Recent Opportunities

  • Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017

    London | Dates: 12 Oct – 28 Nov, 2016
    Deadline: November 28, 2016 Fee (USD): $10.00

    Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce a research residency at the Wimbledon House, a modern masterpiece designed by world-renowned British architect Richard Rogers. Open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in any field related to the built environment, the Richard Rogers Fellowship is dedicated to advancing research on a wide range of issues—social, economic, technological, political, environmental—that are critical to shaping the contemporary city.

    The fellowship is inspired by Rogers’ commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and social engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist. Harvard GSD is currently accepting applications from accomplished architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, economists, and other specialists whose research will benefit from access to London’s extraordinary libraries, archives, practices, institutions, and other resources. Fellowship winners will be awarded a three-month residency at the Wimbledon House (Spring, Summer or Fall), travel expenses to London, and a cash award of $10,000 USD.

    The deadline for the 2017 fellowship is November 28, 2016, midnight Eastern Standard Time. Winners will be notified in early December.

  • CFP: Ethics and Aesthetics of the Cultural Landscape (Philadelphia, 17-18 Nov 17)

    Philadelphia | Dates: 13 Oct, 2016 – 31 Jan, 2017
    Ethics and Aesthetics of the Cultural Landscape is a symposium that will take place at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design on November 17-18, 2017. The symposium responds to a provocative challenge posed by an issue of Lotus International 2012 titled “Lotus in the Field.” In it, Italian architect Pierluigi Nicolin writes that landscape architects have largely ignored or have failed to engage the contemporary practice of urban farming, that is, the practice of growing food within urban environments for local consumption. “Even when inspired by the images and patterns of the agricultural landscape,” the author maintains, landscape architects have done no more “than stage simulacra . . . [such as] the organization of paths and passageways, the creation or removal of fields and vegetable gardens, ceremonies of naming, the symbolic mapping of spaces of transhumance and hunting grounds, in a scenario that obviously lacks the social organisms of the actors corresponding to the functions evoked.” On the other hand, if landscape architects embraced this new georgic sensibility that has caught the attention of both urbanists and architects in the past decade, they would learn how to balance “the over aestheticizing contemporary trends of their discipline.” While the emphasis on the aesthetic trends of landscape architecture is an exaggeration that does not take into account the discipline’s alter ego, the so-called ecological fundamentalism, it is true that in today’s discussions the beautiful and the productive, or the aesthetical and ethical dimensions of the landscape, are seen in opposition, whereas in the past they have often been acknowledged as inseparable parts of the same coin—the etymology of the word garden, from the Frankish gardo referred to an “enclosed place” that could be cultivated both for pleasure and for production. Given today’s challenge of dwindling resources and the globalization of food production, the need to re-establish a dialogue between the good and the beautiful is more pressing now than it ever was since Aesthetics became a distinct branch of philosophy in the eighteenth century. Since 2012, few landscape designers have responded to the challenge and have explored the relationship between design and agriculture in their projects. The latter, however, have mostly being experimental and too transient to make a long lasting impact on the profession as a whole. Significantly, also the historiography of landscape architecture has contributed very little, so far, on the role of the agricultural landscape and while the hierarchy between the cultural, polite and wild landscapes has been acknowledged and its sources traced to specific historical moments, their relationship has not been sufficiently examined. This symposium will be a forum for the discussion of the relationship between landscape design and the productive or working landscape. Papers presented at the symposium may examine the following topics: the dialectic between design aesthetics and the poietics of production (i.e. agricultural techniques, agroforestry and irrigation practices, etc.); the relationship and potential interaction between design, agriculture, and infrastructure or design/agriculture and adaptive reuse of urban and/or post-industrial sites; a revisionist writing of design history that examines proposals and projects that have challenged the boundaries between second and third natures; and, the aspect of conservation of the cultural landscape for its historic, social, economic and environmental values. Landscape historians, practitioners and/or academics in landscape departments and beyond, are invited to submit paper abstracts of no more than 600 words by January 31st, 2017. Abstracts are to be headed with the applicant’s name, title of the paper, professional affiliation, and contact information. A two-page CV should also be included in the submission. Please send paper proposals to: Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania. E-mail: Authors of accepted proposals will be required to submit the complete text of their papers to the symposium chair by June 1st, 2017. Speakers will be asked to complete any revisions and submit copies of their papers by August 2017. Publication of the papers presented at the symposium is anticipated.
  • Book Launch and Panel Discussion with Joshua G. Stein, Thurman Grant, and Kelly Bair

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Nov, 2016

    Tuesday November 15, 2016. Event starts at 6:00 pm. Talk starts at 6:30 pm.
    $10 RSVP HERE 

    Join MAS Context for the Chicago release of Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis. Editors Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein will present the dingbat and discuss its relevance for Chicago with Kelly Bair. This panel discussion is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and will take place at the historic Charnley Persky-House (1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610). 

    Dingbat 2.0 is the first critical study of the most ubiquitous and mundane building type in Los Angeles: the dingbat apartment. For more than half a century the idiosyncratic dingbat has been largely anonymous, occasionally fetishized, and often misunderstood. Praised and vilified in equal measure, dingbat apartments were a critical enabler of Los Angeles’ rapid postwar urban expansion.

    While dingbat apartments are known for their variety of midcentury decorated facades, less explored is the way they have contributed to a consistency of urban density achieved by few other twentieth century cities. Often dismissed as ugly and unremarkable, dingbat apartments have qualities that arguably make them innovative, iconoclastic, and distinctly “L.A.”

    Dingbat 2.0 integrates essays and discussions by some of today’s leading architects, urbanists, and cultural critics with photographic series, typological analysis, and speculative designs from around the world to propose alternate futures for Los Angeles housing, and to consider how qualities of the inarguably flawed housing type can foreground many crucial issues facing global metropolises today.

    Essays by Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, James Black, John Chase, Dana Cuff, Thurman Grant, John Kaliski, John Southern, Joshua G. Stein, Steven A. Treffers, and Wim de Wit. Photographic series by Judy Fiskin, Paul Redmond, and Lesley Marlene Siegel.

    Dingbat 2.0 is published by Doppelhouse Press in cooperation with The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Book design: Jessica Fleischmann/still room.
    Copies of Dingbat 2.0 and the latest issues of MAS Context will be available for purchase.
    Thurman Grant is a Los Angeles based architect and educator who specializes in residential and commercial architecture and interiors. Since 2005, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Woodbury School of Architecture, teaching at its Burbank campus, as well as through the university’s programs in Italy and China. Grant has contributed to a long list of built residential, commercial, institutional and urban design projects, as well as award-winning design competitions in the United States and Asia. Grant is the former president of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he sat on the board of directors from 2009-2013. His first independent exhibition, a collaborative on-site installation with artist Olivia Booth at the MAK Center for Art & Architecture at the Schindler House, was part of Schindler Lab, Round 1 in spring 2011.

    Joshua G. Stein is the founder Radical Craft and the co-director of the Data Clay Network, a forum for the exploration of digital techniques applied to ceramic materials. Radical Craft is a Los Angeles-based studio that advances an experimental design practice saturated in history, archaeology and craft. This inquiry inflects the production of urban spaces and artifacts by evolving newly grounded approaches to the challenges posed by virtuality, velocity, and globalization. Stein has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships, including multiple grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the AIA Upjohn research award, and the 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture. He is a former member of the LA Forum Board of Directors and has taught at the California College of the Arts, Cornell University, SCI-Arc, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He is and is currently Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University. |

    Kelly Bair is principal of Central Standard Office of Design, an architectural research studio based in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. Most recently her work was exhibited in the 1st Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015) and the upcoming 16th International Architecture Exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in collaboration with Kristy Balliet of Balliet Studio and Bair Balliet. Bair is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also co-founder of Possible Mediums, a collaborative of four Midwestern architects and educators interested in shaking up the context and format in which architecture is taught, produced, and engaged.
  • Richard Meier: Newark Architect and Artist

    Newark | Dates: 12 Oct – 20 Nov, 2016
    The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at NJIT is honored to present an exhibition of Newark-born architect and artist Richard Meier to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Newark’s founding. Works on display highlight Meier’s extensive career in the design disciplines of architecture, painting, collage, sculpture and product design. Central to the exhibition will be Meier’s current Teachers Village project (client: RBH Group, LLC). This mixed-use development is envisioned for downtown Newark south of Market Street and west of Broad Street. It will encompass eight new buildings, including Workforce Housing, Charter Schools and small to mid-scale retail located along Halsey Street between Branford and Hill Streets. These elements will provide 200 residential units for teachers, three charter schools, a daycare center and a variety of retail spaces at street level. Meier was born in Newark, New Jersey but grew up in nearby Maplewood, New Jersey. After graduating from Cornell University (1957), Meier worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and then Marcel Breuer before starting his own practice in 1963. In 1972, he was identified as one of The New York Five, a group of modernist architects that included Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk and Peter Eisenman. Meier first gained recognition through numerous residential projects, the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana (1979) and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia (1983). After winning the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, he was commissioned to design the Getty Center, a large museum complex in Los Angeles, California (1997), which catapulted his popularity into the mainstream. Other notable commissions include museums such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain (1995) and the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California (1996); city halls in the Netherlands (1995) and San Jose City Hall (2007); commercial buildings including the reconstruction of City Tower in Prague, Czech Republic (2008); and residential buildings such as the Perry & Charles Street Condominiums in Manhattan’s West Village (2002) and the Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel (2016). Today, Richard Meier & Partners Architects has offices in New York and Los Angeles with current projects ranging from Taiwan and Tel Aviv to Mexico City, Hamburg and Newark, New Jersey. In 2014, Meier opened the Richard Meier Model Museum at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The space occupies 15,000-square feet and features architectural projects from the 1960’s to the present, sculptures and collages by Richard Meier, and 1,000 books and magazines from Richard Meier’s personal library. “Richard Meier – Newark Architect and Artist” will be on view to the public from September 29 through November 20th, 2016 with special programming to coincide with Newark’s Open Doors Art Festival during the weekend of October 20-23. The exhibition is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday or by appointment only. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 5-9pm with refreshments and live entertainment. CoAD Gallery is located on the second floor of Weston Hall, NJIT campus (on the corner of MLK Blvd. and Warren Street). About The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) is comprised of the School of Architecture and the School of Art + Design. The College offers undergraduate degrees in architecture, digital design, industrial design and interior design as well as graduate degrees in architecture, infrastructure planning, and urban systems. The College of Architecture and Design is a comprehensive Design School located in a comprehensive research university. By studying design here, you will have ample opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas and interdisciplinary interaction. NJIT offers 126 degree programs through six professional schools and colleges. You can double major, design an interdisciplinary major, opt for an accelerated bachelor’s or master’s degree program, and cross-register at nearby schools such as Rutgers University–Newark. For more information on the exhibition, please visit or contact the curator, Matthew Gosser at: or (973) 482-0523 About Richard Meier & Partners Architects The work of Richard Meier & Partners is instantly recognizable and internationally respected. For over five decades, the Firm has been appointed to design important buildings, and it has successfully completed over 130 projects across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Among its best known works are: the Smith House in Darien, Connecticut; the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California; the United States Courthouse in Islip, New York; the Perry & Charles Street Condominiums in New York City and the Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy. Richard Meier & Partners is led by founder and Pritzker Prize laureate Richard Meier and six partners – Michael Palladino, James R. Crawford, Bernhard Karpf, Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon. The offices in New York and Los Angeles employ a multicultural staff of talented professionals practicing architecture, urbanism, product design and exhibition design. The quality of the work has been recognized with almost 300 design awards, including major awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). For more information on the work of Richard Meier & Partners, please visit or contact
  • AWA+D Wikipedia Writing Workshop Edit-a-thon

    Burbank | Dates: 22 – 22 Oct, 2016
    Reliable statistics on women’s place in architecture traditionally has been difficult to find. Come learn how to write a Wikipedia entry about women in architecture and design at the AWA+D #wikiD Writing Workshop at Woodbury University’s Burbank Library. Wikipedia training begins the workshop at 1:00 PM on how to write and edit Wikipedia entries, followed by entry writing. Bring your laptop, power cord, and published information (bios, books, articles, etc.) on women about whom you would like to write. Join students, faculty and practitioners (all genders) in adding voices to the record of women's contributions to the built environment. This workshop is hosted by the Association for Women in Architecture and Design and is part of a global campaign, is free, and refreshments will be served. Register on Eventbrite:
  • CfP Special Issue of Architecture and Culture Journal - Behind the Scenes: Anonymity and the Hidden Mechanisms of Design and Architecture

    Dates: 11 Oct, 2016 – 01 Jan, 2017
    Vol. 6, Issue no. 1, March 2018 Jessica Kelly, Editor. We tend to think about architects and designers as ’names’, creative individuals who have become branded personalities, bringing with them a particular look or attitude. Yet as long ago as 1937, the journalist J.M. Richards declared that the personalities of architects and designers should become ‘culturally irrelevant’. Richards’ perspective emphasized the role of collective processes and anonymity in design and architecture. This Issue of Architecture and Culture seeks to look beyond the named individual or brand and explore the invisible, the overlooked and the ignored in design and architectural practice. Focusing on the people, places and practices that are outside of or peripheral to conventional discussions, we ask in what ways personality remains relevant in design and architecture. This could include questioning the role of biography and autobiography in design discourses, exploring collaborative practices and globalised perspectives. The aim is not to propose new centres or canons but instead to de-centre discussions; to embrace the complexity and multiplicity of characters and narratives in design practice and history. Coupled with this issue of personality, is the theme of ‘hidden mechanisms’ in design and architectural practice. Responding to Igea Troiani and Suzanne Ewing’s exploration of the ‘Inter, Multi and Trans-Disciplinary’ character of design practice, this Issue will consider the complex fields of activities involved in design and architecture. Emphasizing process rather than products or outputs, contributions might consider the role of administration, documentation, mediation and commentary in design practice. It will focus on the theme of networks (formal and informal, professional and personal) and will interrogate themes such as authorship, collaboration, creativity and the definitions of ‘ordinary’ in terms of practice, people and style. Call for papers for this issue We seek contributions from a wide range of practices and disciplines to interrogate the hidden, the intangible and the anonymous in design and architecture. We welcome contributions that consider alternative forms to the conventional academic essay, including the visual and verbal. Contributions might address, but are not limited to, the following themes: - Design and anonymity in various contexts such as production, patent and copyright - Collective Practices and collaborative dynamics: Design teams, creativity and authorship - Networks – public and private, personal and professional - Non-masculinist/Feminist perspectives on design production - Spaces of production - Non-expert producers - Inter-disciplinary practices - Alternative modes of discourse: orality, non-verbal communication - Global perspectives on design practices and discourses Contributions can range from short observations or manifestos, creative pieces, or visual essays, to longer academic articles. Architecture and Culture is published in both on-line and hard-copy formats: there is capacity to host on-line contributions that operate in a different way to paper-based work. Production schedule Response: 1 January 2017 Editors selection: February 2017 Peer Reviewing: March-June 2017 Authors Revisions: July-September 2017 Editorial checking: October-November 2017 Copy to publisher: 1 December 2017 Issue publication: March 2018 For author instructions, please go to ‘Instructions for Authors’ Upload submissions at: Or via ‘submit online’ at If you have any queries or require further information, please contact: Jessica Kelly: ‪‬‬‬‪‬‬‬ Editorial Information This issue is guest edited by Jessica Kelly Dr Jessica Kelly is Lecturer in Contextual and Theoretical Studies at the University for the Creative Arts. Her research focuses on the mediation and dissemination of modern architecture in Britain.
  • Accommodating Reform: International Hotels and Architecture in China, 1978-1990

    Beijing | Dates: 10 – 23 Oct, 2016
    From 19 August to 23 October, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art presents “Accommodating Reform: International Hotels and Architecture in China, 1978 – 1990”, an exhibition tracing the emergence and development of the international hotel as an architectural and cultural phenomenon in China during the late 1970s and 1980s. Featuring models, plans, photographs, ephemera, and artworks related to seven iconic buildings in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Guangzhou, the exhibition is curated by architectural historian and Hong Kong University associate professor Cole Roskam. Consolidated and presented together for the first time, these materials recall a vibrant if uncertain era of artistic and intellectual exploration. Throughout the early years of “Opening and Reform,” the comprehensive program of economic liberalization initiated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978, international hotels lay at the core of China’s efforts to spur economic development while limiting the potential for political destabilization. In theory, these spaces offered new, liberalized environments through which foreign capital, ideas, and expertise could be safely decanted over time. In practice, they heralded a series of dramatic ideological and operational transformations that opened China’s major cities, reshaped its built environment, and set the stage for future growth. As Chinese officials, architects, and planners worked with foreign investors, designers, and developers to define, articulate, and control the contours of the country’s reform agenda, new types of cross-cultural exchange took shape within international hotels around the country.
  • The Institute of Classical Architecture's 2016 Acanthus Awards

    Chicago | Dates: 12 – 12 Nov, 2016
    The Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce its 2016 Acanthus Awards. These awards recognize and promote excellence in Classical and Vernacular design. These awards will recognize achievement in Architecture, Interior Design, Preservation & Restoration, Landscape Design, the Allied Arts & Craftsmanship, Unbuilt Work, and Student Work. Award ceremony will be held at the Elks National Memorial in Chicago. All sales are final and non-refundable.
  • Mason City’s Prairie School Architecture

    Mason City | Dates: 05 – 06 Nov, 2016
    Participants will tour of the Historic Park Inn, the only remaining hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, led by the architects who completed the hotel’s restoration in 2012. After lunch, guests will tour Rock Crest – Rock Glen Historic District. The tour will include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stockman House and Interpretive Center and a special opportunity to tour two private homes rarely open to the public: the Blythe and Melson houses, both designed by Walter Burley Griffin between 1911 and 1913. All tours will be led by design professionals.
  • Louis Kahn in San Diego and La Jolla

    San Diego/La Jolla | Dates: 04 Nov, 2016
    On Friday, November 4, 2016, SAH will host a study day in San Diego and La Jolla, California, exploring the work of Louis I. Kahn. The day will begin at The San Diego Museum of Art with a special, in-depth preview of the exhibitionLouis Kahn: The Power of Architecture led by Jochen Eisenbrand, chief curator of the Vitra Design Museum and William Whitaker, curator of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. After lunch, the group will reconvene at the architect’s pioneering Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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  • Docomomo US Call for Articles

    Dates: 07 Oct, 2016 – 07 Oct, 2017
    Docomomo US accepts article submissions on a wide range of issues concerning modernism. Those interested in submitting an article should send a brief description including images, drawings, etc to info(AT) Full submissions are required 15 days prior to publication. Additional details including submission guidelines are available upon request.

    Thematic Requests
    • Lesser Known Architects/Designers
    • Endangered Landscapes
    • Corporate Campuses
    • Art + Architecture
    • "Growing up Modern": Interviews w/ various children/family members of architects/designers 
    • Off the Beaten Path/Unsung Heroes" from the National Register (featured buildings/sites of the modern listings on the National Register )
    Suggest a future theme - email us info(AT)
  • NPS/NCPE Historic Preservation Internships 2016-2017

    Dates: 06 – 28 Oct, 2016
    The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience in cultural resource management programs in the National Park Service headquarters, field offices, and parks, and in other federal agencies.
    Working under the direction of experienced historic preservation professionals, students undertake short-term research and administrative projects. Students learn about and contribute to the national historic preservation programs and the federal government’s preservation and management of historic properties.

    The short-term internships are available in the summer and during the school year. The internship program is operated jointly with the National Council for Preservation Education.
  • IIT PhD Program Fall 2016 Architecture Research Forum

    Chicago | Dates: 06 Oct – 01 Dec, 2016
    The PhD Program's Fall 2016 Architecture Research Forum speaker series has been announced. The series brings to IIT Architecture the latest research by faculty, PhD candidates, visiting scholars and scholars from throughout Chicago and around the world.

    Each presentation takes place between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. in room 216 at 3410 S. State Street on the campus of IIT. 

    Oct 20
    Gretchen Townsend Buggeln
    Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts, Christ College, Valparaiso University
    “The Postwar Suburban Church

    Oct 27
    Ben Jacks
    Associate Professor, Department of Architecture + Interior Design, Miami University
    “A House and its Atmosphere”

    Nov 3
    Branko Kolarevic
    Professor, Co-Director of Computational Media Design (CMD) program, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
    “Building Dynamics: Exploring Architecture of Change “

    Nov 10
    Martin Felsen
    Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Nov 17
    Amy Thomas
    Collegiate Assistant Professor / Harper Schmidt Fellow, Department of Art History, 
    The University of Chicago
    “Re-materialising the “immaterial”: the architecture of the global finance industry”

    Dec 1
    PhD Student Research Presentations
  • Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counterinsurgency

    New York | Dates: 13 – 13 Oct, 2016
    Book Launch and Discussion with Felicity Scott

    Response by Brian Larkin
    Discussion moderated by Reinhold Martin
    Reception to follow

    In Outlaw Territories, Felicity Scott traces the relation of architecture and urbanism to human unsettlement and territorial insecurity during the 1960s and 1970s. Investigating a set of responses to the growing urban unrest in the developed and developing worlds, Scott revisits an era when the discipline of architecture staked out a role in global environmental governance and the biopolitical management of populations. She describes architecture’s response to the displacement of persons brought on by migration, urbanization, environmental catastrophe, and warfare, and she traces architecture’s relationship to the material, environmental, psychological, and geopolitical transformations brought on by postindustrial technologies and neoliberal capitalism after World War II.

    At the height of the U.S.-led war in Vietnam and Cambodia, with ongoing decolonization struggles in many parts of the world, architecture not only emerged as a target of political agitation because of its inherent normativity but also became heavily enmeshed with military, legal, and humanitarian apparatuses, participating in scientific and technological research dedicated to questions of international management and security. Once architecture became aligned with a global matrix of forces concerned with the environment, economic development, migration, genocide, and war, its role shifted at times toward providing strategic expertise for institutions born of neoliberal capitalism. Scott investigates this nexus and questions how and to what ends architecture and the environment came to be intimately connected to the expanded exercise of power within the shifting geopolitical frameworks at this time.

    Organized by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture in collaboration with Zone Books
  • "Synagogue and Museum" - 3rd International Congress on Jewish Architecture

    Braunschweig | Dates: 21 – 23 Nov, 2016
    Organized by the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture (Technische Universität Braunschweig/ Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Hochschule für jüdische Studien Heidelberg, in cooperation with the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, Braunschweig, and the Israel Jacobson Netzwerk für jüdische Kultur und Geschichte e.V.


    Monday, November 21st
    13:00 – 14:30    
    Prof. Dr. Alexander von Kienlin, Braunschweig

    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hesselbach, President of the TU Braunschweig Prof. Dr. Johannes Heil, Rektor of the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg (requested) Dr. Heike Pöppelmann, Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum Prof. Dr. Aliza Cohen-Mushlin, Center for Jewish Art, Jerusalem Prof. Dr. Jochen Litterst, Braunschweig

    Prof. Dr. Annette Weber, Heidelberg

    PD Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Knufinke, Braunschweig

    14:30 – 15:00    

    15:00 – 16:30    
    Panel 1        
    Displaying synagogues – a History of Transfers and Transformations Introduction and chair: Prof. Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York

    Dr. Sabine Offe, Bremen
    Synagogues as Traces

    Dr. Ilia Rodov, Bar Ilan
    Synagogue as Museum: Ritual and Exposition

    Naomi Simhony, Jerusalem
    Synagogue Exhibitions in National Museums in the State of Israel

    16:45- 18:15     
    Panel 2        
    Synagogues as Sources for Research and Education Introduction and Chair: Jutta Dick, Halberstadt

    Dipl.-Ing. Mirko Przystawik, Braunschweig The Hornburg Synagogue and its Furnishing

    Prof. Dr. Renato Athias, Pernambuco/Brazil Memory and Architectural Preservation of the First Synagogue in the Americas

    Dr. Marc Grellert, Darmstadt
    Synagogues Destroyed in Germany. 20 Years of Virtual Reconstructions in Museums

    Tuesday, November 22nd

    9:00 – 10:30    
    Panel 3    
    Collecting Contexts – Objects From Synagogues in Jewish and Non-Jewish Collections Introduction and chair: Dr. Chana C. Schütz, Berlin

    Dr. Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Wien
    The Judaica-Collection at the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum and its

    Dr. Sergey Kravtsov, Jerusalem
    The Jewish Museum in Lviv: genius loci and Realpolitik

    Dr. Miranda Crowdus, Hannover
    Synagogue Music-Objects as Metonyms: Ethics and Dissonances in the Material Representation/Display of Jewish Practice

    10:30 – 11:00    

    11:00 – 12:30    
    Panel 4        
    Objects and Sites of Jewish Material Culture Introduction and chair: Prof. Dr. Alexander von Kienlin, Braunschweig

    Dr. Svetlana Tarkhanova, Moscow
    The Chorazin Synagogue (4th-6th cent.) at the Archaeological Site and in the Museum Space

    Prof. Dr. Askold Ivantchik, Bordeaux
    Archeological and Epigraphical Traces of an Early Diaspora Community in Tanais, Russia

    Hans-Christof Haas, Bamberg
    The Sukkah of Mendel Rosenbaum in Zell /Lower Franconia. Tradition – Research – Presentation

    12:30 – 13:30    

    13:30 – 14:15    

    14:15 – 15:45    
    Panel 5        
    Synagoguges as Museums – New Concepts of Display and Education Introduction and chair: Dr. Samuel Gruber, Syracuse NY

    Dr. Ron Epstein, Zurich
    Re-Used Synagogues in Switzerland

    Dr. Martha Keil, St. Pölten/Wien
    „Who is in need of a Judentempel?” The former Synagogue of St. Pölten (Lower Austria) and its cultural location

    Prof. Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York The Example of the Wooden Synagogue in the Polin-Museum, Warsaw

    16:30 – 17:30    
    Visit of the Jüdisches Museum des Braunschweigischen Landesmuseums
    18:00 – 19:00    
    Reception by the Lord Mayor of the City of Braunschweig, Altstadtrathaus

    Public Lecture
    Prof. Dr. Ismar Schorsch, New York
    Leopold Zunz und die Wissenschaft des Judentums

    Wednesday, November 23rd

    9:00 – 10:30 
    Panel 6        
    Reconstruction, Re-contextualization – Synagogue-Museums and    their 
    Introduction and chair: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Klein, Budapest

    Dr. Anselm Hartinger, Erfurt
    The Museum Old Synagogue

    Gabi Rudolf M.A., Würzburg
    Synagogue Arnstein – Visual Fragment of an Invisible History

    Prof. Dr. Givi Gambashidze, Tbilisi
    Museum as a Space of Peace

    10:30 – 11:00     

    11:00 – 12:30    
    Panel 7        
    The Future of Synagogues in/ as Museums
    Introduction and chair: Dr. Vladimir Levin, Jerusalem

    Dr. Eszter Gantner, Marburg
    Synagogue as Space of Conflicts: The Formal Synagogue of Esztergom, Hungary

    Dr. Heike Pöppelmann, Dr. Hans Jürgen Derda, Braunschweig The Museum of Religions in the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum

    Dr. Benigna Schönhagen, Augsburg
    The Example of Augsburg

    Dr. Christiane Twiehaus, Dr. Sebastian Ristow, Cologne The Findings, Reconstruction, and Museum Presentation of the Cologne Medieval Synagogue and the Jewish Quarter

    12:30 – 13:00    
    Final discussion, conclusion

    For registration and any questions, please, contact us via E-Mail:; registration should be done until November, 7, 2016. 
    A congress fee of 50,- Euro is payable directly at the registration desk; it includes coffee breaks and refreshments, the visit of the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum Hinter Aegidien and the evening events on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd.

    Concept and Organisation
    Prof. Dr. Alexander von Kienlin, Braunschweig Prof. Dr. Annette Weber, Heidelberg Dr. Heike Pöppelmann, Braunschweig Dr.-Ing. Katrin Keßler, Braunschweig PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Ulrich Knufinke, Braunschweig

    Academic Board
    Prof. Dr. Aliza Cohen-Mushlin, Jerusalem Dr. Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Wien Dr. Samuel Gruber, Syracuse, NY Prof. Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York Dr. Vladimir Levin, Jerusalem Dr. Frank Mecklenburg, New York Prof. Dr. Nathanael Riemer, Potsdam Dr. Chana C. Schütz, Berlin Prof. Dr. Harmen H. Thies, Braunschweig

    PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Ulrich Knufinke
    Dr.-Ing. Katrin Keßler
    Bet Tfila - Forschungsstelle für jüdische Architektur in Europa Technische Universität Braunschweig Pockelsstraße 4
    D-38106 Braunschweig
    Tel.: +49 (0)531 / 391-2526
  • CFP: 6th Annual AIARG Conference (Waterford, 27-28 Jan 17)

    Waterford | Dates: 06 – 24 Oct, 2016
    Proposals for conference papers are now sought for the 6th annual AIARG conference to be held in Waterford on 27th to 28th of January 2017. Papers may be submitted under the following thematic sessions.

    Architectural Education in the Age of Globalization: when East meets West.

    Centenary Celebration of William H. Whyte, Sage of the City (1917 – 1999).

    Concealed or Exposed? Ireland and Concrete.

    Critical Spatial Practice and Sensibility Formation.

    Design versus Conservation and the Value of Time. What is the meaning of place?

    Domesticity at the Crossroads: Irish Housing Design 1955 – 1980.

    Evaluating Landscapes.

    Interim Review – on Architectural Education 2.

    Intertidal Infrastructural.

    Reproduction: Architectural Education, Ideology and the Capitalist Relations of Production.

    Streets on the ground: Rediscovering planned and unplanned city streets.

    The Minor Woods of Ireland.

    “There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” (Zaha Hadid, Feb 2003). Considering the complete life and legacy of Zaha Hadid.

    Transculturation. Merging and Converging of Architectural Idioms, Energies and Ideals.

    Please forward your abstract by email (300 words maximum) to session chair by 24th October. Full papers (2,000 – 2,500 words) expected in December. Please include with your abstract a 100 word biography and contact details.
  • Arthur H. Vinal / Edmund March Wheelwright — Two Boston City Architects

    Boston | Dates: 06 Oct, 2016 – 31 Mar, 2017
    This exhibit focuses on the work of the two City Architects who, separately, designed Boston's Richardson Romanesque, Chestnut Hill High Service Pumping Station and its seamless extension

    Arthur H. Vinal was Boston City Architect from 1884 through 1888

    Edmund March Wheelwright was Boston City Architect from 1891 to 1895

    For each, his four year encumbancy would prove to be the most quantitatively productive period in a substantive career.

    About 60 of Vinal’s projects are still standing, including
    — the Chestnut Hill Pumping Station (now the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum)
    — the combined Fire Station/Police Station (now part of the Boston Architectural College) at Boylston and Hareford Streets in Boston
    — Numerous residential projects, including entire block fronts of row buildings in Boston's Charlesgate, Fenway, and Bay State Road areas

    About 75 of Wheelwright’s commissions survive, including 
    — the Pine Street Inn, 
    — The Massachusetts Historical Society
    — The Longfellow Bridge
    — Horticulture Hall
    — Jordan Hall
    — the palatial Larz Anderson Carriage House (now Larz Anderson Automobile Museum)
    — the Harvard Lampoon Castle.
  • Getty Graduate Internships

    Los Angeles | Dates: 06 Oct – 01 Dec, 2016
    Getty Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation, as well as in Getty Publications—to students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Training and work experience placements are available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, information management, public programs, and grantmaking. 
  • By the People: Designing a Better America

    New York | Dates: 06 Oct, 2016 – 26 Feb, 2017
    An exhibition of 60 collaborative designs from throughout the United States and across borders, By the People  challenges the country’s persistent social and economic inequality. Curator of Socially Responsible Design Cynthia E. Smith conducted over two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling metro regions, struggling rural towns, areas impacted by natural and man-made disasters, and places of persistent poverty—in search of design for more inclusive and sustainable communities. Presented in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery and Process Lab, the exhibition delivers a powerful message of optimism for achieving a more just and equitable society for all Americans through design.

  • New International Journal of Construction History: Aedificare

    Paris | Dates: 06 Oct – 30 Nov, 2016
    The first issue of the new construction history international journal, Aedificare, will be published in January 2017. Aedificare is a multilingual journal with two yearly issues, available both printed and on-line.
    It will publish original papers in the field of construction history as well as edited and commented sources, paper reviews and information on on-going research. Junior researchers are warmly welcome to publish their work in progress or achieved studies. Aedificare will propose both varia and thematic issues.
    All contributions to the journal, (papers, propositions for a thematic
    issue...) can be sent to Papers will undergo a double blind peer-review to guarantee their scientific quality. Although the first issue is currently under preparation, papers can still be submitted and be considered for this issue.

    We thank you in advance for your enthusiasm regarding this new journal and invite you to share this information with anyone who might be interested.
    The journal notice and guidelines for authors are available in the five languages accepted for publication: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
    You can find more information by clicking on the following link:

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