Recent Opportunities

  • Dumbarton Oaks 2017-2018 Concert Series

    Washington | Dates: 15 Oct, 2017 – 16 Apr, 2018
    For the first time ever, single-concert tickets are available for the Music at Dumbarton Oaks concert series, coinciding with an especially exciting season of performances. Each concert is held in the stunning Renaissance-inspired Music Room at Dumbarton Oaks, allowing guests to enjoy a specially designed acoustic experience surrounded by artistic masterpieces, such as El Greco’s Visitation, western medieval tapestries, and French Gothic sculptures. This intimate space holds just over 100 guests, providing an immersive environment for the music aficionado.

    The season includes Washington, DC, debuts by celebrated cellist Astrid Schween and Belgian duo Jolente De Maeyer and Nikolaas Kende, as well as the return of audience favorites, such as The Knights ensemble's Hungarian-flavored program and Spanish Brass's holiday program. Performances by the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet, Grammy-nominated Clarice Assad and Grammy award-winning Sérgio Assad, and prize-winning pianist Dénes Várjon round out the season.
    Tickets are still available and may be purchased online or by calling 202-339-6436. Performances take place Sundays at 7:00 p.m. and Mondays at 8:00 p.m. Visit the Dumbarton Oaks website for additional information about the concert series. 
  • Jewish Architects – Jewish Architecture?

    Hamburg | Dates: 12 Oct, 2017 – 29 Jan, 2018
    Jewish Architects – Jewish Architecture?

    4th International Congress on Jewish Architecture
    Hamburg, Warburg‐Haus and Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden
    November 6 – 8, 2018

    A joint project of the Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg, and the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture, Braunschweig/Jerusalem

    Call for papers and posters
    The international congress “Jewish Architects – Jewish Architecture?” aims to re‐examine the biographies of Jewish architects from the 19th century up to the present day from an international perspective. It will deal with the question whether and to which degree Jewish self‐definition and the perception of “Jewishness” by a non‐Jewish environment has influenced and still influences the life and works of Jewish architects all over the world. During the last decades, multifaceted research on Jewish architects has been conducted, however focusing primarily either on certain persons and their oeuvre or on limited regions.

    The conference emphasizes the need to provide a more extensive view, drawing
    comparisons between different times and regions – from the late 18th century to present days, in Europe, America, Israel and other countries. A new focus will be set on biographic networks, on the cultural and economic preconditions for Jews in the professional field of architecture, and on the role of Jewish women‐architects. This will also lead to the question of defining “Jewishness” in architecture as based on respective contemporary perspectives.

    The congress intends to examine the subject in different methodological ways. Architectural and art historians are invited as are historians and scholars from other fields to contribute to the debate, herewith developing new and trans‐disciplinary approaches to Jewish culture and history.

    The eight panels of the conference will address the following topics:

    1) Discovering a New Professional Field: Jews and Architecture before 1900
    2) Jews Studying Architecture: Schools, Teachers, and Networks
    3) Jewish Architects, Their Non‐Jewish Colleagues, and Their Contractors: Partnership and/or
    4) Jewish Women as Architects: a Multiple Emancipation – a Double Exclusion?
    5) Jewish Architects in Migration: Transfers and Transformations of Architectural Ideas
    6) Jewish Architects: Zionism, Palestine, and Israel
    7) “Jewish” Architects? Self‐Definitions of “Jewishness”
    8) In Search of a “Contemporary” Jewish Architecture?

    The conference is embedded in a research project of the Institut für die Geschichte der
    deutschen Juden, Hamburg: “Jewish Ways to Architecture”, funded by the German Research Council (DFG). It will be the Fourth International Congress on Jewish Architecture, following three congresses organized by the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Braunschweig with its partners in 2007, 2014, and 2016.

    This call asks for papers for talks (15 minutes) and for posters for a posters‐section. It is also open for young researchers who want to present their ongoing research projects. The members of an international and interdisciplinary academic board and the organizers will decide on the acceptance of the papers and the posters.

    The conference language is English.

    The publication of selected papers and posters is scheduled for 2019.

    Provisions to refund travel expenses will depend on the approval of running applications.

    The congress is organized by the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture,
    Braunschweig/Jerusalem (Prof. Dr. Alexander von Kienlin, Dr.‐Ing. Katrin Keßler, Dr. Vladimir Levin) and the Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg (PD Dr.‐Ing. Ulrich Knufinke, Dr. Miriam Rürup, PD Dr. Andreas Brämer).

    Academic Board: Dr. Eleonora Bergman, Warsaw, Prof. Dr. Ita Heinze‐ Greenberg, Zurich, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Klein, Budapest, Prof. Dr. Carol Herselle Krinsky, New York, Dr. Vladimir Levin, Jerusalem, Dr. Sylvia Necker, Munich, PD Dr. Martin Papenbrock, Karlsruhe, Prof. Dr. Regina Stephan, Mainz


    Please, send an abstract of up to 1.500 characters for a lecture of 15 minutes and a short‐CV of up to 500 characters in English to the following addresses until January, 29th, 2018:


    Please, send a poster (PDF‐file, 5 MB max.) for the poster presentation in English to the following addresses until August, 31st, 2018:


  • Sites of Interchange: Modernism, Politics, and Culture in Britain and Germany, 1919-1951

    London | Dates: 15 – 15 Nov, 2017
    Conference to be held Friday 2 November and Saturday 3 November 2018.

    Early twentieth-century Germany was a site of extremes, in which art and architectural production were entangled in the swiftly changing political and social landscape. Radical utopias and pragmatic solutions for art and life were proposed, creating a crossroads of unparalleled burgeoning cultural outpouring in the midst of extreme politics. Britain in the same period could be characterized as comparatively stable, a nation often wedded to established traditions in the face of economic, political and social developments. Yet throughout the period, there remained a lively interchange between the two countries. This conference proposes to look anew at the complicated and entangled cultural relationship between Britain and Germany in the first decades of the twentieth century.

    With the end of the First World War, Britain was in the position of victor – yet it was Germany which was given the opportunity to forge a new society and a progressive republic, in which culture was to play a central role. The foundation of the Bauhaus in 1919 became perhaps the most influential articulation of this new optimism – distinctly German, it was nonetheless born from both British Arts and Crafts ideas and a desire to answer British nineteenth-century industrial dominance, as displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851. During the 1920s and ‘30s, British figures from both ends of the political spectrum were drawn to Germany for inspiration. Many from the British art world were fascinated by Germany’s Weimar Republic, with its breaking down of social, cultural and artistic barriers. In the following decade, many in Britain were intrigued by the new National Socialist regime. With the arrival of émigrés fleeing Hitler in the years after 1933, Britain was exposed to a cross-section of German culture, in particular modernism. Britons and international artists - not limited to those holding German passports, but including those who had worked there - formed new groups and collaborations. By 1939 the countries were once again at war. Following World War II, modernism in Britain flourished in the arts with renewed vigour. The Festival of Britain in 1951, in which many of the German émigrés who had settled in Britain were involved, marked a high point of modernism in London.

    This conference sets out to explore the connections between British and German culture during the period 1919-1951, in the fields of art, architecture, design and craft, photography, art history and theory, and art pedagogy. How did the British learn from and influence the Germans in these areas? How did the Germans learn from and influence the British? And what is the significance of these cultural connections today? We solicit 20-minute papers from scholars and museum professionals (at any stage of their careers) that set out to explore these questions.

    Topics for proposed papers may include but are not limited to:
    - The influence of British ideas in the culture of the Weimar Republic, and the extent to which Weimar ideas reached Britain
    - Displacement of German artists, architects, designers, photographers to Britain after 1933, and the significance of time spent in Britain (including German émigrés who later emigrated elsewhere)
    - The cultural impact of émigrés from National Socialism in Britain
    - British official and individual responses to National Socialist cultural policy in the period 1933-1945, and attitudes towards British culture in National Socialist Germany
    - The impact of Germany on post-war British culture
    - The impact of Britain on post-war German culture, particularly in areas under British occupation
    - German practitioners who studied, travelled or worked in Britain, or who drew influence from the country, and vice versa
    - The impact of the German experience on a subsequent British work of art, building, or object, and vice versa
    - Displays of German culture in Britain, and vice versa (governmental, museum, commercial, private)
    - Collectors, patrons and supporters of German culture in Britain, and vice versa
    - The awareness and impact of German cultural theory in Britain, and vice versa
    - Perception of German culture in Britain, and vice versa
    - The prevalence of ideas of “shared cultural heritage”

    The conference will take place at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, on Friday 2 November and Saturday 3 November 2018.

    Submissions are to be made by midnight GMT, Wednesday 15 November 2017, by email with the subject line “Sites of Interchange” to both of the organisers: Dr Robin Schuldenfrei ( and Dr Lucy Wasensteiner (
    Please combine in a single PDF file:

    - A proposed title and abstract (max. 400 words) for a 20-minute paper
    - A current CV

    The conference is being organised on the occasion of the exhibition London 1938: A Statement for Modern German Art / London 1938: Ein Statement für die deutsche Kunst which will take place at the Wiener Library in London from 13 June to 31 August 2018 and at the Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee in Berlin from 7 October 2018 to 14 January 2019.

    Funds will be available towards travel and hotel costs. The accepted papers may be considered for publication in a forthcoming edited volume.

    Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
  • Seeking Architectural Firm to Restore Historic San Antonio Theater

    Dates: 11 – 31 Oct, 2017
    The Alameda Theater Conservancy (ATC), a non-profit organization, released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking qualified firms to provide architectural design services for the restoration of the Alameda Theater complex. The estimated cost for the project is $23 million. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2017 at 3 p.m. CST. The RFQ can be downloaded at
  • Updates on the House of Tomorrow Rehabilitation

    Chicago | Dates: 24 – 24 Oct, 2017
    Latest Updates on 1933 House of Tomorrow Rehab
    When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017; 4:30 p.m. reception, illustrated talk at 5:00 p.m.; dinner from 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
    What: The preservation effort for the House of Tomorrow is getting underway. The 1933 World's Fair ideal house pavilion was designed by Chicago architect George Fred Keck. In addition to rehab, a relevant question is this: What will Tomorrow's House of Tomorrow be?
    Lead architect, Charles Hasbrouck, FAIA, of bKL Architecture has assembled a team under the supervision of Indiana Landmarks, with project manager Todd Zeiger. This group includes Edward Torres, preservation expert at Bauer Latoza Studio, Helen Kessler, on sustainability, Michael Ford, structural engineering, Jose Rodriguez, engineering services, of Willoughby Engineering.

    The national treasure is currently on view and is undergoing preservation work in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park in Indiana. In the early 1930s, as America was in the grips of the Great Depression, the twelve-sided International Style “House of Tomorrow” showed millions of World’s Fair attendees in Chicago (and people all over the world) a gleaming, technology-driven vision of what domestic life could be like in the future. Learn also about the challenges of preserving a Modernist icon, what time has done to the house, and what can be done to help restore it to its former glory. Please join us for this interesting presentation!
    Cost: No charge for members, non-member guests.
    Where: Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago. (For dinner reservations @ $35.00 per person, please call Cliff Dwellers at 312-922-8080 for the special dinner by Chef Victor; validated parking after 4:00 p.m., $14.00 at the Adams-Wabash garage, SW corner, get parking card from night manager at the Cliff Dwellers).
    RSVP: Reservations are required for the talk: To sign up, please contact Judy Freeman by email:, or by telephone at: 773-929-0329. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis, as space is limited. Optional dinner, details above.
  • CFP: Monumental Narratives: Revisiting New England’s Public Memorials

    Wellesley | Dates: 12 Oct – 10 Nov, 2017

    Deadline: November 10, 2017

    Monumental Narratives: Revisiting New England’s Public Memorials

    A one-day symposium sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield, Inc.

    Date: Saturday, March 10th, 2018

    Location: Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

    As southern Civil War memorials have become a flashpoint for politics and protest, it is vital that we turn the same critical gaze to New England’s public monuments.  This day-long symposium will explore commemorations of people, places, and events in New England's past, with attention to design, construction, naming/renaming, reception, preservation, destruction, and/or reconfiguration.   How do these public acts of memory tell a particular story of New England?  What histories might they celebrate or, whether explicitly or implicitly, conceal, devalue, or erase? How can historians recast these monumental narratives without simultaneously sweeping aside uncomfortable histories of colonialism and discrimination?

    We invite papers that critically examine memorials in New England from the 17th century to the present. We look for explorations of a diverse range of media including (but not limited to) sculpture, mural programs, buildings, and landscapes.  Discussions of proposals for contemporary commemoration or for interventions in existing monuments should explicitly address the ways in which these activities fit into a broader historical context.  

    Papers should be theoretical or analytical in nature rather than descriptive and take approximately 20 minutes to present.  Speakers invited to present papers are expected to participate fully in the symposium program. The symposium offers speakers overnight accommodation.

    Please submit 250-word proposals and a two-page c.v. via electronic mail to Martha McNamara and Barbara Mathews Proposals should include the title of the paper and the presenter’s name. 

    For further information, please contact Martha McNamara ( or Barbara Mathews The deadline for submissions is November 10th, 2017.
  • Structural Instability: History, Environment, and Risk in Architecture

    Philadelphia | Dates: 12 Oct – 15 Nov, 2017
    Uncertainty, risk, and instability are determinant features of contemporary life. In recent years, substantive new scholarship has emerged around structural conditions of economic precarity – on both the individual and societal levels – and around the systemic effects of climatic instability, increasingly evident in storms and other events, the impacts of which are intensified by spatial and economic inequities.

    The sources of structural instability are manifold, and have long been understood to be essential aspects of capitalist economic systems, of colonization and its aftermath, of institutional forms of racism, gender inequity, and economic injustice. Environmental insecurities have both served to intensify and rhetorically justify these forms of spatio-temporal oppression. Colonial expansions, states of exception, emergency management, corporate exceptionalism, and discourses on resilience all inform our historical understanding of these instabilities and their systemic relationship to historical change; they also inform capacities for collective resistance.

    Architecture, broadly considered as the intentional design of the built environment, is an important symbolic and material aspect of this structural instability. Operating at the nexus of processes of financialization, material metabolisms, and urban organization, the work of design mediates these conditions and contributes to our understanding of them. The seemingly unpredictable relationship between social practices and planetary systems also has a rich history, as do the conditions of social inequity that environmental pressures continue to intensify. By framing this symposium through architecture, the intent is to emphasize the intensity and indeterminacy of how economies and ecologies interconnect.

    This symposium is interested in understanding instability as a theme in architectural, urban, and environmental histories and theories. We aim to explore how the structural instabilities of the 21st century are legible in histories of architecture and related spatio-political disciplines, insofar as they engage questions of economy, gender, race, and environmental change. Scholarly explorations around these terms have necessarily been interdisciplinary, and abstracts are welcome from any field.

    The symposium aims to elicit historical, methodological, and theoretical discussions. Papers can address any temporal or regional scope, including the challenges of contemporary spatial practices. We are soliciting abstracts that reflect on or respond to the following questions:

    _ How has instability played a material and symbolic role in the production of architecture, landscape, and urbanism? What new evidence or new narratives does this framework reveal?

    _ What sorts of scholarly methods are emerging that open up the periodicity, figures, and context of architectural discussions in order to render unstable familiar historical structures? What are the historiographic consequences? Or, are there specific historical methods appropriate to unstable histories and histories of instability?

    _ Are there specific episodes in the history of architecture that recognize and emphasize unstable rather than stable conditions (for life, for building, for the production of cities)?

    _ How does the experience of crisis play a substantive role in the transformation of the built environment?

    _ How do theories of complexity, and the data-based and computational platforms through which these theories are inflected, offer new historical trajectories and revisit familiar stories in a new light?

    _ Given the fundamental premise of “firmitas” as essential to the Vitruvian triumvirate, to what extent does the implied structural solidity of the built environment abet or deter the crafting of relevant histories in the face of a condition of historical unrest?

    _ Have specific figures in architecture and associated fields sought to thematize instability in written and built work, relative to encountering crisis or unpredictability, or through emphases on flexible design and production processes?

    _ How are economic and racialized conditions of precarity and/or marginalization legible, or not, in the built environment; how can this relative legibility be seen as a substantive aspect of the work of an architect, firm, or movement?

    _ How can contemporary tropes of resilience be seen to have a robust historical trajectory, and what does this help us to understand about the heightening sense of anxiety around global economic, political, and environmental crises? 

    _ How has architecture related to and expressed changing conceptions of energy systems, and the effects of these systems on social formation?

    _ How might tropes of instability mask political and economic projects, relative to conditions of distribution and environmental justice?

    A keynote lecture will be delivered by Felicity Scott. Presenters will be asked to prepare a 30 minute presentation. There will also be a round table discussion at the conclusion.

    Abstracts should be 300 words, include author name and affiliation, and be sent to by November 15.

    The conference will take place from Thursday April 5 to Saturday April 7. Accommodation, travel and meals will be provided for all speakers.

    Further details and updates can be found at

    This symposium is being organized by Daniel A. Barber (PennDesign), Sophie Hochhäusl (Radcliffe/PennDesign), Eduardo Rega (PennDesign) and Naomi Waltham-Smith (Penn School of Arts and Sciences), in collaboration with the Slought Foundation. It is sponsored by the Department of Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania; the Penn/Mellon Program on Humanities + Urbanism +Design; and the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities.
  • Monument, Myth and Meaning

    New York | Dates: 23 – 23 Oct, 2017
    In light of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across the nation, a panel discussion on Civil War Monuments has been planned in Cooper Union’s renowned Great Hall, on the subject of their meaning, the complex histories that surround their realization, and the current socio-political conditions that are causing their very existence to be reconsidered. Should these monuments be saved? Should they be torn down? Is it possible—or even appropriate—to make thoughtful, informed interventions into these works of public art that can preserve their history, diffuse the myth and polarization that surround them and serve as teaching moments for future generations? These and other questions will be posed during the program.

    Panelists include:
    • Stony Brook University Professor Michele H. Bogart, whose teaching areas include the social history of public art and urban design and commercial culture in the United States;
    • Executive Director of the American Historical Association James Grossman whose work has focused on various aspects of American urban history, African American history, the place of history in public culture, and more;
    • Julian LaVerdiere, a 1993 graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art and co-creator of the Tribute in Light Memorial;
    • Visual journalist and former CNN correspondent Brian Palmer, who has photographed Virginia's neglected African American cemeteries and more;
    • Columbia University Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Mabel O. Wilson, whose design and scholarly research investigates space, politics and cultural memory in black America and race and modern architecture;
    • Mya Dosch, faculty member of The Cooper Union’s Humanities and Social Sciences who is teaching the fall 2017 course “Take ‘em down: Monuments, Artist Interventions, and the Struggle for Memory in the Americas,” will moderate.
  • 2017 Latrobe Chapter Symposium

    Dates: 28 – 28 Oct, 2017
    City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol
    12th Biennial Symposium on the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC
    The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning
    October 28, 2017
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    The 12th Biennial Symposium organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning, explores the relationship between Federal and local interests as they relate to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.

    The tensions between serving as the National Capital and functioning as a practical city have defined Washington, DC, politically, socially, and physically. Throughout the city, suburbs, and surrounding region, this conflict is manifest in the built environment. From the governing precinct emanating from Capitol Hill to the myriad of federal agency compounds that radiate well into Virginia, Maryland, and beyond, the presence of the U.S. government is unmistakable.

    On Saturday, October 28, nine scholars will present their research examining the relationship between the Federal government and local interests. The papers are grouped in three thematic sessions, focusing on topics related to Washington’s architectural development in the early 19th century, post McMillan Plan era, and mid-20th century.
  • Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship

    Dates: 10 Oct – 01 Nov, 2017
    The Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship helps a graduate student or emerging professional in architectural history, landscape history, urban studies, or historic preservation attend the Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, which in 2018 will be held in St. Paul, MN, April 18-22. The Fellowship includes an award of up to $1000 to support travel and attendance at the Conference. Preference will be given to an applicant whose work is centered around Washington, D.C. Persons not presenting a paper at the Conference are encouraged to apply.

    The description of sessions of the SAH 2018 Annual International Conference is available on the SAH website,

    Reports of recent recipients of this award may be seen at the Latrobe Chapter SAH website,

    The fellowship applications of graduate students and emerging professionals who are presenting papers at the 2018 Conference (already submitted to SAH) will be forwarded to the Latrobe Chapter by SAH. Persons not presenting a paper should apply directly to the Latrobe Chapter by submitting the following materials: (1) a statement (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced) explaining how their studies or professional work will be enhanced by attendance at the Conference and indicating the source and amount of any other funding they might receive; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) the name, e-mail, and telephone number of their faculty advisor or principal professor (for graduate students) or other reference (for emerging professionals).

    Applications may be submitted by e-mail attachment to Patricia Waddy,, no later than November 1, 2017.
  • CFP: Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

    St. Louis | Dates: 12 Oct – 31 Dec, 2017
    Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    June 18-20, 2018
    Saint Louis University
    Saint Louis, Missouri

    The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

    The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

    The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

    While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library.

    The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

    The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

    For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:

  • Atmosphere Symposium: Fabrications

    Winnipeg | Dates: 01 – 03 Feb, 2018
    Atmosphere 10 explores Fabrications. Fabrications implicate diverse artifacts and modes of making, together with the places, practices, contingencies and intentions that enable and contextualize making. This symposium will examine not simply what, how and why we make, but sites and situations of making. The aim is to explore how cultural and environmental circumstances become meaningful catalysts of design, building, teaching and research. This theme encompasses manifold concerns beyond the digital: complexities of urban and social fabrics; intricacies of environmental skins; potentials of building sites and workshops; as well as the stories and arguments through which we craft shared understandings of our fabricated world. Submissions should address one of the following sub-themes: Social Fabrics; Mediating Fabrics; Fabricating in situ; or Fabricating Truth. Abstracts due by Nov. 1, 2017 to
  • 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright and Marion Mahony Reconsidered

    Chicago | Dates: 23 Oct, 2017
    Since 2017 marks Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday, we take the opportunity to suggest a new look at a central figure in his early practice.  Architect Marion Mahony was Wright's first employee, working in his studio from 1895-1909.  When Wright decamped to Europe with Mrs. Cheney, he left Marion in charge of his separate studio within the practice of Herman von Holst.  Follow her career beyond Wright's office, see how her talkent as an illustrator came to be a challenge for her credit as a designer.  More than merely a beautiful hand, Marion Mahony was a progressive thinker who made significant contributions to architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture in the US, Australia and India.
  • NCPH Call for Posters

    Dates: 05 – 25 Oct, 2017
    The 2018 Call for Posters is now open at! NCPH’s poster session at the annual meeting is a great way to showcase research-in-progress and get feedback. Submissions are due Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Please use the form to submit your proposal. For more information, see our website at Please email NCPH Program Assistant Meghan Hillman at with any questions.
  • ADFF Short Films Walk

    New York | Dates: 11 – 11 Oct, 2017
    The ADFF Short Films Walk (SFW) on October 11th connects 10 Soho design showrooms and the Architecture & Design Film Festival for one fabulous night!  ADFF will curate a selection of short films about architecture and design to be screened at each showroom. Each of the participating showrooms on the “Walk” will show a 15-minute loop of short films that will be screened throughout the evening from 5PM to 9PM. 

    ADFF will also give 300 SFW participants a complimentary ticket to this year’s Architecture & Design Film Festival, which takes places November 1 - 5 at the Cinepolis Chelsea Cinema on 260 West 23rd Street. The tickets will be awarded to people who have visited the most showrooms.
  • The Avery Review Essay Prize 2018

    Dates: 05 Oct, 2017 – 31 Jan, 2018

    The Avery Review 

    Critical Essays on Architecture 

    Essay Prize  
    Deadline: January 31, 2018 

    The Avery Review is excited to announce and invite submissions for our first-ever Essay Prize for emerging writers. The call is open to current students and recent graduates, whether in schools of architecture or elsewhere (eligibility details below). In keeping with the mission of the journal, we hope to receive submissions that use the genres of the review and the critical essay to explore the urgent ideas and problems that animate the field of architecture. We're looking for essays that test and expand the author’s intellectual commitments—theoretical, architectural, and political—through the work of others.
    We plan to award one first-place prize ($4,000) and three second-place prizes ($2,000) across the various categories of eligible participants. The winning essays will be published in our April 2018 issue.

    You can find a downloadable, printable, shareable, postable flyer here. Those of you who teach in schools of architecture, we hope you'll spread the word among your students.

    ‘til the next issue,
    The Editors 

    Submissions for the Avery Review Essay Prize should take the form of critical essays on books, buildings, and other architectural media, broadly defined. We’re delighted to receive work that was developed in the context of classes and seminars as well as independent writing. Our essays are typically 2,500–3,500 words in length and have some object of review at their core. We like stylish, concise, accessible, and earnestly felt writing. Texts should be submitted as double-spaced Word files without images; you may provide six to eight images compiled into a separate PDF (keep attachments to 3mb max please). Submissions should be emailed to
    Current undergraduates, current masters-level students, and recent graduates (after 12/1/2016) are eligible; please include your student status in your submission email. We encourage submissions from any field of study that takes architecture as a subject. M.Phil students who are pursuing a Ph.D. but have not yet advanced to candidacy are eligible. Unfortunately, if you are currently receiving any kind of payment from Columbia University, including fellowships or work study, you are not eligible for the Avery Review Essay Prize.
  • Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives

    Chicago | Dates: 08 – 10 Nov, 2018

    Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives

    On November 8-10, 2018, the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will host the first international scholarly conference devoted to Chicago’s design history. Renowned as a center of architectural innovation, Chicago has an equally rich history as a center of design activity. To explore that history is to reckon with both grand narratives and complex realities; taking a broad view of design, the conference aims to consider that history from a diverse range of topical and methodological viewpoints. The operations and outputs of retailers such as Sears, Roebuck, manufacturers such as Western Electric, and publishers such as the Johnson Publishing company are all desired subjects for the conference, as are more established figures and institutions in the city’s design history, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Hull-House, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and the New Bauhaus, and Massimo Vignelli and Unimark. Chicago’s later twentieth-century history also remains virtually undiscussed, despite the city fostering creative cultures that often diverged from dominant coastal narratives. The conference aims to consider the prospect of a local design history for a city that has often been outward-looking, and will ask: Is Chicago only ever a second city, a microcosm of broader trends, or are there distinctive threads to be connected in its diverse communities, its tensions and interconnections, that shed light on developments elsewhere? What contribution can design history give to Chicago’s social and cultural histories by considering how design shapes a city, not only in terms of its skyline, but also in terms of its economic and social character? And more broadly, what are the stakes of exploring the relationship between design and place in our current age of pressing globalization?

    Organized by Jonathan Mekinda (Assistant Professor, Art History and Design, UIC) and Bess Williamson (Assistant Professor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism, SAIC), “Chicago Design: Histories and Narratives” is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation presenting sponsor. Additional support is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The call for papers will be published in early 2018, with proposals due in spring, 2018. Funding will be available to support participants’ travel and accommodation.

  • 2018 Richard Rogers Fellowship

    London | Dates: 05 Oct – 14 Nov, 2017

    Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) announces the 2018 cycle of the Richard Rogers Fellowship, a residency program based at the Wimbledon House, which was designed by Lord Rogers in the late 1960s. The London-based Fellowship is intended to encourage in-depth, original forms of investigation as a way to expand both practice and scholarship. Open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in any field related to the built environment, the Fellowship seeks research proposals focused on those topics that have been central to Lord Rogers’s life and career, including questions of urbanism, sustainability, and how people use cities. The Fellowship is inspired by Lord Rogers’s commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist.

    “The spirit of the Fellowship is intended to carry forward and expand on Lord Rogers’ deep commitment to cities not as ends in themselves, but as a fundamental means of bettering human life,” said Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at Harvard GSD. “At the GSD, our work is organized around the urgent issues cities are facing globally, a pedagogical approach requiring exploration and collaboration across disciplinary lines. We are very fortunate and excited about this opportunity to support, learn from, and promote such cross-disciplinary research internationally, in the context of London’s thriving architecture, design, and art communities and vast institutional resources.”

    The Richard Rogers Fellowship activates Rogers’s historic Wimbledon House as a site of collaborative investigation for researchers and practitioners into topics that have been central to Rogers’s life and career, including questions of urbanism, sustainability, and how people use cities. Projects that the six inaugural fellows will bring to the house this year include examinations of public and affordable housing; how food and cooking transform cities; and citizen-driven urban regeneration initiatives.

  • CFP: Spaces & Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

    Heidelberg | Dates: 05 – 25 Oct, 2017
    Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies
    25-26 October 2018
    Heidelberg, Germany

    We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:
    Theme 1: Urban and Extraurban Spaces
    On the changing nature of the urban, and its relations to the "extraurban".
    Urban modernity: its forms and dynamics
    Property costs and the mortgage crisis
    Edge-urban spaces and "sprawl"
    De-urban spaces: processes and consequences of urban decay and "hollowing out"
    Micro-urban spaces: the changing role and dynamics of small urban communities
    Greenfield spaces and regional development
    Off-the grid spaces and development in formerly remote places
    Globalization and its local effects
    Economic development dynamics: changing sites of production and employment
    Local and global labor markets
    Socio-economic inequalities: proximities and distances
    Ethnic and racial separation, juxtaposition and integration

    Theme 2: Human Environments and Ecosystemic Effects
    On the ecosystemic dynamics of different human socio-spatial configurations.
    Environmental effects: urban, edge-urban, de-urban, micro-urban, greenfield, off-the-grid.
    Human and environmental sustainability
    Place and identity
    Neighborhood in practice and imagination
    Green dynamics: old and new energy systems
    Land as resource
    Agricultural dynamics: old and new food systems
    Water dynamics: old and new sources and modes of access
    Waste dynamics: old and new garbage, sewerage and disposal/recycling dynamics

    Theme 3: Material and Immaterial Flows
    On the flows of objects and knowledge/culture and the socio-spatial dynamics of contemporary life.
    Transportation infrastructures and patterns
    Local-global production flows
    Grid-nodality versus distributed grid structures
    Dispersed versus centralized governance
    Demographic and other data: measuring spaces in relation to flows
    The spatiality of the internet
    Commuting and telecommuting
    Migration and diaspora
    Shopping centers and shopping online
    Learning sites and learning online
    Culture in person and culture online
    Old communications and information media and new
    Planning processes: the practices of (re)configuring spaces and flows
    Research agendas for spaces and flows

    2018 Special Focus: Mobilities in the Global North and South - Critical Urban and Global Visions

    There has been rapid growth in attention to mobilities in the social sciences since the turn of the millennium, and with good reason. Mobile perspectives underline how the experience of globalization is in myriad ways defined through ever-increasing mobility: ranging from the concrete transportation systems and infrastructures enabling the flows of people negotiating everyday urban and global mobilities, to the movement of capital and socio-economic classes into or out of urban habitats; from the manufactured goods and hazardous wastes carried across extensive and intricate logistics networks, to the transfer and diffusion of urban governance policies, practices, and ideas; and from the dynamics of those migrating by choice, to those fleeing (or being left behind) in the face of war, crisis, or conflict. Far from simply being a "marker of an era" or a "neutral means to an end", mobilities are deeply meaningful and embodied, gendered and racialized, and bound up in social, cu!
    ltural, and political struggle from the local to the global. Particular challenges emerge from studying mobilities in various disciplines, affecting our epistemologies, methodologies, and theoretical concepts of the global and the urban.

    With an eye on the extraordinary breadth of the theme, the conference organizers welcome contributions that critically explore mobilities in all their diversity.

    Submit your proposal by 25 October 2017.

    We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.
  • CFP: Emerging Identities in the Future of Places: Neo-cultures, Place Multi-mediation and Intersubjectivities

    Dates: 08 – 10 Nov, 2018
    How is the development of future places in cities shaping new place-based identities, defined by the intertwined and entangled nature of socio-cultural, technical and spatial practices of people?. Comprehending the resultant complexities of place-related identity demands the need to identify new directions that evolve progressively by embracing a renewed understanding of identity. The proposed book aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach towards unravelling emerging place- related identities that are caught in a labyrinth created by contemporary urban spatialities. By keeping place as the main frame of enquiry, we seek to comprehend the ephemeral nature of ongoing spatial negotiations within the ecology of urban and media practices. We are interested in examining the intertwined and interrelated concepts of culture, place and identity amidst the technology pervaded urban living that is enabling new forms of place-related identities to emerge. The chapters should reflect on the three themes of "Placing Media", "Spatial Representation", and "Identity interrogation".

    In "Placing Media" we seek to explore how numerous forms of media practices and technologies (mobile phones, smart screens, screen projections, etc) adapted and used in the context of our everyday life has brought with them debates and discussions over their socio-spatial and cultural implications in our urban context. Placing Media, investigates these implications of media for rethinking the relationship among users, spaces, information, as well as interfaces and the impact which these reconfigurations have upon culture, place experience and identity. Discourses and debates over socio-cultural and epistemological implications of media practices have begun to attract attention, since it provides new platforms for communication, engagement and making sense of urban environments.

    With media entering the scene at the very moment of perceiving and experiencing places, memories, become de-situated, belonging to shared domains of representation in which individual experiences diffuse, overlap and merge into acts of collective experience of different cultures . In "Spatial representation" we aim to explore the role and nature of contemporary spatial representation in the fluctuating intersubjective terrain nascent with the pervasiveness of media. New forms of representations through citizens lens have emerged from open-ended city-building video games such as SimCity, Cities:Skylines and as well as practitioner-based representations of proposed changes to places - using City Information Modelling (CIM) and other virtual tools for promoting new development / regeneration. The chapters will investigate the how these new spatial representations offer different matrices for neo-cultural identity performances and manifestations.

    In "Identity Interrogation", we aim to explore how new forms of contemporary spatiality interact with neo-cultures to open up new trajectories for understanding emerging (personal and group) identities in cities. For instance, given the accelerating pace of life, and more frequent changes of citizen locations, personal and social relations defined and experienced more through virtual co-implacements, higher levels of home-working and individual startups ? are technology and media platforms steering a paradigm shift in our relational existence and experience in places? The multi-dimensional and multi-layered nature of place-based community relationships in contemporary urban contexts also makes identity negotiating / reconstituting into a restless activity often marked by discordant and/or agreeable spatial complexities. By embracing the notions of complex people-place relationships in  cities evolving as a result of  developing  mediating technologies, the chapters strives to examines how these technologies challenge the ways in which planning, designing and place-related identities can be understood, perceived, engaged and constructed in the contemporary urban contexts and the potential future of places..

    Target Audience
    The book will be of interest to academic (researcher, teacher, students) audiences seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the identity and city in the context of emerging sociotechnical geographies. The main fields include: sociology, media studies, history, psychology, cultural studies, human geography, urban design and planning, architecture, and anthropology. It will also be useful to a number of professionals involved in planning, designing and transforming cities, including: design practitioners, policy makers, urban planners and designers, and architects. The book will be particularly relevant for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students who are engaging in socio-technical analysis of urban practices in cities.

    If you are interested in contributing to the book, please send us an abstract of 300-500 words outlining the proposed paper and containing your main argument(s), your main conceptual and theoretical approaches results (if applicable)and key references, the research themes the proposal fits in. Please also include authors name, current affiliation, and e-mail address

    Please, submit proposals as in Word or pdf format document to  and

    Submission deadlines and guidelines:

    1 Nov 2017       An abstract of up to 300 words is to be submitted to the editors by email.
    15 Jan 2018      Editors will select chapters on the basis of the following criteria: relevance to the theme and goal of the book, originality of the contribution, theoretical rigour and wealth of the empirical material. All authors of submitted abstracts will be informed about the editorial decision via email.
    31 May 2018    First draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email. Chapters need to be 6000-8000 words in length and written in English. Authors of chapters are responsible for the language and style editing. The guidelines for the editing style, references and bibliography will be sent to authors of selected chapters with the editorial decision.
    1 Aug 2018    Feedback and comments of the 1st review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.
    30 Sep 2018     Second draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email.
    15 Nov 2018   Feedback and comments of the 2nd review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.
    24 Dec 2018     Final editing of chapters and book submission.
    Jun/July 2019   Book publication.

    Please, contact Lakshmi Priya Rajendran ( and/or NezHapi Dell? Odeleye ( if you have any inquiries about the book project.
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