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  • 2014 Design Matters Conference

    Washington | Dates: 12 – 13 Nov, 2014
    At this year's AAO Conference, we’ll take a close look at how architectural organizations can construct more effective program narratives, from easy to consume stories fit for broadcast to memorable first person appeals to enriching curator-driven museum format presentations. Learn how to better engage audiences and inspire them to share your message with others. Hear from leading practitioners whose messages consistently rise above the fray and inspire devoted followers. Leave the Conference armed with new ideas for strengthening your own organization’s programs.
  • 2015 Buell Dissertation Colloquium

    New York | Dates: 24 Oct, 2014 – 12 Jan, 2015

    Submissions due: January 12, 2015

    The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture invites submissions for its biennial Dissertation Colloquium, to be held on May 8–9, 2015, at Columbia University. This event brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape.


    Ten to twelve students from universities worldwide will be invited to present a twenty-minute talk drawn from their dissertation research. The presentation is to be based on a self-contained chapter or portion of the student’s dissertation research, and should not be an overview or synthesis of the dissertation as a whole. “American” is construed to mean any part or aspect of the American continents, including all of North and South America. Comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches are encouraged.

    Students must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral program and have completed their coursework and at least one year of dissertation research. Submissions must include a complete draft of the intended presentation, including illustrations. Submissions must also be accompanied by the following: a cover sheet specifying the student’s institutional affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, and phone number; a 150-word abstract describing the paper’s relationship to the overall dissertation topic; and a brief statement from the student’s principal adviser certifying the applicant’s status (stage of completion) in the doctoral program.

    Papers selected for presentation will be announced by February 4, 2015. Each participating student will receive hotel accommodation for two nights and funding toward travel expenses on an as-needed basis.  A dinner and reception with associated students and faculty will be included in the colloquium.

    For further information, contact the Program Coordinator, Jacob Moore, at, consult, or follow us on Twitter @buellcenter. Please send electronic submissions in PDF format and no larger than 3MB, to, by Monday, January 12, 2015.

  • ARIT fellowships for research in Turkey

    Philadelphia | Dates: 22 Oct – 01 Nov, 2014
    The American Research Institute in Turkey offers fellowship support for dissertation research and advanced projects in Turkey.
  • Over There: World War I Overseas Cemeteries and Memorials of the American Battle Monuments Commission

    Washington | Dates: 11 Nov, 2014
    A Lecture by Lisa Pfueller Davidson, PhD

    November 11, 2018 will mark the centennial of the Armistice ending the Great War. In its aftermath, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established to enhance the overseas military cemeteries for the fallen and erect memorials to the combat accomplishments of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Just as the events of World War I are largely forgotten by the American public, the original commemorative program of the ABMC has been overshadowed by its massive World War II American cemeteries in places like Normandy. 

    Initially the War Department established eight World War I cemeteries in France, England, and Belgium. ABMC was created in 1923 to improve these cemeteries and manage an ambitious program of overseas monument building. Paul P. Cret became their consulting architect and subsequently guided every aspect of the AMBC construction program. Cret brought in an impressive roster of his architectural contemporaries, including John Russell Pope, Ralph Adams Cram, and George Howe. The architecture and landscapes of the ABMC display a sophisticated Beaux Arts approach, with the Art Moderne, Neoclassical, or Gothic Revival details and forms that characterized some of the best civic architecture of the 1920s and 30s. This lecture will examine overseas military cemetery policy after World War I, the social and political role of the ABMC sites in creating a public memory of the war, and design practices and ideals of the time. 

    Lisa Pfueller Davidson, Ph.D., is a historian with Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service. Her work on ABMC is part of a multi-year documentation effort by ABMC and the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) leading up to the World War I Centennial.

    The First Congregational United Church of Christ
    945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 
    6:30 pm – reception, 7:00 pm – brief Annual Meeting and lecture
    Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members.
  • Architecture and the Arts from 1945-1968: Comparisons and Intertexts

    Rome | Dates: 29 – 31 Oct, 2014

    This scholarly conference, convened by Bruno Reichlin and Letizia Tedeschi, seeks to illuminate the complexity inherent to the notion of the “synthesis of the arts,” which emerged in the years 1945-1968 in Europe and America. This two and a half day conference will define its specific characteristics and theoretical moorings, and trace similarities and differences compared with analogous situations in the past. Soon after World War II, architects, artists and visual operators active in many different art forms, together with influential critics began to promote a new form of collaboration that affected their work on the level of programs, practices, contents, artistic languages, materials, production strategies, potential synergies and much else. Despite certain critical problems, the term that more than any other most clearly expresses this period, when viewed from this standpoint, is “synthesis of the arts,” sometimes equated with the rebirth in other forms of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” which had ushered in the art of the twentieth century. Speakers include: Yves-Alain Bois, Jean-Louis Cohen, Dietrich Neumann and Giorgio Ciucci.

    Locations of event:
    Wednesday 29 October
    American Academy in Rome

    Thursday 30 October
    American Academy in Rome

    Friday 31 October
    Istituto Svizzero
    Villa Maraini, Via Ludovisi, 48

    The event is organized in collaboration with the Archivio del Moderno at the Università della Svizzera Italiana ( and the Istituto Svizzero (

  • American Academy in Rome 2015 Rome Prize Fellowship

    Dates: 01 Nov, 2014

    Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. The deadline for the nation-wide Rome Prize competition is 1 November 2014.  Applications will also be accepted between 2-15 November 2014 for an additional fee.

    Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines:

    • Architecture
    • Design
    • Historic Preservation and Conservation
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Literature (awarded only by nomination through the American Academy of Arts and Letters)
    • Music Composition
    • Visual Arts 
    • Ancient Studies
    • Medieval Studies
    • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
    • Modern Italian Studies

    Rome Prize recipients are generally invited to Rome for eleven months (some design fellowships are six months and some pre-doctoral art history fellowships are two years).

    The Rome Prize consists of room and board, a stipend and separate work space, and privileged access to Rome.

    Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy's residential community, which also includes Affiliated Fellows, Residents and Visiting Artists and Visiting Scholars.

    Owing to the fluctuating dollar/euro exchange rate and the high cost of living in Rome, the stipends offered may not cover all expenses. This is especially true for Rome Prize winners who come to Rome with families. The American Academy in Rome welcomes spouses/companions and children of Rome Prize winners. However, Fellows with families live in subsidized apartments for which they pay rent, and pay for meals of family members. Thus they often incur expenses that exceed the Fellow’s stipend, so those wishing to bring their families are advised to supplement their stipends with additional funds. 

    Eleven-month fellowships generally begin at the Academy in early-September and end at the beginning of August. Winners of six-month fellowships may choose to begin in early-September and end in early-March or begin in early-February and end in early-August. 

  • Restoration Celebration

    Portland | Dates: 05 Nov, 2014

    Beyond the bricks and mortar, Oregon’s historic buildings ignite our imaginations.  More than relics from the past, these treasured places add palpable depth to our living, breathing story.

    Join us for a festive evening in celebration of Oregon’s historic places – the beautifully restored, and the urgently at risk.

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014


    The Historic Sentinel Hotel, Portland

    The celebration begins with a champagne reception followed by dinner and an inspiring program:

    • Be the first to learn what’s on our 2015 list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places
    • Toast recipients of the 2014 DeMuro Awards for extraordinary preservation, reuse, and community revitalization
    • Hear keynote remarks on Oregon’s historic assets byState Treasurer Ted Wheeler

    Purchase tickets below or phone 503 243-1923 ext. 3

    $100/Members ~ $125/Non-Members

    Proceeds from the Restoration Celebration defend and rehabilitate Oregon’s historic places.  After all, we’re Oregonians, and these buildings are our treasures.

    Please note tickets are non-refundable.

  • Community Builders: Fraternal Lodges in America and Portland

    Portland | Dates: 01 Nov, 2014

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

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

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

    Seating is Limited

    Pre-Registration is Strongly Suggested

  • Vocabulary of Architecture and Architectural Styles

    Portland | Dates: 25 Oct, 2014

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

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

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

    Seating is Limited

    Pre-Registration is Strongly Suggested


  • Inside the New Whitney Museum

    New York | Dates: 29 Oct, 2014

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

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

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

  • We Heart Garden Apartments!

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 Nov, 2014

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

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

  • Unfinished: The Future of Regional Architecture

    Venice | Dates: 25 Oct, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dates: 11 Nov, 2014

    The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities

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

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

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