural contact zones, Italy and Spain had a rich Islamic tradition, which has been adopted in the medieval Norman and Mudéjar artistic production.

    These exchange processes are currently subject to ongoing international discussions. Furthermore, the observed medieval transfer mechanisms may be applied to the modern reception of the Italian and Spanish Islamic heritage. Which differences may be detected between the medieval edifices of Palermo or Seville and the neo-Islamic interiors in Sammezzano or Aranjuez? Has the reception behaviour of the 19th and 20th centuries changed compared to that of the Middle Age? How have the Islamic standards been assumed in the modern architectural vocabulary? Who were the possible promotors of this pro-Islamic art trend? What part did the medieval clients and their architects play? How relevant are the travellers, private collectors, arabists or art historians of the 19th century for the valorisation of the Islamic heritage? What was the role of Islamic heritage for the construction of identity and ideologies in both countries?

    The current contributions shall be presented in four sections with the following thematic focus:

    - Islamic heritage in Italy and Spain
    - Cross-cultural exchange in the Middle Age
    - Re-appropriating the Islamic past in 19th and 20th centuries art and architecture
    - Ideologies and identity building 

    Papers will have a duration of 20 min. Conference languages will be English, Italian and Spanish. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a short CV, should be sent until 30 April 2018 to:

    Organizers: Prof. Dr. Guido Zucconi (IUAV) / Prof. Dr. Francine Giese (UZH) / Prof. Dr. Juan Calatrava (UGR) / Dr. Ariane Varela Braga (UZH)

    Keynotes: Antonio Almagro Gorbea (Escuela de Estudios Árabes CSIC) / Ezio Godoli (UniFl)

  • New Orleans, the Founding Era

    New Orleans | Dates: 22 Mar – 27 May, 2018
    February 27, 2018 to May 27, 2018

    Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    533 Royal Street
    Admission is free.

    In commemoration of the city’s 300th anniversary in 2018, The Historic New Orleans Collection will provide a multifaceted exploration of the city’s first few decades and its earliest inhabitants with New Orleans, the Founding Era, an original exhibition and bilingual companion catalog.

    Opening February 27, 2018, and sponsored by Whitney Bank, New Orleans, the Founding Era will bring together a vast array of rare artifacts from THNOC’s holdings and from institutions across Europe and North America to tell the stories of the city’s early days, when the city consisted of little more than hastily assembled huts and buildings.

    Beginning with the region’s Native American tribes, through the waves of European arrival and the forced migration of enslaved African people, the exhibition will reflect on the complicated and often conflicted meanings the settlement’s development held for individuals, empires and indigenous nations.

    The display will feature works on paper, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, scientific and religious instruments, paintings, maps and charts, manuscripts and rare books. These original objects will be complemented by large-scale reproductions and interactive items.

    More than 75 objects will be on loan from organizations in Spain, France, Canada and around the United States. A number of items, like a pair of 18th-century Native American bear-paw moccasins from the Musée du quai Branly in Paris and pieces of 15th-century Mississippian pottery from the University of Mississippi, have rarely traveled beyond their home institutions.

    Digital interactives will include a gallery of photographs from archaeological digs at a variety of French Quarter sites, a game quizzing visitors on supplies needed for a new home in the settlement and a 1731 inventory of enslaved Africans and African-descended people living on a West Bank plantation.

    In addition, the companion catalog—a bilingual edition, in both English and French—will feature essays describing the different populations who inhabited precolonial New Orleans and the surrounding areas, as well as the forces driving the settlement’s growth. Essayists include exhibition curator Erin M. Greenwald and historians Emily Clark, Shannon Lee Dawdy, Robbie Ethridge, Gilles-Antoine Langlois, Yevan Terrien, Daniel Usner and Cécile Vidal. Gérard Araud, ambassador of France to the United States, contributed the book’s foreword.

  • European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Fifth International Meeting

    Tallin | Dates: 13 – 16 Jun, 2018

    The fifth pan-European meeting of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 13–16, 2018. In accordance with its mission statement, the meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline; to foster transcultural, transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the built environment; and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. It will be the first biennial meeting of EAHN in northeastern Europe, demonstrating the organisation’s aspiration to reach out to new contacts and new research themes in architectural history.

    The conference will feature five thematic parallel sessions on all three days, ranging from panels on reinterpreting the rediscovery of antiquity in Renaissance to critical retakes on the UN Development programmes and a round table that asks a question about the usefulness of the term “Eastern Europe”. There will be three keynote presentations by leading architectural historians – Christine Stevenson from the Courtauld Institute, Krista Kodres from the Estonian Academy of Arts and Reinhold Martin from Columbia Univeristy.

    Receptions for conference participants will be held at KUMU Art Museum, the Museum of Estonian Architecture and the 19th century building of the Academy of Sciences. During lunch hours on all three days of the conference, participants can choose from a range of walking and bus tours to the medieval, modern and contemporary landmarks of Tallinn. The post-conference tours offered on Sunday (17 June) include, among others, a full-day visit to the northeast Estonian industrial heritage sites, Sillamäe and Narva, and a half-day tour to Soviet-era collective farm (kolkhoz) sites.

    This year, Estonia is celebrating the centenary of its first independence in 1918. It will bring activities and exhibitions devoted to the country’s history and to the celebration of independence to Tallinn, and other event spaces. Among the highlights in June will be an exhibition of Michel Sittow at KUMU Art Museum, the first monographic exhibition of the Tallinn-born Renaissance painter.

    The fifth meeting of the EAHN in Tallinn is supported by the European Social Fund, the Estonian Cultural Endowment, the City of Tallinn and the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

  • MAS Context Lecture by Terry Evans

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Apr, 2018

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Event starts at 6 pm.
    Free and open to the public

    Photographer Terry Evans will lecture on Tuesday, April 24, as part of MAS Context’s 2018 Spring Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604).

    Ancient Prairies and Fragmented Landscapes

    The great swath of prairies from Canada to Texas has inspired and guided the photography of Terry Evans for forty years. During her talk, she will show her explorations from a small ancient prairie in Kansas to Greenland glaciers to fracking in North Dakota and to community activism against environmental pollution in Southeast Chicago. Finally, she will show current work that explores the wild remnants of prairies in our own home landscapes.

    The event is being hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1966 to save the historic Glessner House. Since then, CAF has grown to become one of the largest cultural organizations in Chicago.

    The prairie ecosystem has been a guide for Terry Evans since 1978. She photographs the prairies and plains of North America, the urban prairie of Chicago, and landscapes threatened by climate change. Combining both aerial and ground photography, she delves into the intricate and complex relationships between land and people, especially recently where local people’s landscape is threatened by corporate industrialization.Explorations of the effects of industrial land use on local people have led her to photograph in Southeast Chicago, Illinois with local people who fought petcoke storage in their neighborhood on the banks of the Calumet River. Evans has exhibited widely including one-person shows at Art Institute of Chicago, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, The Field Museum of Natural History, and Amon Carter Museum of Art. Her work is in museum collections including New York Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Nelson–Atkins Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Washington, DC National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum of Art and many more. Terry Evans has five books including Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evansand Prairie Stories. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of an Anonymous is a Woman award.


    Chicago | Dates: 30 Mar – 10 Apr, 2018

    Peter Land: Retrospective 
    Exhibition Opening April 2, 2018 | 5pm 
    On view March 30 through April 10  
    S.R. Crown Hall 
    Upper Core 

    Peter Land was born in Norwich, England, a medieval city which together with the early influence of his paternal grandfather, a stone-mason, had a profound influence on his decision to pursue work in the field of architecture. Land was awarded a Gran Prix for his graduate studies of urban design at the Royal Academy Schools in London, and holds a diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Yale University, and a Master's Degree in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    He has worked as a practicing architect internationally and in the United States, and is widely recognized as the director of the United Nations Experimental Housing Project (PREVI), a large high-density, low-rise social housing project with passive energy and earthquake resistance considerations in Lima, Peru, from 1968 until its completion in 1973. Prior to PREVI, he was appointed by Yale University as Field Director of a four-year inter-American graduate program in urban and regional planning at the National University of Engineering in Lima, that awarded him Honorary Professor status and the “Order of the Sun” highest civil decoration by the Peruvian Government.

    He has taught at Harvard University and in a number of other leading institutions in the field, and is presently a Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he is engaged in teaching and research centered around housing, urban planning, and structures for electrical energy generation. Prof. Land received the Distinguished Designer Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1988, and the IIT Excellence in Teaching Award in 1977-78 and in 2015-16.

    This retrospective will examine in tandem, Land's architectural practice, with selections of work from over four decades (including PREVI, Economic Housing Studies, Shadow/Sun Environment Examination and Building Heights, and the Self-Powered Built Environment), and his career as an educator, with a selection of notable work by former students on view.

    An opening reception will be held on April 2, beginning at 5pm. 

    The evening will include remarks from Matthew Berglund and Ron Kwaske, former students of Professor Land, who will offer their reflections on the way in which he has influenced their own practices in architecture.  

    Visit to RSVP 

  • Albers, Lustig Cohen, Tissi, 1958-2018

    New York | Dates: 20 Mar – 28 Apr, 2018

    Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents Albers, Lustig Cohen, Tissi1958-2018, an exhibition that explores sixty years of graphic design and art work by three influential women artist-designers: Anni Albers, Elaine Lustig Cohen, and Rosmarie Tissi. Connected by shared circumstances of identity, each is a 20th century woman connected to a well-known male artist or designer and business partner, with mutual friends, patrons, places, and communities. Working through and inspired by constraints, all three demonstrated an affinity for geometric, hard-edged forms. They made work with a common ideal, exemplars of the Bauhaus ethos: unity in art and design. In the work is a vivacity that feels always new, timeless, and individual. 

    Albers, Lustig Cohen, Tissi, 1958-2018 features a selection of art and design objects—typography, textiles, prints, paintings, posters, sculptures, trademarks, and books, design and/or art—in chronological order beginning in 1958. The three women’s overlapping careers span the arc of the Modernist era—from the Bauhaus, to mid-century Pax Americana, to Postmodernism, and into the present. 

    Curated by Phillip Niemeyer, a graphic designer and director of Northern—Southern, a gallery and art agency in Austin, Texas.

    Anni Albers (1899–1994) began her career as a textile designer at the Bauhaus. She freelanced in Germany until 1933, when she emigrated to America with her husband, Josef. She taught at the Black Mountain School (1933-49). She was the first woman designer to have a one woman show at the Museum of Modern Art (1949). Her book of collected writings On Designing (1959) is considered a classic in design thought and an important text in the lineage of the "design thinking" discipline. Later in life she explored print as a medium for design and art work. She worked and wrote until her death.

    Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927–2016) learned graphic design working with her first husband, Alvin Lustig. Alvin lost his vision before he passed—Lustig Cohen would create his designs based on his spoken instructions. After Alvin's death in 1955, Lustig Cohen worked as a freelance designer in New York. She designed the typography for the Seagram Building (1957) at the behest of organizing architect Philip Johnson, and the iconic graphics for the seminal Primary Structures exhibition at the Jewish Museum (1966). In the 1970s she painted, often large and subtle geometric compositions. A group of her paintings were recently shown at Philip Johnson's Glass House (2015).

    Rosemarie Tissi (1937–present) was published in the Neue Graphik (1957) while still a student in the Swiss School of Art and Craft. She founded the studio O&T with Siegfried Odermatt in 1968. Tissi has been a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since 1974, and ADC (Art Directors Club) since 1992. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including three Swiss Federal Scholarships for Applied Arts. She still works today.

  • "Lost Chicago": The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation

    Chicago | Dates: 24 May, 2018
    Join celebrated author and historian David Garrard Lowe, author and former AIC curator John Zukowsky, and SAIC professor Terry Tatum for a lively discussion on the history and future of historic preservation in Chicago’s rich architectural environment. Lowe will also discuss his landmark book Lost Chicago, his recent gift of historical photographs to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the library exhibit “Memoir of a City” (April 10-June 15, 2018).

    • ITLE: "Lost Chicago": The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation
    • LOCATION: AIC, Morton Auditorium
    • DATE: Thursday, May 24
    • TIME: 6-8pm
  • Archives of American Art Grad Student Research Essay Prize

    Dates: 20 Mar – 01 Aug, 2018

    Deadline: Aug 1, 2018

    The Archives of American Art’s Graduate Research Essay Prize recognizes original research by a graduate student that engages in a substantial, meaningful way with the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. The prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, a one-year subscription to the Archives of American Art Journal, and his or her essay forwarded to the editor of the Archives of American Art Journal for peer review and possible publication.

    With more than 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and records of the visual arts in the United States. Students may consult original documents by appointment at the Archives’ headquarters in Washington, DC, view more than 2.5 million digital files and interviews online through the Archives’ website, or use the substantial microfilm holdings available through interlibrary loan or an Archives-affiliated research center.

    Students currently enrolled in a graduate program in art history, American studies, or a related field are eligible to participate in the competition.

    Submissions for the 2018 prize must be sent to by August 1, 2018.

  • Threatened Heritage: Bears Ears, Chaco, and Beyond

    New York | Dates: 27 Mar, 2018

    International Observatory for Cultural Heritage Symposium
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Free and open to the public; registration requested.

    Trump’s assault on Native American sacred sites demands a concerted response. This symposium explores the implications – social, archaeological, environmental, spiritual, historical, artistic and legal – of the current threats to Bears Ears National Monument and Chaco Canyon.

    The desecration of traditional Pueblo, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and other tribal lands is imminent. Eighty-five percent of Bears Ears will be cut; the Chaco region will be further opened to oil, gas, and coal extraction. Safeguards will be stripped from 1.1 million acres at Bears Ears, and drilling again permitted around Chaco’s incomparable sites.

    Program (subject to change)

    Session I

    10:00  Blessing

    10:15  David Freedberg (Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art; Director of the Italian Academy, Columbia University):  Welcoming remarks

    10:30  Elsa Stamatopoulou (Columbia University: Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights; Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; Anthropology Dept.):  “Cultural heritage as a human right: today’s emergency”

    10:50  Amalia Cordova (Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution):  “Creative modes of resistance in Abya Yala(Chile, Ecuador, Colombia)”

    11:10  Honor Keeler (Cherokee Nation; Assistant Director, Utah Diné Bikéyah):  “Indigenous lands surround us: indigenous rights amid trafficking, theft, and trauma”      

    11:30  Theresa Pasqual (Pueblo of Acoma; Independent Pueblo Consultant):  Resistance to resilience: protecting sacred places during turbulent times” 

    11:50  Sandy Grande (Connecticut College: Education Dept.; Director of the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity):  “Lessons from Standing Rock and beyond: water epistemologies”

    12:10 – 12:40  Discussion

    12:40 – 2:00 Lunch break

    Session II

    2:00  Coffee gathering in the session room

    2:10  Screening (23 min.) of “Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears” by Angelo Baca

    2:40  Angelo Baca (Diné/Hopi; New York University: Anthropology Dept.):  “Protecting the Bears Ears: the Inter-Tribal Coalition and the Antiquities Act of 1906”

    3:00  Elizabeth W. Hutchinson (Barnard College: Art History and Archaeology Dept.):  Indigenous aesthetics and the sacred landscape"

    3:20  Kevin Madalena (Pueblo of Jemez, NM; Utah Diné Bikéyah Community Outreach Coordinator/Field Researcher – Geologist/Paleontologist):  “Paleoarchaeology and geology of the Ancient Puebloans from the Bears Ears National Monument”

    3:40  Trevor Reed (Hopi/Kickapoo; Columbia University: Law and Ethnomusicology; Director, Hopi Music Repatriation Project):  Sonic Sovereignty: Sounding Hopi Presence in Öngtupqa (Grand Canyon)” 

    4:00 – 4:15  Coffee break

    4:15  Carrie Heitman (University of Nebraska–Lincoln: Anthropology Dept.; Principal Investigator and Director of the Chaco Research Archive):  “The Chaco region: managing divergent cultural landscapes”

    4:35  Robert Lucero (Executive Director, Ute Indian Tribe Political Action Committee):  “How the Ute Tribe Has Used Mass Organizing Tools to Protect Tribal Sovereignty”  

    4:55  Rollie Wilson (Attorney for the Ute Indian Tribe, Fredericks Peebles and Morgan LLP, Washington, DC):  “The Ute Indian Tribe's fight to protect tribal homelands and sacred places”  

    5:15  Katherine Belzowski (Senior Attorney, Navajo Nation, Department of Justice):  “Topic TBD”  

    5:40 – 6:10  Discussion

    See here for biographical notes on all speakers.

    This event is a part of the Academy's International Observatory for Cultural Heritage.

  • CFP: Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives, Questions and Methods

    Chicago | Dates: 20 Mar – 15 May, 2018

    Chicago, IL, USA
    November 8-10, 2018

    Keynote Speakers:
    - David Brody, Associate Professor of Design Studies, Parsons The New School for Design
    - Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University

    This conference proposes design as a timely lens through which to re-examine the history of Chicago, a city whose past encompasses the major national and international themes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and exemplifies how geography, demographics, and politics intertwined to shape the emergence of modern design in an urban environment. Taking a broad view of design, we seek papers that shed light on practices of fashion, graphic design, architecture, interiors, decorative arts, advertising, and industrial design in Chicago between the early nineteenth century and the end of the twentieth century and that represent a diverse range of methodological viewpoints. Moreover, in order to reckon more fully with the complex interplay of grand narratives and complex local realities, we also encourage papers from any discipline that take design, broadly defined, as a lens through which to explore aspects of the city’s history not typically considered within the frameworks of art and architecture that have largely defined the history of design in Chicago to date. Fundamentally, this conference aims to consider the prospect of a local design history for a city that has often been outward-looking, and will ask: Is Chicago only a microcosm of broader trends in the nation and world, or are there distinctive aspects of Chicago’s design history? Can the city’s particular histories of design shed light on developments elsewhere? How might greater understanding of Chicago’s design history reveal new insights into the city’s larger social, cultural, and economic character? And more broadly, what might exploring the relationship between design and place historically in Chicago suggest for understanding that same dynamic in our current age of globalization?

    We request proposals for scholarly presentations of 25 minutes on topics related to any aspect of Chicago’s design history. Building on the work of our keynote speakers, who have articulated new lines of historical inquiry into popular culture, labor, and consumption as they shape both local communities and the very notion of American culture, we particularly invite proposals from scholars in related fields, such as the history of art, labor, urbanization, technology, business, literature, performance, geography, sociology, and anthropology. Topics and themes of interest include:
    - Who made Chicago: design’s role in such historical phenomena as the Great Migration and other waves of immigration and gentrification;
    - What Chicago made: histories of industry and craft and their markets within or beyond the city;
    - What Chicago bought and sold: histories of retail/wholesale trade, advertising, and mail-order businesses with respect to local, national, and international markets;
    - Who learned and taught in Chicago: schools of art, architecture, and design or other sites of training, as well as the role of educators and institutions in related disciplines such as theater, dance, and film.
    Please submit proposals comprising an abstract of no more than 500 words and a 2-page CV by May 15, 2018 via email to and Participants will be notified by June 30, 2018 of their acceptance. Funding will be available to support participants’ travel and accommodation.

    “Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives, Questions and Methods” is organized by Jonathan Mekinda (Assistant Professor, Art History and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago) and Bess Williamson, (Assistant Professor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago). The conference is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art, dedicated to helping people in Chicago and around the world experience, understand, and enjoy Chicago’s extraordinary artistic legacy. The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is the Presenting Partner of Art Design Chicago. Additional support for the conference is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela

    New York | Dates: 17 May – 28 Oct, 2018
    With some 75 buildings to his credit, Rosario Candela played a major role in shaping the architectural legacy of 20th-century New York—the distinctive “prewar” streetscapes of Park and Fifth Avenues and Sutton Place in particular. Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela revisits the setback terraces and neo-Georgian and Art Deco ornament of Candela-designed high-rise apartments. His buildings established new standards of chic urban living for some of New York’s wealthiest citizens and still rank among the most prized in the city, almost a century after they were built.
  • CFP: International Journal of Islamic Architecture 9.2 special issue themed "Field as Archive / Archive as Field"

    Dates: 21 Mar – 30 Jul, 2018


    International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA)

    Special Issue: Field as Archive / Archive as Field

    Thematic volume planned for July 2020

    Proposal submission deadline: 30 July 2018


    This special issue of the IJIA focuses on the experience of carrying out archival work or fieldwork in architectural research, including research-led practice. How might this experience, with all its contingencies and errancies, be made into the very stuff of the architectural histories, theories, criticisms and/or practices resulting from it? This question is rendered all the timelier due to recent and ongoing developments across the globe, not least in the geographies relevant to the IJIA’s remit. The fallout from the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ has escalated social, political, and economic crises and, in certain cases like Libya and Syria, has taken an overtly violent turn. Major countries with a predominantly Muslim population, such as Turkey, Egypt and Indonesia, have witnessed restrictions on civil liberties. Moreover, the word ‘Islam’ has become embroiled in various restrictive measures introduced in countries whose successive administrations have otherwise laid claim to being bastions of democracy and freedom, such as emergency rule in France and travel bans in the US. Others with significant Muslim populations, such as India and Russia, have seen nationalist and/or populist surges, often with significant implications for their minorities. Such developments have engendered numerous issues of a markedly architectural and urban character, including migration, refuge, and warfare, protest and surveillance, as well as heightening the risk of contingencies and errancies affecting archival work and fieldwork. Whereas this risk and its materializations are typically considered unfortunate predicaments and written out of research outputs, how might a focus on architecture at this juncture help write them back into history, theory, criticism, and practice? What might this mean for the ways in which architectural research is conceived and carried out under seemingly ‘ordinary’ circumstances—those that appear free from the risk of contingencies and errancies affecting archival work and field work?


    As evident in the joint emphasis on fieldwork and archival work, these questions are methodologically animated by a convergence between two prominent venues of architectural research conventionally seen mutually discrete if not antipodal: field and archive. In fact, when considered spatially, both fields and archives have more in common than that which separates them. Access to both is monitored by gatekeepers: fieldwork in the anthropological sense demands a significant degree of rapport with individuals controlling entry into the field, while archival research requires negotiating access with archivists and involves official letters, application forms, ID cards, stamps, and signatures. Findings of archival work and fieldwork are then disseminated through academic knowledge production; this is yet another realm characterized by gatekeeping mechanisms, in which case researchers themselves are implicated as gatekeepers. One way of thinking archives and fields together architecturally, then, is to ask exactly what might be at stake in the relationship between the mechanisms of gatekeeping involved in fieldwork, archival work, and knowledge production?


    Conventional approaches may limit this question to practicalities; they may categorically celebrate the permission to enter the archive or the field, and lament being denied entry. Doing so perpetuates received wisdom regarding the epistemic authority of officially sanctioned institutions, methods and communicative modes being greater than that of others. Contrarily, contributions to this special issue are invited to adopt a critical and self-reflexive approach by treating the denial of access as empirical material to think with, or the granting of access as a selective and politically charged phenomenon. This is to directly probe how power structures shape what is accessible and inaccessible, placing them at the heart of what it means to engage in archival work and fieldwork. It is to ask, for instance in cases where access is denied: in what ways was denial communicated; what reasons were given; how might these be considered as part of the content of the research itself? Or, in cases of seemingly trouble-free access: what documents or information were required to gain access; who gave the final decision; what conversations were had; what, if any, were the limitations and restrictions; in what ways might the answer to these questions speak to the research itself? Such questions may also apply to the notion of participation, which is central especially to fieldwork. Participation is conventionally understood as an instrument that enhances the extent to which research outcomes represent the needs, thoughts and feelings of interlocutors or beneficiaries. Instead, this issue invites contributors to approach participation as a political mechanism through which power-knowledge structures are regulated (rather than alleviated or invalidated) by various actors involved in or impacted by the research, including researchers themselves. On a broader level, thinking archives and fields together in such a way has implications for how time and temporality are considered in architectural research. The prevalent tendency in this respect is to associate archives with history and fields with that which is recent or contemporary. Contributors are encouraged to reconsider this tendency by showing how archives might speak of the present and how fields might offer novel understandings of the past. Finally, to scrutinize issues affecting fieldwork and archival work critically and self-reflexively—that is, beyond such categorical oppositions as permission versus rejection or compliance versus refusal—is to avoid limiting the imperative for such scrutiny only to geographical and/or historical contexts deemed ‘turbulent’. It means to posit the obligation to account for power structures as the very condition of rather than the exception to archival work and fieldwork.


    Paper proposals should work from the framework outlined thus far to offer insights relevant to the IJIA’s remit, which is defined broadly as ‘the historic Islamic world, encompassing the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, but also the more recent geographies of Islam in its global dimensions’. Contributors should fully exploit the self-reflexive potential of this framework by addressing the role of architecture and architectural research as not just the product of the various issues affecting archival work and fieldwork but also their instigator. Specific questions that contributors might wish to explore include but are not limited to the following:


    1. What are the potentials and limitations of a research focus on architecture when negotiating contingencies and errancies affecting archival work and/or fieldwork?


    2. How might architectural research help unpack the ethics and politics of access to fields and/or archives beyond the question of physical entry or the lack thereof?


    3. How might an architecturally focused approach to archives as fields (and vice versa) help complicate linear approaches to history and historiography? How might it help complicate the sweeping identification of certain historical and/or geographical contexts with conflict, unrest, crisis, and oppression as diametrically opposed to post-conflict, peace, prosperity and freedom, and offer a nuanced appraisal of the agency of researchers and interlocutors operating in such contexts?


    4. What are the ways in which the positionality and reliability of architectural researchers, gatekeepers, interlocutors, or participants shift during archival work and fieldwork? How might these shifts be exploited, rather than glossed over, during the research towards attuning to non-institutional methods of knowledge production? How might they be integrated into, rather than written out of, the histories, theories, criticisms and/or practices resulting from the research?


    5. How might a convergence between the concepts of field and archive help architectural researchers negotiate the dynamics between intellectual autonomy and responsibility towards others involved in or impacted by the research?


    6. What might be the role of language and that of other communicative modes in engendering or negotiating contingencies and errancies affecting fieldwork and archival work? What new forms, structures, and styles—be they textual or material—might result from a close and nuanced attention to this role?

    Articles offering historical and theoretical analysis (DiT papers) should be between 6000 and 8000 words, and those on design and practice (DiP papers) between 3000 and 4000 words. Practitioners are welcome to contribute insofar as they address the critical framework of the journal. Urbanists, art historians, anthropologists, geographers, sociologists, and historians, whose work resonates with architecture are also welcome. Please send a title and a 400-word abstract to the guest editor, Eray Çaylı, London School of Economics and Political Science (, by 30 July 2018. Authors of accepted proposals will be contacted soon thereafter and will be requested to submit full papers by 28 February 2019. All papers will be subject to blind peer review. For author instructions, please consult:
  • John Nolen Research Fund

    Ithaca | Dates: 20 Mar – 30 Apr, 2018
    The John Nolen Research Fund provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2018; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1, 2018. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit
SAH 2018 St Paul Conference

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