Recent Opportunities

  • Scott Opler Fellowship in Architectural History

    Oxford | Dates: 01 Sep, 2016 – 31 Aug, 2018
    Worcester College, Oxford is pleased to be able to offer a two year residential Fellowship in the study of Renaissance or Baroque architectural history through the generosity of the Scott Opler Foundation. Applications are invited from scholars of any nationality and academic affiliation in the final year of their dissertation or within the first four years after the completion of their Ph.D., D.Phil. or comparable degree. Applicants are asked to demonstrate a high level of skill in research methods and practice in the field of Architectural History, demonstrated via successful completion or near completion of a doctorate in a relevant area, possibly supported by conference papers and publications revealing skills in research practice and presentation. Closing date for applications to be received is Thursday 14th April 2016 and should include an official Application Form, a statement of the proposed research programme, and a current curriculum vitae. Applicants must also arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent direct to the College by the same date. Applications and references may be sent by e-mail as PDF documents. Interviews for a final group of candidates will be scheduled in June.
  • Latino Museum Studies Program

    Washington | Dates: 19 Mar – 08 Apr, 2016
    The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) provides a national forum for graduate students to share, explore and discuss the representation and interpretation of Latino cultures in the context of the American experience. It provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with Smithsonian professionals, scholars from renowned universities, and with leaders in the museum field. Created in 1994 as Smithsonian Institute for Interpreting and Representing Latino Cultures (SIIRLC), LMSP seeks to increase the representation, documentation, research, knowledge, and interpretation of Latino art, culture, and history. The program focuses on developing museum practice within a framework of Latino cultural studies and is offered in two components. The first component consists of a series of lectures, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours at the Smithsonian. Curators, researchers, and other museum professionals as well as invited guest lecturers, will lead interactive tours and discussions providing participants a unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand the best practices in museums and cultural centers. The second component consists of a practicum project within a selected Smithsonian museum. Applicants are matched to a practicum based on their background and experience, and how well the project aligns to their future goals. Checklist is at
  • Bringing Back the Mack: The Recovery and Restoration of the Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art

    Dates: 18 Mar – 30 Apr, 2016
    PhD studentship funded in collaboration by The Glasgow School of Art and Historic Environment Scotland

    Funding: Home fees (UK & EU) plus £14,000 annual stipend for three years full-time.

    Start Date: Summer 2016

    Application Deadline: 30 April 2016

    Interviews taking place: 26 May 2016

    For questions regarding this studentship, contact:

    Dr Robyne Calvert, Mackintosh Research Fellow,

    Applications are invited for a full-time, fully funded PhD studentship based at The Glasgow School of Art, and supervised in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland.

    The Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is an iconic building of international significance, and its damage through fire in May 2014 has led to substantial initiatives from the UK and Scottish governments and others to aid restoration of the building and interiors. Led by Dr Robyne Calvert (GSA) and Dr Ewan Hyslop (HES), this PhD project will develop a summative analysis of the restoration of the Mackintosh building through: a survey of historical change in its spatial arrangement and use; a series of focused case studies on material conservation and reconstruction; and critical reflection on the recovery project that will significantly contribute to the field of heritage studies. Through a deeper understanding of the history of use and spatial change inside the building, this research will be able to feed into and advise in ‘real time’ current restoration work as well as related digital heritage projects; and inform new strategic plans for the wider GSA estate and for the learning & teaching, and research environments. Case studies that focus on the recovery, analysis, and reconstruction of the interiors, furniture and fittings affected by the fire will highlight the methods and approaches of the restoration process. Finally, the research will contribute to the body of knowledge on heritage and conservation through offering critical reflection on the restoration project, from its immediate impact through to project completion, which will form a model for heritage crisis management.
  • Arthur A. Shurcliff at Colonial Williamsburg

    Washington, DC | Dates: 22 – 22 Mar, 2016
    By fortune and to a degree by happenstance Arthur Shurcliff took part in a significant early 20th century “restoration” project: the fashioning of Colonial Williamsburg. Within the unusualness of taking on the preservation of an entire town, Shurcliff’s role was without precedent, and one he was uniquely suited to assume. He served as chief landscape architect for design and planning decisions made between the inception of what was called The Restoration in 1928, until 1941 when he retired. The complex issues that arose during the restoration, recreation, and creation within the quiet, little town—discussions that have grown and multiplied over the ensuing years— are the subject of this presentation. ELIZABETH HOPE CUSHING, Ph.D., is the author of a book, Arthur A. Shurcliff: Design Preservation, and the Creation of the Colonial Williamsburg Landscape based on her doctoral dissertation for the American and New England Studies program at Boston University. She is also a coauthor, with Keith N. Morgan and Roger Reed, of Community by Design, released in 2013. Cushing is a practicing landscape historian who consults, writes, and lectures on landscape matters. She has written cultural landscape history reports for the Taft Art Museum in Cincinnati, the National Park Service, the Department of Conservation and Recreation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and other institutions and agencies. Her contributor credits include Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw Hill Companies, 2000), Design with Culture: Claiming America’s Landscape Heritage (University of Virginia Press, 2005), Shaping the American Landscape (University of Virginia Press, 2009), and Drawing Toward Home (Historic New England, 2010). She has received a grant from the Gill Family Foundation to write a biography of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., which she is currently researching and writing. The First Congregational United Church of Christ 945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 6:30 pm – reception, 7:00 pm – lecture Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members. See our website for additional information.
  • John Nolen Research Fund, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University

    Ithaca | Dates: 18 Mar – 30 Apr, 2016
    The John Nolen Research Fund provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied city and regional planning collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library.
  • CUI '16 / IV. International Contemporary Urban Issues Conference

    Istanbul | Dates: 24 – 25 Nov, 2016
    Papers will be published in DAKAM's online library and in the proceedings e-book (with an ISBN number), which will be given to you in a DVD box and will be sent to be reviewed in the "Thomson & Reuters WOS' Conference Proceedings Citation Index-CPCI"
  • ARCHTHEO '16 / X. International Theory of Architecture Conference

    Istanbul | Dates: 27 – 29 Oct, 2016
    Papers will be published in DAKAM's online library and in the proceedings e-book (with an ISBN number), which will be given to you in a DVD box and will be sent to be reviewed in the "Thomson & Reuters WOS' Conference Proceedings Citation Index-CPCI"
  • Back to the City: Urbanism, Density and Housing 1976-2016

    Glasgow | Dates: 05 – 06 May, 2016
    A two day conference at the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow G3 6RQ, Thursday 5th May-Friday 6th May 2016

    On 12 May 1976, Secretary of State for Scotland Bruce Millan announced the cancellation of the plans to expand the village of Stonehouse outside Glasgow into a New Town of 40,000 inhabitants, and the redirection of the corresponding funds to the Glasgow Eastern Area Renewal (GEAR). After three decades, the era of enhanced greenfield developments outside British cities was finally drawing to an end, and policy was increasingly focusing on the renewal of the inner city as a place of residence.

    The Glasgow experience was by no means unique. Although, in reality, suburbanisation was continuing virtually unchecked, from the 1970s onwards national and municipal policies in many European countries increasingly promoted living in the inner city. The International Building Exhibition, or IBA, in West Berlin (1979-1987), the regeneration of Rotterdam’s nineteenth-century neighbourhoods (begun 1973), the redevelopments of the London Docklands (begun 1981), Amsterdam Eastern Harbour (begun 1988) and Copenhagen South Harbour (begun 1995) as well as numerous infills and industrial redevelopments in the inner cities of Barcelona, Hamburg, Vienna or Gothenburg evidence the increasing emphasis on housing in the inner cities.

    The conference will examine the architectural outcomes of the “return to the inner city” – that is, the numerous variations of dense, multi-storey “New Tenement” architecture, and the conditions that generated this architecture – the political and socio-economic background as well as the different ways in which living in the inner city was both conceptualised and realised.
  • Funded PhD studentship at the University of Edinburgh

    Dates: 12 Mar – 18 Apr, 2016
    The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant to a collaborative PhD studentship. Generously funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium, the PhD will examine the work of the architects H. Anthony Wheeler and Frank Sproson. Wheeler and Sproson was leading practice that was active in Scotland between the 1950s and the 1980s and whose work included a wide range of buildings and urban projects. The detailed archive of the practice is held at Historic Environment Scotland and offers multiple possible directions for a student interested in post-war architecture and urbanism to develop a project that responds to their specific interests. The studentship will commence in autumn 2016. Full details about the project, eligibility criteria for the studentship, and desirable experience may be found at: Applications should be submitted by 18 April. Informal enquiries about the project can be made to Dr Alistair Fair at
  • European Architectural History Network Fourth International Conference

    Dublin | Dates: 02 – 04 Jun, 2016
    The Fourth International Conference of the European Architectural History Network
  • CFP International Conference on Single-Family Homes under Pressure? Mannheim, October 13th and 14th, 2016

    Mannheim | Dates: 04 – 13 Mar, 2016
    1st Homes-uP International Conference on Single-Family Homes under Pressure? Mannheim, October 13th and 14th, 2016 The conference will bring together international researchers from different disciplines who work on single-family housing. Objective is to scrutinize the effects of demographic, socio-cultural and structural change on the utilization of single-family housing in industrialized countries from an interdisciplinary perspective. We understand single-family homes as a generic term for free standing or serial buildings containing one dwelling, including detached, semi-detached and terraced (row) houses. We welcome contributions from architects, economists, geographers, social scientists, urban and regional planners on: Single-family home building stock characteristics and dynamics of spatial development, Land use, material flow analysis, ecological aspects, Emergence of new user groups and user preferences, Market mechanisms, pricing, vacancies and their resource-related implications, Housing policies and single-family homes, Distressed single-family homes: identification and counteractive measures. Submissions on these and other aspects regarding single-family homes as an economic, ecological and cultural resource are encouraged. Inclusion in the program will be based on a high-quality peer-review process. Contributions are welcome from both established and junior researchers. Link conference website: Link Call for papers: (PDF, 113 kB) Submission deadline: May 31, 2016 Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2016 Scientific committee: Shaun Bond, Andreas Blum, Clemens Deilmann, Montserrat Pareja Eastaway, Roland Füss, Johann Jessen, Huibert Haccou, Bernadette Hanlon, Donald Houston, Wolfgang Maennig, Akito Murayama, Darja Reuschke, Stefan Siedentop, Anette Spellerberg, Immanuel Stieß, Christine Whitehead, Federico Zanfi Costs: 50 € contribution for catering Contact Local Organiser: Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim P.O. Box 10 34 43 • 68034 Mannheim • Germany • Mail: Research consortium: Conference and research project "Homes-uP", funded by the Leibniz Association. Organising committee: Clemens Deilmann, Oliver Lerbs, Maja Lorbek
  • VAF - NE Annual Meeting

    Dates: 02 – 02 Apr, 2016
    VAF-New England Annual Meeting “50 Years Back, 50 Years Forward: The National Historic Preservation Act” Saturday, April 2, 2016 Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA 8:30 - 9:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE 9:00 – 9:10 WELCOME ~ Shantia Anderheggen, VAF-NE President 9:10 – 9:40 The National Historic Preservation Act and the VAF: The Populist Revolution Kim Hoagland, Professor Emerita, Michigan Technological University 9:40 – 10:50 PANEL: Educating About the Vernacular Moderator: Zachary Violette (Boston University, PhD) with Betsy Cromley (Independent Scholar; Professor Emeritus, Northeastern University); Kim Hoagland, Professor Emerita, Michigan Technological University; Robert Russell (Professor, Cultural and Historic Preservation, Salve Regina University); Myron Stachiw (Consultant; Visiting Lecturer in Art, Architecture & Art History, UMass Amherst) 10:50 – 11:50 GREENWOOD AWARD WINNER ~ Ian Stevenson, PhD Candidate (2019), Boston University "Fraternity, Furlough, and Family: Maine’s Civil War Veteran Summer Cottages" 11:50 – 12:00 2016 VAF-NE Field Trip Preview 12:00 – 1:15 LUNCH Please join in an informal box lunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern for $20/person. Other lunch options are also available at OSV as well as outside the Village in nearby Sturbridge. 1:15 – 2:00 GREENWOOD AWARD FINALIST ~ Andrew Cushing, MA Candidate (2016), University of Pennsylvania "A Damming Problem: The Relocation and Modern Planning of Hill, NH’s New Village" 2:00 – 3:15 PANEL: The Vernacular in Practice Moderator: Elizabeth Igleheart (National Park Service, retired) with Betsy Friedberg (MA), Peter Michaud (NH), Christi Mitchell (ME) and Jenny Scofield (CT); Laura Trieschmann (VT) 3:15 – 3:45 ANNUAL MEETING (VAF Members) President’s Report; Secretary’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; 2015 Field Trips; Reports from 2015 VAF National Meeting (Chicago, IL); Board Nominations and Vote To REGISTER, please go to: * Please Note: The REGISTRATION PROCESS and DEADLINES have changed! LUNCH reservations can only be accepted through March 24, 2016* Questions? Email
  • CFP: “Ideal” Homes? A History of the Home

    London | Dates: 09 Mar – 01 Apr, 2016
    “Ideal” homes? A history of the home 6 May 2016 London Metropolitan Archives, London, UK Inspired by material from the Ideal Home Show found in the recently deposited Earls Court and Olympia Collection, this day of talks and document viewings will explore how the ideal and reality of the home has changed over the centuries. CALL FOR PAPERS Papers are invited from across the heritage, cultural and academic sectors. Our aim is to generate a dialogue between these groups through a programme of presentations, shorts talks and document viewings. Topics may include but are not limited to: • Collections – How can the collections of archives, museums, libraries, galleries and other cultural organisations inform our understanding of the home and domesticity throughout history? • “Ideal” homes? – What were people’s aspirations for their homes and domestic spaces, what influenced these aspirations, and how have they changed? • Real Homes – What were people’s homes really like in the past? How and why did they change over time, and what influence did social standing and wealth have on the home? We invite short abstracts of between 50 and 200 words for informal 10 minute presentations that share work-in- progress or provide an introduction to new projects or research that address these topics. Abstract deadline: 1st April 2016 Abstracts to:
  • Call for Papers - International Conference - AR (t) CHITECTURE- 19-21 April 2016

    Haifa | Dates: 08 – 17 Mar, 2016
    An International Conference at The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning Call for Papers Good architecture brings forth a thick reality of experience. To create poetic local places (buildings, landscapes, and urban design projects), the architect has to embody the environment in which his architectural creation takes place. Meaningful architectural making always reflects and addresses the time, place, desires and needs of a shared context, but at the same time interprets, ponders, questions and manipulates it, while bringing forth the living subjectivity of the architect. Artistic creation, in its different forms, allows the artist to embody the world poetically. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, film, music, dance, etc., the artist addresses collective cultural topics in a personal manner, questions, criticizes, and illuminates them, and thus actively participates in the shared reality. It is not uncommon that architects immerse themselves in art making. Usually their artistic creation has been regarded as separated from their architectural work. The conference will investigate the intricate and fascinating ties between artistic and architectural making. It will aim to question, exemplify, and evaluate the connection between these two fields. Why do architects preoccupy themselves with art making? What are the relationships between their artistic works and their architectural design? Does their art making enrich their architectural designs? Papers may articulate theoretical relationships between art making and architectural making, approach the relationship between these two fields as modes of thinking in recent decades. Papers may also attest to the relationship between art and architecture through case studies of specific architects, or shed light on the ties between specific works of art and architectural projects. Collaborative, multidisciplinary and historiographical papers are welcome. Important Dates: We are inviting historians, theoreticians, researchers and scholars of various fields and backgrounds to submit a paper proposal for one of the below listed topics. Please email a 500 words abstract, describing the paper proposal to the following email address: by March 17, 2016. Accepted abstracts will be notified by March 25, 2016. **Abstracts that have been sent until March 7, 2016 will be notified by march 14, 2016 as was initially published. All accepted papers (based on abstract acceptation) would be included in a publication in the form of proceedings. Guidelines: Please keep title short and appealing. Mention the topic (from list of topics to be discussed in the conference), which your paper addresses. Images (72 dpi) may be included as part of the abstract if they enhance the text and are an integral element of the abstract. Please include: Author's full name (surname first). Author's credentials (i.e.: Ph.D., Master Student, Professor, Architect, Artist etc.). Author's affiliation (i.e.: university, office or organization). Author's contact info: Full address, email, and phone number. More than one abstract may be submitted per author. Registration fees: please check at our website **Tickets for a conference dinner will be offered separately around March. Registration deadline: April 10, 2016. Venues: The conference will take place at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology between the 19th and the 21st of April, 2016. Israel's prominent technological institution, the Technion is located in Haifa on the Carmel Mountain. As the center of the northern Israeli metropolitan, Haifa offers a unique view on local region and culture. Topics: Topic 1). Theoretical and philosophical aspects of art making as modes of poetic embodiment of the surroundings and interpretations of the relationship between artistic and architectural making. Topic 2). Historiographies of relationships between art and architectural making, with emphasis on their conditions and significance in the contemporary era of enhanced technology and globalization. Topic 3). Case studies dealing with the artistic and architectural work of architects worldwide, and the ties between specific artistic and architectural projects, methodologies and products. Topic 4). Case studies focusing on artistic and architectural work of Israeli, Palestinian and Mediterranean architects. Scientific Committee: Prof. David Leatherbarrow Prof. Architect Joerg Gleiter Architect Zvi Hecker Prof. Architect Iris Aravot - Chair Dr. Architect Dana Margalith Architect Anna Shapiro Architect Yoni Avidan Architect Maya Weissman-Ilan ** For more information please visit our website at:
  • Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Magazine Editor - Voluntary

    Dates: 04 – 18 Mar, 2016
    We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to work on a voluntary basis as Magazine Editor on our Committee.

    Named The Architectural Historian and published biannually, this full-colour, 28-page magazine is designed to appeal to our membership as well as a wider audience. It includes a variety of articles, regular features and news about the Society’s activities. The print run is 1,000 copies which are distributed worldwide.

    As Editor, you will be responsible for planning the content of each issue and then commissioning features and new articles from Society members and others. You will also be required to edit and proof-read each issue, source images and liaise with the designers.

    Members of the SAHGB Committee will happily offer advice and/or contacts if required, but this is a real opportunity for the Editor to take control and shape the publication’s future.

    Some editing experience and a keen interest in architectural history are vital for this role. You will also be well-organised and have the ability to forward plan.

    We anticipate that the work will take an average of one-and-a-half hours a week but will be more intensive at some stages of the publishing cycle. As with all posts on the Committee, this is a voluntary role. The Committee meets three times a year, usually in London. The Magazine Editor will also be part of the Communications Sub-Committee which will entail additional meetings, although some of these may be by Skype or conference call. Reasonable, standard-class travel expenses to Committee and Sub-Committee meetings will be reimbursed.

    If you'd like to discuss the role informally, please contact the Honorary Secretary, Jonathan Kewley.
    Visit the website to apply.
  • Next 100 Years of Affordable Housing

    New York | Dates: 16 – 16 Mar, 2016
    This event at Cooper Union Great Hall brings together Matthew Gordon Lasner and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, co-edtiors of the new volume Affordable Housing in New York (and the companion exhibition at Hunter East Harlem Gallery) in conversation with Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority; Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, architect of Nehemiah Spring Creek, the Brook, and other innovative affordable housing complexes; Gwendolyn Wright, professor architecture, history, and art history, Columbia University; Joseph Heathcott, associate professor of urban studies, The New School; Carol Lamberg, former executive director, Settlement Housing Fund. Visit here for more information and to RSVP:
  • Revivalism in 20th Century Design: Germany, Scandinavia and Central Europe

    New York | Dates: 04 Mar – 04 Apr, 2016
    Revivalism in 20th Century Design: Germany, Scandinavia and Central Europe College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 15-18, 2017 Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art and Architecture Session Chair: Paul Stirton, Bard Graduate Center For much of the twentieth century, Revivalism and Historicism were felt to be reactionary tendencies in design. In 1961 Nikolaus Pevsner encapsulated the Modernist view when he stated, “all reviving of styles of the past is a sign of weakness.” Despite this condemnation, revivalist styles thrived in Germany, Central Europe, and Scandinavia throughout the century, whether for nationalistic, aesthetic, religious, or political reasons. In a period of shifting political boundaries, uneven economic growth, thwarted national aspirations, and an uneasy dialectic between regional, national, and internationalist impulses in design, it is not surprising that historic and vernacular sources should be revived and imbued with a complex range of meanings. This session aims to explore the deeper significance of revivalist movements in design, both short-lived and localized, as well as the broader stylistic tendencies that survived over longer periods. “Style,” as an analytical tool and indicator of meaning, has been downplayed by design and art historians during the past generation. This session intends to examine those period and vernacular revivals within the wider context of social and political change. The main focus of the session will be design and decoration, whether public or domestic, but contributions in architecture and the fine arts will be welcome where relevant to the wider understanding of revivalism in a particular period or region. Topics and approaches relevant to the theme may include: National Romantic styles and the material culture of “imagined communities” Revivalist tendencies within Modernism (e.g. “Biedermeier revival”) The Neo-Baroque, the “Folk Baroque,” and Art Deco in Central Europe Folk and vernacular revivals in nationalist and National Socialist contexts Commemoration and revivalism Post Modernism and revival styles across the iron curtain Institutionalizing revivals: exhibitions, festivals, museums, and museology Historiography, revivalism, and changing attitudes to the past Please send a one-page abstract, CV, and a brief letter explaining your interest in the session to Paul Stirton ( by April 4th, 2016.
  • Call for Panel Participants (Graduate Students) "Education and Architecture: Historical Perspectives"

    Providence | Dates: 04 – 13 Mar, 2016
    I am currently seeking panelists for "Education and Architecture: Historical Perspectives" for the History of Education Society 2016 Conference to be held November 3-6 in Providence (RI, USA). The panel is thought for graduate students, studying topics related to the intersections of education and architecture from a historical perspective. Potential topics of research might include, but not limited to: Childhood material culture Design of nurseries, schools, playspaces, universities, etc. Childhood and urban environment History of educational spaces Architectural education Collaborations between architects and educators Educational and architectural experiences of the built environment Theoretical reflections on the interdisciplinary dialogue between education and architecture Specific case studies Session welcomes contributions from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. If you have current research that speaks to the spirit of the panel, please email me, Ksenia Fiaduta (, with a brief abstract as well as your biographical information and contact info. Panel must be submitted to the Conference Committee before March 13, 2016. Link to the Conference site:
  • CFP: 13th Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference (Stockholm, 17-19 Nov 16)

    Stockholm | Dates: 04 Mar – 15 Apr, 2016
    The 2016 AHRA conference will address connections between architecture and feminisms with an emphasis on plural expressions of feminist identity and non-identity. From radical feminist, to lesbian feminist, to black feminist, to post-colonial feminist, to crip feminist, to queer feminist, to trans feminist, to Sara Ahmed’s feminist killjoy, to feminist men, to posthuman feminist, to the liberal and neoliberal feminist, to material feminist, to marxist feminist, to eco feminist, to Roxane Gay’s popular Bad Feminist and many others, even to post feminist voices, the claim to feminism continues to be tested and contested. And this conference will be no exception. Between architecture and feminisms our specific focus will be upon transversal relations across ecologies, economies and technologies. Specifically, we are concerned with the exploration of ecologies of practice, the drawing out of alternative economies, and experimentation with mixed technologies, from craft to advanced computational technologies.


    We invite responses to our six thematic areas: Ecologies – Economies – Technologies – Histories – Pedagogies – Styles

    We assume that each thematic area inherently organises diverse ecologies of practice, and that the question of precarious mental, social, environmental ecologies pertains to all. We likewise assume that across these categories there can be discovered many explorative and even performative approaches to architectural research and we encourage a sensitivity to intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, age, ability, ethnicity, and so forth. Each thematic area will be curated by a team of convenors who have a history or association with Critical Studies in Architecture, KTH Stockholm.

    Ecologies: Looks to our fragile and tenacious relational ecologies, including ecologies of practice across disciplines and practices. Here Peg Rawes’s anthology Relational Ecologies has been a great inspiration, as well as Félix Guattari’s essay, The Three Ecologies.

    Economies: Searches for alternative economies that persist amidst the hegemonic forces of neoliberal advanced Capitalism and is much inspired by the work of economic geographers J.K. Gibson Graham.

    Technologies: Acknowledges the relationship between craft and advanced technologies, and draws on thinking in Science and Technology Studies, including feminist technologies. The legacy of philosopher of science Donna Haraway can be acknowledged here.

    We add to these key themes, identified in the subtitle of our conference event, three further themes:

    Histories: Is concerned with the historical archive as an active force in the present and engages in critical histories of feminist theories and practices in architecture, including the theories and practices of overlooked minorities and communities.

    Pedagogies: Directly addresses the crucial issue of the formation of architects and the potential of radical and critical pedagogies. This theme acknowledges the seminal work of bell hooks, Sara Ahmed, and also Gavin Butt regarding intersectional, queer, race, and post-colonial concerns contextualised in architectural education specifically, and in the practice and discipline of architecture more generally.

    Styles: This theme explicitly invites a variety of presentation formats, such as papers, installations, pinups, exhibitions, dialogues, demonstrations, performances and places a central emphasis on queer spatiality and aesthetics, in order to take up the unfinished revolutions of such thinkers as Gloria Anzaldúa, Hélène Cixous, Audre Lourde, Eve Kosowsky Sedgwick.

    More information concerning the Call for Papers and more specific description of the conference themes can be found at Deadline for abstracts of papers is 15 April 2016
  • On An Elder's Trail: The Later Life of Charles M. Charnley

    Chicago | Dates: 20 Apr, 2016
    charnley collage Jack Perry Brown, former director of The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago, presents new research on the life and mysterious disappearance of Charles M. Charnley, the brother of the very private James Charnley who built the iconic Charnley House with his personal friend, Louis Sullivan.  

    This free event is co-sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Newberry Library. Reservations required due to limited seating.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

    The Newberry Library - 60 West Walton Street. Ruggles Hall. Chicago, IL 60610



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