Recent Opportunities

  • Big Ben Bash at the Drake Hotel

    Chicago | Dates: 15 May, 2016
    Historic Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall, who created E. Lake Shore Dr. and The Drake Hotel, will be feted at “The Big Ben Bash,” hosted by The Benjamin Marshall Society. Festivities take place Sunday, May 15, from 5pm to 8pm at The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place, in Chicago. 

    The dual celebration salutes the 95th Anniversary of The Drake Hotel and the just-published, first-ever book on legendary Benjamin H. Marshall-Chicago Architect. The four-color, tabletop book of Marshall’s incredible work was a key mission of The Benjamin Marshall Society. (Author signings of the book will be available at the party). 
    The renowned Stanley Paul and his musicians will provide dancing and festive music in the Gold Coast Room. 

    A VIP Champagne party is offered pre-event for Marshall connoisseurs from 4pm to 5pm in The Drake Room. Guests are guaranteed a copy of the Benjamin Marshall book, included in ticket price, plus a chance to meet the family of Benjamin Marshall (who will autograph your book). Admission to the 5pm to 8pm celebration is also included. 

    Benjamin Marshall was a celebrity in his heyday, renowned for his extravagant Gatsby-like parties (filled with Hollywood celebrities, and even the Prince of Wales) at his Shangri-La studio and home on Lake Michigan in Wilmette. His compelling architectural style joined classic tradition with modern 21st century. Marshall created a new landscape of living.

    Several Benjamin Marshall buildings have 100th anniversaries this year--the South Shore Country Club (now South Shore Cultural Center), the Polish Consulate at 1530 N. Lake Shore Dr. plus the Edgewater Beach Hotel (formerly on Lake Shore Dr.)  The South Shore Cultural Center features original Benjamin Marshall buildings from 1909 to 1916 and later. (The original 1906 building was demolished).

    Those interested in Chicago history, Benjamin Marshall designs, discovering cultural gems, or catching up with friends, are invited to join in the fun at The Big Ben Bash. 
    Ticket price is $80 for the Sunday, May 15, 5pm – 8 pm party in the Gold Coast room, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, plus live music by Stanley Paul and his musicians.  For an added experience, there is a $250 VIP ticket, including above, plus a 4pm-5pm pre-event private Champagne party. The Champagne event includes hors d’oeuvres, an autographed copy of the Benjamin H. Marshall—Chicago Architect book and a chance to meet Benjamin Marshall’s relatives (and have your book autographed).

    Books will be available for sale at the event. The limited print run cannot be reprinted and only 1,000 books exist. Sale price is $45.

    Net proceeds from the event benefit the Benjamin Marshall Society, a 501c3 charity, whose mission is to educate the public on the life and works of Benjamin Marshall and to revive the discussion on the civic responsibility of the urban architect and the role of architecture, planning and design in the urban environment and in society as a whole.
  • Architect Tom Kubala Presents the FLW Alfred Adelman House Restoration

    Rockford | Dates: 23 – 23 Apr, 2016
    Architectural lecture followed by appetizers and an optional tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House.
  • Digital Open Source Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage

    Evora | Dates: 04 – 15 Jul, 2016
    The registration for the participation in the two courses in the area of Open Source Digital Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage opened on April 4. I. 2D documentation Methodologies with Management through GIS II. Methodologies of 3D Documentation The two courses will have both theoretical and practical classes and are preferentially oriented towards students and professionals with training in the fields of Archaeology, History, Architecture, Art History, Museology, Conservation and Restoration, and Multimedia, as well as experts who are involved in Digital Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage. From a transdisciplinary point of view, the training aims to combine the knowledge of the material culture of our past with technology and innovation. The courses are designed to introduce the participants to the concepts of Open Source and to acquaint them with the use of open source software as a resource for documentation, dissemination and exploitation of Cultural Heritage. Each course lasts 5 days (40h), an intensive week on which the trainees will learn to master the initial concepts, working directly with several software and in case studies. At the end, the trainees should be able to start their own projects and master the concepts that will enable them to develop knowledge in this area.
  • EAHN

    Dublin | Dates: 02 – 04 Jun, 2016
    Twenty-five sessions and roundtables, key note addresses by Jean-Louis Cohen, Roger Stalley, and Sibel Bozdogan, plus a full program of tours and receptions.
  • History of Color in Architectural Drawing

    Paris | Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2016
    Basile Baudez (Paris-Sorbonne University), Histoire de la couleur dans le dessin d’architecture, XVIe–XIXe siècles / History of Color in Architectural Drawing, 16th–19th Centuries Public Lecture Centre André Chastel Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 6:30–8:00pm, Galerie Colbert, 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, salle Ingres (2nd floor).
  • Fulbright Scholar Program: Opportunities in the Fine Arts

    Dates: 13 Apr – 01 Aug, 2016
    The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty, administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.  
    This year, the Fulbright Scholar Program is offering over 65 awards in the field of Art, including all specializations: Architecture, Art History, Dance, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Music, as well as the Visual and Performing Arts. Opportunities include:
    Canada: Research Chairs in Arts and Humanities
    China or Europe: Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art
    Egypt: Visual and Performing Arts
    Guinea: Open to All Disciplines, with a preference for scholars in the Visual Arts and Dance
    Nepal: All Disciplines
    For additional awards in the field of Art, please visit our discipline highlights webpage. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the Arts, as well as scholar testimonials which highlight the outcomes and benefits associated with completing a Fulbright Scholar grant.
    For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow this link: You may also wish to register for one of our webinars or join our mailing list, My Fulbright, a resource for applicants interested in receiving program updates and application tips. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2016.

    Please contact Beth Anderson at or reach any of our regional program staff for more information. We are happy to answer any questions you may have on applying.
    The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.
  • LOST AND TRANSFORMED CITIES: A digital perspective

    Lisbon | Dates: 12 Apr – 30 Jun, 2016
    LOST AND TRANSFORMED CITIES: A digital perspective International Conference, November 17-18, 2016 Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal The city is by definition a living entity. It translates itself into a collectiveness of individuals who share and act on a material, social and cultural setting. Its history is one of dreams, achievements and loss. As such, it also bears a history of identity. To know the history of cities is to understand our own place in the contemporaneity. The past is always seen through the eyes of the present and can only be understood as such. Time erases memory through development and disaster. Cities can simply disappear because they lost their status in society, suffered severe catastrophes or transformed themselves so radically that their history is no longer materially traceable. They can also exemplary absorb the built and cultural heritage through rehabilitation and re-use. Archaeologists, historians, art historians, geographers, anthropologists and sociologists try to decipher and interpret a diverse but comparable amount of data in order to translate remote realities into a contemporaneous discourse. The more interconnected the research is the more efficient it becomes. Digital technology is playing a major role in the study of the city and the preservation of its built and cultural heritage. It allows the collecting, processing and testing of an extensive amount of data in a swift and proficient manner. It also enables interdisciplinary research teams to work collaboratively, often in real time. Digital technology applied to the study of cities and their cultural heritage not only widens the scope of the research, but also allows its dissemination in an interactive fashion to an extensive and diverse audience. Through the intersection of digital technology with historical practice it is possible to convey a perspective of the past as a sensorial-perceptive reality. The resulting knowledge furthers the understanding of the present-day city and the planning of the city of the future. Cities in the digital realm are, therefore, presented in their historical continuum, in their comprehensive and complex reality and are opened to interaction in a contemporary social context. On the occasion of the 261st anniversary of the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon, we invite scholars and experts in the fields of heritage studies, digital humanities, history, history of art and information technology to share and debate their experience and knowledge on digital heritage. We aim for an integrative perspective of the study of lost or transformed urban realities stressing its multidisciplinary character and the impact of the digital in this equation. We especially welcome papers that address (but are not necessarily limited to) the following topics: The historic city from 2D to virtual and augmented reality; Cities as virtual museums; Cities, tourism and digital heritage; Digital Heritage: methodological and epistemological challenges; The contemporary city and digital citizenship. Abstracts: Paper title, abstract (maximum 350 words), 5 keywords, author(s), affiliation (s). Length: 350 words Language of submission: English Abstracts Submission limit: only 1 paper submission per author. Deadline: June 30, 2016 Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2016 Submission link:
  • CFP: Theory’s history (Brussels 9-10 February 2017)

    Brussels | Dates: 12 Apr – 15 Jun, 2016
    In recent international literature addressing the history of 20th century architectural theory, the year 1968 is indicated as a decisive moment, giving rise to a ‘new’ architectural theory. From that moment onwards, emphasis was no longer placed on the aesthetics of architecture, but on its critical potential. Yet, according to some scholars, this intensification of theory was short-lived. A presence of coexisting and even contradictory paradigms derived from very different epistemic domains (anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, social sciences, etc.) led to a setback of theory, resulting in an end-of-theory atmosphere in the 1990s. It is not a coincidence that the so called death of architectural theory concurred with the upsurge of anthologies on architectural theory that collect and classify referential texts. Instead of burying theory, these anthologies had an additional effect, namely to institutionalise it. In other words, they offered both closure to a past period and also defined the locus of a next period of theorisation, invoking a ‘historical turn’. At the same time architectural discourses, and especially architectural historiography, were engaging with new theoretical fields such as gender studies or postcolonial studies, giving rise to a continued production of theoretically informed books and articles. The goal of this conference is to discuss the methodological challenges that come along with this historical gaze towards theory, by focusing on the concrete processes in which knowledge is involved. By screening the unspoken rules of engagement that the accounts of post-war architectural theory have agreed to and distributed, we want to point at dominant assumptions, biases and absences. While anthologies inevitably narrate history with rough meshes, we believe it is time to search for those versions of theory formation that have slipped through these nets of historiography, in order to question the nature of theory and the challenges it poses to historians. How do you do historical research on something as intangible as theory, or in a broadened sense, the knowledge of architecture? We are in other words not only interested in what theorists and practicing architects were arguing for, but also how, why and where they did so. Looking at case-studies, the singular and ‘minor’ expressions of theory, the local discourses and the different formative contexts (e.g. education, publication culture) can be subjected to careful scrutiny. We particularly welcome case-studies from the 1960s to the 1990s that deal with one or more topics formulated in the full CFP: A) the Place of Knowledge 1. Theory’s Geography 2. The Expressions of Knowledge 3. The Agendas of Theory B) the Figure of Knowledge 1. Minor Historiography 2. The Making of the Architectural Theorist C) the Time of Knowledge 1. Problems of Periodization 2. Architectural Theory and Postmodernity 3. Problems of Historical Distance Practical information Please visit our website for up to date information: This two-day conference will be held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday 9th - 10th February 2017. The conference aims to bring together both young and established scholars from every discipline that is able to engage with the topics outlined above. Confirmed keynotes are Joan Ockman, Ákos Moravánszky and Łukasz Stanek. We’re happy to receive abstracts of up to 300 words until the 15th of June, 2016. Information on how to submit is provided on our website. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by an international scientific committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance on the 15th of July 2016. In order to provide a solid conference, we expect full papers one month in advance of the conference, i.e. 1st of January, 2017. Please note that there will be a conference fee for participants of maximum €150 and a reduced price for students. For any other questions, please contact Organising committee: Hilde Heynen Yves Schoonjans Rajesh Heynickx Maarten Delbeke Ricardo Agarez Elke Couchez Sebastiaan Loosen (KU Leuven/UGent) Scientific committee: Hilde Heynen (chair, KU Leuven) Maarten Delbeke (UGent) Rajesh Heynickx (KU Leuven) Yves Schoonjans (KU Leuven) Joan Ockman (University of Pennsylvania) Ákos Moravánszky (ETH Zürich) Łukasz Stanek (University of Manchester) Teresa Stoppani (Leeds Beckett University) Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2) K. Michael Hays (Harvard) (TBC)
  • Residential Fellowships in Architecture

    Bogliasco, Genoa | Dates: 08 – 15 Apr, 2016
    The Bogliasco Foundation, located in a small coastal town near Genoa,Italy, provides one-month residencies for gifted individuals working on projects in all the disciplines of the arts and humanities, and encourages cross-pollination in a diverse community comprised of some of the world's most innovative minds. Applications for the next deadline - April 15th, 2016 - can be submitted online at the Foundation's website. The Foundation is actively searching to increase representation in architecture.
  • Putting Preservation on the Road: Protecting Our Overlooked Automotive Heritage in the Twenty-first Century

    Allentown | Dates: 20 – 22 Oct, 2016
    For much of the twentieth century, heritage preservation primarily focused on immovable objects (i.e., 1906 Antiquities Act in the United States, 1919 Historic Sites and Monuments Board in Canada, etc.). While some countries have studied and documented vehicles for preservation and/or conservation, their official recognition as landmarks or listing on registers of official distinction has rarely happened. Individual automotive vehicles are not listed as contributing elements – only immovable buildings and sites. The newly created National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR), is now being used as a tool to carefully and accurately document the most historically significant automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and commercial vehicles, as well as recognize the dynamic relationship among people, culture, and transportation needs. Suggested presentation topics may include, but are not limited to: • Case studies of regional and local automotive culture and heritage, including those viewed through the lens of ethnic/regional studies (American studies, Canadian studies, material culture studies, studies of nomadic peoples, etc.) • Automotive design as an extension of the built environment design professions, such as architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and planning. • Considering if there is a world automotive heritage, and whether UNESCO or ICOMOS should be encouraged to get involved, and the role of FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) as part of this. • Innovative ways to add the preservation of automotive heritage to the educational curriculum within colleges/universities, high schools, and technology schools. • Using HAER/HABS techniques for studying and documenting historic vehicles as artifacts, as well as exploring innovative techniques and tools through the use of new technologies • Reevaluating listed historic places and sites, as well as considering new places where buildings and landscapes (etc.) are tied with vehicles and people, in a more comprehensive designation that ties together the NHVR and NRHP, where both building/structure and car/vehicle elements are equally contributing. The program committee invites proposals from people of all backgrounds and professions to participate – from senior professionals to students with innovative ideas – for the following: 1. Papers Sessions: We prefer to receive proposals for complete three to four paper sessions but will consider individual presentations as well. You are welcome to include a chair and/or moderator or the conference committee will appoint a chair. The entire panel presentation should span no more than 60 minutes. 2. Individual Papers: If accepted, we will place your individual presentation in session selected by the committee. Paper presentations should span no more than 20 minutes. 3. Roundtables: Discussions facilitated by a moderator with three to five participants about a historical or professional topic or issue. Roundtables should span no more than 60 minutes. 4. Workshops/Demonstrations: Interactive presentations led by facilitators to encourage learning about a professional topic or issue. Workshops/demonstrations should span no more than 60 minutes. 5. Posters/Short Film: Interactive presentations produced and facilitated to encourage learning about a professional topic or issue. Poster presentations and short films should span no more than 10 minutes. Please submit proposals of no more than 300 words and a brief CV/resume (two pages maximum) in a PDF or MS Word format to Barry L. Stiefel at Deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016. Proposals should include the name(s) of presenters, affiliation/position and contact information. The official language of the conference will be English. Decisions on proposals for the conference will be made by June 1, 2016. Selected conference papers will be published in an edited volume. For participants traveling more than 100 miles to Allentown, Pennsylvania (50 miles for students), assistance with travel and accommodations for the conference will be considered. Please submit a travel budget along with your proposal, as well as a summary of what if any additional support you anticipate receiving. Registration fees will come with a one-year membership with the HVA. More details can be found at

    Rome | Dates: 05 Apr – 15 Jun, 2016
    First edition of the International “L’ERMA C” Prize, aiming to publish an original manuscript produced by a young scholar.
  • Picturing Policy: How Visual Culture Shapes the Urban Built Environment

    Philadelphia | Dates: 14 – 15 Apr, 2016
    Images play a critical role in shaping perceptions of what cities are, have been, and should be. Documentary images, in particular, have both influenced and reflected the implementation of urban policy. In the Progressive Era, for example, Jacob Riis’s lantern slides stimulated tenement reform in New York City. In the 1930s, Farm Security Administration photographs helped justify New Deal policies. In the post-World War II decades, government-sponsored images spurred urban renewal at the local level. Images from the past also drove postwar historic preservation decisions about how to restore selected properties to mimic earlier eras. In the 1960s and ‘70s, photographs of despoiled natural environments helped instigate passage of federal policies like the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). Moreover, across time, images of natural disasters—from San Francisco to New Orleans—have shaped local decisions about what, where, and how to rebuild. This two-day symposium explores the relationship between images—especially photographs—and the urban built environment. Through presentation and conversation among an interdisciplinary group of image makers and scholars, we will consider the often silent ways that visual representations have helped structure the policies and practices of urban life. The symposium begins with a keynote lecture by Anne Whiston Spirn, on the evening of Thursday, April 14. Friday, April 15, consists of a series of panels and concludes with a talk by photographer Nancy Davenport. This event is organized by Francesca Russello Ammon and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign. The symposium is free and open to the public. For the full program, and to register, please see: [Please do not include my email address or phone number in this posting. It would be helpful if you could include the symposium website, though. Thank you!]
  • Architecture, Media, Politics, Society

    London | Dates: 04 Apr – 01 Jun, 2016
    Journal themes revolve around the relationship of architecture and the built environment with questions of the politics, media and society. Multidisciplinary papers are welcomed as particularly pertinent to the journal’s diverse perspective. Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): architecture, urbanism, regeneration, new technologies, heritage, cultural and political identity, socio-cultural symbolism, mediated representation and environments. Historical papers should seek to draw contemporary issues into their debates. 

    The journal publishes two volumes per year. Each volume is contains four issues. Individual issues are published on the first day of each month during the publication cycle. 

    Articles submitted for peer review should be between 5,000 – 7,000 words in length.

    You should also submit a full CV and a 300 word abstract.

    For complete submission instructions visit:
    Abstracts and works in progress can be submitted for preliminary consideration.
  • The RIBA President's Awards for Research 2016

    London | Dates: 02 Apr – 30 Jun, 2016
    The RIBA is now welcoming entries for the 2016 RIBA President’s Awards for Research, which includes the RIBA President’s Medal for Research. The RIBA President’s Awards for Research promote and celebrate the best of research in the field of architecture and the built environment that contributes to new knowledge and understanding of architecture and the practice of architecture. All those conducting architectural and built environment research related to architecture and the practice of architecture are eligible to enter the RIBA President’s Awards for Research. The Awards are for the research completed between 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016 Submissions are welcome at any level of architectural research, and should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Submissions are invited from historians, theorists and practitioners whose work has relevance to the history and theory of the practice, culture and profession of architecture most broadly conceived. This can include but is by no means limited to: • Historical research of direct relevance to a project, e.g. conservation plans and reports • Cultural studies relating to architecture, professionalism and the built environment • Histories of construction, science and technology • Historical and/or theoretical research on place, space and urban planning • History and/or theory of practice and praxis, including professionalism, architectural education, procurement and non-design aspects of architectural practice Please not there is no regional restriction for potential entrants.
  • “Reading the City” Public Programs Series

    Savannah | Dates: 20 Apr – 11 May, 2016
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    "Reading the City" is a Public Programs Series presented by the Society of Architectural Historians and Savannah College of Art and Design, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council.

    These programs are designed to support and help publicize the Buildings of Savannah book, authored by Robin Williams with David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell and Karl Schuler. Buildings of Savannah is part of the Buildings of the United States series sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians and published by the University of Virginia Press.


    • 6 public lectures
    • 1 closing panel discussion (preceded by the 6th lecture)
    • 12 public walking tours

    All six lectures and the panel discussion will be video recorded and broadcast live online through the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall, where the lectures will thereafter be available for viewing.


    No reservations necessary for the public lectures.

    April 20, 2016, 5:30 pm, SCAD Museum of Art Theater
    Robin Williams, “Broadening Savannah’s Urban Identity: From the Ideal to the Real”
    The original idealistic vision and impetus for Savannah and the design of its urban plan gave way to a variety of social and economic realities, yet aspects of that idealism shaped the city’s evolution. Throughout its history, Savannah has adapted to changing circumstances, while retaining urban and architectural characteristics that have been widely celebrated. As Savannah enters the 21st century, how will the city’s identity evolve and will it become more inclusive of its true diversity and complexity? (Williams is the chairman of the architectural history department at SCAD.)

    April 27, 2016, 5:30 pm, SCAD Museum of Art Theater
    Karl Schuler, "The Urban Legacy of Volunteer Militias in Savannah's Bull Street Corridor"
    Savannah’s volunteer militias served as important civic and social institutions into the 20th century. The lecture will explore the architecture and urban fabric associated with Savannah’s citizen-soldiers in the development of Savannah's Bull Street Corridor. The legacy of the militias along Bull Street remains evident today in architecture, monuments and urban space, from the Washington Guns at City Hall, through the city squares and across Forsyth Park, to the American Legion post at Park Avenue. (Schuler is a professor of architectural history at SCAD.)

    April 27, 2016, 6:15 pm, SCAD Museum of Art Theater
    David Gobel, “Street Smarts: Savannah’s Streets as Architecture”
    WATCH THE VIDEO (talk begins at 43:34)
    Streets are essential to a city, and Savannah has more streets per square mile than almost any city in the US. Praised for its historic architecture and landscaped squares, it is Savannah’s streets that define its famous plan. Street Smarts will explore the plan through its streets, which will be viewed as architecture, with surfaces of particular shape, size and structure. (Gobel is a professor of architectural history at SCAD.)

    May 4, 2016, 5:30 pm, SCAD Museum of Art Theater
    Daves Rossell, “Everyday Places and Spaces”

    Savannah’s renowned plan and nationally recognized heritage preservation privilege an elite and idealized impression of the city. "Everyday Places and Spaces" will introduce audiences to the effects of social forces on vernacular architecture, such as African-American and working-class housing and neighborhoods, confectionaries and other commercial enterprises, trolley car and automobile influence, which shaped its evolving design and function from the 18th to the 21st century. (Rossell is a professor of architectural history at SCAD.)

    May 4, 2016, 6:15 pm, SCAD Museum of Art Theater
    Patrick Haughey, “Global Savannah: Building Culture and Commerce in the 21st-Century City”

    Savannah hosts a complex economic network of international trade and global commerce, has the fourth busiest port in the US. Savannah, despite its reputation as an historic city, still bears the scars of the recent housing crisis, as well as intermittent development. This lecture will weave an economic, urban and human narrative of the post-war decades of development and the conflicted politics of heritage in what is still and always has been a modern city. (Haughey is a professor of architectural history at SCAD.)

    May 11, 2016, 5:30 pm, SCAD Museum of Art
    Richard Longstreth, “Savannah: Urban Identity and Threatened Heritage” – followed by Panel Discussion with Longstreth, Daniel Carey, Vaughnette Goode-Walker and Justin Gunther

    Although Savannah has enjoyed a long and successful history of preserving buildings and monuments, those efforts focused mainly on the downtown area and on buildings erected prior to World War II. Recent demolitions of both post-war modernist buildings and historic African American architecture highlight the uneven preservation landscape in Savannah. How can an expanded and more inclusive approach to the appreciation of the city’s diverse architectural and urban resources help shape not only future preservation issues, but also the city’s identity?

    (Richard Longstreth is the Director of Historic Preservation and Professor of American Civilization at George Washington University; Daniel Carey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Historic Savannah Foundation; Vaughnette Goode-Walker is the Curator of the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Savannah; Justin Gunther is a professor of Historic Preservation at SCAD and a member of the Historic District Board of Review, Savannah.)


    All tours are free and open to the public. Reservations required. 

    These tours are co-sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians and SCAD, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Georgia Humanities Council.

    Savannah: Reading Urban Form Tour
    This tour includes highlights from each of the five talks presented as part of the Reading the City lecture series, while focusing on the downtown area. Topics include how the idealistic origins of the city’s urban plan adapted through time to new social or economic needs; the impact of militia companies and other military influences on the city’s growth; the unique role of public space—squares, streets, trees, pavement—in defining the city’s architectural character; and how humble architectural components of the city, including the architecture of slavery, and global trade networks have shaped the city’s character.  

    Saturday, April 23, 10:00–11:30 AM
    Tuesday, April 26, 10:00–11:30 AM
    Saturday, April 30, 2:00–3:30 PM 
    Friday, May 6, 2:00–3:30 PM 
    Saturday, May 7, 10:00-–1:30 AM 
    Tuesday, May 10, 10:00–11:30 AM 
    Friday, May 13, 2:00–3:30 PM 
    Where: Meet in Johnson Square (Bull Street between Congress and Bryan Streets).
    Register Here

    Savannah from the Ideal to the Real Tour
    This tour investigates the how the utopian and idealistic vision for Savannah and its urban plan adapted to a succession of changing social priorities. When founded, Savannah was to be a colony of equals where power was distributed across the settlement and slavery was banned (along with liquor, lawyers and Catholics). The failure of Oglethorpe’s utopian vision paved the way for a very different and very real Savannah, but where elements of the original vision continue to make important contributions to the remarkable urban and architectural character of the city.  

    When: Saturday, April 23, 2:00–3:30 PM
    Where: Meet in Johnson Square (Bull Street between Congress and Bryan Streets)
    Register Here

    Urban Legacy of Militia Companies on Bull Street Tour
    This tour explores the rich and remarkable role played by volunteer militia companies in shaping the urban and architectural character of downtown Savannah and especially its Bull Street ceremonial corridor. Attention will be given to the various militia company headquarters that have lined Bull Street (both lost and surviving), the various military monuments—statues, markers and cannons—and Forsyth Park, which was the most profound militia company legacy, with its “dummy forts,” parade ground and commemorations.  

    When: Saturday, April 30, 10:00–11:30 AM
    Where: Meet in Wright Square (Bull Street between York and State Streets).
    Register Here

    African American Architectural Traditions Tour
    This tour explores the rich architectural heritage of the city’s African American community, focusing on the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood and Laurel Grove Cemetery. The distinctive characteristics of African American houses, businesses and churches, from Shotgun house forms to hand-painted commercial signage will be addressed. The tour concludes with a visit to Laurel Grove South Cemetery, where distinctive commemorative traditions, such as using concrete grave markers, can be found.  

    Saturday, May 7, 2:00–3:30 PM
    Sunday, May 15, 2:00–3:30 PM 
    Where: Meet at the corner of Montgomery Street and W. 41st Street.
    Register Here

    Post-War Modern Architecture Tour
    This tour explores the rich but often uncelebrated post-World War II architectural modernism that characterizes parts of downtown, especially along Broughton Street.  Beginning in the 1940s, downtown Savannah enjoyed a relative building boom of new theaters, commercial structures and apartment buildings. Stripped of traditional ornament and often rejecting traditional classical symmetry, modernist buildings reflected the enthusiasm for all things new after the war, yet they also often reflect a degree of respect for the city’s urban traditions that is not always obvious.  

    When: Friday, May 13, 10:00–11:30 AM 
    Where: Meet in front of Drayton Tower (Drayton and Liberty Streets).
    Register Here



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  • A tour of Silsbee in Polo: A Chicago Architect in a Prairie Town

    Polo | Dates: 17 – 17 Apr, 2016
    Program includes an interior tour of the Bryant & Lucy Barber House, designed by J.L. silsbee in 1901. the tour will also include an interior tour of another historic home and a short walking tour to see other nearby Silsbee structures as well as many of Polo's remarkable landmarks. April 17, 2016, 1:30-3:00PM; Tickes are $30, $25 for Pleasant Home members.
  • CFP: 2nd MoMoWo International Conference-Workshop (Ljubljana, 3-5 Oct 16)

    Ljubljana | Dates: 03 – 05 Oct, 2016
    For its second historical conference-workshop to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, between 3rd-5th October 2016 project Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement - MoMoWo welcomes papers addressing themes and subjects regarding activities and lives of women designers, architects and civil engineers between 1946 and 1968. The historical conference-workshop will provide the opportunity to share and discuss the professional experiences of European women active within various fields of design. The workshop is addressed to both, scholars and students. SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Deadline for submission of abstracts (in English, 300 words max.): 15th April 2016. Deadline for submission of articles (in English, 5000 words max.): 15th September 2016.
  • Art Historical / Archaeological Study Tours to Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Sicily, and Greece

    Dates: 15 May – 30 Oct, 2016
    Opportunity - Archaeological / Art Historical Study Tours to Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Sicily, and Greece Dear All, I am wondering if it wold be possible for you to forward the links to the three different study tours I am leading this year. They are wonderful opportunities to see amazing places in very little time. Anyone can sign up for these, and there is room left in all three trips, whose content should appeal to your members. They cater to the intellectually curious traveler. Their itineraries are rigorous and very much focused on art history, architecture, and archaeology rather than leisure, although there is sometimes enough time for that as well. I greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Dr. Veronica Kalas, PhD
  • ATCH Visting Fellows Program 2017

    Brisbane | Dates: 01 Jan – 31 Dec, 2017
    ATCH is located within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia. The Centre supports innovative and interdisciplinary research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Architecture and its place within a larger history of ideas is a strong focus within the Centre. Bringing together Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, Postgraduates and Academics from UQ’s School of Architecture, the centre offers a stimulating and rich environment for enquiry and debate. An active program of seminars, lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibitions is run throughout the year. For a full list of people and recent events please see ATCH Website. The Visiting Fellows Research Program supports short term residencies of one to three months for scholars to work on innovative research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Projects that overlap with the work of existing ATCH scholars will be favoured. The program welcomes applicants from all levels of academia but particularly encourages proposals from new and mid-career scholars. Visiting Fellowships are not open to postgraduate students. The Visiting Fellows Research Program will provide a return airfare to Brisbane and a workspace within the centre. All Fellows will have access to UQ libraries, including the Fryer Library and Architecture and Music Library. Support for accommodation may also be available depending on the applicant’s financial circumstances. Visiting Fellows will be required to present their research in progress in a public lecture, participate in seminars and conferences organised during their residency, and contribute to RHD events. Published outcomes of research undertaken during the Fellowship should acknowledge ATCH and the UQ School of Architecture. While ATCH Visiting Fellows are solicited through the application round, the Centre also directly invites Fellows to participate in the program. Expressions of Interest should address the following items, in this order: • Name and contact details • Citizenship • Employment Status. Will the applicant be on sabbatical during the course of the Fellowship? • Is the project supported by other sources of funding? • Is financial assistance for accommodation requested, and if so, on what grounds. • Preferred dates and duration of Fellowship. • Title of Research Project • Research Proposal (1000 words) • Relevance to ATCH Centre, and existing members’ work • Relation of the project to the applicant’s past and future research • Intended outcomes • Names and contact details for three referees. Additional documents required: • Curriculum Vitae • Two samples of published written work (journal articles, pieces of criticism, book chapter, chapter from a submitted PHD thesis).
  • House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Thirty-one Episodes — Opening Panel Discussion and Reception

    West Hollywood | Dates: 09 – 09 Apr, 2016
    Moderated by Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times Considering historical and contemporary cases, MAK and the Buell Center have invited scholars and practitioners to a discuss how we might reframe our understanding of the relationships between architecture, housing, and real estate in light of the inequalities they both produce and reflect. Visit for more information, including a full speaker list and schedule.
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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