Recent Opportunities

  • CONF: Modernism in New England, 5 March 2016, Wellesley College

    Wellesley | Dates: 05 – 05 Mar, 2016
    Though long stereotyped as a bastion of conservative culture and overshadowed by milestone events such as New York City’s 1913 Armory Show, twentieth-century New England was home to a vibrant group of visual artists, architects, curators, collectors, and educators who embraced Modernism and looked for ways to develop its tenets and new media as a regional expression. Illustrated presentations by scholars from across the country will address the influence of Modernism on New England architecture, city planning, interior design, and the visual arts during the twentieth century. A symposium funded by the Barra Foundation and co-sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield.
  • Richardson, Sullivan & Wright - Presented by Pella Crafted Luxury

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Jun, 2016

    Join three contemporary architects as they discuss the influence of Henry Hobson Richardson, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright on architects today. Architects who will give short presentations include Stuart Cohen, FAIA of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects and Aric Lasher, FAIA of HBRA Architects.  Their talks will be followed by a lively discussion moderated by Alison Fisher, the Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

    Join us for a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the talks at 6:00 pm. This program is organized by the Society of Architectural Historians, Glessner House Museum, and Frank Lloyd Wright Trust  is presented by Pella Crafted Luxury.    

    Registration is required due to high demand and limited seating.  

    Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

    Pella Crafted Luxury - 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza. #100. Chicago, IL 60654
  • Talk: Reflections on the "Architecture of Independence" NNAMDI ELLEH

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 03 Mar, 2016
    In conjunction with our current exhibition, Architecture of Independence, architectural historian Nnamdi Elleh will discuss the sociopolitical conditions and modernist architecture of Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia following independence, exploring how the collective and the individual fit in the post-colonial experiences of each country. Elleh asks: Why did these countries fall into different states of violence following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, an era that has been seen as the rise of neoliberal economy in the world and in Africa in general? Elleh will draw from the exhibition to address the various challenges facing these countries and different parts of the continent today. Nnamdi Elleh is associate professor of architecture, history and theory at University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. He was trained as an architect and received his PhD in art history from Northwestern University. He was a Fulbright Teaching-Research Scholar at the University of Cape Town, where he studied post-apartheid nationalist inspired architecture in South Africa. His research focuses on modern and contemporary architecture as diverse, multi-centered, regional, and localized experiences in different parts of the world. Elleh’s selected publications include African Architecture, Evolution and Transformation (McGraw Hill, 1996); Architecture and Power in Africa (Praeger, 2001); and Reading the Architecture of the Underprivileged Classes: A Perspective on the Protests and Upheavals in Our Cities (Ashgate, 2014). Current Exhibition Architecture of Independence: African Modernism Through April 9, 2016
  • Publish or Perish?: Disseminating Research in Architecture

    Sydney | Dates: 22 – 22 Mar, 2016
    The old adage ‘publish or perish’ remains highly contested in the humanities. In light of increasing pressures from universities and institutions, academics are required to research more intensively and publish more frequently to be deemed successful. There is now greater accountability for performance in the face of the increasing costs of higher education and dwindling resources. Academic journals have proliferated under these mounting pressures. Commercial publishers in particular have capitalised on these demands with enhanced tools to measure citations and impact. At the same time, traditional models of publishing are being challenged by new platforms which encourage collective scholarship and public engagement. In this context, the symposium seeks to revise our contemporary understanding of the relation between research and publishing. Through six keywords, we will discuss and debate how significant developments have impacted architectural scholarship, and how academics today are negotiating these challenges. The event format will encourage a critical approach to these issues, and allow for a range of perspectives to plot the future of publishing and research. Places are limited. To register your attendance, please email:
  • 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureates Named

    Chicago | Dates: 19 – 19 Mar, 2016
    Scott Merrill has been named the 2016 Driehaus Prize laureate and Eusebio Leal Spangler has been named the Henry Hope Reed laureate. Merrill is an architect known for his originality and creative application of architectural precedents. Leal's innovative leadership saved the historic center of Old Havana.
  • Summer Jobs for Student Architectural Historians, Architects, and Landscape Architects with the National Park Service

    Washington | Dates: 19 Feb – 07 Mar, 2016
    Announcing Summer Employment Opportunities for Students Hiring: ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS, ARCHITECTS and LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS) of the National Park Service seeks applications from qualified students for 2016 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of written historical reports or measured and interpretive drawings for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June. The application deadline has been extended to March. For details regarding application, deadlines and job duties visit our website at
  • WTTW's Geoffrey Baer & Dan Protess - Presented by Pella Crafted Luxury

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Apr, 2016

    Join WTTW's Geoffrey Baer and Dan Protess as they preview and discuss their three nationally syndicated PBS programs focusing on the Ten Homes, Parks and Towns That Changed America. It is a whirlwind tour of America’s architectural treasures: great homes like Fallingwater and Monticello, masterpieces of landscape design like Central Park and the High Line, and triumphs of town planning like Philadelphia and Portland. Each episode stops by 10 places that changed the nation.

    A wine and cheese reception at 5:30 pm will precede the program. Advance registration required, as seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians and Pella Crafted Luxury.  

    Monday, April 11, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

    Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom - 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza. #100. Chicago, IL 60654
  • Women in Architecture

    Bogotá | Dates: 17 Feb – 08 Mar, 2016
    Dearq Journal of Architecture is a semiannual publication (July and December), peer reviewed and indexed in international information services, created in 2007 by the Department of Architecture of Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Both printed and online (open access), it seeks to be an academic platform for the publication and discussion of international research, analysis, opinion, and critiques of architecture and city topics. It is aimed at professionals, students and other readers and authors interested in city, architecture and related subjects.
  • The City, Literature, and Architecture in Portugal

    Bogotá | Dates: 17 Feb – 01 Mar, 2016
    Dearq Journal of Architecture is a semiannual publication (July and December), peer reviewed and indexed in international information services, created in 2007 by the Department of Architecture of Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Both printed and online (open access), it seeks to be an academic platform for the publication and discussion of international research, analysis, opinion, and critiques of architecture and city topics. It is aimed at professionals, students and other readers and authors interested in city, architecture and related subjects.
  • 2016 Milka Bliznakov Research Prize

    Dates: 15 Feb – 01 May, 2016
    International Archive of Women in Architecture Center MILKA BLIZNAKOV RESEARCH PRIZE Call for Proposals: The Milka Bliznakov Research Prize Deadline for receipt of proposals: May 1st, 2016 The IAWA Center invites architects, scholars, professionals, students, and researchers to honor IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov through research on women in architecture and related design fields. This research, in concert with the preservation efforts of the IAWA, will help fill the current void in historical knowledge about women’s professional achievements. The archive encourages such research in addition to the goal of preserving archival materials related to the work of women who shaped the designed environment, thus preserving for posterity a record of their achievements. The Board of Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA) presents this Annual Prize of $3000 (with up to $1000 of that total reimbursable for travel and residency expenses) following a two-stage process: STAGE ONE: PROPOSAL SUBMISSION In Stage One, applicants submit their proposal, which outlines the work they plan to complete at the Archive, and should include the following elements: 1. Outline of research to be completed, including a listing of the specific IAWA collections to be consulted in the research. See the guide to the collections here: 2. Proposed schedule for residency to include a talk open to the university community and the general public 3. Intended product of research, a copy of which is to be donated to the archive upon completion. Examples of the product of research may include, but are not limited to, the following: • Visual or physical original work that references or utilizes research from the Archive • Research paper • Book documenting the activities and work of the residency (may be self-published) • Notebook or sketchbook produced during the residency A 500-word proposal with curriculum vitae must be received or postmarked by May 1st, 2016. The proposal should be submitted both electronically as a PDF, and as a hardcopy by mail. Proposals may include an original project, research, or scholarly work that contributes to and advances the recognition of women’s contributions in design. The proposal shall draw upon and expand the IAWA collections to reflect upon the broader context of women’s contributions in the field of design. The product of the work should be specified in the proposal. STAGE TWO: The IAWA Jury awards the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize for the research proposal that best demonstrates an important advancement to the recognition of women’s contributions to architecture and the related design fields while encouraging the use and growth of the International Archive of Women in Architecture. The winner will be announced by June 15th. The final project must be completed by Feb. 28th, 2017. The final project will become a part of the Archive to contribute to the historical record. The prize money will be awarded in two installments: $1000 will be made available to the recipient upon arrival at the IAWA for the residency period, and the second $1000 will be paid upon receipt of the final product. Up to $1000 will be available to support travel and residency expenses. If further information is required, please contact Helene Renard, Proposals should be sent to: IAWA Center Executive Committee ATTN: Helene Renard, RA Chair, Milka Bliznakov Research Prize School of Architecture + Design 201 Cowgill Hall (0205) College of Architecture + Urban Studies Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Call For Panels: International Sculpture Conference 2016

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 11 Feb – 09 Mar, 2016
    The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 26th International Sculpture Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this October 15-18, 2016 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture. Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective. Panel topics will include: Art in Context - Sculpture and Placemaking (Socially Engaged Art) Artistic Process Today - Studio/Post Studio Collaborative Commissions Digital Practice / Physical Computing Diversity in Art Object Making Objective Non Objects - The Elements Material Studies - Industry that Inspires Sculptural Practice in Environmental Sustainability Site Specificity - The Transformative Nature of Sculpture on an Urban Community Wildcard Topic The abstract submission deadline is March 9, 2016. All accepted submissions will be notified by May 2016. To submit a proposal and learn more information, please visit the conference website:
  • Arris Journal Call for Papers deadline extended to Feb. 28

    Dates: 10 – 28 Feb, 2016
    Arris: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians -- Call for Article Submissions -- due date extended to February 28, 2016 Arris is an architectural history journal published once annually by the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH). Articles are welcome on any topic in architectural history and from scholars located anywhere in the world. See for more information and submission guidelines.
  • Montgomery Modern

    Washington | Dates: 17 – 17 Feb, 2016
    A Lecture by Clare Lise Kelly Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Montgomery County, Maryland’s suburban built environment reflects major themes of the Modern Movement as translated to a region located at the northern border of Washington, DC. Architects designed housing that promoted contact with nature for office workers who, in contrast to previous generations of farmers, were not living off the land and who yearned for a connection with the earth. For individuals seeking contact with nature, the county’s rolling often rugged landscape was a strong attraction, as was its extensive stream valley park system and abundance of available farmland. Federal installations for national defense agencies, and scientific and medical research brought modern design into the county landscape. A new population of well-educated citizens promoted cooperative communities and institutions, local government, and equal opportunities while skilled practitioners affiliated with progressive government programs employed new experimental materials and construction and built affordable housing. At the same time, steel frame high-rise offices and apartments created skylines that spoke to a new age of commerce and technology. Jewel-tone curtain walls of glass and ceramic presented a starkly modern face to the public, while interior, open floor plans promoted camaraderie and cooperation. Modern design, therefore, stands as testimony to the spirit of this age as reflected in the county’s built environment and its landscape. Richly illustrated by photographers Carol M. Highsmith and the late Robert Lautman, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland 1930-1979 is a new book by Clare Lise Kelly, architectural historian with M-NCPPC Montgomery County Planning Department. She is the recipient of the AIA Kea Medal (Potomac Valley Chapter) and the author of the award-winning Places from the Past, a history of Montgomery County’s built environment through the early 20th century. A board member of Docomomo-DC, Kelly established the M-NCPPC Montgomery Modern initiative to raise awareness of mid-century modern architecture, earning education awards from the Maryland Historical Trust and Montgomery Preservation, Inc. 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.
  • Expert Visit of Athens, Greece – Preservation Issues

    Athens | Dates: 26 Jun – 07 Jul, 2016
    The International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies is accepting applications (deadline May 1) for this thoughtful exploration of the history, preservation and conservation issues facing the city of Athens, organized around a series of lectures and visits led by some of the top Athenian archaeologists, architects, historians, conservators and planners who have been dealing with the problem of surveying, planning and preserving monuments and cultural heritage in the midst of a growing modern city. The faculty of our program includes internationally renowned scholars, such as Dr. Manolis Korres, who was Chief Architect on the Acropolis Restoration Project, who will be leading lectures and visits to the Acropolis area, as well as Dr. Fani Mallouchou Tufano, an expert on the history of restoration and was director of the Documentation Office of the Acropolis Restoration Service (recently president of “EUROPA NOSTRA”).
  • SAH Los Angeles Seminar - Surveying L.A.: Past, Present, Future

    Los Angeles | Dates: 09 Apr, 2016
    The SAH Los Angeles Seminar bridges the Society of Architectural Historians' efforts in historic conservation to the contemporary built environment and the local public and professional community. The LA Seminar will critically look at SurveyLA, a five-million dollar, city-wide study of historic resources sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the City of Los Angeles. As described online, “SurveyLA – the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey – is Los Angeles' first-ever comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout our city. The survey marks a coming-of-age for Los Angeles' historic preservation movement, and will serve as a centerpiece for the City's first truly comprehensive preservation program." The LA Seminar will further situate the survey in relation to other historic resource inventories in general. What has this online, globally-accessible project accomplished? What are its strengths and weaknesses for both Los Angeles and the world at large? What are its implications and practical applications for planning, the public, and architectural historians? Can it serve as a model for other survey work? Where does it go from here?
  • Albert Kahn under Construction, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 27 Feb – 03 Jul, 2016
    Albert Kahn under Construction shows remarkable construction photographs from the firm's archive. Photographed by some of the leading commercial photographers of the day, the images capture workers constructing office buildings in Detroit, University of Michigan campus buildings, and the military industrial complex of wartime America.Photographs of the immense Glenn Martin Assembly Plant, the Chrysler Tank Arsenal, the Willow Run Bomber Plant, and the Dodge Truck Plant convey the huge effort required by wartime production, depicting irreversible changes to American manufacturing. Photographs of buildings recently demolished emphasize how wartime acceleration left building stock in need of new uses; not all could be maintained over time. Photographed by some of the leading commercial photographers of the day, these images capture workers constructing office buildings in Detroit, University of Michigan campus buildings, and the military industrial complex of wartime America. Photographs of the immense Glenn Martin Assembly Plant, the Chrysler Tank Arsenal, the Willow Run Bomber Plant, and the Dodge Truck Plant convey the huge effort required by wartime production, depicting irreversible changes to American manufacturing, changes with which we have lived ever since. These photographs also show the diversity of their little-known makers’ visual and compositional skills. Like all photographs, they function not solely as documents, but also as historical narrative and aesthetic vehicle. Vivid images of steelworkers suspended in the air, or of the laborious installation of a timber floor strong enough to support a tank or a plane paradoxically recall cultural historian and theorist Walter Benjamin’s theory that images “awaken” us to history. These photographs provide an unusual window into twentieth-century architecture as it came into being, showing us a past with which we are wholly unfamiliar, in part because we refused to look.
  • Doctoral Positions at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut

    Dates: 04 – 28 Feb, 2016
    2 Doctoral Positions
    at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut 
    (Project "Ethics and Architecture")

    The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, 
    Department of Professor Alessandro Nova, invites qualified candidates 
    to apply for two doctoral positions.

    Starting on 1 May 2016, the positions are offered for two years, with 
    the possibility of an extension. We are looking for two excellent 
    candidates with passive German language skills and PhD projects 
    focusing on

    1) Art or Architecture (13th-21st c.), 
    2) Early Modern Art or Architecture,

    that both investigate a topic correlated to the "Ethics and 
    Architecture"-Project (

    Candidates are asked to address their application in German, English or 
    Italian, in a single pdf (max. 2 MB), via e-mail to Prof. Dr. 
    Alessandro Nova (, including the following documents:

    - detailed cv with photo
    - certificate of graduation
    - university registration
    - doctoral research proposal (max. 2 pages)
    - one reference letter
    - contact details of another university lecturer for further questions

    The deadline for applications is 28 February 2016.
  • 2016 HALS Challenge: Documenting National Register Listed Landscapes

    Washington | Dates: 05 Feb – 31 Jul, 2016
    People from every state are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to document these significant American landscapes. Preservation Through Documentation! For the 7th annual Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Challenge, we invite you to document National Register listed landscapes from your region of the country. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Currently there are 90,540 total with 1,752,995 contributing resources. Many of these listings represent or include landscapes. National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just over 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. All NHLs are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Prize Awards: First Prize: $500 Second Place: $300 Third Place: $200
  • Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime Documentation Internship

    Washington | Dates: 05 – 28 Feb, 2016
    The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are pleased to announce the Maritime Internship in memory of Sally Kress Tompkins, former Deputy Chief of HABS/HAER and initiator of the HAER maritime documentation program. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of architecture or history, interested in maritime preservation, to work as a summer intern on a HAER maritime documentation project. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen. The selected recipient will serve as either a historian preparing researched historical reports or as an architect preparing measured drawings. AWARD STIPEND The recipient will receive a stipend of $7,000-10,000 and will work in conjunction with a HAER team for 12 weeks during the summer. The Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime Intern will be selected by a committee of representatives of CAMM and HAER. METHOD OF APPLICATION Please submit the following by FEBRUARY 28, 2016 (postmark date): Resume Letter of recommendation (from a faculty member or employer) Work samples (measured drawings or historical reports) Applications should be submitted to: Todd Croteau, Maritime Internship Coordinator Heritage Documentation Programs (2270) National Park Service 1201 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20005 Questions may be directed to Todd Croteau at or 202-354-2167.
  • Announcing the Leicester B. Holland Prize: A Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition

    Washington | Dates: 04 Feb – 30 Jun, 2016
    The Holland Prize is an annual competition, open to both students and professionals, that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of an historic building, site, or structure prepared to Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) or Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) standards for inclusion in the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at The Library of Congress. The winner of the 2016 Holland Prize will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a certificate of recognition, and publication of the winning drawing in "Preservation Architect", the online newsletter of The American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee. Merit awards may also be given. There is no charge to enter the competition. Entry forms must be submitted by 31 May and completed entries postmarked by 30 June. Download the competition entry form and learn details at

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Copyright - (c) 2012