Recent Opportunities

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

    Dates: 14 Jul – 15 Nov, 2016
    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the fourth year of an initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies, funded by a three-year grant of $6.7 million from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.

    The Foundation offers five competitions to support research and teaching.

    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

    These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants. The final products of  research supported may be in any language. It is especially important, therefore, to publicize the program in Asia, both because Asia is the historical home of Buddhist traditions and because it is the site of outstanding contemporary scholarship.

    Information about these fellowships and grants is now available in Burmese, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Thai, and Vietnamese.  The translations will circulate information about the program more widely, including via local Internet search engines.

    Although the final products of research may be in any language, all applications must be submitted in English.

    Applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA). Applications will be available by August 31, 2016.
  • "Foundations and Futures" 2016 Exhibit Columbus Symposium

    Columbus | Dates: 29 Sep – 01 Oct, 2016
    "Foundations and Futures," the 2016 inaugural symposium for Exhibit Columbus, will be held September 29 to October 1. In addition to a keynote session featuring the return of some Columbus legends, Deborah Berke, Will Miller, Robert A. M. Stern, and Michael Van Valkenburgh, you will get to hear from experts in architectural history, community members that built and maintain many of the landmarks around the city, manufacturing and fabrication experts, and discussions with all ten of the designers selected to participating in the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition.
  • Richard Nickel: Dangerous Years

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Jul, 2016
    Author Richard Cahan will present a lecture on his third book dedicated to the photographer and preservationist Richard Nickel, who was also one of the founders of Glessner House Museum in 1966. Cahan’s most recent volume utilizes Nickel’s own writings - from long letters to quick notes - that convey Nickel’s commitment to preservation, the joys of discovery, and moments of despair as Louis Sullivan’s buildings fell one after another during the 1950s and 1960s. His words and photographs continue to inspire us today. Copies of the book, co-authored by Michael Williams, will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Irving J. Gill: New Architecture For a Great Country

    San Diego | Dates: 24 Sep, 2016 – 31 Mar, 2017
    Architect Irving J. Gill was a San Diego architect, by way of Chicago, who relished the opportunity to work in this city during the end of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  He saw San Diego as a blank slate with great potential. Inspired by the coast and canyons, sunlight and shadows, Gill created a new design language, what we now call modern architecture. His simple, block-like designs offered simplicity, clean lines, and efficiency at a time when faux-Victorian and Spanish Colonial architecture were mainstream. Once sought after by many of San Diego elites like, Ellen Browning Scripps and Melville Klauber, his legacy was largely overlooked after his death.

    San Diegans today may not know the name Irving Gill, but they are, perhaps unknowingly, aware of his influential and livable architecture.  From the home of Ellen Browning Scripps (today’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla), to the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, to the Sacred Heart Church in Coronado, the Marston House in Balboa Park, the Americanization School in Oceanside, and the Barona Indian Reservation in Lakeside. Gill’s designs made a lasting mark on San Diego County and the influence architects and their clients to this day.

    Visit the History Center’s exhibition Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country to learn more about this fascinating and sometimes misunderstood individual who helped create in a new style of architecture revered throughout the world, but one that originated right here in San Diego.
  • CFP: Enchanted, Stereotyped, Civilized: Garden Narratives in Literature, Art and Film

    Dates: 13 Jul – 15 Oct, 2016
    Deadline: Oct 15, 2016

    Gardens have been a crucial part in mythology and literature. 
    Throughout English literature for example, the idea of a garden is a recurrent image; these images largely stem from the story of the Garden of Eden which is found in the Genesis, the first book of the Bible. 
    Gardens reveal the relationship between culture and nature – the garden can be seen as civilized and ‘shaped’ and therefore domesticated nature –, in the vast library of garden literature few books focus on what the garden means – on the ecology of garden as idea, place, and action. Our volume will discuss the topic of the garden in different theoretical contexts such as ecological, botanical, literary, filmic, art historical and cultural ones. We want to investigate the representations of and the interconnections between gardens and the above named fields over a wide timescale, with consideration of how gardens are represented and used as symbols and of how – for example – literature or visuality took form in, or influenced, gardens.

    Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to the following:
    - The Biblical/Theological Garden
    - The Mythological Garden
    - The Renaissance Garden
    - The Romantic Garden
    - The Revolutionary Garden
    - The Colonial/Postcolonial Garden
    - Gardens in film
    - Gardens in Art History
    - The Garden as…
    > a location in general and as a place of romanticism specifically a 
    > crime scene a labyrinth and therefore as a mirror of psychological 
    > conditions
    - Ecological aspects on garden culture

    The timetable for the volume is as follows:
    - The deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2016
    - Feedback: October 31, 2016
    - Submission for articles (completed): April 30, 2017
    - Double peer review process and feedback due to: May 30, 2017
    - Articles sent back to editors: mid of June 2017

    A publication is planned during autumn/winter 2017.

    Chapters may explore different media (literature, movies, art, visual arts, television, etc.) and address topics on gardens. If you are interested in proposing a chapter, please email an abstract of 500 words and a short CV to both Dr. Feryal Cubukcu
    ( and Dr. Sabine Planka (
    Your abstract should outline your hypothesis and briefly sketch the theoretical framework(s) within which your chapter will be situated. 
    All submissions will be acknowledged. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours, you may assume that your email was lost in the depths of cyberspace. In that case, please re-submit. 
    Please note that we will not include previously published essays in the collection.
  • CFP: Impenetrable Architecture in Medieval Art - Session at ICMS 2017 (Kalamazoo, 11-14 May 17)

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 13 Jul – 15 Sep, 2016
    Co­Organizers: Danny Smith and Lora Webb, Stanford University

    “The depicted door,” Jas Elsner has written of the fourth century Pola Casket, “is a kind of make­believe that might open into the box or out of which the box’s contents might venture.” The doors of the ivory casket suggest an architectural space, but one that remains wholly impenetrable to anything but the imagination. Inspired by the recent focus on absconded or hidden art objects, this panel will address the inaccessible architectures of the medieval world to ask: how do we understand space we cannot enter?

    Whether in the form of ecclesiastic spaces closed to the public, sarcophagi or censors in the form of microarchitectural models, or ruined or destroyed spaces, much of the interior architectural space of the medieval period remains steadfastly impenetrable. How can we, as scholars, interpret spaces into which we can never ourselves enter? How does the study of medieval architecture change when the architectural space is impenetrable? Does painted architecture, micro­architecture, or lost architecture demand a different kind of methodology?

    We welcome all papers pertinent to the study of impenetrable or impossible architecture in a medieval context. Topics may include:
    micro­architecture, visionary architecture, spatial or architectural ekphrasis, lost or ruined architecture, medieval architectural models, the social stratification of architectural space, or architectural historiography. 

    Paper proposals should consist of the following:
    - Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 350 words)
    - Completed Participant Information Form – available on the conference website here:

    - CV with contact information.

    Danny Smith ( and Lora Webb (
  • Young Professionals Summer Mixer at Glessner House

    Chicago | Dates: 04 Aug, 2016
    Skyline Council and Glessner House Museum present an evening for young professional organizations to meet, mingle and network while celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary.

    A National Historic Landmark, Glessner House was designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally-known architectural treasure in Chicago. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to architects such as Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture. This year, Glessner House Museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
  • Architectural Historian required for panel debate on resilience of cities

    London | Dates: 08 – 08 Mar, 2017
    I work in a voluntary capacity for CoreNet, the Corporate Real Estate Network in London. We have an annual conference every March which is attended by c320 corporate real estate professionals. We’re looking for an architectural historian to join a panel at our 2017 event. The theme is resilience and the person in question would be asked to talk/ discuss the resilience of cities, and how cities have come and gone and what makes a city resilient.
  • ARPA Journal, Issue 05 "Conflicts of Interest": Call for Submissions

    Dates: 13 Jul – 01 Sep, 2016
    “Conflicts of interest” are said to compromise the impartiality of research, but what would it mean to be disinterested? Ethical codes warn us that researchers’ objectivity can be corrupted by a clashing set of interests—those of funding agencies, clients and publics, as well as researchers’ self-interest in professional advancement or personal gain. If the resolution of such conflicts might typically call for avoidance, recusal or disclosure, what would such strategies mean for the design disciplines and research on the built environment? What varied interests, expressed in the form of money or other manifestations of influence, do designers contend with? Who does impartiality protect, and when are conflicts of interest productive? Issue 05 asks how researchers define an ethics of interest and disinterest across diverse structures of research funding. How do designers reify, leverage, alter or sidestep the constraints of financial support, and from what vantage points? How is the value of research assessed, and in what marketplaces? Beyond the automotive industry’s role in the Federal-Aid Highway Act or BP’s now-defunct sponsorship of the Tate Modern, even the most speculative work is governed by the economics of research. Universities shape niche publishing industries by determining tenure criteria and create new structures for commercialization as student debts escalate. Government agencies and NGOs issue grants captured from local tax bases or global markets to test ever-changing definitions of welfare, social justice and development. Even Silicon Valley-style start-ups and crowd-funding campaigns rely on licensing and liability protocols developed within the service professions. From philanthropy to profit, and from patronage to entrepreneurship, we hope to examine how researchers locate their role in directing the systemic reach of such funding structures. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES We seek thoughtful and playful approaches to applied research in the built environment. Contributions may include opinion pieces, research papers on pivotal moments from a history of applied research, speculative drawing series about the protocols of research practice or photo essays on research projects. For this issue especially, we welcome opportunities to publish interviews with representatives of foundations, government agencies and design practices. Articles are not limited in length (600-2000 words, recommended) and can be published as text, photo essays, videos or other media. Contributors are encouraged to demonstrate techniques and protocols in meticulous detail. Eligibility to contribute is not limited by institutional affiliation or area of expertise. To apply, email the following in one pdf document to - Title and subtitle - Author name and 50-word bio - Abstract describing context, argument and intended format and length of your proposed contribution, 300 words max. - Design or writing samples and website urls, optional. Deadlines for Issue 05 are as follows: - Sep 1 2016: Abstracts due (we will also review abstracts on a rolling basis throughout the summer of 2016, so feel free to send them in advance). - Jan 9 2017: Contributions due (once selected). - May 2017: Publication.
  • Pella Crafted Luxury - Movie Night Hosted by Milos Stehlik

    Chicago | Dates: 21 Jul, 2016
    Milos Stehlik, founder of Facets and WBEZ movie critic, will introduce the first of two movie nights devoted to architecture on film. He will screen L’inhumaine, directed in 1924 by Marcel L’Herbier, one of the legendary achievements of early French cinema in a newly restored version, with modernist sets designed by the architect Robert Mallet- Stevens and by Fernand Léger.

    Appetizers and cocktails will be provided. Space is limited. RSVP required.
  • Call for Submissions #32: Character Issue of MAS Context

    Dates: 11 Jul – 31 Aug, 2016
    The winter issue of MAS Context will focus on the topic of CHARACTER.

    What are the opportunities of conjuring fictional characters as a device to demonstrate how a building is experienced? What makes a building have or become a character? Why do architects sometimes consciously formulate their own persona as a quasi-fictional character? We are looking for critical writing, photo essays, analytical studies, data visualizations, visual explorations, architectural projects, interviews, films, etc. that probe at these questions to include in our CHARACTER issue. Join us as we consider architecture in literary terms in order to reimagine how buildings can communicate with audiences through form, expression, structure, type, decoration, experience, narrative, and metaphor.
    For more information about the submission process, visit our submission guidelines.
    Please, send your submission to by midnight (CST) on Sunday July 31. Full contributions if selected will be due August 31, 2016.

    This issue will be guest edited by Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer of Design With Company.

  • CFP: Sessions at ICMS 2017 (Kalamazoo, 11-14 May 17)

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 15 Jul – 09 Sep, 2016
    Urban Planning:
    Buildings, Planning, and Networks of Medieval Cities  
    AVISTA sponsored sessions

    Broadly defined, urban planning is today a process one might describe 
    as half design and half social engineering.  One engaged in this 
    process considers not only the aesthetic and visual product, but also 
    the economic, political, and social implications, not to mention the 
    underlying or over-arching environmental impact of any given plan.
    While it appears that this sort of broad, multifaceted planning did not 
    take place in the middle ages because we do not have left to us the 
    tangible evidence—the maps, the drawings, the reports, recent 
    scholarship employing the methodological lens of Cultural Geography 
    seems to suggest otherwise.  Monastic historians, archaeologists, and 
    art historians have long demonstrated, based on the famous plan of St. 
    Gall, that monasteries, particularly those of the Cistercian order, 
    were very much concerned with planning in the rural sense. From the 
    intricacies of the water infrastructure, to the ordered logic of the 
    space, to the esoteric qualities of metaphysical light, to the seasonal 
    inter-dependence of pigs and pollarded oak trees, there is ample 
    evidence to support a claim that the various components of an “urban 
    plan” were understood within the monastic realm during the Middle Ages.

    But what of the integration of these various parts? This session seeks 
    to explore and expand our comprehension of how those in roles of 
    authority—both within the monastic confines and the more secular 
    enivorns—saw the big picture.  Was there a plan or a planning process?  
    What can we say by way of an analysis of architectural complexes beyond 
    the monastic enclosure about this planning process?  Are there hints in 
    literary sources that indicate sensitivity to the correlation between 
    climate, architectural orientation and positive social interaction, or 
    indications in religious documents to illustrate a planned confluence 
    between visual or aural stimulation, water features and physical 
    well-being?  In the broader context of the secular built environment, 
    where historians frequently demonstrate the economic and political 
    interaction between monastic leadership and the local or regional 
    authorities, can we detect a specific replication or modeling of the 
    integrated concern with materials and aesthetics seen in the monastic 
    complex?  Similarly, where philosophic and religious scholars highlight 
    the mirrored nature of heaven and earth in medieval texts, can we find 
    evidence of this theoretical “ordering” being planned or integrated 
    into the secular world in the same way we can see it in the monastic 
    enclosure?   What can we learn by bringing together the views of the 
    architect, the archaeologist of infrastructure, and the environmental 
    biologist with those scholars of literature, sculptural ornamentation 
    and liturgy?  With these questions in mind, we seek papers from the 
    broadest interdisciplinary point of view, where we can identify 
    glimpses of a plan or, in the modern sense of the term, a planner.

    In the Middle Ages European and eastern Mediterranean/western Asian 
    cities developed from myriad situations, their cityscapes exhibiting a 
    variety of types, as Wolfgang Braunfels outlined in Abendländische 
    Stadtbaukunst: Herrschaftsform und Baugestalt (1976; English version, 
    Urban Design in Western Europe: Regime and Architecture, 900-1900, 
    1988). While much scholarship still focuses on archaeology and 
    individual sites, since Braunfels's publication research with a greater 
    breadth of perspectives is being tackled. This examines not only the 
    role of ecclesiastical architecture within civic society, but also on 
    secular building, the functions of which always interacted with 
    religious values of medieval culture. The proposed session invites 
    papers showing innovative research and discussing specific examples or 
    topics understood within a broad framework, on such issues as the forms 
    that medieval cities and buildings took and why, what infrastructure 
    was necessary to facilitate cultural growth, what pre-existing 
    buildings and spolia conveyed to the social network of urban 
    development, and why, as well as how, people moved about and operated 
    within urban contexts (including the ex-urban and rural Hinterland). 
    Within an urban setting—whether Christian, Jewish, Islamic, or some 
    combination thereof—structures that might be investigated include city 
    halls and courts, market halls, shops, merchants' hostelries (fondaci), 
    entertainment venues, hospitals, prisons, etc., as well as 
    infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and hydraulic elements, and 
    natural features such as topography, geological phenomena, and 
    environmental impacts, which might question how the rural was 
    integrated and/or maintained as attributes of the urban.

    Papers that view specific constructions as part of the whole social 
    fabric are welcome, as are those that consider how political, 
    geographical, economic, and social issues affected the built 
    environment, or conversely were affected by it, during this period when 
    a public sphere was emerging for the first time since the Roman Empire. 
    Send abstracts of 300 words to:
    Mickey Abel

    Deadline: September 15, 2017
    The Material, Visual, and Cultural Life of Scholasticism

    Organizer: Martin Schwarz, University of Chicago
    Chair and Respondent: Alex Novikoff, Fordham University

    This panel explores the cultural dimensions of Scholasticism, a topic 
    of study that has been largely confined to the realm of intellectual 
    history and the history of ideas. The term principally denotes the 
    profound revolution of knowledge and learning that swept across Europe 
    during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, most notably through the 
    reception of Greco-Arabic learning, the development of new intellectual 
    methods and pedagogical practices, and the institutional formation of 
    higher education in universities. Broadly speaking, standard narratives 
    have traditionally cast Scholasticism as a purely intellectual and 
    therefore immaterial discourse dissociated from its immediate material 
    and cultural surroundings. More recently, however, scholars have begun 
    to question the disciplinary isolation of the study of Scholasticism, 
    challenging its reach from a variety of angles. In investigating, for 
    instance, Scholasticism’s dimension of sound and its relationship to 
    polyphonic music, the performative character of scholastic 
    disputations, its physical and aesthetic presence and expression in 
    urban space and architecture, or its dependence on literary forms and 
    visual representation, this new approach has in many respects sharpened 
    our perception of the co-dependence between intellectual and material 
    worlds—and has, consequently, demonstrated the need for an expanded, 
    integrative account that reckons both with the Scholasticism’s cultural 
    life and its centrality to the scholastic production of knowledge. 
    Accordingly, this panel invites contributions that address the 
    material, visual, spatial, and sonic dimensions and qualities of 
    Scholasticism from the twelfth to the fourteenth century. We aim to 
    bring together scholars from different backgrounds such as Art History, 
    Material and Visual Culture, Theatre Studies, Sound Studies, Urban 
    Studies, Musicology, and Literature to open new lines of inquiry and 
    reflect upon the disciplinary and methodological complexities of their 

    This panel will feature 15–20min papers. Please submit a 150-word 
    abstract with your paper title and a short CV by Sept 9, 2016 to Martin 
    Schwarz ( and Alex Novikoff 
  • Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics Of Heritage And Culture

    Heidelberg | Dates: 12 – 14 Oct, 2016
    Annual Conference
    Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg
    Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin) and the Max Weber Stiftung –
    Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland
    in collaboration with the German Archaeological Institute (Berlin)

    The deliberations of the conference will address some of the urgent
    questions that surround heritage as a political and cultural issue at a
    historical juncture when the idea of culture is being drawn into a
    field of intense contestation. While in certain intellectual circles
    and scholarly discussions culture is slowly but steadily being
    uncoupled from the nation, these impulses are at the same time being
    countered by moves to reinforce – even reinvent – national identities
    as culturally homogenous.  As societies confront their transcultural
    pasts, the concept of a monolithic, integrative heritage is not only
    becoming increasingly untenable, it is turning into a site of conflict.
    Ruptures induced by the spatial and cultural displacements that come
    with modernity and contemporary globalization have in turn meant a
    return to notions of an ancient, untainted civilizational identity in
    many regions of the world. Such positions cut across the domains of
    politics and civil society – they include political and institutional
    authorities as well as scholarly practices, have at the same time found
    articulation in religious extremism and xenophobia embodied by
    fundamentalist groups, themselves a modern, transnational phenomenon.
    Fissures within public spheres that cut across national boundaries in
    an increasingly connected world have brought questions of cultural
    heritage to the heart of any engagement with the tangled relationship
    between concepts of culture and the nation-state.

    Santiago | Dates: 07 – 11 Jul, 2016
    N?13: Technology: Digital Material
    Publication date: August 2016
    Submission deadline: July 11th, 2016

    CALL FOR PAPERS // MATERIA ARQUITECTURA N?13 // Technology: Digital Material
    In the early 1990s, the use of digital technologies in architecture became popular, and some warned of the risks of the excessive virtualization of architecture and the emergence of a ?cyberspace? detached from materiality, construction, mass or gravity. Ubiquitous digital images rendering intangible spaces questioned the material character of architecture, a phenomenon that John Frazer[1] called a ?new architecture of process that transcends physicality and achieves ephemeralization?. In 1998, William Mitchell[2] proposed the concept of anti-tectonics to describe the new digital era characterized by the dematerialization of architecture; with that, he not only gave a name to the manifesto of virtuality, but he also became the delight of the soothsayers who saw their predictions confirmed.
    The current decade shows a different spirit. The fascination with the digital visual exuberance that characterized the beginning of the millennium has given way to a re-evaluation of the material and construction. The spread of Computer Numeric Control machines in architecture schools and firms is the most obvious symptom of the growing interest in the impact that digital technologies have on the material production of architecture. Digital technologies have acquired a physicality that does not dispute, but empowers, the material tradition of architecture. Digital manufacturing, robotic systems, simulation technologies, and the internet of things (IoT) intertwine the digital and the material to a point where efforts to distinguish them have become meaningless.

    This issue of Materia Arquitectura journal questions the traditional separation between the digital and the material as opposing domains, and, conversely, it invites reflection on digital technologies as enablers, or catalysts, of the physical. It investigates the disruption or evolution of ideas, concepts, methods, processes and techniques that contemporary ubiquitous computing poses to constructive methods, and, incidentally, opens the question about the coming impacts.


    To publish in MATERIA ARQUITECTURA, authors should submit their works electronically to:<> or to our postal address: sede Bellavista, Bellavista 7, Recoleta, Santiago de Chile.

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will only publish original and unpublished works. Texts and pictures will be the exclusive responsibility of the signing authors. Submitted manuscripts will be assessed by the Editorial Committee and by peer reviewers. Once the submitted material has been accepted, MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will contact the authors to give them specific instructions about the publication process. The sections open for collaborations are:


    Essays, research, articles. It has a thematic character (see I. Call for Papers) and it will publish essays and theoretical works which are the result of researches or specific works. Authors whose work have been selected by the Editorial Committee should consider and/or attach the following:

    Manuscript: maximum length 2,500 words.

    Abstract: maximum length 100 words.

    Five keywords.

    Citations, notes, references and bibliography must follow the rules of APA Style.

    Author?s biodata, 100 words maximum.

    Pictures, photographs (formats: TIFF, JPG, EPS. Resolution: 300 DPI).

    All submitted pictures must include: photo captions, data, source and authorization to be published.

    Plans (format: DWG).


    Critical review of architectural works and projects.

    Text: maximum length 1,000 words.

    Technical data.

    Architectural drawings (DWG), photographs and renders (300 DPI)


    Visual exploration related to Dossier's central theme.

    Introductory text: maximum length 400 words.

    8 to 20 images (300 DPI)

    The complete CALL FOR PAPERS for MATERIA ARQUITECTURA journal can be downloaded from the website:

    And from the link:
  • CFP: ABE Journal, issue 11: Paradoxical Southeast Asia

    Dates: 07 Jul – 15 Dec, 2016
    Deadline: Dec 15, 2016

    ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe is accepting paper submissions 
    for Issue 11, 2017: 'Paradoxical Southeast Asia', guest edited by 
    Caroline Herbelin, maître de conférences, Université Toulouse Le Mirail.

    In Southeast Asia, a space characterized by intense regional and global 
    traffic networks since the sixteenth century, the architectural 
    landscape is often seen as a palimpsest of styles. The hybrid and 
    syncretic nature of Southeast Asian architectural forms is seen as the 
    result of the successive waves of contacts that marked the history of 
    this part of the world called by some the "Asian Mediterranean." (F. 
    Gipoloux). In this genealogy of architectural types, the colonial 
    moment has been often considered a rupture that introduced radically 
    new forms in vernacular architecture. Following this logic, the late 
    twentieth century and early twenty-first century are considered as 
    moments of further intensification of this architectural acculturation. 
    The adoption of the international style in the megacities of the "Asian 
    tigers," nerve centers of the global economy, is symbolic of an urban 
    development superficially tuned to the "global" rather than the local.

    By equating the evolution of architectural forms in Southeast Asia to a 
    transfer, mainly from West to East, this approach evades the complexity 
    of the formation of the architectural landscape of Southeast Asia. This 
    issue of ABE proposes to focus on the development of "syncretic" 
    architectures of Southeast Asia by precisely tracing the circulation of 
    techniques and architectural forms through a contextual approach. 
    Local, regional, global have not followed each other sequentially - 
    such a model presupposes the existence of a local, "original," culture. 
    Instead, these three levels of traffic have coexisted in the past. Far 
    from simple sedimentary layers laid down over time, the production of 
    Southeast Asian architecture has been multiscalar, rhizomic and a 
    longue durée phenomenon. For this reason, the concept of "returns" is a 
    particularly useful one for analyzing both "colonial" and "traditional" 
    motifs that appear in contemporary architecture.

    When rethinking the local and the global in Southeast Asian 
    architecture, we must move beyond the binary oppositions between the 
    vernacular and the foreign, the colonial and the post-colonial, and the 
    modern and the traditional, while still exploring how actors used such 
    categories dynamically. Only in this way can we explain the coexistence 
    of such seemingly contradictory categories.'

    Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2016

    Please send submissions to

    Founded in 2012, ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe is a 
    scholarly, double blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of 
    19th- and 20th-century architecture and urbanism outside of Europe. It 
    focuses primarily on the transfers, adaptations and appropriations of 
    forms, technologies, models and doctrines in colonial and postcolonial 
    situations. Conceived as a place of exchange in an emerging and dynamic 
    field of research, ABE Journal aims to provide a specialist scholarly 
    forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas relating to 
    architecture in the colonial and postcolonial realms, as well as to 
    local forms of modernism. It publishes articles and contents in five 
    languages (French, English, Spanish, German and Italian) and is edited 
    by the research centre InVisu (CNRS/INHA) in Paris.
  • CFP: Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices (Toronto, 2-4 Mar 17)

    Toronto | Dates: 07 Jul – 04 Aug, 2016

    The Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices will be held in partnership with the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada, 2-4 March 2017. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

    Theme 1: Design Education
    Theme 2: Design in Society
    Theme 3: Designed Objects
    Theme 4: Visual Design
    Theme 5: Design Management and Professional Practice
    Theme 6: Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

    2017 SPECIAL FOCUS: Design for the Global Village


    We welcome the submission of presentation proposals at any time of the year up until 30 days before the start of the conference. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The next proposal deadline is 4 August 2016.


    The Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection consists of six journals and an annual review. The collection encourages the widest range of submissions and aims to foster the highest standards of intellectual excellence. Articles may be submitted by in-person and virtual participants as well as Community Members.

    Journals in the Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection are indexed by:

    - Art Abstracts (EBSCO)
    - Art Full Text (EBSCO)
    - Art Index (EBSCO)
    - Art Source (EBSCO)
    - Australian Research Council (ERA)
    - Computer Science – Business Information Systems Directory (Cabell’s)
    - EBSCO Polytechnic Studies Collection: India
    - Genamics Journal Seek
    - Scopus
    - Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory


    - Cumulus: International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media
    - Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College
    - European Academy of Design

    For more information and to submit a proposal visit:
  • House Housing | An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate

    New York | Dates: 12 Jul – 27 Aug, 2016
    In December of 1939, the Federal Housing Administration declined to insure a mortgage for one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses in East Lansing, Michigan. The house’s low ceilings and open interior spaces were considered too risky an investment. The incompatibility of Wright’s design with the speculative value of the real estate seemingly determined the project’s fate. Impassioned correspondence between architect, client, and bureaucrats; an annotated floor plan; and a local newspaper clipping offer evidence of the resulting tension in this short but telling episode in the history of architecture and real estate.

    House Housing excerpts this history in thirty-six episodes, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present. Ordinary artifacts generated by governments, industries, institutions, and individuals tell short stories that show how design, policy, finance, culture, and politics interconnect. As indicated by the project’s title, this multi-media history is untimely in two respects. First, it returns us to matters widely discussed in the aftermath of the 2008 mortgage foreclosure crisis—issues that are now re-emerging but which have not fully taken hold in professional architectural circles. Second, the exhibition’s non-linear chronology reveals surprising repetitions of earlier debates and actions. Tables turn as history repeats, differently each time, and House Housing shows concretely the many ways in which architecture participates in the making and breaking of these cycles.

    Between 2013 and 2016, a team at Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture attempted to answer a series of questions: What is the relationship between architecture, real estate, and the imagination? How are designers implicated in the profit-driven development that significantly shapes how we live? How did this happen? To date, the results of this research have appeared as site-specific interventions in Venice, Chicago, Berlin, and Los Angeles; have been discussed in public events and compiled in a website. The televisions, magazines, paperwork, and other largely domestic items collected in the exhibition bear witness to the media through which untimely histories repeat, and their content captures the diversity of ways in which these artifacts form a part of our everyday environment. The tear-sheets describe all thirty-six episodes and list their supporting evidence, pointing toward the additional information available at, including essays, a bibliography, and a provisional report titled The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate. Seen together, these pieces of House Housing are meant to encourage a deepened perspective on the interaction of architecture and real estate development, and to remind us that next time, things could be different.

    Organized by:
    Reinhold Martin, Director
    Jacob Moore, Curator, Assistant Director
    Susanne Schindler, Curator, Lead Researcher
  • Building Documentation in the Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve

    Gyumri | Dates: 21 May – 24 Sep, 2017
    Adventures in Preservation (AiP) volunteers are currently working alongside Gyumri Project Hope teams – students and professionals from across Armenia – and are sending back reports of their amazing experience. We are pleased to again offer you the opportunity to join this project run by the Kumayri Museum-Preserve with session dates to fit everyone’s schedule - a series of five one-week sessions beginning May 21, 2017; followed by optional 4-day tour.

    May 21-28, 2017
    June 18-25, 2017
    July 16-23, 2017
    August 13-20, 2017
    September 17-24,2017

    Work in 2017 will focus on two areas – documentation within Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve and creation of informational packets on individual buildings for distribution to potential investors. Once new investors become involved, new jobs will follow, addressing Gyumri’s greatest need. The city of Gyumri has one of the highest unemployment rates in Armenia and desperately needs the jobs restoration and heritage tourism will bring. Read more and register at
  • Bauhaus Residence - Open Call

    Dates: 04 Jul – 05 Sep, 2016
    Bauhaus Residence – Open Call Living and working in the Meisterhäuser 2017 Apply now – Applications close on 5 September 2016 In the 1920’s the Meisterhaus Ensemble in Dessau became the epitome of an artist com-munity of the twentieth century. This is where Walter Gropius, Oskar Schlemmer, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee and their families lived next door to each other. Here they were joined by their friends and visitors. Artist collectives, artist couples and artist friendships developed here, with everyone work-ing together in the open structure of the model homes located in a park. However, when the Bauhaus people left in 1933 the area became deserted and the work created as a re-sult of the artistic effort was abandoned. Since February 2016 and for the first time since 90 years the foundation Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau is enabling young international artists to once again live and work in the Muche/ Schlemmer duplex house – even if the restrictions of the perseveration of cultural heritage attached to the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site are very strict. With the new for-mat the foundation Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau would like to promote the current focus of attention on the Bauhaus heritage, revitalise the Meisterhaus Ensemble and in this context promote artistic and creative work of international significance which will then at the end of the residency period be displayed in the Gropius House until the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019. Participation conditions: The programme is catering to international artists with an overall interest in all those areas that are historically being represented by Bauhaus and that have developed from it until today: • Painting, product design, textile design, music, performing arts, architecture, pho-tography Application (German or English): • Curriculum vitae • A concrete project that can be completed during the residential period and which has a relation to Bauhaus (approx. two pages). Preferable is also a reference to the foundation’s topic for 2017 “Substance” • A motivation • An artist’s portfolio Closing date for applications: 5 September 2016 • Email (pdf file, max. 5 MB) to Jury: In the autumn of 2016 two artists will be selected for the year 2017. This will be announced on 4 December 2016 on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus building. The jury consists of Dr Claudia Perren, director of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau; Dr Thomas Köhler, director of the Berlinische Galerie; Katja Aßmann, art director of the Urbane Künste Ruhr; Gabi Schillig, professor for three-dimensional design at the Hochschule Düsseldorf – design faculty of the Peter Behrens School of Arts, and Dr Alexia Pooth, research associate of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau The foundation’s performances: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau will provide the selected artists with the following for three months: • Living and work space in the Muche/ Schlemmer House • A monthly expense allowance of 1,200 euros • Opportunities for giving presentations and performances and engaging in discus-sions during their stay • Support in their research work, in organising events along with technical assis-tance and public relations activities • Public presentations of their work in the Gropius House at the end of their stay where the work will remain until 2019 The artists‘ obligations: • Purchase of the material required for their work • Medical and indemnity insurance • Visa • Living expenses, provisions With the assistance of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, the artists are free to apply for addition-al external funding for their stay. Artists-in-Residence time period: The three-monthly Artist-in-Residence stays will take place between April and October 2017 in consultation with the foundation. You are expected to be present in Dessau. Contact: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau Bauhaus Residenz/ Dr Alexia Pooth Gropiusallee 38 06846 Dessau-Roßlau Tel. +49 340 – 6508 467
  • Call for Mini-Papers on Contemporary and Historical Flood Resilient Construction Techniques and Materials

    Dates: 31 – 31 Aug, 2016
    Topic of the mini-papers We are seeking mini-papers on flood resilient construction techniques and materials from around the globe. The techniques and materials featured should be from the near or distant past or focus on contemporary, cutting-edge approaches. Papers that address contemporary approaches should describe case studies that directly affect historic resources or could be applied to historic resources (i.e., existing construction).   Papers should be about 500 to 1,000 words and include the following details: 1. Author(s) name, affiliation, and contact information. 2. Describe the case: at a minimum, this should be the type of building/resource that experienced the flooding event, the date of its construction and major modifications, its location, and the building technique/material examined. 3. A summary of the historical or contemporary construction material and/or technique. 4. A brief description of the event that caused the water inundation. 5. The character and degree of the damage caused by inundation. 6. Recovery and/or repair techniques to address and/or prevent damage. 7. A summary of how resilient the construction technique was to inundation. 8. A minimum of three and a maximum of six photos illustrating one or more of the areas, above. The photos must have a minimum resolution of 1900 x 1200 pixels; 2880 x 1800 pixels or more is desirable. (For the initial submission, low resolution images are required; see below.) 9. Provide captions for all photos and reference them in your text. Indicate authorship for each photo. It is the responsibility for the submitting author(s) to obtain publication permission from the owner of each photo. For instance, a paper on this topic might describe a building, built in 1860, that survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the overall performance of its lath and plaster system; a description of traditional, lime plaster finishes and their low solubility in water compared to gypsum-based wall board; that the overall damage was minimal once the wall dried; interventions consisted of the mechanical dehumidifying of the building followed by patches and painting; and a summary that describes how well the system performed in a flooding event compared to contemporary construction. Alternatively, a paper approaching a contemporary construction system/material might describe a building, originally constructed in 1901 in which a contemporary flood vent system was installed in its foundation. Instructions Submissions should consist of a single MS Word, ODF/ODT, or PDF file with the text and the three to six photographs placed in the same file. (Do not submit photographs as separate files.) Reduce the size of the photos to approximately 800 x 600 pixels before placing them in the file in order to make the file size sufficiently small to send via email. If accepted, we will ask for your original text file (if necessary) and full size photos as separate files. Email your single file to
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