Recent Opportunities

  • Architecture as part of the landscape - CFP - deadline 31.05

    Warsaw (Warszawa) | Dates: 23 – 24 Oct, 2016
    On 24-25 October 2016 the two Warsaw-based academic institutions: the Institute of Archaeology of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw will be hosting an international conference. This year's edition of the conference, which will be already the sixth in the cycle entitled "Preventive conservation of human environment", will be devoted to the role of the architecture in the creation, enhancement and preservation of cultural landscapes. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Dr Mechtild Rössler (Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre) and Dr Stefano De Caro (Director-General of the ICCROM) Landscape, which is a creation of both the Nature and the Culture, can be described metaphorically as a palimpsest with subsequent layers of history. Thus, it is the carrier of information and meanings which should be experienced and understood in the process of study of the changing relations between man and his environment. Protection of the landscape means not a containment of changes but rather managing changes, and therefore a wise compromise between the need to preserve the historical, artistic and symbolic values, and the requirements of development. The aim of the conference is to discuss how to reach such a wise compromise for the benefit of the present and future generations. As ever, we intend to publish a special volume of the collected conference papers. Participation in the conference is free of charge. Proposals for papers with abstracts (maximum 350 words) should be sent by May 31, 2016.
  • CFP: Learning from Modern Utopias

    Dates: 17 May – 20 Jun, 2016
    Recent strategies of urban planning have been characterized by a return to
    the city with an emphasis on the regeneration of the urban tissue. Some
    claim for the reconstitution of the city as a continuous urban fabric.
    Others see fragmentation as an inevitable fait. All seem however to belief
    in the improvement of the existing urban systems rather than in the
    creation of a completely new order, as the urban utopias of the 1920s and
    1930s did.

    The Modern utopias, which were critical visions committed to social,
    humanist and technical researches for the improvement of living conditions
    in the industrialized city, came to be seen as the cause of the
    fragmentation, suburbanization and dehumanization of the city and as a tool
    in the hands of real estate speculation. It can however be argued that the
    problems the contemporary city has to deal with have much in common with
    those that gave rise to the modern utopias: bigness and high density,
    circulation and traffic congestion, public health and social changes,
    cultural identity and technological development, capitalist profit and
    corporate power. In thus being, what can contemporary urban design learn
    from the modern utopias? Is there a complete break with modern planning? To
    what extent do the solutions pointed by modern utopias underlie
    contemporary strategies of urban design? Aren't there successful examples
    of practical applications of urban modern principles? Can the modern
    utopias help us improving the problems of existing urban systems?

    *Call for Papers*

    We therefore invite the scientific community to submit proposals for papers
    to integrate issue 7 of Joelho, Journal of Architectural Culture.

    Topics of interest:

    (the list of topics suggests possible approaches that we are likely to
    explore. We are nevertheless open to all relevant ideas)

    1. Continuity and rupture between modern and contemporary urban planning.

    2. Common problems in, and related solutions for, the modern and
    contemporary city.

    3. Successful applications of urban modern principles and their
    contemporary pertinence.

    4. Modern utopias, environmental changes and sustainability in the
    contemporary city.

    5. Modern utopias and smart city.

    6. The modern binomial city / countryside and the sprawling city.

    7. Modern approaches to mechanical circulation and the contemporary city.

    8. Modern and contemporary urban space.

    9. Modern utopias and contemporary urban society.

    10. Modern utopias, globalization and culture.

    11. Dialogues Between Modernism and the Historic City and their relevance

    Please submit the abstract (400 words), in English, on the platform of the
    journal until June 20th. Results will be published until 5 July.

    The selected final papers must be submitted in English with a maximum of
    4000 words (4000 words-25000 characters including spaces, footnotes,
    bibliographic references, etc.), with abstract also in English, and
    according to the APA (author-date system), until September 20th.

    All proposals will be subject to a peer review process.
  • International Journal for Digital Art History Issue 3: Disruptions and Genealogies of the Digital in Architecture

    Dates: 17 May – 15 Aug, 2016
    In the realm of Digital Art History, architecture represents a broad field in which the use of various computational methods provide extraordinary tools not only for architects but also for art historians and information scientists. Art historians use computers to reconstruct historical architecture through 3D renderings and to document listed buildings and structures using video drones to gather visual data for research and conservation. Architects, on the other hand, look back on a long history of integrating software into their day-to-day work to generate and process digital images of architecture. 
    Computer-aided-design (CAD) has fundamentally changed architecture and its possibilities.

    Not only have digital methods shaped current design thinking and aesthetics, but they have also led to a complete rethink of the theoretical foundation of architecture and what defines it. In this regard, the role of IT specialists in architectural processes has to be given more attention. For example, planning and design software allow certain innovative architectural forms but at the same time exclude other design possibilities. Hence the question arises to what extent programmers are co-authors of architecture.

    Ultimately, a discussion has to unfold on how the relationship of architects and information scientists should be cultivated. What should interdisciplinary curricula look like and what is the current approach to the issue at universities around the world? Can the impact of the digital be defined as the ultimate paradigm shift in architecture, or can we trace genealogies through its history and see analogies to other developments in media culture?

    These questions and others will be in the forefront of the third issue of the DAH-Journal, which will outline a broad overview of new theoretical approaches in digital architecture history. We welcome articles from art historians, architects, information scientists, and authors from other related disciplines who are concerned with questions and projects around this topic, e.g.: historical construction research, use of gaming platforms for spatial simulation and theory, visualization software for teaching, the role of the digital image in architecture.

    The third issue is scheduled for publication at the end of 2016. The featured author will be Mario Carpo, who is currently inaugural Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory at The Bartlett, University College London and is author of "The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012".

    Please register first at and then submit articles by August, 15 2016 (6000 words max.). For more information please visit "Information for Authors" on our website
  • CFP: Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism (Bologna, 4-5 Oct 16)

    Bologna | Dates: 17 May – 19 Jun, 2016
    Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography/ La Critique architecturale, XXe et XXIe siècles: une cartographie (ANR Project ANR-14-CE31-0019-01) : The research project Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography, funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, aims to develop a field of research on the history of architectural criticism, from the last decades of the 19th century to the present day. It is based on an international network of scholars, whose interests cover the history of architectural criticism at various levels and through different approaches (including architectural theory, history of preservation, historiography of architecture, history of architectural periodicals and of criticism, history of photography). Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna), Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University), Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) are the members of this network, which is administrated by the Université Rennes 2 and coordinated by Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2).

    This call for papers is for the second of three international workshops planned by the Mapping.Crit.Arch Project to foster scholarship on the history of architectural criticism and facilitate exchanges between scholars active in this field of research. Conceived as milestones of the research project, these workshops intend to go beyond somewhat widespread interpretations that invoke either the specificity of architectural criticism or its partial overlapping with other forms of writing. The workshops also want to challenge simplistic views that suggest the crisis of architectural criticism if not its entire demise.

    After the first workshop at the Université Rennes 2 (January 2016), centered on the relationship of criticism to “public opinion” and on criticism as an autonomous discipline, the second workshop will take place at the Università di Bologna on October 4-5, 2016, focusing on the actors and “vehicles” of architectural criticism. A third Workshop (Spring 2017) will be dedicated to the notions of architectural criticism and its disciplinary boundaries.

    View the full call:
  • Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram

    Frankfurt | Dates: 14 May – 18 Sep, 2016
    The exhibition focuses on extraordinary drawings, collages and models created in the 1980s by Czech architect Jan Kaplický, who emigrated to London in 1968. These exhibits are juxtaposed with works by Archigram from the DAM archive realized some 20 years earlier. The designs by the two London architect groups Archigram (Peter Cook, Ron Herron and Dennis Crompton) and Future Systems (comprising Jan Kaplický and David Nixon) can be termed utopian architecture.

    While Archigram conceived organic architectures to ensure survival in inhospitable environments, the technical-looking designs by Future Systems are intended for use in more friendly climes. The majority of these utopian designs were not realized, but were meant to provide ideas for living and surviving in phases of immense social upheaval. The spatial architecture by Archigram was created around the time of the Moon landing in an era shaped by new beginnings. By contrast, Future Systems designed its self-sufficient, machine-like living capsules for a gloomy world at the height of the Cold War.
  • London Festival of Architecture

    London | Dates: 01 – 30 Jun, 2016
    The London Festival of Architecture, an annual happening which takes place in London, will run for the entire month of June. A tremendous variety of lectures, exhibitions, talks, films and other events will take place, of possible interest to both practitioners and scholars.
  • CFP Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference (Charleston, Feb. 2–4, 2017)

    Charleston | Dates: 02 – 04 Feb, 2017
    Call for Papers 38th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association February 2-4, 2017 Charleston, South Carolina MEMORY AND COMMEMORATION The NCSA program committee invites proposals on any aspect of “memory and commemoration” in the nineteenth century. From photographs and locks of hair to jubilee processions and civic monuments, nineteenth-century men and women sought to commemorate, preserve, and utilize personal and collective memories and histories. How did individuals remember loved ones, or their own histories? How did they celebrate corporate visions of the past, or dispute visions put forward by others? How were interpretations of the past used as tools of revolution, nation-building, imperialism, and other political activities? In what ways did new economies of tourism and consumerism support a culture of commemoration? How, too, have memories of the nineteenth-century past been contested by later generations? Topics might include civic commemorations, jubilees, holidays, public memorials, architectural changes, cemeteries, elegies, death rituals, photography, souvenirs, memoirs and autobiographies, or literary and artistic uses of the past. Papers may also analyze theoretical concepts of memory, invented traditions, and contested spaces, as well as interdisciplinary and alternate interpretations. Send 250-word abstracts with 1-page CVs to by September 30, 2016. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2016. Graduate students whose proposals have been accepted may submit completed papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who reside outside of North America and whose proposals have been accepted may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements:
  • Beyond Rome. Architects' Travels between the Nordic Countries and the Mediterranean

    115 27 Stockholm | Dates: 20 – 21 May, 2016
    Following the successful symposium hold in Rome at Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in november 2013, the seminar 'Beyond Rome' aims to collect the most recent studies on the travels of architects as a tool for the relationships and exchanges between the Nordic cultures and the Mediterranean. Promoted by a well-established research network, the event in Stockholm is aimed as the first stage of a seminar series that will continue in Sicily, Rome, and Istanbul. The seminar is organized into two thematic sessions of studies on Friday May 20th, followed on Saturday May 21st by a tour in Stockholm to visit places and buildings who show clear signs of Mediterranean influence. The papers will discuss the various seasons of the tour in late 19th and 20th centuries. If Rome, Pompei and Sicily represented the ideal places for the Nordic architects to experience the Classical culture and the Mediterranean, Nordic Classicism and Functionalism paved the way to the North of the Mediterranean architects, from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The results of travels – diaries, sketches and drawings, fotographs – entered into the educational system and influenced the works of many generations of architects. The seminar will explore the biographies and works of key figures and hopefully open the field for furthers steps of the research. Seminar series organized by Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona - Italian Institute of Culture 'C.M. Lerici' - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm - Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul - Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome
  • Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture, Journal

    Dates: 13 May, 2016 – 13 May, 2017
    The interior is a fluid space that responds to changes informed by culture, scale, technology, performance and materials to name a few.  These represent a sample from a greater cross section of interdisciplinary forces that shape and reshape the interior.  Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture looks to authors and designers to contribute writings, design projects, experimental studies, and new approaches to interiors in order to reveal changes affecting the interior as seen through the multitude of influences it can absorb.  
    The journal seeks to publish work that frames the discipline in its past and present through history and theory – both established and newly forming.  At the same time, it seeks to generate discussion about the ability for interiors to be flexible, dynamic, temporary and static, based upon its role and performance in relationship to changes in the built environment in the form of design and experimental work.  The journal sets out to challenge divisions between theory and practice and aims to provide an essential forum for all those with an interest in bridging these areas. 

    The journal, Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture published by Taylor & Francis, invites submissions for forthcoming volumes.  Submissions can take the form of text, creative works with brief supporting text, exhibition reviews as well as manuscripts that challenge and inform the discipline.  Further information about the journal can be found at the following link.
  • NAPC

    MOBILE | Dates: 27 – 31 Jul, 2016
    National Association of Preservation Commissions Held in Mobile Alabama from July 27th - 31st.
  • CFP: Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017 (Funchal, 8-12 Nov 17)

    Funchal, Madeira | Dates: 12 May, 2016 – 31 May, 2017
    Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017
    8-12 November 2017, Funchal, Madeira Portugal

    This conference brings together researchers from across the globe to explore urban life on islands and archipelagos.

    Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet even remote, sparsely populated islands host urban centres. In the case of some small islands, physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations can encourage dense urbanisation, the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, population concentration, and ultimately the development of major cities.

    Fostering dialogue between the fields of island studies and urban studies, this interdisciplinary conference will feature presentations that explore and critique the varied connections between the urban and the insular from a diversity of perspectives on culture, planning, politics, architecture, economy, and environment in island cities worldwide. We welcome papers and panels focusing on individual case studies as well comparative analyses and conceptual frames.

    Keynote speakers: Keller Easterling (Yale University), Lindsay Bremner (University of Westminister), May Joseph (Pratt Institute), Olivia Bina (University of Lisbon)

    About Funchal, Madeira: The Autonomous Region of Madeira is an Atlantic archipelago to the west of Morocco. Madeira is a major tourism destination, but the islands are also famous for their wine, endemic flora and fauna, and spectacular natural beauty. Although remote from the Portuguese mainland, Madeira came to serve as a key point for transatlantic transport and exchange. Even today, the International Business Centre of Madeira free trade zone means that the islands have a financial reach extending far beyond their own coasts. Funchal (population 112,000) is Madeira’s capital. Founded in 1424, this historic city possesses a wealth of cultural heritage.

    How to make a presentation: Presentations are welcome on any aspect of urban island studies. The deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2017. You can propose a presentation here:

    Presentations are invited to address such as questions:
    - How does islandness sustain processes of urbanisation?
    - How can urban planning and urban design address the challenges faced by island societies?
    - Why are islands historically privileged sites for urban development?
    - How does islandness influence urban cultures?
    - What roles do island cities play in national, regional, and global frameworks and processes?
    - How does urbanisation affect island society and environment?
    - How does island city status affect distributions of political authority?
    - How do urban archipelagos relate to their hinterlands and oceanic environments?
    - How are island cultures reconstituted in (mainland) urban diasporas?
    - What challenges do island environments pose to urban development and planning?
    - How does the particular mobility of island populations shape the development of island cities?
    - What other topics are critical to the future of island cities?
  • Student and Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Grants

    Charleston | Dates: 12 May – 01 Dec, 2016
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association announces the establishment of a Student Travel Grant of $500 to support the presentation of a paper [sole-] authored by a student and accepted for a session at the
    2017 annual meeting of the society.

    The following eligibility criteria apply:
    1) the paper proposal has been accepted, and the paper will be
      presented by the author at the conference
    2) the paper is authored by the student presenting and is not
    3) the paper is unpublished and has not been presented at another conference
    4) the student is enrolled full-time at an accredited college or
    5) the student is traveling more than 250 miles in order to attend the
    6) the student registers for the conference and participates fully in
      its activities
    7) the travel grant decision is based on review of the completed paper,
      not an abstract

    Students agree that they will not submit a proposal to participate in the conference pending receipt of a grant. There may be several student presenters competing for limited travel support [one grant per year is anticipated]. Authors of all proposals, at the time the proposal is submitted, agree to attend and present the paper if the proposal is accepted, regardless of whether or not a travel grant is later awarded. 
    Students with accepted proposals who are interested in applying for a travel grant should immediately make known to the conference program chair their intention to apply and submit the completed paper to the conference program chair by December 1st ( Final decision regarding the travel grant will be made by the conference committee and announced December 15th. The award check will be presented at the conference, and the travel grant recipient will be recognized at the Business meeting and in conference literature.
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Award was created in 2011 in order to increase the participation of international scholars who are often hampered from attending conferences in North America because of the cost of travel. 
    This prize represents NCSA's commitment to an international scholarly exchange of ideas and the benefits to research that come from an international perspective. The first two awards were funded by generous personal gifts from founding members, William Scheuerle (2012) and Linda Zatlin (2013). Subsequent awards will be funded by the Association's endowment. The Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Award of $500 is offered to support the presentation of a paper [sole-] authored by an international scholar and accepted for a session at the
    2017 annual meeting of the society. The following eligibility criteria

    1) the paper proposal has been accepted, and the paper will be
      presented by the author at the conference
    2) the paper is authored by the international scholar presenting and
      is not co-authored
    3) the paper is unpublished and has not been presented at another
    4) the international scholar is traveling from outside North America
      in order to attend the conference
    5) the international scholar registers for the conference and
      participates fully in its activities
    6) the travel award decision is based on review of the completed paper,
      not an abstract

    International Scholars agree that they will not submit a proposal to participate in the conference pending receipt of a grant. There may be several international scholars competing for limited travel support [one grant per year is anticipated]. Authors of all proposals, at the time the proposal is submitted, agree to attend and present the paper if the proposal is accepted, regardless of whether or not a travel award is later made. International scholars with accepted proposals who are interested in applying for a travel award should immediately make known to the conference program chair their intention to apply and submit the completed paper to the conference program chair
    ( by December 1st. Final decision regarding the travel award will be made by the conference committee and announced December 15th. The award check will be presented at the conference, and the travel award recipient will be recognized at the Business Meeting and in conference literature.
  • NCSA Emerging Scholars Award

    Dates: 12 May – 01 Jul, 2016
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author's doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

    Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional. 

    Articles that appeared in print in a journal or edited collection are eligible for the 2017 Emerging Scholar Award; if the date of publication is not between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 but the work appeared between those dates, then it is eligible. Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be "in print" and are thus eligible. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2016.

    The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award. The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Charleston, SC, February 2-4, 2017. 

    Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.

    Send a PDF of published articles/essays to the committee chair, Professor Kent A. McConnell, at Address all questions to Dr. McConnell at the same email address. Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility.
  • NCSA Article Prize

    Dates: 13 May – 01 Jul, 2016
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the thirty-eighth Annual NCSA Conference, “Memory and Commemoration” in Charleston, SC (February 2-4, 2017). Articles published between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 are eligible for consideration for the 2017 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. The submission of essays that take an interdisciplinary approach is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded. Send one PDF file electronically of published articles/essays, including the publication’s name/volume/date etc. to the chair of the committee at the following email address: All submissions via email will be acknowledged; queries should be addresses to Professor Susan Jaret McKinstry at the same email address. Applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility, and one entry per scholar or publisher is allowed annually. Articles that appeared in print in a journal or edited collection are eligible; if the date of publication is not between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 but the work appeared between those dates, then it is eligible. Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be "in print" and are thus eligible. Essays written in part or entirely in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2016.
  • CFP: Architect-Designed Objects (Houston, 23-24 Sep 16)

    Houston | Dates: 11 May – 15 Jun, 2016
    Call for Papers
    “A Sense of Proportion: Architect-Designed Objects, 1650–1950”

    Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents its biennial symposium to focus on objects that are the embodiments or extensions of an architect’s ideas or aesthetic. Scholars discuss objects made for particular spaces, objects used to explore new design sources, and objects intended to be part of an integrated space.
    Keynote Address: Friday, September 23, 5 p.m.
    Presented by Adriano Aymonino, lecturer and coordinator of undergraduate programs, department of art history, University of Buckingham

    Graduate and doctoral students as well as entry-level and mid-career professionals are invited to submit a 400-word abstract outlining a 20-minute presentation, along with a CV. Selected participants are offered a $600 stipend for travel and lodging.

    Themes of investigation may include, but are not limited to: 
    Architecture, Costume, Design, Dining, Economics, Etiquette, Gender, Interiors, Leisure Activities, Privacy, Technology, and Travel.

    Important Dates
    - Deadline to submit: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    - Notification for selected participants: On or before July 15, 2016
    - Presentation: Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Send proposals to
  • New Exhibitions Celebrate 300 Years at the Warner House

    Portsmouth | Dates: 11 May – 16 Oct, 2016
    In 2016 the Warner House in Portsmouth NH celebrates its 300th birthday. In 1715 merchant-captain Archibald Macpheadris purchased property in Portsmouth New Hampshire. He commissioned London-trained builder John Drew to build a three-story brick mansion unlike anything previously built in Portsmouth. It would have been at home in the London neighborhood of Deptford where John Drew had learned his trade. In 1760 Macpheadris’s daughter Mary wed Jonathan Warner. They updated the house and Warner’s descendants owned the house until 1932 when it became a museum. Two exhibitions are planned to celebrate this important anniversary.

    Three Centuries of Dining at the Warner House at Warner House 

    The first exhibition at the house, Three Centuries of Dining at the Warner House will feature vignettes from the Macpheadris years through the summer occupancy of Eveline Sherburne and her nephew Thomas Penhallow. On the first floor, the parlor will showcase four periods of dining—Macpheadris (c 1725), Warner (c1770), John Nathaniel Sherburne (c1830) and Eveline Sherburne (c1910). The setting room or small parlor will be the scene of business entertaining by Jonathan Warner while the inner kitchen will show how the enslaved Africans and servants would have eaten in the 1760’s. The upstairs will show other aspects of dining. The small chamber off the hallway highlights Archibald Macpheadris’s study where he could sample Irish cheese sent to him from Cork and evaluate the Madeira he had just imported. In the large parlor chamber, the only known fully smalt decorated room in the United States, a table is set for breakfast tea for Elizabeth Pitts (Jonathan’s 3rd wife) and Jonathan Warner. The southwest bedchamber exhibits setting-up week for Betsy Penhallow after the birth in 1846 of her first child Thomas. Setting-up week normally took place four weeks after the birth and allowed relatives and friends to greet the mother and new child while enjoying refreshments. The northwest bedroom depicts the increasingly changing domestic arrangements of bedrooms. It is being used for supper for the Whipple toddlers in their parents’ bedchamber. 

    We worked with letters, inventories, archaeological evidence and newspaper advertisements to develop place settings of ceramics, glassware and flatware with menus to accompany each vignette. Two fun food facts from the 18th century —in 1719 Archibald Macpheadris bought one hundred barrels of lemons for his own account. Some of these were undoubtedly destined for Portsmouth. In 1735 his daughter Mary was willed four hogsheads of rum from Nevis by her uncle Gilbert Macpheadris—some would been consumed at home but most sold. Explore the history of the house from the merchant captains of the 18th century to the summer residents of the early 20th century.

    Three Centuries of Dining at the Warner House
    Warner House 
    150 Daniel St PO Box 895
    Portsmouth NH 03802
    June 1- October 16, 2016
    See Warner House website for more information: or email

    Celebrating 300 Years at the Warner House at Discover Portsmouth Center

    Our second exhibition will take place at the Discover Portsmouth Center curated by Richard Candee and Robert Chase. Celebrating 300 years at the Warner House expands our understanding of the house through art, artifacts, souvenirs, and ephemera both as an important Portsmouth mansion and as a house museum. Paintings by diverse artists, including Worthington Whitridge, Sarah Haven Foster, Russell Cheney, Harry Harlow and Henry Bakula are featured. 

    On view will be the first graphic reconstruction of Portsmouth’s only known English baroque doorway. Explore cutting edge 18th century technology—counterbalanced windows, the oldest existing in New England. A full range of two centuries of archaeological shards excavated at the Warner House will be on display. The shards have been used to identify and have been matched to examples of 18th and 19th century ceramics and glass. 

    The house became so beloved by the Portsmouth community that ceramic and tintype souvenirs with the image of the house were available even when it was still a private residence. Colonial revival photographs staged in 1915 by Wallace Nutting of one of the descendants were another type of souvenir. The early Warner House sign celebrates the opening of the museum in 1932, thus saving it from being destroyed and replaced by a gas station.

    Celebrating 300 Years of the Warner House
    Discover Portsmouth Center
    10 Middle St
    Portsmouth, NH
    June 1-September 2, 2016
    Discover Portsmouth website:
  • SAHGB Annual Symposium 2016: The Official Architect

    London | Dates: 21 – 21 May, 2016
    The Official Architect: missing chapters in the history of the profession. Official architects, if considered at all, are now most readily associated with the work of the once powerful local authority architects departments of the post-war era. However they have an earlier and more varied history. During the eighteenth, nineteenth and for much of the twentieth century in Britain the title applied to any architect in salaried employment, often working for the state in departments such as the Office of Works, the Admiralty, or the Post Office. Yet such posts were also relied on in bodies as varied as the Miners Welfare Association, the Imperial War Graves Commission, and large private companies such as Boots, Woolworths, the Co-Operative Wholesale Society, and major railway companies such as the L.M.S. Responsible for the design of large swathes of the built environment the work of such architects was as often referred to derogatively as ‘departmental architecture’ and attacked for its poor quality or gone unnoticed due to the culture of bureaucratic anonymity. Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, this annual symposium, held in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects, aims to explore the history of salaried official architects and their work - from Borough Surveyors to County, City or Chief Architects and others - including those in the state and public sectors, major companies and international corporations. Contributions are welcome which highlight individual careers, institutions, working methods, major buildings/projects, and the political and professional debates surrounding Official architecture in this country and beyond over the last two hundred years or more the better to understand this strand in the history of practice. Online booking still open. The full Symposium fee is £60(includes lunch and refreshments) but concessionary rates are available for early career scholars (£40 - within ten years of completing a PhD) and students (£25).
  • SAHGB Annual Field Conference and Study Tour, Plymouth and East Cornwall

    Plymouth, Devon | Dates: 01 – 04 Sep, 2016
    The SAHGB's annual four-day field conference or study tour, this year to Plymouth and East Cornwall, with privileged access to important and often-inaccessible local buildings of all types and periods, and also the opportunity to meet and network with 100 fellow architectural historians. The conference is being organised by Dr Matthew Walker (Oxford University). Free places are available for postgraduate students and early career researchers.
  • Merrill Elam - Guest Speaker

    Chicago | Dates: 19 – 19 May, 2016
    While this award winning Atlanta firm is best known for its libraries and other institutional buildings, they have amassed a portfolio of spatially complex, inventive, cutting edge modern houses which will be the subject of Merrill Elam’s presentation.

    Merrill Elam lectures and teaches as a visiting Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received the 2014 Women in Architecture Design Leader Award from Architectural Record magazine. Among her numerous awards are the 2011 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, and an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Institute of British Architects. Her firm is the recipient of both local and national AIA Honor Awards of Excellence.

    Appetizers and cocktails will be provided. Space is limited, please RSVP.

    This lecture co-sponsored by AIA Chicago CRAN.
  • L'ERMA C International Prize for Young Scholars

    Dates: 10 May – 15 Jun, 2016
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