Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: A World of Architectural History (ARENA)

    London | Dates: 08 Feb – 28 Mar, 2018
    A World of Architectural History

    International Conference to be held at the
    Bartlett School of Architecture,
    Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment,
    University College London, UK

    Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th November 2018

    This event is also the 3rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Research in Europe Network Association (ARENA)

    Conference rationale:

    The conference's aim is to critique and celebrate the latest advances within architectural history globally over the last few decades, by focusing upon the word "global" in two senses:

     *   Geographically, referring to the increasing inclusion of all parts of the world in more complex and multiple discourses of architectural history;
     *   Intellectually, the ongoing expansion of architectural history into other academic subjects, plus the reception of ideas/themes from those subjects.

    The conference will take place around the same time as the publication of Sir Banister Fletcher?s Global History of Architecture (Bloomsbury Press), although as a separate event. Recognition will be given to a more inclusive approach to architectural history that seeks to incorporate the histories of all countries/regions, and to the significant contributions now being made through interdisciplinary links with other subjects. As such, the conference will represent the forefront of the field internationally and also discuss where architectural history ought to head in future. Conference presenters will include those from the wide range of subject areas within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and leading figures in architectural history across the world. Papers will consist of a balance of those by invited speakers and those selected via an open call.

    Eight thematic areas are to be presented over two days of the conference, with these themes thus also framing the call for papers:

     *   Culture and Architectural History
     *   Architectural History and Design Research
     *   The Expanded Field
     *   Colonialism, Post-Colonialism and Beyond
     *   History, Environment and Technology
     *   Architectural History as Pedagogy
     *   Global Domesticity
     *   Informalities, Identities and Subjectivities

    The primary conference organiser is Murray Fraser, albeit in close association with Camillo Boano, Adrian Forty, Jonathan Hill, Barbara Penner, Rokia Raslan, Jane Rendell, Tania Sengupta and other colleagues from the Bartlett Faculty, with advice and help also from the International Academic Committee. Selected papers will be published either as essays in the ARENA Journal of Architectural Research (AJAR) or in a subsequent edited book. Fuller details about the conference and how to book a place will be publicized in due course.

    International Academic Committee

     *   Oya Atalay Frank: Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Winterthur, Switzerland (President, European Association for Architectural Education; ARENA member)
     *   Sibel Bozdogan: Boston University, USA
     *   Petra Brouwer: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Histories)
     *   Hugh Campbell: University College Dublin, Ireland (ARENA member)
     *   Mari Hvattum: AHO School of Architecture, Oslo, Norway
     *   David Leatherbarrow: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
     *   Hannah Lewi: University of Melbourne, Australia
     *   Lesley Lokko: University of Johannesburg, South Africa
     *   Andong Lu: Nanjing University, China
     *   Yongyi Lu: Tongji University, Shanghai, China
     *   John Macarthur: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
     *   Fredrik Nilsson: Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden (ARENA member)
     *   Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen: Yale University, New Haven, USA
     *   David Vanderburgh: University College of Louvain, Belgium (ARENA member)


     *   Conference Announcement: 7th February 2018
     *   Deadline for Call for Papers: 28th March 2018
     *   Notification of Acceptance: 25th April 2018
     *   Schedule Announced: 16th May 2018
     *   Booking opens: 6th June 2018
     *   Event: 2nd ? 4th November 2018
     *   Initial essay publications in AJAR online refereed journal: July 2019
     *   Book publication: November 2020

    Call for Papers:

    Abstracts of a minimum of 300 words and maximum of 500 words are invited for this major architectural history conference being held at the Bartlett School of Architecture in early-November 2018. Up to three pages of images can also be supplied. However, all of the text/images in each case must be combined together into one single Acrobat PDF file for submission or else will not be accepted.

    Applicants should indicate clearly in their abstracts which of the 8 conference themes they wish to be included in (see above for categories). The conference organisers however retain the right to reallocate accepted papers as they see fit.

    To ensure equal treatment for all submissions, the organizers will not respond to any individual queries about the content of papers or about the thematic categories.

    The selection panel will assess each of the proposed papers on an anonymous basis, and will be comprised of Bartlett Faculty colleagues and members of the International Academic Committee. The deadline for the call for papers is Wednesday 28th March 2018, with decisions being notified by 25th April 2018.

    Applicants need to ensure that they have their own sources of funding available to take part in the conference.


    General enquiries and the PDF files for the proposed papers should be emailed to:
    Professor Murray Fraser, Vice-Dean of Research, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment,
  • CFP: Radical Housing Journal, Issue 1

    Dates: 08 Feb – 05 Mar, 2018
    I am, together with a collective of 14 people spread around the world, launching the first call for papers for a new publication called the Radical Housing Journal. This is a horizontally managed, feminist and anti-racist publication aimed at academics and activists working around the fight for the right to housing worldwide. The CfP is at and you can read our manifesto at

    Can I ask you to share this information with your colleagues and with non-academic activists that may be interested in this project? Please note that we are looking for 500 words abstracts by the 5th of March and that contributions are paid for and peer-reviewed.

    Thanks for your support.

    Best wishes,
    Jasmine Palmer
    Guest Researcher in Collaborative Housing, Delft University of Technology.
    Lecturer in Architecture and Sustainable Design I School of Art, Architecture and Design I University of South Australia
  • New Deal Utopias: Talk by Jason Reblando

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Feb, 2018
    Reblando talk

    Thursday, February 22, 2018. Event starts at 6 pm.

    $10 suggested donation at the door. Includes wine.
    Society of Architectural Historians
    1365 N Astor St  Chicago, IL 60610


    Photographer Jason Reblando will lecture on Thursday, February 22, as part of MAS Context’s 2018 Spring Talks series. The event will take place at the Society of Architectural Historians.

    The photography book New Deal Utopias offers an opportunity to reflect one of the most ambitious but overlooked federal programs in American history. During the Great Depression, the U.S. government constructed three planned communities – Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin, to house displaced farmers and poor urban dwellers. Collectively known as the “Greenbelt Towns,” the housing program embodied the hope that these new model communities would usher in a new way of American life based on cooperation, not individualism. As the design and philosophy of the towns were inspired by Sir Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City principles, New Deal Utopias focuses on the designed landscapes and built environments of the towns, meditating on the connection of “town” and “country.” .

    Copies of New Deal Utopias will be available for purchase during the event. The book, published by Kehrer Verlag and designed by JNL Graphic Design, includes texts by Natasha Egan and Robert Leighninger Jr.
  • Call for Papers Footprint 24: The Architecture of Housing after the Neoliberal Turn

    Dates: 07 Feb – 01 May, 2018

    Call for Papers Footprint 24

    The Architecture of Housing after the Neoliberal Turn

    Editors: Nelson Mota (TU Delft) and Yael Allweil (Technion Institute of Technology)


    In 1872 Friedrich Engels’s The Housing Question indicated the societal relevance of workers’ housing provision, raising it to a prominent position in the apparatus of the capitalist mode of production. Eventually, in the interwar period, housing for workers had a key role in re-organising class relations and the city, and in shaping modernist architecture. With the reconstruction of Europe in the aftermath of World War II, housing gained momentum as a key factor to secure the social reproduction of labour. The ‘social project’ of welfare state politics identified housing as one of its main pillars and attracted the engagement and creativity of talented professionals in private offices and public housing departments. The postwar focus on housing triggered the emergence of theories on the architecture of dwelling as a social and spatial practice, which proliferated and occupied the main stage in venues such as the CIAM, UIA Congresses, Team 10 meetings, Delos Symposia and so on.

    From the 1980s until the first decade of the twenty-first century there was a sharp decline in the visibility of housing and the architecture of dwelling as mainstream topics in architectural scholarship, media and education. Furthermore, with the exception of a few events (e.g. the Barcelona Olympics, the IBA Berlin, or the harbour conversions of Amsterdam and Hamburg), over these three decades, mass housing projects have seldom made it to the portfolio of notable practicing architects and were rarely included in architectural publications. However, since the global economic downturn of 2008, housing and the architecture of dwelling have gained again widespread notoriety. Scholarship on the entwined relationship between the current housing crisis and the hegemony of the neoliberal economic system and its associated corporate monopolies is now gaining momentum (Jack Self (2014), Reinhold Martin et al. (2015), Madden & Marcuse (2016)).

    Neoliberal governance transferred the responsibility for affordable housing provision to the markets. The collusion of government (de-) regulation, market ideology, and the architectural desertion of housing theory stalled the production of innovations in the architecture of dwelling and prompted a crisis in the mechanisms producing and distributing housing solutions for different publics. We are now facing a threat to the creation of safe, resilient and inclusive cities and human settlements, one of the goals of the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda. Now, to mitigate the growing social unrest created by the current housing crisis, supra-national organisations (e.g. NGOs, the UN, the World Bank) as well as national and regional governments face a paradox: the survival of neoliberalism depends in part on intensifying the intervention of the state in affordable housing provision.

    In Footprint 24 we want to discuss the implications of the neoliberal housing paradox for the discipline of architecture. Re-theorising the architecture of dwelling is urgent to critically assess past and current experiences and provide insights to engage with future challenges. Can this be an opportunity to reiterate the social relevance of housing and thus attract the best planners, urban designers and architects to contribute innovative solutions to accommodate the ‘great number’? Which possibilities are there to engage the architecture discipline in the housing question once more? Which critical approaches to the housing issue after the neoliberal turn can be used to re-conceptualise the architecture of dwelling in a post-neoliberal period?

    This issue of Footprint aims at examining how the housing policies that unfolded since the 1980s have contributed to re-theorise the architecture of dwelling as a social and spatial practice. We welcome original research articles (6000–8000 words) that can contribute to define a new concept of housing after the neoliberal turn, exploring case studies, theoretical frameworks, research methods and analytical instruments.

    Authors of research articles are requested to submit their contributions to the editors before 1 May, 2018. The submissions should adhere to Footprint’s submission preparation checklist and author’s guidelines, available at

    All research articles will go through a double-blind peer-review process. Footprint 24 will be published in the Spring of 2019.

    For inquiries, please contact editors Nelson Mota and Yael Allweil at


  • SAH Study Day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Washington | Dates: 29 Sep, 2018
    Save the date. More information coming soon.
  • International Sculpture Conference Call for Panel Proposals

    Philadelphia | Dates: 06 Feb – 12 Mar, 2018

    The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 28th International Sculpture Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this October 25-28, 2018 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture.


    Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective. Panel topics include:


    Body and Context

    Re-imagining Monuments – Old and New

    Working to Strengthen and Engage the Civic Commons

    Art and Science

    Affect and Effect:  Sculpture in Politics and Freedom

    Artist-Run and Collaborative Spaces

    Sculpture, Archives, and Collections

    The Current and Future State of Sculpture and Sculptural Education

    Artist Projects and Workshops



    The abstract submission deadline is March 12, 2018. All accepted submissions will be notified by May 2018.


    To submit a proposal and learn more information, please visit the conference website:
  • Hannes Meyer as Pedagogue

    Kassel | Dates: 15 – 17 Mar, 2018

    Hannes Meyer as Pedagogue

    Bauhaus Symposion. March 15th –17th, 2018, Kassel University

    The symposium engages with the pedagogical concept and praxis of Hannes Meyer, which he developed and subsequently pursued as a teacher and director of the Bauhaus Dessau from 1927 to 1930. Hannes Meyer significantly altered and restructured the educational programme of the Bauhaus, established by Walter Gropius and the masters he appointed (1919 1927 / 28). Not only did he found the architecture department at the behest of Gropius and introduce scientific studies into the design process. In the lessons, he also successfully realised construction projects with the students (the Houses with Balcony Access, the Nolden House) and industrial production projects (the Kandem lamps and Bauhaus wallpapers with the Rasch Brothers & Co.). By appointing new teachers he founded the urban planning department (Hilberseimer) and the photography workshop (Peterhans) and introduced important new scientific fields into the teaching by means of guest lectures. The three-day symposium focuses on three subject areas:


    1. Pedagogical concept

    Day one of the symposium presents the pedagogics of Hannes Meyer in relation to the architectural education of the 1920s in general and the Bauhaus pedagogy of the Gropius era (Gropius / Moholy-Nagy), focusing on the conceptual underlying ideas. These find their continuation and further development through Meyers later activities in Mexico and through the praxis of the Ulm School of Design (HfG Ulm) from 1956. A particular focus will be placed on the practical aspect of the teaching and on the question of how Hannes Meyer put his pedagogical idea into spatial practice in his buildings for educational institutions (Mümliswil, Bernau).


    2. (New) teachers at the Bauhaus under director Hannes Meyer

    Hannes Meyer implemented his pedagogical concept not least through his programmatic selection of staff, which was often accompanied by structural changes. Thus, the metal, cabinet-making and wall painting workshops were merged to form the interior design workshop, a new photography workshop was established and an urban planning class introduced. A female master Gunta Stölzl was also appointed. Guest lecturers and numerous guest lectures enriched the curriculum and enhanced its programmatic character. Day two of the symposium introduces a selection of the teachers who were most important to the Hannes Meyer era and pinpoints their conceptual approaches, theoretical positions and design methodologies, in which the re-orientation of education at the Bauhaus is manifested introduces.


    3. Bauhaus students of the Hannes Meyer era

    Based on the teaching of architecture under Hannes Meyer, the focus is on tracing the effect of his pedagogy on the next generation of designers. Of relevance here is that owing to the political upheavals of the time, the students were active in a wide range of societal constellations, for instance in the Stalinist Soviet Union, in Germany under National Socialism and in the Cold War era, after the foundation of the State of Israel, in Western Europe or South America. The critical question is whether the influences of the Bauhaus under Meyer and others really had a significant co-determining effect on the positions of the Bauhaus students, and how these were appropriated, further developed and altered.

    15th March 2018  Pedagogical concept 

    10:00: Philipp Oswalt: Welcome speech and introduction


    Pedagogy in context

    10:30: Dara Kiese: Holistic Education in Hannes Meyer’s Bauhaus: 1927– 1930*

    11:00: Anthony Fontenot: The Battle over Bauhaus Design: Hannes Meyer versus László Moholy-Nagy *

    11:30: Peter Bernhard: Meyers Program of visiting lecture

    12:00: Julia Witt: Architecture or art of construction? The profile of architecture classes at the German art academies in the 1920s

    12:30: Discussion (Moderation: Thomas Will)


    Pedagogy after the bauhaus

    14:30: Raquel Franklin: The Institute for Planning and Urbanism: Hannes Meyers failed attempt at education in the Mexican milieu*

    15:00: Simone Hain: Traces of Meyer: The refounding of design education in East Germany after 1945

    15:30: Gui Bonsiepe: Convergences / Divergences Hannes Meyer and the hfg ulm

    16:00: Discussion (Moderation: Philipp Oswalt)


    Pedagogical Practices

    17:30: Anne Stengel: Baupraxis Teaching Building through Praxis: Planning and Construction of the Houses with Balcony Access 1929 / 1930

    18:00: Andreas Vass: Childrens Home in Mümliswil / ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau Pedagogics in the Architecture of Hannes Meyers

    18:30: Sibylle Hoiman: Hannes Meyer as a teacher at the Bauhaus the pupils perspective

    19:00: Discussion (Moderation: Andreas Schwarting)


    16th March 2018  (New) teachers at the Bauhaus under director Hannes Meyer


    09:30: Anna Stuhlpfarrer: Anton Brenner - Building for the subsitance level

    10:00: Espen Johnsen: Inspiration, criticism and admiration. Edvard Heiberg, Bauhaus and Hannes Meyers re-orientation*

    10:30: Werner Möller: Design for the Volkswohnung. The Bauhaus production under Hannes Meyer 1928 1930

    11:00: Friederike Zimmermann: Humans in space The whole from a divergent point of view: Oskar Schlemmer and Hannes Meyer

    11:30: Discussion (Moderation: Andreas Schwarting)



    13:30: Brenda Danilowitz: A New Direction: The Role of Josef Albers in the Bauhaus Workshops 1928 1930*

    14:00: Ingrid Radewaldt: A woman as master Gunta Stölzl and the Bauhaus weaving mill

    14:30: Rainer K. Wick: Walter Peterhans, his photo aesthetics and his photo lectures at the B.

    15:00: Ute Brüning: Joost Schmidt: Pictural Statistics and advertising

    16:00: Discussion (Werner Möller and Philipp Oswalt)


    Urban Planning and Theory

    17:00: Philipp Oswalt: Ludwig Hilberseimer (Urban Planning)

    17:30: Gregory Grämiger: Agriculture and Settlements: The Doctrine of Konrad von Meyenburg at the Bauhaus

    18:00: Martin Kipp: Labour psychologist and Labour pedagogue Johannes Riedel

    18:30: Simone Hain: Karel Teige (guest speaker, theory)

    19:00: Discussion (Moderation: Thomas Will)



    17th March 2018 Bauhaus students of the Hannes Meyer era 

    Socialist International

    09:30: Tatiana Efrussi: Bauhaus experience not applicable*

    10:00: Daniel Talesnik: Tibor Weiner: From the Soviet Union to South America*

    10:30: Zvi Efrat: Sachlichkeit to Brutalism: Sharon Overplays Meyer in Israel*

    11:00: Discussion (Moderation: Andreas Schwarting)



    13:00: Norbert Korrek: Konrad Püschel University of Architecture and Civil Engineering Weimar

    13:30: Folke Dietzsch: Reinhold Rossig From KPD to the Bauakademie in the GDR

    14:00: Jens Uwe Fischer: Franz Ehrlich

    14:30: Discussion (Moderation: Thomas Flierl)


    Western Europe

    16:00: Adina Seeger: Fritz Ertl Master builder in Auschwitz

    16:30: Sebastian Holzhausen: Architecture as a social act. Hans Fischli‘s Childrens Village Pestalozzi in Trogen, 1946–1948

    17:00: Hanneke Oosterhof: Lotte Stam-Beese: From Bauhaus to urban planning in Rotterdam*

    17:30: Discussion (Moderation: Philipp Oswalt)



    19:00: Gregor Harbusch: Ludwig Leo a virtual pupil?


    * This talks will be held in English




    Prof. Dr. Peter Bernhard (Uni Erlangen- Nürnberg)

    Prof. em. Dr. h.c. Gui Bonsiepe (DesigntheoretikerGestalter, La Plata / Buenos Aires)

    Ute Brüning (Designhistorikerin Berlin)

    Brenda Danilowitz (Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, New Heaven)

    Dr. Folke Dietzsch (Architekt, Ebeleben / Thüringen)

    Prof. Dr. Zvi Efrat (Bezalel Academy Jerusalem)

    Tatiana Efrussi (Universität Kassel)

    Jens-Uwe Fischer (HfbK Hamburg)

    Prof. PhD. Anthony Fontenot (Woodbury University, Los Angeles)

    Prof. Dr. Raquel Franklin (Anahuac University, Mexico City)

    Dr. Gregory Grämiger (ETH Zürich)

    Prof. Dr. Simone Hain (Berlin)

    Dr. Gregor Harbusch (Architektur- und Kunsthistoriker)

    Dr. Sibylle Hoiman (Bauhausarchiv Berlin)

    Sebastian Holzhausen (Architekt, Zürich)

    Prof. Espen Johnsen (University of Oslo)

    Vistiting Assisistant Prof. Dara Kiese (Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute)

    Prof em. Dr. Martin Kipp (Berufspädagoge Rosenfeld-Bickelsberg)

    Dr. Norbert Korrek (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)

    Dr. Werner Möller (Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau)

    Hanneke Oosterhof (TU Eindhoven)

    Prof. Philipp Oswalt (Universität Kassel)

    Prof. em. Ingrid Radewaldt (Designhistorikerin, Hamburg)

    Mag. Adina Seeger (Kuratorin Jüdisches Museum Wien)

    Mag. Kunstg., M.Sc. Anne Stengel (Universität Kassel)

    Mag. Dr. Anna Stuhlpfarrer (freelance art historian and curator)

    Assistant Prof. Phd. Daniel Talesnik (TU Munich)

    Mag. Arch. Andreas Vass (Architekt, Wien)

    Prof. i.R. Dr. phil. Rainer K. Wick (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

    M.A., Dipl.-Museol. (FH) Julia Witt (Berlin)

    Dr. Friederike Zimmermann (Kunst & Kommunikation)


    University Kassel, Neubau ASL, Raum 0106, Universitätsplatz 9, 34127 Kassel

    Organizer:  Universität Kassel, Fachgebiet Architekturtheorie und Entwerfen, Prof. Philipp Oswalt

    Admission fee: 50 € total, 20 per day. students free admission,

    To particpate in the conference no pre-reigstration or booking necessary.

    Sponsors: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Herman Henselmann Stiftung, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst


    Further and updated information about the event:

  • Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

    Dates: 01 Feb – 26 Sep, 2018
    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new fellowship program for community college faculty. The Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships, made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support the research ambitions of humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year colleges.
    “Community colleges are a vitally important component of the higher education ecosystem in the United States and of the academic humanities in particular,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “Not only do a substantial proportion of undergraduates experience their first or only encounters with college-level humanities in community college classrooms, but community college faculty produce important humanistic knowledge, scholarship on teaching and learning, and innovative methods of classroom teaching and community engagement. These fellowships aim to support and valorize the research endeavors of these teacher-scholars.”
    These fellowships deepen ACLS’s commitment to extending the reach of its programs to humanities scholars from a broader range of institutions as the organization approaches its centennial in 2019. Last fall, the Council announced that it was expanding the number of awards offered in its central ACLS Fellowship program with the goal of increasing support for scholars at teaching-intensive colleges and universities. The program is also part of a larger Mellon Foundation initiative. Since 2014, Mellon has made 12 grants in support of humanities faculty at community colleges.
    ACLS will award up to 26 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships in 2018-19, which will be the first of three competitions funded by this grant. The research projects in the humanities or humanistic social sciences to be supported by this program may have a wide range of outcomes, including scholarly or pedagogical articles, book chapters, or books; course plans and textbooks; exhibitions and community/campus events; online resources, etc. Fellowships carry a stipend of $40,000, which may be used flexibly as salary support, research funds, or for any other activity that advances the proposed project.
    Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications in late July. Further information about the program and eligibility criteria are available online at The application deadline is September 26, 2018.

  • Architecture in 1817: Jefferson, Soane, and a Bicentennial Reflection on the Transatlantic "Diffusion of Light and Education” with Dr. Danielle Willkens

    Atlanta | Dates: 03 Mar, 2018
    Dr. Danielle Willkens, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Auburn University will present an illustrated lecture reflecting on the bicentennial of Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia and the completion of the Opening Up The Soane project at Sir John Soane's Museum in London. Although they never met, Jefferson and Soane had remarkable parallels in their personal and professional lives. Both fascinated with the use of optics in their architecture, they tested boundaries with new structural systems and employed the latest technologies for comfort within their buildings. This lecture will explore the exemplary architectural projects and educational endeavors of contemporaries Jefferson and Soane, as well as select projects by their peers within the 'transatlantic design network'.

    Saturday March 3, 2018
    9:30 - 11:00 AM
    The Little Chapel at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church
    1660 North Decatur Road NE - Atlanta, Georgia 30307

    This lecture is made possible by former Shutze Award Recipients that contribute annually to the Shutze Fellows Scholarship Fund.


  • Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF): D.C.

    Washington | Dates: 22 – 25 Feb, 2018
    ADFF: D.C.
    February 22 – 25
    Washington, D.C.
    Presented by the National Building Museum with the Revada Foundation

    The National Building Museum is partnering with ADFF to launch our first festival in Washington, D.C. The Building Museum's iconic Great Hall is one of the nation's most impressive interior spaces, and host to the presidential inaugural ball every four years. ADFF will present films in the Great Hall on a large screen with the entire audience using wireless headphones for the audio. Opening night will feature the new film about Bjarke Ingels, BIG TIME.

  • American Friends of Marbach Dissertation Grants

    Marbach | Dates: 01 Feb – 16 Mar, 2018
    The American Friends of Marbach (AFM) are able to award four dissertation grants of $4.000 each to Ph.D. candidates from American universities doing research in the field of German Studies at the Deutsche Literaturarchiv (DLA) in Marbach. Two of these stipends, which are normally meant to be taken over the summer break, have been granted by the Max Kade Foundation in New York; one is named after their donors “The David Detjen Research Grant;” and the fourth is the recently established “AFM Dissertation Grant.” In addition, the American Friends of Marbach are able to offer an “AFM Travel Grant” in the amount of $2.000, also intended for PhD candidates at American universities doing research at the DLA in the field of German Studies. 

    All grantees benefit from the excellent services that the DLA provides to researchers. Upon arrival, each grantee is welcomed by a staff member of the DLA who assists in determining the shape and goals of the research visit, and who serves as contact person for the duration of the stay. Researchers can also participate in a weekly “Stipendiaten-Café,” where international stipend-holders and fellow humanists have the opportunity to network and present their work to one another. Depending on availability, the well-appointed Kollegienhaus on the grounds of the DLA offers an excellent option for lodging. 
    Please submit a 1-2 page project description which should include a brief statement about the relevance of the holdings at the DLA for the project, a current C.V. and arrange for one letter of recommendation from the dissertation adviser to Prof. Johannes von Moltke (University of Michigan): by March 16, 2018. The decision will be announced in mid-April. 

    For other Marbach fellowships see
  • FAAC Your Syllabus! Feminist Pedagogy Workshop

    New York | Dates: 21 – 22 Apr, 2018

    FAAC Your Syllabus!

    Feminist Pedagogy Workshop



    April 21-22, 2018 at Parsons, NYC

    Part of the exhibition Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture Since 1968, organized by ArchiteXX, a non-profit, independent organization, at Parsons School of Design.



    This is a call for participation in a  two-day workshop on feminist practices for teaching histories of art and architecture. During the workshop we will discuss our experiences in the classroom, and beyond in our scholarship and in our professional work; we will design teaching assignments that foreground intersectionality and collaboration; and we will write a collective manifesto both for publication and for the exhibition. Core feminist principles of collaboration, intersectionality, and empowerment will guide the workshop and the writing associated with it. Our goal is to provide participants with an opportunity to learn from each other and build inclusive and diverse communities both inside and outside our professional lives. We will meet for an afternoon session on April 21st and a morning session on April 22nd.



    —We will discuss feminist teaching approaches to non-feminist content.

    —We will compare different feminist pedagogies.

    —We will think of feminist-informed assignments.

    —We will write a collective manifesto, to be distributed through various media.



    Please submit a CV and a list of three books accompanied by a 500-word text explaining how each one of them has informed your pedagogical practice and the teaching of art and architecture. Send via email to by March 9, 2018. Accepted participants will be notified by Mid-March.



    Limited funding for  travel and lodging might be available for accepted participants coming from out of town through a partial grant.

  • SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!

    Dates: 29 Jan – 02 Apr, 2018

    A collaboration by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the Wüstenrot Foundation

    EXHIBITION: November 9, 2017 – April 2, 2018, GF

    The DAM is presenting the first-ever global survey of the Brutalist architecture of the 1950s to 1970s. The term Brutalism does not originate from the word “brutal”, but rather béton brut—the French term for exposed concrete. Brutalist architecture celebrates rawness and the bare construction. It is exceptionally photogenic and, in recent years, it has reached cult status on Facebook and Instagram. That said, many people still only see these buildings as ugly concrete monsters. The expressive style emerged during a period of experimentation and societal upheaval. Today many are at risk of being demolished. In light of this, the #SOSBrutalism campaign extends the exhibition online with a database of over 1,000 projects. Media partners are the BauNetz and uncube magazine.

    At the DAM, Brutalism is reexamined with unusually large-scale models and cast concrete miniatures that were built by the Kaiserslautern Technical University for SOS Brutalism. The exhibition features buildings from Japan, Brazil, the former Yugoslavia and Israel, as well as Great Britain, where Alison and Peter Smithson invented New Brutalism.

    The exhibition is accompanied by another activity on social media: The visitors are encouraged to mark photos of Brutalist buildings in Frankfurt with the hashtags #Betonperle and #FFM: the best findings will be included in the exhibition.



    Exhibition curator of "SOS Brutalism" is OLIVER ELSER.

  • #SOSBrutalism

    Dates: 29 Jan, 2018 – 29 Jan, 2019
    #SOSBrutalism is a growing database that currently contains over 1000 Brutalist buildings. But, more importantly, it is a platform for a large campaign to save our beloved concrete monsters. The buildings in the database marked red are in particular jeopardy. This is an unprecedented initiative: #SOSBrutalism is open to everyone who wants to join the campaign to save Brutalist buildings! It is a powerful tool that allows fans of Brutalism to communicate with one another across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and so on.

    #SOSBrutalism has also led into an exhibition which has been jointly organized by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and the Wüstenrot Stiftung. It is now on display at the DAM, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, until April 2, 2018.

  • Traditional Building Conference: Oak Park, IL

    Oak Park | Dates: 24 – 25 Apr, 2018
    Most know the village of Oak Park as Frank Lloyd Wright’s backyard for the early part of his career. It’s so much more than that. There are 2,400 historic sites in Oak Park alone, the majority of which are homes built in the Queen Anne, Prairie School, and Craftsman styles of architecture. With three distinct historic districts and 64 nationally recognized historic landmarks, Oak Park is truly a village of and for architects.

    Join us April 24-25, 2018 at the historic Nineteenth Century Club for networking opportunities, AIA credits, and architectural walking tours. Accredited courses include:

    The Art and Science of Preservation
    Oak Park and its Historic Districts, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
    Historic Windows:  Tax Credits, Standards and Solutions
    Investigative Technology on a Traditional Roof
    Case Study and Walking Tour: The Restoration of Unity Temple  

    The Traditional Building Conference Series delivers focused, relevant education for architects, contractors, craftspeople, designers, building owners, and facilities managers in a time efficient format at beautiful historic venues. In a two-day interactive symposium you will learn from best-in-class experts and practitioners about historic preservation, adaptive use, urban infill, classical design, sustainable design, building restoration/maintenance, and traditional craft. Meet the editors of Period Homes, Traditional Building, New Old House, Arts & Crafts Homes, Early Homes, and Old House Journal. Network with your industry peers, clients, and the technical representatives from restoration/renovation product suppliers.

    The Traditional Building Conference Series is a registered provider of AIA continuing education credits. Credits for NARI, AIBD, and certain NAHB classifications can be arranged. LEED accredited professionals and interior designers should contact the education director to determine if any courses have been registered for continuing education credits with the IDCEC or the USGBC. 

    Learn more and register at

    For registration inquiries, contact Carolyn Walsh at
    For sponsorship inquiries, contact Peter Miller at
    For partnership inquiries, contact Griffin Suber at
    For education inquiries, contact Judy Hayward at 
  • HPEF Partners in Training Call for Proposals - Spring 2018

    Dates: 27 Jan – 02 Apr, 2018

    The Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) is currently accepting proposals for the Spring 2018 round of its Partners in Training initiative. HPEF established Partners in Training in 2014 to provide training opportunities on topics associated with preservation technology. Partners in Training seeks to replicate the success HPEF has enjoyed working with other institutions and organizations in the past.

    HPEF invites educational institutions and nonprofit organizations based in the United States to submit training proposals that address specialized topics associated with the technical aspects of preservation. For grant recipients, HPEF’s contribution may include administrative as well as initial financial support. Administrative support can include participation in event planning, registration functions, and, as appropriate, assistance in online or print publication of materials prepared for the initiative. Initial financial support includes seed money to fund initial tasks. Grant recipients will assume all other responsibilities including marketing; coordination of onsite aspects associated with the venue; project budget; and staffing.

    The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2018. Grant recipients will be announced on/around June 1, 2018.

    Additional information can be found on the HPEF website: or by writing


  • APT Buffalo Niagara 2018 - Call for Abstacts

    Dates: 26 Jan – 05 Mar, 2018

    Celebrating the past, looking towards the future!

    In 1968, a group of preservation and conservation professionals from both the United States and Canada came together in New Richmond, Quebec to form a new organization called The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT). Today, APT is an international, multi-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving/preserving historic structures and their settings. Aswe celebrate our 50th anniversary, this year's conference will serve as a point of departure for our next 50 years.

    We look forward to welcoming you to a conference like no other in APT's history. Events and sessions in the United States AND Canada. Richardson, Sullivan, Wright, Olmsted & Vaux. Bunshaft, Yamasaki, Pei. Grain elevators that inspired Le Corbusier. Forts on both sides of the border, world-class parks, vineyards, the world-famous Niagara Falls,and now a renaissance fueled by the adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

    Conference Dates: September 22-27, 2018

    The four tracks that will explore this year's theme are:

    1. Decline vs. revival: tempering the impulse to tear down and start over

    2. Materials over time: points of change

    3. For power or for passage: re-envisioning historic industrial and transportation infrastructure

    4. This new world: preservation technology and emerging issues within our historic buildings and built landscapes


    More information on the tracks by scrolling down on this page.

    The journey to Buffalo Niagara starts here!

    Abstracts are due March 5th

    Submission Guidelines:

    Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts that fit within the 4 broad thematic tracks. Potential topics are listed but the abstracts do not have to necessarily fit these example topics, just the track. Case studies must include what the author(s) has learned from this case study and why it is relevant to the conference.
    Highest consideration will be given to abstracts that:

    • present compelling ideas;
    • are relevant to the conference theme and/or tracks; and
    • present new and/or cutting edge information

    In addition, technical abstracts should contain:
    • original research; and
    • make a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in heritage conservation / preservation.

    Submission Requirements:
    Each abstract should be:

    • a 20-minute presentation by one speaker;
    • 450 words or less;
    • include a short (100 word) biography; and
    • indicate student or professional status.

    Requirements for Selected Presenters
    Each presenter must:

    • confirm acceptance of the invitation to present;
    • submit a preliminary outline of his or her presentation before July 2, 2018;
    • work directly with your assigned session chair (via email and/or phone);
    • register for the conference at the reduced speaker rate on or before August 31, 2018;
    • submit a final PowerPoint presentation by September 7, 2018; and
    • participate fully in the conference.

    Note: APT discourages more than one presenter for each 20-minute presentation. If a co-presenter is approved, he/she must register at the full conference member/non-member rate.

    Student Submission now open!

    Students from all areas of study in historic preservation and conservation are encouraged to apply for an APT Student Scholarship to participate in the APT Buffalo Niagara 2018 Conference. Applications are accepted by submitting an abstract that summarizes research and/or a project that addresses the 2018 conference theme and tracks.

    Deadline is March 5th, click here for more details.


    All papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in post-conference issues of the APT Bulletin. APT reserves the right to publish all accepted abstracts on their websites and with conference registration materials.

  • CFP: Interstices Under Construction Symposium

    Auckland | Dates: 25 Jan – 28 Feb, 2018

    Interstices Under Construction Symposium Call for Papers 2018 - 12-14 July, 2018 Auckland


    Buildings, cities, landscapes, sculptures, paintings, and music, even, are already physically present and persisting in a present. Why theorise their presence, and what relevance could such a notion have for arts rooted in space?

    The contemporary emphasis on the physical, material, performative and atmospheric ? rather than on meaning ? is a reaction against the overly discursive and semiotic strains of ?80s post-modernism, when the identification and attribution of meaning became a core practice of architectural thought. Afterwards, materiality and its effects assumed what Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht terms a ?non-hermeneutic? presence (2004: 1-20), coinciding with the much vaunted ?post-theory? in architecture and its rejection of criticality. Today, we no longer believe that theory has been surpassed, nor, by the same token, that a complex of meanings can be kept separate from its mediality, that is, from material. Neither is pure manipulation of data, without aesthetic and bodily intention, able to produce architecture. The material and the immaterial are not easily divided.

    While presence concerns communication, it concerns space even more?through its occupation (or dis-occupation) and activation. Gumbrecht reminds us that, what is ?present? to us (in the sense of the Latin prae-esse), is ?in front of us, in reach of and tangible for our bodies? (17). He reminds us also of George Steiner?s remarks that the arts, ?wonderfully rooted in substance, in the human body, in stone, in pigment, in the twanging of gut or the weight of wind on reeds?, begin, but do not end, in immanence. The task of the aesthetic is to ?quicken into presence the continuum between temporality and eternity, between matter and spirit, between man and ?the other?? (Steiner, 1989: 227).

    Absence of presence is not the same as presence of absence, in which traces, silences or voids powerfully embody (and make present) something not present. For example, the voids of Berlin: Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman; or the voids of Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza and Tadao Ando; the silence of John Cage and the m? of Toru Takemitsu?they all involve experience and affect. By contrast, representation seems to be involved with the ?age of the sign? and ?conceptual deduction? (Gumbrecht, 2004: 57). However, as Jean-Luc Nancy points out in France, representation ?is as old as the West?, and maybe there is ?no humanity (and, perhaps, no animality) that does not include representation? (1993: 1). Nancy?s conception of presence does not refer to a permanent state, but to nascence: ?Presence itself is birth, the coming that effaces itself and brings itself back? (5). Gumbrecht relates this wavering to the double movement of withdrawal and unconcealment in Martin Heidegger, part!

     icularly in relation to his account of a Greek temple in terms of presence via the notions of ?earth? and ?world?. Here, ?the sheer presence of the temple triggers the unconcealment of a number of things?in their thingness?that surround the temple? (Gumbrecht, 2004: 73). For Nancy the very act and pleasure of drawing, insofar as it is ?the opening of form? (2013: 1), is also a nascence. What would it mean for a drawing, building, artwork or poem to perform or keep alive the performance of its birth? Perhaps the malleability of Alvaro Siza?s works (Molteni 2003) or Lemi Ponifasio?s irruptive choreography (Ponifasio, 2009) provide some hints to the potential of works? in statu nascendi.

    In addition, a human tendency to endow buildings and artworks with life includes practices involving the holy and tapu, such as sacrifice, rites of foundation and the address to a living ancestor (in whare and fale, for example). These frame, stage and enact the effect of ?living presence? ? exceeding an aesthetic stance of disinterested contemplation of art's formal qualities (Eck, 2015: 172). ?Studying what makes viewers deny the representational character of art?, argues van Eck, ?will help understanding why art is such a universal feature of human life? (209). After all, ?aesthetic experience? provides feelings of intensity unknown in specific everyday worlds; there is no aesthetic experience without presence effects emerging seemingly out of nowhere.

    In all fields of art practice, what might be the status of presence in Virtual Reality and digital representation obsessed with verisimilitude? How can even purposeful design, particularly in an era of parametricism, retain an element of the status nascendi, as unprogrammed (or even unprogrammable) emergence? The ?joy of averring oneself to be continually in the state of being born?a rejoicing of birth, a birth of rejoicing? (Nancy, 1993: back cover) requires an acceptance, even embrace, of the fact that existence ?comes nude into the world?.

    We invite you to submit an abstract for the forthcoming Interstices ?Under Construction Symposium?, inspired by the spark of presence and its spatial effects. Following the symposium, papers will be sought for Interstices issue. 20 on this same theme. For publishing options and the required formatting, please refer to the Guidelines for Submissions <> on the Interstices website.

    The symposium will be run in conjunction with a colloquium led by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Harold Marshall and other principal speakers to be announced.

    Abstracts of 300 words may be forwarded to Sue Hedges up to 28 February 2018:

    Dates: Keynote lecture on the evening of Thursday 12 July 2018 followed by full days on 13 and 14 July

    Venue: University of Auckland, Symonds Street, Auckland, in collaboration with Auckland University of Technology

    Conference organisers:

    Ross Jenner, Andrew Barrie, Julia Gatley, University of Auckland Andrew Douglas, Sue Hedges, Auckland University of Technology

  • Harvard GSD's Spring 2018 Public Program

    Cambridge | Dates: 25 Jan – 24 Apr, 2018
    The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) opens its spring 2018 public program with a talk by K. Michael Hays and Andrew Holder on January 23, introducing their exhibition Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech, on view through March 11. Also participating in the program are Annabelle Selldorf, who will present a lecture on January 30, and Aaron Sachs, who will present the GSD's annual Olmsted Lecture on March 1. Rafael Moneo, Harry Cobb, and Peter Eisenman will join the GSD community for a conversation on April 17.

    A combination of artists, writers, politicians, and policymakers also will contribute a dynamic range of perspectives on design and the built environment. The School will welcome Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Chicago on February 20 and Raphael Bostic, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, on April 10. Through the Rouse Visiting Artist Program at the GSD, the artist Kahlil Joseph will screen and speak about a selection of his film projects on February 22. Visual and performing artist Otobong Nkanga, whose work focuses on issues related to colonialism and resource extraction, will speak on International Women’s Day on March 8. Closing the spring 2018 Rouse Visiting Artist series are Raf Simons, chief creative officer at Calvin Klein, and artist Sterling Ruby, who on April 23 will be in conversation about their design collaborations.
  • Architectural History (SAHGB Journal) Seeks Book Review Editor

    Dates: 25 Jan – 15 Mar, 2018
    Architectural History, the journal of the SAHGB, publishes original, peer-reviewed research on buildings, the built environment, the history of architectural theory, and architectural historiography in all places and periods.  Published by Cambridge University Press, it is one of the leading academic journals for the history of architecture in the world.

    The editorial team seeks a new book review editor.  You will work closely with the lead editor, the deputy editor, and five other team members in the production of the journal, which is issued once each year.  The position involves: commissioning reviews (roughly 10 per volume, 750-1000 words each), reviewing submissions, liaising with authors, editing manuscripts for style and content, and traveling to editorial meetings (2-3 per year).  Experience in academic writing and editing is essential.

    The role represents an exciting opportunity to help contribute to the future success of the journal.  Like all roles in the SAHGB, it is voluntary.  Please submit a statement of interest, along with a CV to by March 15, 2018.
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