Recent Opportunities

  • Affordable Housing in New York

    New York | Dates: 10 Feb – 15 May, 2016
    Hunter East Harlem Gallery at Hunter College is pleased to present the exhibition Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City, opening on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street. This exhibition, which includes architectural models, photography, and comprehensive historical material, is the in-gallery component to the recently published book of the same name by Matthew Gordon Lasner and Nicholas Dagen Bloom (Princeton University Press, 2016). The exhibition will also feature a selection of photographs from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) program, Project Lives, brought to the agency and conducted by Seeing for Ourselves. This nonprofit gave cameras and photography classes to hundreds of New York City housing project residents, and published the photographs in a Project Lives: New York Public Housing Residents Photograph Their World (powerHouse Books, 2015). This project will be supplemented by a full schedule of interdisciplinary public programming including walking tours of the case study projects featured in the show, led by the curators with Hunter College. Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work 2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street, New York, NY 10035 Tuesday–Saturday: 12–5pm, contact: Arden Sherman, Curator (212) 396-7819, Twitter @hehgallery

    Bronx, NY 10458-5126 | Dates: 03 Feb – 10 Mar, 2016
    The Humanities Institute, a division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2016 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Candidates are invited to submit an application for a project that would expand the Garden’s role in humanities scholarship. How to apply: The application must be submitted as a single document—Microsoft Word or PDF file—to: Letters of recommendation, in PDF file format, must be submitted directly from the recommender to the Humanities Institute Program Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at
  • Kress Scholarship for the Summer Educational Institute, June 2016

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2015 – 12 Feb, 2016
    This is a reminder that the Samuel H. Kress Foundation has generously sponsored six scholarships for SEI 2016, which will be held June 7-10, 2016, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management is an intensive workshop designed to serve a wide range of professionals eager to learn about new technologies and update job skills. It features a curriculum combining hands-on and lecture modules presented by expert instructors. SEI provides new professionals and more experienced staff the opportunity to stay current in a rapidly changing field, as well as significant networking opportunities. The six Kress Scholarship recipients will each receive $833 to cover tuition, accommodations, and minor incidentals. Kress Scholarship applications are due by Friday, February 12, 2016. Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, March 11, 2016. Following the workshop, each Kress Scholarship recipient will be asked to write a report detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship. Applicants for the 2016 Kress Scholarship should submit a resume or curriculum vita and a brief essay describing the effect attending SEI would have on their studies or their careers. All applications will be evaluated by SEI co-chairs based on the criteria established for the award and any additional directions from the Kress Foundation staff. More information is also available on the website. Submit your application materials via e-mail in a single document (PDF preferred), using the following file naming convention: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_KRESS2016 Please e-mail your application to SEI Co-Chair Greta Bahnemann at: Best wishes, Greta Bahnemann, SEI 2016 Co-Chair Jesse Henderson, SEI 2016 Co-Chair Follow SEI on Facebook
  • Fryer Library Fellowship, University of Queensland

    Brisbane | Dates: 01 – 29 Feb, 2016
    The annual Fryer Library Fellowship (formerly the Fryer Library Award) aims to: Support research into Australian historical and literary studies utilising the collections of the University of Queensland’s Fryer Library. Promote The University of Queensland’s Fryer Library as a centre of scholarly activity. Integrate a digital component (e.g. online exhibition) that will expand access and encourage engagement with the Fryer collections used in the research project. Applications are invited in the following areas: Australian literature Australian theatre Indigenous studies History of architecture Art and design Australian history and political culture Women’s studies Successful applicants receive $20,000 as well as full UQ Library access and copying services. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will be based at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland for a negotiated period, with a maximum of six months. The appointment is to be taken up during the fellowship year. How to apply Applications for the Fryer Library Award are due by the end of February for the year of the award. Download the Fryer Libray Award Application Form for more information and instructions on how to apply. Contact the Manager, Fryer Library with any questions.
  • 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards

    Dates: 01 Feb – 23 Mar, 2016
    Each year the International Sculpture Center presents an award competition to its member colleges and universities as a means of supporting, encouraging, and recognizing the work of young sculptors and their supporting schools’ faculty and art program. The Student Award winners participate in an exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture, as well as a traveling exhibition hosted by arts organizations across the country. Winners’ work is also featured in Sculpture magazine. Each winner receives a one-year membership at the ISC and all winners are eligible to apply for a full sponsored residency to study in Switzerland. To nominate students for this competition, the nominees’ university must first be an ISC University level member. University Membership costs $250 for universities in the USA, Canada and Mexico, or $270 for international universities, and includes a number of benefits. Students who are interested should talk to their professors about getting involved. To find out more about the program please visit the website or email Deadlines: Nominations Open: January 1, 2016 University Membership Registration: March 16, 2016 Online Student Nomination Form: March 23, 2016 Online Student Submission Form: April 13, 2016
  • The Savannah Urbanism Series: "The Dollars and Sense of Urbanism"

    Savannah | Dates: 25 – 25 Feb, 2016
    As the first conference in the series, "The Dollars and Sense of Urbanism" will explore how planning, design, and development patterns impact a community's financial health. Our choices in envisioning the future can help or hurt our bottom line, in ways not often considered. As we plan for future infrastructure and development, come be part of the conversation to discuss how to maximize our own economic opportunity and quality of life. Speakers Joe Minicozzi (Urban 3) and Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns) are both highly sought-after national speakers, taking on a range of urban design, planning, and policy issues in a frank and entertaining manner. At this event, they will challenge perceptions on the market forces and policies shaping our cities. In their own unique ways, these speakers will demonstrate why thoughtful planning matters, and how it benefits our everyday lives. Schedule 9:30-12:00: Speakers 12:00-1:00: Lunch 1:00-3:00: Q&A Session
  • Wheelwright Prize

    Dates: 29 Jan – 15 Feb, 2016
    The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to introduce the jury for the 2016 Wheelwright Prize. The prize is now in its fourth year as an international open competition for a $100,000 grant to support travel-based architectural research. The prize originated in 1935 as a traveling fellowship intended to provide a Grand Tour experience to exceptional GSD graduates at a time when international travel was rare. In 2013, the GSD opened the prize to early-career architects worldwide to encourage new forms of extensive, hands-on research and cross-cultural engagement. Applicants need only to have graduated from a professionally accredited architecture program in the past 15 years (2001 or later) to be eligible.

    The Wheelwright Prize is currently accepting applications online; the deadline is February 15, 2016 (please note that it has been extended from the previously announced date of February 8).
  • The Medium and the Message: Re-evaluating Form and Meaning in European Architecture c. 1400-1950

    Birmingham, England | Dates: 02 Jan – 02 Jul, 2016
    Call for Papers The Medium and the Message: Re-evaluating Form and Meaning in European Architecture c. 1400-1950 Dates: Friday 1 July - Saturday 2 July 2016 Location: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS, UNITED KINGDOM Convenors: Dr David Hemsoll (University of Birmingham) and Professor Anthony Geraghty (University of York) Aims of the Conference: All buildings – whether polite, vernacular or somewhere in between – were initially informed by some kind of presiding idea or set of ideas. Some of these ideas presumed an audience (and are therefore part of the building’s rhetoric and essential to its intended ‘meaning’), while others did not (in being part, for example, of a production process, or allied with social and cultural contexts, and no more than that). All such ideas should concern the architectural historian, but the most engaging and historically resonant may well belong to the first category and also be ones that can be inferred and recovered from the buildings themselves. The architectural historian may also profit from a keener understanding of how the ideas initially underpinning a building may, in time, have become modified, or even eclipsed by associations of very different kinds. The conference will investigate the ways in which ideas are conveyed by the physical and visual medium of architectural form. It will include case studies which will move us beyond explanations of architecture that borrow too liberally from literature and theory, and will thereby deepen our understanding both of the medium of architecture and of the construction and operation of architectural ‘meaning’. Moreover, by establishing or re-exploring the intellectual foundations sustaining the designs of certain key buildings, and by examining the ways in which they informed the physical realities of the buildings themselves, we hope to reinvigorate and enrich our understanding of significant moments in European architectural history. We welcome papers that directly explore the relationship between message and medium through detailed historical case studies which directly address the agency of architecture itself in the conveying of meaning. Papers could tackle, for example, Filippo Brunelleschi’s innovative ‘Renaissance’ style of architecture; Inigo Jones’s Italianate classicism; Francesco Borromini’s departures from classical proprieties; complex stereotomy in French architecture of the early modern period; the new language and meanings of English Palladianism; the rarefied classicism of John Soane or Karl Friedrich Schinkel; form and association in the concrete architecture of Le Corbusier. In general, therefore, they will examine architecture’s expressive potential, through such topics as the materiality of buildings, the visual logic and implications of built form or the evocation (or not) of the historical past, and in relation to particular people, periods and places. Applications to present papers: Papers should be of 20 minutes in length (followed by 5 or 10 minutes of questions). If you wish to apply, please write to Professor Anthony Geraghty ( with the subject line Medium and Message), giving the subject and a brief synopsis (250 words) of your proposed topic. Please also specify your title and full name and your institutional affiliation (if any). The deadline for the submission of proposals is 1 April 2016, and we aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within 4 weeks of that date.
  • Columbus is Not a Museum

    Columbus | Dates: 02 Jan, 2016
    Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    at 5:30 pm
    Columbus Visitors Center

    Landmark Columbus is partnering with the Columbus Area Visitors Center to present a talk by Michelangelo Sabatino, Professor and Director of PhD Program in Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.
    Professor Sabatino will discuss Columbus’ unique contribution to the history of modern and contemporary architecture and its legacy in being an extraordinary community built on public-private partnerships.

    Michelangelo Sabatino is an architect and historian whose research broadly addresses intersections between culture, technology, and design in the built environment. Sabatino is professor and director of the doctoral program at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Chicago.
  • IFLA Arts Section Satellite Conference -- August 2016

    Dates: 02 Jan – 12 Feb, 2016
    The digital revolution, space and economics pressures, and a trend towards collaborative work have all stimulated a demand for libraries to re-invent themselves as physical spaces. Art and design libraries face particular challenges in this arena. While aspiring to embody those same, high aesthetic and design standards that are the focus of their collections, art libraries must accommodate the gamut of historic and modern library materials—from printed books and ephemera to digital images. Their patrons are similarly diverse and demanding, ranging from scholarly researchers and creative artists to museum docents and the general public. The Art Libraries Section of IFLA in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the Midstates and Ohio Valley Chapters of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is organizing a three‐day conference in Chicago that will focus on modern and historic art library facilities. The Art Library as Place: Building on the Past, Building for the Future will consist of papers, panel discussions, site visits to local art museums and libraries, and tours of Chicago area architecture. We are seeking speakers who will highlight various aspects of our theme. Facilities for art, architecture, and design library collections and art archival collections—both stand-alone facilities and those integrated within larger institutions—are of interest. Subjects include, but are not limited to: • New art library construction projects • Art library preservation and renovation projects • Buildings adapted for use as art libraries • History of art library architecture • Art library fixtures and furnishings • Innovative planning methodologies and design collaborations • User studies—what patrons want from art library spaces • Art library facility standards • Environmental control in relation to facility design • Security issues in relation to facility design • Art library design and the digital shift • Speculative approaches to new paradigms of library design Proposals must be submitted by email no later than February 12th to: Sandra Ludig Brooke, Chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section Viveca Pattison Robichaud, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee Proposals must contain: • Email subject line “IFLA Chicago Paper Proposal” • Title of the paper • Author(s) of the paper • Paper abstract (500 words maximum) • Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address • Biographical note on the speaker (100 words maximum) • Language of the paper • Papers must be original and not have been published or presented elsewhere • Invitations to speakers will be issued by March 1st
  • Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Berlin

    Berlin | Dates: 26 Jan – 29 Feb, 2016
    With funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for the teaching and study of American art and visual culture (pre-1980). Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career, not currently holding, or having held a permanent university position, and having received a Ph.D. within four years of taking up the award.
  • SESAH Annual Conference

    New Orleans | Dates: 29 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
    Annual Conference of the Southeast Chapter, SAH in New Orleans, LA, featuring keynote speakers, paper sessions, posters, and architectural tours over three days (Sept. 29th-Oct. 1st 2016)
  • University of Pennsylvania's Change Over Time Issue - Design & History, Spring, 2018

    Dates: 22 Jan – 01 Apr, 2016
    Change is essential to sustaining heritage sites, enabling them to meet new uses and evolving expectations, goals and requirements. Historic settings gain deeper meaning through thoughtful contemporary design, and contemporary design is enriched by rigorous dialogue with historic environs. These premises are fundamental to contemporary heritage planning, yet remain highly controversial within the realms of both cons ervation and design. Can preservation guidelines establish clear expectations without predicting design outcomes? How abstract can design references to the building or context be before they disrupt the integrity of the setting or meaning? And just as important, how should we train designers and regulators to ensure the best possible outcomes? This issue of PennDesign's scholarly journal will explore strategies for design in historic contexts. We welcome submissions on a range of topics: analyzing and documenting character-defining features of heritage settings, particularly those beyond the visual and two dimensional; regulations that promote sensitive yet organic growth and development of conservation areas; and critical analysis of design solutions for landscapes, buildings, neighborhoods and archeological sites. Papers may include theoretical explorations, historical examples or critiques of case studies. Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent of thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. Shorter case studies emphasizing initial design responses and intent will also be considered to explore how designers approach the problem of historical context. Please submit an abstract by 1 April 2016; authors will be notified by 1 June 2016, and papers due early May 2017. Author guidelines will be provided, or email Kecia Fong at or Guest Editor Pamela Hawkes FAIA ( for further information.
  • Friends of Charnley-Persky House Valentine's Reception

    Dates: 11 Feb, 2016
    The Friends of Charnley-Persky House are invited to join us for a special Valentine's reception on February 11. As we thank you for your generous and ongoing support of this National Historic Landmark, we’ll have some exciting announcements about plans for Charnley-Persky House in 2016. Wine and refreshments will be served.

    Attendance for this event is by invitation only. Please RSVP by February 4th to Carolyn Garrett at, or 312-573-1365. 

    Date: Thursday, February 11
    Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
    Location: 1365 N. Astor Street, Chicago

  • Social Science History Association, Annual Meeting

    Chicago | Dates: 17 – 20 Nov, 2016
    CALL FOR PAPERS 40TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY ASSOCIATION The Culture Network invites you to submit panels, papers, and book sessions proposals for the 41st annual meeting of the Social Science History Association , November 17-20, 2016 in Chicago. For more information on the meeting as well as the call for proposals, please refer to the SSHA website: . The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2016 . The theme for this year's conference is Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World We welcome proposals on this theme and on the broader research network’s continuing interests in culture and its relationship to historical processes and phenomena around the globe. In addition to single papers, we also welcome full panel proposals, which should include at least 1) four papers , a 2) discussant , and a 3) chair . Book panel ("Author meets Critics") proposals are also warmly welcomed.
  • Call for Papers

    Chicago | Dates: 23 Jan – 20 Feb, 2016
  • 2016-2017 Hellenic studies Library Research Fellowship Program

    Sacramento | Dates: 01 Jul, 2016 – 30 Jun, 2017
    Thanks to generous continued funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, the University Library at California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce the continuation of the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento. The Program provides a limited number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 to help offset transportation and living expenses incurred during the tenure of the awards and is open to external researchers anywhere in the world at the doctoral through senior scholar levels (including independent scholars) working in fields encompassed by the Collection’s strengths who reside outside a 75-mile radius of Sacramento. The term of fellowships can vary between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the research, and for the current cycle will be tenable from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017. The fellowship application deadline is February 26, 2016. No late applications will be considered. Consisting of the holdings of the former Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection is the premier Hellenic collection in the western United States and one of the largest of its kind in the country, currently numbering approximately 75,000 volumes. It comprises a large circulating book collection, journal holdings, electronic resources, non-print media materials, rare books, archival materials, art and artifacts. With its focus on the Hellenic world, the Collection contains early through contemporary materials across the social sciences and humanities relating to Greece, the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, and the surrounding region, with particular strengths in Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Modern Greek studies, including the Greek diaspora. There is a broad representation of over 20 languages in the Collection, with a rich assortment of primary source materials. Since 2009 the collection has experienced particularly dramatic growth through two major gift acquisitions. For further information about the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, visit For the full Library Research Fellowship Program description and application instructions, see: Questions about the Program can be directed to George I. Paganelis, Curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection (
  • 2016 Conference on Illinois History: Call for Papers

    Springfield | Dates: 06 – 07 Oct, 2016
    Proposals for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested for the Conference on Illinois History. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies. Proposals for teacher workshops. Are you a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on some aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, or archaeology? Share your expertise with other teachers at the Conference on Illinois History. The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016. To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, send: 1. A one page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used. 2. A one-page resume of participant(s).
  • 14th International DOCOMOMO Conference 2016

    Lisbon | Dates: 06 – 09 Sep, 2016
    In pursuit of the mission of DOCOMOMO, as updated in the Eindhoven-Seoul Statement 2014, the theme of the 14th International DOCOMOMO Conference will be Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future. The aim is to promote the conservation and (re)use of buildings and sites of the Modern Movement, to foster and disseminate the development of appropriate techniques and methods of conservation and (re)use, and to explore and develop new ideas for the future of a sustainable built environment, based on the past experiences of the Modern Movement. The Modern Movement has demonstrated its long term legitimacy, as a concept endowed with an extraordinary longevity. Relating technology, form and social commitment to one another, through an optimistic faith in progress, modern architects sought to attain new heights of functionality and flexibility in use. The challenge for today is how to deal with this modern legacy in relation to the continuously changing context of the current times, including physical, economic and functional changes, as well as fast-moving socio-cultural, political and scientific contextual values. Preserving the architectural heritage of the 20th century requires us to take account both of the opportunity and the duty to reuse buildings which have lost their original function, which are physically and/or technically obsolete, and which no longer meet today’s ever-more demanding standards. Such matters as the demand for material and technology reuse and for spatial and functional transformations, and the updating of regulations concerning fire, seismic stability, user safety, energy efficiency and environmental comfort legislation, are all part of the contemporary agenda. This inevitably highlights the question of the value of the existing built fabric, which can be a strong resource that calls for our attention in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability. In its pursuit of the task of conserving and rebuilding, DOCOMOMO must itself be modern and sustainable in order to continue to fulfill the Modern Movement’s social and collective project, as modernity and sustainability are part of the primary nature of Modern Movement project itself. In our view, the Modern Movement still carries on today and into the future, as an ever-present social, spatial and technological project engaged with the community, constantly engaging with the challenge of creating a better place to live. Contributions are invited to put together under discussion themes such as the interrelationship of modernity and modern heritage, economy and energy saving, the social mission of architecture and the responsibility of architects towards the future. These themes are intended to be discussed both as MoMo concepts, to be analysed chiefly through documentation, and as contemporary modern interventions, to be debated in accordance with the needs and conditions of today. As a multidisciplinary platform, this conference aims to investigate a cross-section of subjects that are raised by the challenge of preserving, renovating and transforming the Modern Movement legacy worldwide, alongside with the complex background of today’s changing times. In the end, the goal is to achieve a pluricultural comparison of standards and practices for intervention on 20th century heritage. In pursuit of a holistic approach, the general theme of the conference will be elaborated through eight sub-themes: 1) Landscapes, 2) Cities, 3) Public Spaces, 4) Complexes, 5) Buildings, 6) Construction and Technology, 7) Interior Design and Furniture and 8) Theory. Keynote Speakers: Álvaro Siza Vieira; Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal; Caruso St John Architects; Joan Busquets; Juhani Pallaasma; Winfried Brenne Program, Subthemes & Sessions: See
  • Arnold W. Brunner Grant

    New York | Dates: 16 Jan – 01 Feb, 2016
    AIA New York is currently rallying for applicants for the Arnold W. Brunner Grant.This prestigious award is designed for mid-level architects to pursue architectural investigations that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The project must engage in contemporary architectural issues within a local and global context. The sole recipient will be awarded up to $15,000. Deadline: February 1, 2016.

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