Recent Opportunities

  • SAHANZ 2018

    Wellington | Dates: 04 – 07 Jul, 2018

    Registration is now open for “Historiographies of Technology and Architecture,” the 35th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 4-7 July 2018. The conference is hosted by the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The keynote speaker is Prof. Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan. Please use the following link to register:
    The privileging of technology within architecture had its most obvious manifestation in the modernist period, when architects borrowed knowledge, practices and imagery from other technical fields. But the projection of architecture as technology has been ever present and has its own deep history. The Greek root “tekhnē” – meaning “art” or “craft” – reminds us that conceiving and making are inextricably linked. This dependency suggests that “tekhnē” lies at the core of architectural practice: the task of creating architecture has always been subject to modes of representation and analysis that can be thought of as “technical”. Equally, the discipline of architecture is responsive to changes in manufacturing, engineering and the other applied sciences. Frequently, this reflexiveness is mediated by the social changes that are wrought by these new technologies. SAHANZ 2018 investigates the changing manifestations of this relationship, exploring historiographies of architecture and technology considered within the global context. 

  • Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture Since 1968

    Brooklyn | Dates: 14 Jun – 06 Jul, 2018

    The civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements have impacted every facet of US society, including architecture and design. Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968 links the US design community to larger social and political movements of the late 20th century, placing design practice in the foreground and engaging viewers in critical conversations of history, progress, and the built environment. Now What?! acknowledges a wide coalition of organizations and professionals’ national and grassroots efforts to change the face of architecture and design in the US.

    In recent years, there has been a new wave of initiatives and advocacy emerging in the US that draw attention to these critical issues. This exhibition writes the overlooked histories of activist architects and organizations who were—and still are—at the forefront of the profession’s participation in larger social and political movements over the last fifty years, and suggests ways forward. This intersectional and interdisciplinary look at the design professions draws historical connections and serves as the only comprehensive narrative of activism in US architecture and design that spans these generations and disparate causes. Now What?! examines diversity and activism in the design professions since 1968 while crafting a space for public debate and dialogue that projects forward as much as it looks back.

  • Preserving the Recent Past 3 (PRP3)

    Los Angeles | Dates: 17 – 17 Jul, 2018
    On March 13-16, 2019, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the Preserving the Recent Past 3 Conference will offer a national forum to share the latest strategies for identifying, protecting, and conserving significant structures and sites from the post-World War II era.
    Building on a legacy

    In concurrent presentation sessions, plenary talks, a pre-conference symposium, and tours, Preserving the Recent Past 3 will build upon the groundbreaking prior conferences—Preserving the Recent Past (1995), and Preserving the Recent Past 2 (2000)—to address key issues in the preservation of modern historic resources. Much has changed in the two decades since these important events. A variety of resources have reached fifty years of age; innovation continues in the treatment of postwar materials and assemblies; and new survey techniques for suburban and urban landscapes have emerged. Buildings, sites and landscapes from this period reflect the dynamism, creativity, and tensions of the society that created them. They tell stories—of mass suburbanization and urban disinvestment and reinvestment, of multiple and successive modern styles, innovative products, and new social and activist movements.

    Call for papers available in June, 2018.
  • Announcement: CFP for NCSA 2019 Conference

    Dates: 07 Jun – 30 Sep, 2018
    CFP:  40th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, March 7-9, 2019  Kansas City, Missouri: EXPLORATIONS 
    The NCSA conference committee invites proposals that examine the theme of explorations in the history, literature, art, music and popular culture of the nineteenth century. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to this theme are welcome from North American, British, European, Asian, African and worldwide perspectives.

    From the early nineteenth century, when Lewis and Clark paddled through the Kansas City area on their way up the Missouri River to explore the North American continent, through the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the building of factories and railroads, the mechanization of agriculture, and the advent of mass-produced cultural artifacts, the American Midwest became a crossroads for explorers and inventors, hucksters and entrepreneurs, artists and musicians, poets and dreamers who pursued their discoveries toward destinations made possible by the wide-open spaces of the Great Plains. In this way, the Kansas City region is emblematic of a larger set of trends in the global evolution of culture that radically altered the fundamental conditions of human existence during the nineteenth century. 

    — How does the discovery of new geographical knowledge change the perception of human possibility?
    — How do innovations in science and technology affect the development of literature, music and art?
    — How does the recovery of previously unheard voices – of women, of workers, of ethnic minorities and people of color – influence the understanding of social history in America and the wider world?
    — Topics for investigation include encounters between Western explorers and indigenous people; the impact of steamships and railways upon changing perceptions of time and space; resistance and accommodation between traditional folkways and mass-produced culture; and the development of new idioms in literature, art and music to express the broader horizons of nineteenth-century self-awareness.

    Proposals are due by September 30, 2018. Send 300-word abstracts (as an email attachment in MS Word format) along with a one-page CV to


    Call for Roundtable Proposals:  Roundtable discussions provide conference attendees the opportunity to engage in spirited conversation and collaborative exchange of information and resources. The format of roundtable discussions will be lively, interactive discourse among presenters and conference participants, not lecture or panel-style delivery. Roundtable sessions will be 80 minutes long. Presenters should regard themselves primarily as facilitators and should limit their own prepared remarks to five minutes or less. Extensive collaboration among the presenters before the conference is encouraged, since the goal is to foster extensive, diverse, and cogent perspectives on interdisciplinary research topics of general interest to NCSA members. Roundtables should be pre-organized by a group of 4-8 presenters. To propose a roundtable topic, please send a single 300-word abstract describing the general topic of the roundtable (as an email attachment in MS Word format) to

    Your abstract should include the proposed session title and the full name of each presenter, with their email and phone contacts, job title and affiliation. Indicate which presenter has agreed to serve as discussion moderator. Please be sure to confirm the participation of all presenters before submitting your abstract.  Roundtable proposals are due by September 30, 2018.

    Conference Venue: The conference will be held at the newly renovated Marriott Country Club Plaza in midtown Kansas City, adjacent to the open-air shops and restaurants of the Country Club Plaza and in easy walking distance of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Conference Registration will open in December 2018. AV requirements are due January 1, early registration closes on January 20, and registration ends on February 20.  Conference website:
  • Preserving the Recent Past 3 conference - March 13-16, 2019 - Los Angeles

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 – 16 Mar, 2019

    The Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and the National Park Service are pleased to announce a three-day conference dedicated to identifying and preserving post-World War II historic resources, to take place March 13-16, 2019 at University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Following pre-conference tours on Wednesday March 13, the main paper sessions in concurrent tracks will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 14–15. A closing panel and reception will be held Friday evening. Additional tours and workshops will be held throughout the Los Angeles area on Saturday, March 16.

    Building upon the groundbreaking 1995 Preserving the Recent Past, and the 2000 Preserving the Recent Past 2, this third conference will provide a new forum to share the latest strategies for identifying, protecting, and conserving significant structures and sites from the post-World War II era. Public and private stakeholders are invited from across the spectrum of preservation, non- profit and development organizations, specialists in architectural conservation, owners and site managers, design and construction professionals, planners, government officials, educators, students, and fans of postwar cultural resources.

    In the almost two decades since the last Preserving the Recent Past conference, a variety of new resource types and styles, from post-Modernism to Brutalism, have reached fifty years of age; innovation continues in the treatment of postwar materials and assemblies; new surveying techniques for large suburban and urban landscapes have emerged; and ongoing efforts seek to expand the ways preservation can help tell the stories of postwar culture and social movements.

    PRP3 will feature:Multiple paper sessions over two days covering historic rehabilitation and advocacy strategies and technical conservation issues and solutions for recent past resources; special seminars and workshops on targeted topics; tours of recent past sites throughout the Los Angeles area; AIA Continuing Education Learning Units for all paper sessions, workshops, and tours; complimentary space for affinity organization meetings; onsite book sales

    Potential topics include: rehabilitation and reuse strategies for recent past buildings and sites; conservation issues, sustainability and solutions for post-World War II resources; techniques for surveying recent past neighborhoods and commercial districts; advocacy challenges and opportunities for the recent past; thematic frameworks and trends related to recent past buildings, sites, and landscapes; significant Post-war era sites of underserved communities; new digital approaches to documenting and interpreting recent past sites; Post-war modernism, Brutalism, Postmodernism and questions on identifying resources

    For more information, visit or email 

  • The City as Archive. Histories of Collecting and Archiving and the Musealisation of Florence, Eighteenth Century to the Present

    Florence | Dates: 06 – 25 Jun, 2018

    Studienkurs/Summer School of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, 18–25 September 2018

    25. Juni 2018

    Hannah Baader and Costanza Caraffa

    In November 1916 a spectacular auction took place in the city of New York, when the art dealer, collector and trained artist Elia Volpi (1858–1938) sold a collection of Italian and Florentine art, in total more than 1200 works. Not even a decade earlier, Volpi had started to display this collection at the Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, a historical fourteenth-century palace. Volpi had bought the palace in 1904 and, following a restoration, opened it to the public in 1910.

    Volpi's museum at Palazzo Davanzati is a single, yet significant case among a series of new museums, collections and archives established in Florence, between the eighteenth and the twenty-first century. Many of these built upon earlier collections or collecting practices. Almost all of them were re-systematized or reshaped in the decades and centuries to follow and continue to be re-thought or remodeled to this day. 

    By the mid-nineteenth century, a set of museums dedicated to the display of art and archeology had been institutionalized in Florence. Whereas several of these initiatives can be connected to the making of the new Italian state, with Florence serving as its capital from 1865–1870, others date back to the House of the Lorraine. They can be linked to a variety of phenomena: Enlightenment thought, secularisation processes, the appraisal or appropriation of Renaissance culture, philanthropism and orientalism. After an initial acquisition of a collection of Egypt artifacts in 1824 and the subsequent sponsorship of a French-Tuscan expedition to Egypt under the guidance of J.-F. Champollion and I. Rossini, in 1855 the Museo Egizio was established. The Museo Etrusco followed in 1870. In 1865, the year in which Florence was declared capital, the Museo Nazionale del Bargello opened its doors. The Galleria dell'Accademia opened in 1882, prominently displaying Michelangelo's David, after its removal from the Piazza della Signoria in 1873.

    The desire to create public access to archives and study collections for both scholars and the larger public was not limited to works of art; it extended to history, literature and especially to the natural sciences. Florentine archiving practices included the systematic collection of scientific instruments, as well as the recording of geological formations, a singular collection of plant specimens, mammals, birds, skeletons and the like. It included also geographical, astronomical and a wide range of textual records. Together, these form a rare and surprising accumulation or archive of epistemic things and of knowledge distributed in and provided by the city at its various institutional levels.

    Among the first specialized museums was the Reale Museo di Fisica e Storia Naturale, founded in 1775, that would become the cornerstone of the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (1927), today's Museo Galileo. In 1852, Florence saw the establishment of the Archivio di Stato di Firenze, its foundation promoted by Grand Duke Leopoldo II, who installed a commission to investigate effective forms of systematisation of the archival materials. The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, established in 1861, incorporated a collection of 40,000 manuscripts and books left to Florence in 1714 by Antonio Magliabechi "for the universal benefit of the city". The Istituto Geografico Militare, founded after the unification of Italy, was brought to Florence in 1865. An implicit colonial understanding shaped the Museo di Antropologia, created by Paolo Mantegazza in 1869. The Istituto Agronomico per l'Oltremare related to overseas possessions, hosted in the city since 1904, had a "scientific" mission clearly linked to Italy's colonial undertakings.

    Photography played an important role in archival practices, both in Florence, but especially about Florence, archiving, configuring, and multiplying the artistic and architectural "body" of the city. In 1852 the Fratelli Alinari started their activities as providers of photographic materials, the Locchi were to follow in 1924 with the documentation of events. Photo archives were accumulated in a number of other institutions both within and outside the city.

    The rich cultural engagement in the above-mentioned archives and museum foundations of the later eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries included the Stibbert, Horne, Bardini, and Santa Croce museums among others. It also comprised research institutions like Villa I Tatti and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz itself. Their matrix can be found in the largest donation to the city, that of the Medici collections. In 1737 the last Medici Anna Maria Luisa, the Dowager Electress Palatine, ensured that the collections owned by her family would remain in Florence as "ornaments of the state for the use of the public" and for "the curiosity of foreigners". This legacy determined the future of Florence as a center of the arts and tourism. In fact, it was the spectacular "density" of artworks and of architectural remains that was highlighted when the historical centre of Florence was declared UNESCO Cultural Heritage site in 1982 (with an addendum in 2015), extending over an area of 505 hectares.

    The establishment of Florence's eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twenty-century museums and archives can be connected as much to cosmopolitism as to local interests, the making of an Italian nation and, in more recent years, to the European project. These creations stand for structural changes in the making of public spheres. They indicate shifts in educational practices, as well as social and political discontinuities, but they reveal also larger epistemic changes. Their making and remaking hint at different moments of the reappraisal of material and visual cultures, as well as to changing forms of knowledge production and to different approaches to archives and archaeologies of the past, often conceptualized as trajectories into the future. Florence, therefore, might be read as an immense archive of knowledge that is more than the architectonical articulation of its stones and as a site that invites us to reflect upon new archaeologies of its past and present.

    If we consider cities as well as archives as open and dynamic processes, we might shift our attention from the monumental past to the city as an archive in the making (Rao 2009) that itself addresses the future. The 2018 Summer School offers the possibility to study the archives in Florence in the context of the various projects for and about the future of the city and of cities in general. It considers the city as an archive, from fortuitous discoveries to their social productivity and their intellectual and aesthetic enjoyment.


    In collaboration with Paolo Galluzzi, Museo Galileo, Florence, and other Institutions in Florence
    Key Note Speaker: Knut Ebeling (Berlin)


    The KHI Summer School invites applications from the fields of art history and related disciplines, from graduate students, doctoral candidates and scholars who are embarking on post-doctoral research. The number of participants is restricted to fifteen. Each participant is expected to contribute to the success of the course not only with a presentation, but also by actively engaging in the discussions. The Institute will bear the cost of accommodation and will reimburse half of the incurred travelling expenses; in addition, participants will receive a daily allowance.

    Applications in English, Italian or German should include: a letter of interest comprising a research statement, a one-page curriculum vitae and a presentation proposal (ca. 300 words).


    Please send your documents by 25 June 2018 in a single PDF file (max. 2 MB) to the attention of Dr. Hannah Baader and Dr. Costanza Caraffa:

  • Bruno Zevi Prize 2018

    Dates: 06 Jun – 10 Sep, 2018

    With a view to developing and disseminating the teaching of Bruno Zevi and his method of critical and historical inquiry, The Bruno Zevi Foundation is holding an international competition to award a prize for a historical-critical essay offering an original analysis of an architectural work or theme or an architect of the past or present. The competition is open to PhD researchers with experience in these fields:

    –­  the key role of space in architecture;

    –­  the ancient sources of the modern language;

    –­  history as methodology of architectural practice;

    –­  the modern language of architecture;

    –­  landscape and the zero-degree language of architecture.

    Essays published previously are not eligible. The languages admitted are Italian, English and French. The prize consists of the publication of the essay and in the invitation to give a lecture on the occasion of the award.

    In this twelfth edition the member of the jury are: Roberto Dulio, Marzia Marandola, Lucy Maulsby, David Rifkind, Elena Tinacci.

    Those wishing to enter for the competition are required to provide the Bruno Zevi Foundation with all the documents required by no later than September, 10, 2018 (as attested by postmark).

  • Investigating Where We Live

    Washington | Dates: 11 Aug – 31 Dec, 2018
    How do the arts and culture impact Washington, D.C.? Participants in the Investigating Where We Live program this summer are exploring the city, meeting artists and residents, and making connections to their own communities to answer this question. Visit their curated exhibition to learn about local teens’ views of Washington, D.C. through photographs, writing, and artwork.

    Investigating Where We Live, awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013, is a five week summer program at the Museum for teens from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Participants use digital cameras, creative writing, interviews, and their own observations to explore, document, and interpret the built environment in D.C. neighborhoods. They use their findings to design and install an exhibition in the Museum.

  • Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture

    Montreal | Dates: 06 Jun – 02 Sep, 2018

    Today, after many decades of questioning science’s capacity to provide answers to architecture’s social mandate, architects and designers are once again enchanted with the concept of the laboratory. Originally conceived as the physical space for the practice of alchemy and crystalized in its modern form during the Enlightenment, the laboratory has become an omnipresent term in architectural education, practice and theory. Architecture schools, corporate firms and governmental think tanks are once again saturated with “design labs,” all of which promise to provide objective and precise solutions to contemporary design challenges. In its ubiquity as metaphor, physical space, and visual aesthetic, the laboratory has become an unquestioned dogma. At a moment when science and the production of scientific knowledge are once again undergoing an attack, architecture’s reinvigorated faith in the infallibility of science paradoxically resembles the blind devotion of a religious cult.

    Instead of reinforcing any preconceived hierarchies between these two fields, Lab Cult explores a more symmetrical narrative. Through an eclectic juxtaposition of case studies from science and architecture, this exhibition suggests a history of close-knit relationships and mutual exchanges. Architects are often accused of borrowing, transforming or even misappropriating scientific ideas, tools and working protocols in their attempt to systematize the intuitive aspects of the creative process. At the same time, though, scientists strongly rely on architectural concepts, representations and material means to stage and communicate sophisticated set-ups of rigorous investigation.

    The exhibition is organized under six themes: “Designing Instruments, “Measuring Movement,” “Visualizing Forces,” “Testing Animals,” “Building Models,” and “Observing Behaviour.” Each of these themes is presented by pairing one historical case study from science with one from architecture. Ranging from the late 19th century to the early 1980s, these case studies identify the ways in which working concepts, methods and protocols have been exchanged across different time periods between scientists and architects of diverse disciplinary backgrounds, such as architecture, psychology, engineering, physiology, mathematics, industrial design, computer science and others.

    Curator: Evangelos Kotsioris, 2016–2017 Emerging Curator
    Graphic design: Louise Paradis, Montreal
    Drawings: New Affiliates, New York

  • Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America

    Chicago | Dates: 27 Oct, 2018 – 02 Dec, 2019

    Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America reveals how Chicago brought cutting-edge modern design to the American marketplace on a scale unmatched by any other city. The exhibition focuses on 1930s–50s, a critical period in American history. It presents issues of design and aesthetics within the larger social, economic and cultural context of the time and explores how the city’s hosting of the 1933-34 World’s Fair, its industries, advertising firms and mail order companies advanced modern design on local, regional and national levels. Innovative designs coupled with the might of Chicago’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure led to the mass production of affordable state-of-the-art products featuring a new urban-inspired aesthetic that furnished public and private spaces across the country.

    The exhibition includes more than 200 objects, photographs and documents, many on view for the first time. The works of many celebrated designers, such as Alfonso Iannelli, Otis Shephard and Wolfgang Hoffmann will be featured.

    Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America is curated by Olivia Mahoney, senior curator at the Chicago History Museum.

  • Treasures from the White City: Chicago World's Fair of 1893

    Chicago | Dates: 08 Sep, 2018 – 06 Jan, 2019

    The Richard H. Driehaus Museum presents Treasures from the White City: Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, displaying original objects and memorabilia designed for and exhibited at the fair on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.

    The objects are drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as the Richard H. Driehaus private collection, and are exhibited in two galleries in the Nickerson Mansion, a building that not only stood during the World’s Fair in 1893 but also hosted a large reception to celebrate the event.

    Treasures from the White City is divided into three main sections: Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Byzantine chapel and ecclesiastical designs, a selection of substantial silver pieces designed by Gorham Manufacturing Company and Tiffany Studios, and two-dimensional objects from the fair such as photographs, prints, and memorabilia.

    Two of the most remarkable works on view are a large leaded-glass window and a bronze candelabrum. Both objects were designed and created by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company in 1892-93—the candelabrum was displayed in a gallery adjacent to the Byzantine-style chapel, which was included to demonstrate the virtuosity of the Tiffany firm in ecclesiastical designs. The leaded-glass window was modeled after the lectern frontal, or antependium, in the chapel—Tiffany was known to celebrate preferred designs by reproducing them and often transforming them into alternate materials, and he created this ecclesiastical window the same year as the fair.

    Silver production was an established design industry in Chicago by 1893. Tiffany & Company and Gorham Manufacturing Company recognized this by showcasing a multitude of silver objects in their respective pavilions at the fair. Silver pieces featured in the exhibition include a Tiffany Roman punch-bowl purchased by William Randolph Hearst at the Columbian Exposition, as well as a silver jardinière from the Rose Dinner Service. For the jardinière alone, it required 120 hours for the silversmith to form the object, and then more than 270 hours to chase the decoration.

    Tiffany’s celebrated chapel at the World’s Fair lead to important commissions for the firm throughout Chicago which have become iconic part of the City’s architectural and design legacy. Tiffany & Company shared their pavilion at the World’s Fair with Gorham Manufacturing Company who put on a truly spectacular display of silver. This significant showing of silver lead to further growth of Chicago’s already established silver industry. The trends in silver making and design that were established by Tiffany and Gorham at the World’s Fair had a lasting influence on the silver business for decades to come both in Chicago and around the world.


    Chicago | Dates: 17 – 20 Oct, 2018

    Each year 600+ minority architects, urban designers, community activists and design students from across the country come together in fellowship and support for the annual NOMA conference.  This year the 46th annual NOMA Conference, NOMA UNBOUNDED – The Convergence of a Legacy, will be held in Chicago, IL. at the historic Palmer House Hotel, October 17th – 20th.  With the convenient location we’re exploring a new and exciting “conference without walls” concept which will leverage 2/3 of our standard conference programs outside the confines of the hotel, and utilize nearby firms, organizations, and venues. 

     I-NOMA welcomes all of our beloved NOMA family and friends to expand, explore and enjoy our beautiful city for the 46th Annual NOMA Conference in Chicago!

  • CREAte Biennial Conference: From Building to Continent - 28 & 29 June, Canterbury

    Canterbury | Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2018

    Kent School of Architecture and CREAte would like to invite you to the 2018 CREAte’s Biennial conference:

    From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories
    28th and 29th of June, 2018

    The Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury

    Standard architectural histories often analyse buildings as isolated objects, sometimes within the immediate context, but typically with minimal acknowledgement of wider spatial ramifications. However, buildings may become spatial generators, not only in the immediate vicinity, but also at larger geographic scales. In the context of this conference, such structures have been grouped and analysed collectively to understand how these artefacts represent territories at varying scales.

    For further information about the conference, please visit or contact

    Special Conference Rate for Attendees: £60 per person (not including lunch).

    To pay the registration fee for attendees, please click here:


    Keynote Speaker Lectures:


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

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

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

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

  • SAH Field Seminar to Cuba

    Cuba | Dates: 01 – 14 Dec, 2018
    SAH Cuba Field Seminar
    December 1–14, 2018
    Registration will open at 3 pm CDT on June 12, 2018

    Tour Leader: Belmont Freeman, FAIA
    Double occupancy: $6795 | Single occupancy: $7495
    Limited to 25 participants
    Deadline for Reservations: August 3, 2018
    Deadline for Fellowship Applications: August 3, 2018

    The Society of Architectural Historians’ 2018 Cuba Field Seminar is an ambitious immersion in the architecture, urbanism, and landscape of Cuba, covering territory from Havana in the west to Guantánamo, Cuba's eastern-most province. The first five days will concentrate on the capital and its environs, examining the colonial architecture of the old city, early and mid-century modernism, and the radical avant-garde of the post-revolution period. The second week will take us on an overland journey through a string of historic cities—and beautiful countryside—ending in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s #2 city and very Caribbean counterpart to cosmopolitan Havana. Travel to Cuba, and to Havana in particular, has in recent years become easier for Americans. This tour, therefore, is designed to take SAH members away from tourist centers and to places that they would be unlikely to visit on their own.

    See website for full itinerary and details.
  • Registration deadline extended to June 15: conference 'Exporting Socialism, Making Business?'

    Erkner | Dates: 21 – 22 Jun, 2018

    The registration deadline has been extended to June 15.

    As long as seats are available, late registration at the conference venue will be possible.


    After WW II, architecture was used and misused as an ideological signifier for competing systems and for new national identities. Diverse actors and networks took part in architectural exchange within the blocks and beyond the Iron Curtain. Different aid projects posed an attempt to overcome political and economic divides, but at the same time they were often considered as foreign imposition or neo-colonial practice. Tensions between commercial interests and political solidarity arose.

    Against this background and referring to the growing scholarly interest for the multi-layered and multi-centred exchanges between the Global South and socialist as well as capitalist countries, we would like to investigate this issue in relation to architecture and the constructing industry from an interdisciplinary perspective of architectural, urban and economic history as well as postcolonial studies and heritage preservation.


    Thursday - 21 June 2018

    09:30 Opening Welcome
    Heiderose Kilper - IRS - Erkner
    10:00 Introduction
    Christoph Bernhardt - IRS - Erkner

    10:30 Exploring Postwar Exchange on Urbanization and Architecture
    Tobias Wolffhardt - Bundeswehr University Munich -
    Trade Solutions for the Global South? Urbanization, 
    the UN and International Policies of Development
    Jonas van der Straeten - Mariya Petrova - Technical University Darmstadt -
    In the Shadows of Socialist Architecture: Transregional
    Perspectives on Private House Building in Samarkand,

    12:00 Lunch Break

    13:00 Cold War Politics of Construction
    Max Trecker - Institute of Contemporary History Berlin -
    Forging the Indian Steel Industry: The Economic Side
    of the Cold War in the Global South
    Jelica Jovanovic - University of Technology Vienna -
    Interna(tiona)lizing Architecture: Yugoslav Actors on
    the Global Scene. Just Follow the Lead of the Ministry
    of Foreign Affairs!

    14:30 Coffee Break

    15:00 Hotspots of Architectural Exchange I: China
    Susanne Stein - University of Tübingen -
    Between „Self Sovietization” and Soviet Assistance:
    Bourgeois Specialists, Soviet Manuals and the Development
    of Urban Planning in China, 1950s-1960s
    Tao Chen - Tongji University Shanghai -
    Exporting the German Know-how: East German
    Specialists in China (1952-1964)

    16:30 Coffee Break

    17:00 Keynote Lecture
    Christina Schwenkel - University of California Riverside -
    The Afterlife of Aid: On the Repurposing of GDR
    Architecture in Vietnam

    Friday - 22 June 2018

    09:30 Hotspots of Architectural Exchange II: Ghana

    Lukasz Stanek - The University of Manchester -
    Made in Ghana: Architecture and Socialist Modernization
    Anne-Kristin Hartmetz - GWZO/University of Leipzig -
    Between Factory and Fiction - Planning and Implementation
    of Industrial Development Projects in Ghana in Cooperation with CMEA Countries, 1960-1972

    11:00 Coffee Break

    11:30 The GDR and Socialist Architectural Transfer
    Hans-Georg Lippert - Technical University Dresden -
    Cold War in the Media? Architectural Journals in West and East Germany
    Andreas Butter - Monika Motylinska - IRS Erkner -
    A Success Story? Industrial Architecture of the GDR in Asia
    Tanja Scheffler - Dresden -
    The Carl-Zeiss-Planetarium in Tripoli

    13:30 Lunch Break

    14:30 Trade Fairs as Hubs for Architecture and Planning
    Patryk Babiracki - University of Texas-Arlington -
    The Poznań International Trade Fair in the Cold War:
    How It Was Packaged and Perceived
    Jasna Galjer - University of Zagreb -
    International Trade Fair in Zagreb: Between East and West
    Olga Kazakova - Higher School of Economics/Institute of
    Modernism, Moscow -
    1967 Moscow World Expo: A Territory of Friendship or
    a Battlefield?

    16:30 Conclusion and Final Discussion

    17:00 End of Conference

  • Travel Grant to Docomomo US National Symposium in Columbus, IN | Sept. 26-29, 2018

    Columbus | Dates: 02 – 30 Jun, 2018
    Docomomo US/NOCA Travel Grant for Students & Emerging Professionals

    The Docomomo US Northern California (NOCA) Chapter​ is pleased to offer a travel grant for one student or emerging professional to attend and participate in the Docomomo US National Symposium 2018 in Columbus, Indiana, from September 26-29, 2018.

    The Docomomo NOCA Travel Grant provides financial support for students and emerging professionals committed to the documentation and conservation of Modern buildings and landscapes. The intention of the scholarship is enable one individual to participate in the Docomomo US 2018 National Symposium.

    Please find information about eligibility and application requirements at:

    Applications will close on June 30, 2018 at 11:59PM PST. The grant recipient will be notified early July 2018.

    About the 2018 Docomomo US National Symposium

    The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve Modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals. Held annually, this multi-day conference seeks to engage local participants in cities across the United States, offering participants the ability to interact with and explore a wide variety of significant modern architecture and sites.

    The US Modern Movement in architecture is broadly defined as the period from 1930-1970s. Buildings or sites of the period often looked to the future without overt references to historical precedent; expressed functional, technical or spatial properties; and were conscious of being modern, expressing the principles of modern design. The architecture produced during this period took on many forms and represented a range of complex ideology. 

    The 2018 National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation will feature four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, and keynote conversations with visionary leaders. The theme of this year’s symposium will explore how investing in the value of good design can make communities better and how new approaches to preservation are positively incorporating our modern heritage into the future of cities.

    To learn more about the 2018 National Symposium, visit: e-preservation.
  • SESAH Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award

    Dates: 02 Jun – 01 Jul, 2018

    The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) seeks nominations for the Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award(s). These annual awards honor projects that document, preserve, rehabilitate, restore, or educate the public about a historic property – including a building, a structure, or a complex of buildings and/or structures – in an outstanding manner and that demonstrate excellence in research, design, and execution. Projects with a public interpretation component are encouraged, but not required. Projects in the twelve-state SESAH region – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia – that were completed in 2016 or 2017 are eligible.

    Criteria for consideration:

    ●  Quality of the project documentation, research, education, and/or design plan;

    ●  Importance of the property type within its particular context (national, regional, state, local);

    ●  Quality of execution;

    ●  Anticipated benefits; and

    ●  Degree to which the project saved a historic property from likely demolition.

    Nominations should consist of no more than two pages of project description and be accompanied by illustrations and any other supporting material, including a project budget and timeline. A cover letter should identify the owner of the property, the historic and current use of the property, and the names and contact information of all the major participants of the project (including email addresses).

    Email the nomination as a single PDF or as a link to a single PDF posted on Google Drive/Dropbox to the 2018 Best of the South Award committee chairperson, Lydia Mattice Brandt at

    Deadline: July 1, 2018.

    The 2018 Best of the South Award winner will be announced at the 2018 SESAH Annual Meeting held in Manhattan, Kansas, October 3-6.

    For more information, visit

  • The Church Monuments Essay Prize

    Dates: 31 May – 31 Dec, 2018

    Deadline: Dec 31, 2018

    The Council of the Church Monuments Society offers a biennial prize of ?250 called the Church Monuments Essay Prize, to be awarded with a certificate for the best essay submitted in the relevant year. The aim of the competition is to stimulate people, particularly those who may be writing on church monuments for the first time, to submit material for the peer-reviewed international annual CMS journal Church Monuments. Therefore, the competition is open only to those who have not previously published an article in Church Monuments.

    The subject of the essay must be an aspect of church monuments of any period in Britain or abroad. The length (including endnotes) shall not exceed 10,000 words and a maximum of 10 illustrations, preferably in colour. The prize will only be awarded if the essay is considered by the judges to be of sufficiently high standard to merit publication in Church Monuments. The closing date for new entries is 31 December 2018. For a copy of the rules and for the guidelines to contributors please see the Society?s website, or contact the Hon. Journal Editor for more details and/or advice on the suitability of a particular topic.

    Address for details and for submission of articles (deadline 31 December 2018):

    Dr Jonathan Trigg, Editor


  • Regionalism, Nationalism & Modern Architecture

    Porto | Dates: 01 – 25 Jun, 2018


    October 25-27th, 2018 | Porto, Portugal


    Issued by

    CEAA | Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo [Arnaldo Araújo Research Center]
    of Escola Superior Artística do Porto, Portugal

    In 1954, S. Giedion argued that even in the most international component of Modern architecture never lost the mark of its regional origin. He believed that "regional contributions may lead to an universal architectural concept" and give as examples Tony Garnier and Auguste Perret works that, from his point of view, are directly rooted in the French building tradition or Mondrian's "neutral forms" and abstract plan surfaces of Theo van Doesburg's and C. van Eesteren that can be explained by abstract forms of the colored horizontal plans of Dutch landscapes and the vertical plans of its traditional buildings' plain façades.

    Similarly, M. Sabatino draws attention to the way in which the Italian architects in the 1930s resumed the courtyard house of both classical and vernacular tradition in clearly modern designs, and in a text of 1961, concerning the work of F. Távora, N. Portas argues that after the survey to regional architecture, made by Architects Union in the 50s, a "third way" comes up in Portuguese architecture, which uses tradition in the construction of modernity.

    However, the intersection between the local cultural tradition and modern architecture does not always take this path. On the contrary, the acceptance of the Modern Movement is full of ambiguities, dualities and regionalist derives which are often associated with the construction of national identities.

    In association with the ongoing research in the framework of the axis Architecture, Territory, Landscape of the Architectural Studies research group of CEAA, this conference aims to discuss the background, conditions, particularities, consequences and significance of local reception of and contribution to Modern Movement.

    We welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations in English, which should include:

    • Title of the proposal
    • Applicant’s identification (name, institution, country, position and email)
    • Abstract (up to 300 words)
    • Short curriculum vitae (up to 300 words)

    Proposals must be sent in Word (.doc format) by email to

    Important dates:

    Deadline for abstract submission – June 25th
    Notification of acceptance of abstract – July 19th
    Deadline for full paper submission – August 24th
    Papers review – September 24th
    Final full paper submission - October 15th
    Deadline for Registration – October 15th
    Conference – October 25-27th, 2018

    More information at the conference website

  • Fulbright Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards

    Dates: 31 May – 01 Aug, 2018
    Fulbright’s postdoctoral and early career awards present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, acquire new skills, work with additional resources and make connections with leading scholars in their fields. These awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the five previous years. Scholars are eligible to apply if they will complete the requirements for their doctoral degree by February 1, 2019, unless otherwise specified in the award description.

    There are 15 postdoctoral/early career awards and 299 awards open to a range of scholar profiles, including early career scholars, in the 2019-2020 catalog of awards. 

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