Recent Opportunities

  • Utopia, Architecture, & Spirituality JUNE 23-26, 2016

    New Harmony | Dates: 09 – 09 Sep, 2015
    The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality is hosting its 2016 International Symposium in the town of New Harmony, Indiana, whose origins can be traced to the religious and secular utopianism of Georg Rapp and Robert Owen. The central theme of ACS8 is utopia as an idea and ideal, real and imagined, in all of its ramifications for architecture and the built environment, culture, politics, and spirituality. We seek to reflect on utopias past, to explore utopia in the presence of reality, and to speculate on how designers can take up utopian ideas and action in the future.
  • The Architecture of HBCUs: Principles, Legacy, and Preservation

    Baltimore | Dates: 05 – 06 Nov, 2015
    This event will promote current scholarship concerning the social context, legacy, and preservation of the built environment at HBCUs like Morgan and others around the country. Seen as the first step of a larger academic initiative, the symposium will bring together scholars and professionals to discuss the history of HBCU’s architecture, their campus planning, and the landscape architecture which connected both. The tension between an institution’s architectural legacy and its vision for the future characterizes many places of higher learning in the United States; this symposium will, therefore, address specifically the competing roles of preservation, conservation, and new construction at today’s HBCUs. Our goal is to establish the topic in its own right and to attract participants from a wide range of institutions. . Symposium topics will include the unique characteristics of HBCU campuses, the special achievements of African-American architects on those campuses, and the significance of HBCU buildings listed or eligible for listing on the National Register. Special attention will be given to projects built during the watershed years of Modern Architecture in the three decades following World War II. .
  • Lecture by Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Nov, 2015
    Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston book cover © over,under

    Thursday November 12, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.

    Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley, principals of the Boston-based over,under, will lecture about their Heroic project on Thursday, November 12, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

    Heroism and Hubris

    After decades of stagnancy, Boston initiated a radical transformation in the 1960s under the banner of the New Boston. Controversial urban renewal programs and monumental architectural works like Boston City Hall, the Christian Science Center, and the Government Service Center were used to change a “hopeless backwater” into a modern, thriving city. Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston presents the historical context, buildings, and architects—including luminaries such as Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, and Marcel Breuer—that defined Boston during this remarkable period. It outlines the compelling story of a city, a material, and a movement while considering anew this earlier generation’s legacies—both troubled and inspired. Many of the structures from this era have since suffered from neglect, misleading labels like “Brutalism,” and have fallen dramatically from public favor. Authors Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley will discuss their original civic-minded aspirations as well as the cultural and aesthetic implications of preservation today.

    Chris Grimley is a principal of over,under in Boston, Massachusetts. With expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic identity, and publications, the firm’s portfolio ranges in scale from books to cities. Chris is co-director of the pinkcomma gallery and has designed books for Rockport Publications and Rizzoli Press.

    Mark Pasnik is a principal of over,under in Boston, Massachusetts. The firm’s portfolio includes buildings, exhibitions, urban designs, publications, and graphic projects for clients in the Middle East, Central America, and the United States. Mark is co-director of the pinkcomma gallery and an associate professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. For more information about over,under, please visit You can read their contribution about Expo Boston ’76 from our Improbable issue.

    Copies of the book Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston will be available for purchase.

    This talk is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
  • Archifest 2015 | Singapore's Annual Architecture Festival Returns With New Theme "What Future?"

    Dates: 26 Sep – 10 Oct, 2015
    Archifest, the annual architecture festival organised by Singapore Institute of Architects, returns with a thought-provoking theme 'What Future?'. The two-week-long festival features more than 30 events including special curated exhibitions, Architours to explore hidden architectural gems; Archifilms featuring quintessential architectural films and documentaries; interactive model-building installation We Build This City; forum WHY ARCHITECT? to share insights on how to realise your dream home; design workshops Scratch The Future for kids and an arresting series of photographs documenting Singapore's land spaces in digital art exhibition Plot, by celebrated photographer Caleb Ming.
  • GOLD: 33rd Annual Conference SAHANZ: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

    Melbourne | Dates: 03 Sep – 14 Oct, 2015
    Gold: The 33rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 6-9 July, 2016 Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Australia Hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning and ACAHUCH (Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage) Call for Papers: Abstracts due 14 October 2015 Call for Plenary Sessions: Proposals due 4 September 2015 Gold, for millennia, has fascinated humanity and possessed an extraordinary value amongst most civilizations. It was the favoured ultimate currency in many cultures and served as the signal form of capital: both its accumulation and its waste. It was the catalyst of wars, and constituted its spoils. Gold is the adjective to describe mythical lands: for Marco Polo, Japan was ‘Zipangu, the Land of Gold’. There have been venerated building types celebrating religious and cultural beliefs like ‘golden’ temples and ‘golden’ houses like Nero’s Domus Aurea. There have been buildings to protect gold, buildings which openly display it. In art and architectural historiography, there have been ‘golden’ periods and ‘golden ages’. Gold is about luxury, glamour and excess. It also has as its direct opposite objects of no value, things that might be described as worthless. The 33rd Annual SAHANZ Conference to be held in Melbourne in July 2016 is to be devoted to the exploration of architecture and gold. The public announcement in 1851 that gold had been discovered in the newly created state of Victoria changed the course of Australian history. Melbourne, the state’s capital, grew to be one of the world’s great provincial metropolises and gold was its motor. In 1854, the Victorian Gold Discovery Committee observed that “The discovery of the Victorian Goldfields has converted a remote dependency into a country of world wide fame; it has attracted a population, extraordinary in number, with unprecedented rapidity; it has enhanced the value of property to an enormous extent; it has made this the richest country in the world; and, in less than three years, it has done for this colony the work of an age, and made its impulses felt in the most distant regions of the earth.” Melbourne is thus the ideal conference venue for critically examining gold and the history of the built environment. Papers are invited that examine and reflect on various aspects and examples of this theme within different cultural contexts. There are many ways that this can be approached as suggested by the following sub-themes: - architecture and capitalism; - colonial and neo-liberal transformations in Asia and the circulation of people and commodities; - veins of gold: colonisation, imperialism and neo-liberalism; - Victorian prosperity: the phenomena of gold rushes in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, South America and elsewhere in the world; - mining towns: their landscapes, foundation and sometime disappearance; - gold rushes as triggers for migration and the transfer of ideas, people and technologies; - gold diggers: labour migration, mining and casino cultures; - golden lands, golden kingdoms and ‘gold’ places like the Gold Coast and the Golden Horn in Istanbul; - buildings and gold: treasuries, golden houses, golden temples, even the Smithsons’ Golden Lane housing; - gold medals: as accolades in architecture, for architects, expositions as in sport; - gold and its connotations of ornament, gilding, and the rise of décor; - the meaning of gold in different cultural settings like Japan and Mexico; - Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’ and 1980s architecture culture; - ‘golden days’ and a ‘golden age’: questions of architectural history and historiography - gold and the idea of preciousness in conservation; - gold, alchemy, materiality and craft; - gold and the interior (picture palaces, James Bond, the ‘solid gold’ disco era and 1970s glamour); - penniless: spaces of abjection in new global economies; - “All that glisters is not gold”: reflections on architecture and authenticity Abstract submission Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted via the Online Conference Paper Management website, using the following link You will need to create a Login ID and password to allow secure uploading of your abstract. Abstracts will be blind reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Academic Committee. External referees may be called upon to review an abstract if needed. Full papers (4500 words, including notes) will be double blind peer reviewed and those accepted for presentation at the conference will be published on the conference website, with print-on-demand editions of the full conference proceedings available after the conference at additional cost. Please note that in addition to a sole-authored proposal, a participant may also be named on a second, co-authored submission but no more. Irrespective of who would deliver the latter paper, if accepted for presentation and publication, each author is required to register to attend the conference. Authors may not present more than one paper as a sole author. Authors may not present more than two papers as a co-author. Work submitted for review and for publication in the conference proceedings should be original research that has not previously been published elsewhere, or work that has undergone substantial development from a prior publication. Plenary Session Proposals and Abstracts We are also seeking proposals for plenary sessions relating to the theme of Gold, which will consist of a chair and 4 speakers. Please submit proposals to conference conveners via email below. The purpose of the plenary session is to provide a more focused forum for academics already engaged in a specific topic with additional time for discussion and critical feedback. Plenary sessions will be allocated two hours in which speakers will present truncated 15-minute presentations, leaving one hour for discussion and debate. Plenary session participants are encouraged to distribute final accepted papers to each other for advanced reading before the conference. SAHANZ welcomes themed Plenary session proposals from SAH and EAHN members. Interested plenary session chairs are asked to submit a 300-word proposal of the session by 4 September. Proposals will then undergo review by the Conference Academic Committee, and if accepted, circulated and advertised on 14 September 2015. Please note, inclusion in a plenary session does not guarantee acceptance into the final program and is dependent on the paper review process. All papers, including the papers of session chairs, are considered individual submissions, which will undergo the same double blind peer review process mentioned above. If plenary sessions fail to gather enough qualified papers, the session may be dissolved and accepted papers will be redistributed into the general conference program. Participants interested in presenting at a specific plenary session should indicate preference along with abstract submission. Abstracts, which have been accepted by the peer review process but not accepted into plenary sessions, will be invited to submit the full paper for peer review for the general program. Timeline Plenary Session Proposals due: 4 September 2015 Plenary Session acceptance notification: 11 September 2015 Plenary Sessions posted: 14 September 2015 Abstracts due: 14 October 2015 Abstract acceptances sent out: 26 October 2015 Papers due for refereeing: 1 March 2016 Final papers due: 16 May 2016 Conference: 6-9 July 2016 Conference convenors Dr AnnMarie Brennan ( and Prof Philip Goad (
  • Columbus, Indiana Architecture Tour

    Columbus & Indianapolis, Indiana | Dates: 05 – 08 Nov, 2015
    Nov 5-8, 2015 The exceptional quality and quantity of noteworthy architecture in Columbus provides the architecture enthusiast a rare opportunity to see much in a relatively short period of time. This program will include: a private tour of the J. Irwin & Xenia Miller House, the jewel in the Columbus architectural crown; multiple guided coach and walking tours with access to numerous interiors, some by special arrangement; an introductory presentation by Anthony J. Costello, FAIA, Irving Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Ball State University, and a tour led by T. Kelly Wilson, Director and Associate Professor at the Indiana University Center for Art and Design Columbus (IUCA+D). The trip will conclude with a tour of selected architectural highlights of Indianapolis. The itinerary is patterned after the successful Arbuckle Architecture Tours 2014 Columbus tour. Once again, the goal has been to create the best, most thorough and enjoyable tour possible for a small group. We will stay at the only boutique hotel in Columbus, the welcoming Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center, centrally located downtown within walking distance of the best restaurants, where we will dine. John S. Arbuckle will lead the group. Here are comments from participants in the 2014 Columbus tour: “I was thrilled with the tour. It was all perfect and I don’t know how it could have been better. I am looking forward to the next one.” Jean-Luc Briguet - New York, NY “Your tour was terrific. It was all beautifully planned and executed, with everything coming off without a single hitch, which I think is remarkable.” George Sullivan - Alexandria, VA “We thought it was great” George Calderaro & William Megevick - New York, NY “Very well organized and planned tour!” Jim Heegeman - Arlington, VA Full details and registration information: Registration deadline: October 14, 2015
  • BxW DC Nominations

    Dates: 02 Sep – 31 Oct, 2015
    Nominations for the BxW DC competition are now OPEN! Anyone may submit a BxW DC Nomination by completing the online nomination form or by downloading the PDF form. If using the PDF form, please complete and mail with payment (if applicable) to:

    Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
    Attn: Erin Sweeney, Program Manager
    601 West 26th Street, #325-31
    New York, NY 10001

    Also, if you wish to submit images along with a printed form, please email them to, along with the completed Image Release Form.

    BxW DC Nominations will be accepted through October 31st, 2015. Our jury of experts will consider all eligible BxW DC Nominations to be honored as competition winners. Winners will be announced in December 2015.
  • Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Oct – 23 Dec, 2015
    Monuments are deliberate gestures—objects or structures created to commemorate an event, person or era. Their meaning is usually  imposed, and they often serve as focal points for aspirational civic and political attributes like valor and sacrifice, or to underscore a foundational political narrative. But their meaning can transform, changing over time as the relevance of their symbolism ebbs and flows due to social and political shifts.  Like monuments, architecture and photography are also inflected with a grace of intention, and both have the ability to commemorate or represent a nation, event, time or place. The act of photographing monuments and buildings transforms them, sometimes revealing some of the original qualities and more closely evoking the response that they were originally intended to have. And photographs have an inherent memorial quality. This group exhibition examines the work of international artists, some of whose work addresses actual monuments, some whom look at architecture and its relationship to memory and how its importance and symbolism can shift over time, and others approach the idea of the future monument.  

    This exhibition is generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

    The 2015-2016 season is sponsored by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
  • Lecture by Nina Rappaport

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Oct, 2015
    Vertical Urban Factory book cover © Courtesy of the author

    Thursday October 22, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
    $10 suggested donation at the door (includes wine)

    Nina Rappaport will lecture about her project Vertical Urban Factory on Thursday, October 22, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

    Vertical Urban Factory
    , a traveling exhibition and book with Actar publishers, focuses on the spaces of production in cities—both Modernist and contemporary—and incorporates the architectural, technological, and economic factors that shape their design, function, and social impact. In the project, Nina addresses the history of the urban factory in its vertical typology while looking forward, provoking new concepts for the future of urban manufacturing. She underscores the necessity of creating new paradigms for sustainable, hybrid, and transparent urban industries that also take into account the worker in the city and the new economy. For more information about the project, you can visit

    Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. For eighteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the school’s book series. She directs the project Vertical Urban Factory, which includes a traveling exhibition (Detroit, New York, Toronto, London, Lausanne), public programs, and a book published in 2015 by Actar. She curated exhibitions on Ezra Stoller in Washington, D.C., The Swiss Section at the Van Alen Institute, and Saving Corporate Modernism, at Yale. She authored the book Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (Monacelli Press, 2007) and co-edited the books Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012) and Long Island City: Connecting the Arts (Design Trust for Public Space and Episode Books, 2008). She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Syracuse School of Architecture in New York, and Barnard College, among others. Her projects have received grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. She has written numerous essays on structural design, architecture, and global industrial landscapes. She is a founding board member of Docomomo US and NY/Tri-State. For more information about her, please visit You can also read her article about Vertical Urban Factory from our Production issue.

    This talk is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Funding for this talk is provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

  • Lecture by Thomas Kelley

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Sep, 2015
    Left, Carrie Norman drawing on the American Academy in Rome. Right, Thomas Kelley drawing on the Architectural League of New York. © Photos courtesy of NK.

    Tuesday September 22, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.

    Thomas Kelley, who operates an architecture collaborative with Carrie Norman under the pseudonym Norman Kelley, will lecture about their latest work on Tuesday, September 22, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

    Norman Kelley is a draftsman who likes to draw on buildings. Most recently, NK has projected their line work onto the walls of four prestigious institutions: The American Academy in Rome, The Architectural League of New York, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and most recently, the Chicago Architecture Biennial. At each venue, the act of drawing was the event and the drawing itself is the architecture. A closer look reveals NK’s interest in context – the drawing a visual essay on the history of the site. Like a Bridget Riley painting, the drawings are designed to mask their precise beginnings and confound the observer into collapsing the gap between the analog and the digital.

    Thomas Kelley (M. Arch Princeton University, B.Arch University of Virginia) was raised in Canberra, Berlin, Warsaw, Tegucigalpa, Oxford, Lima, and Washington D.C. Thomas is the recipient of the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo and the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UIC School of Architecture and operates an architecture collaborative with Carrie Norman under the pseudonym Norman Kelley. The practice has been awarded the 2014 Young Architect’s Prize by the Architectural League of New York and their design work is currently represented by Volume Gallery in Chicago. For more information about Thomas Kelley, you can visit You can also read his article about Wrong Chairs from our Ordinary issue.

    This talk is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
  • Emil Bach House After Hours

    Chicago | Dates: 10 – 10 Sep, 2015
    Thursday, September 10
    Emil Bach House After Hours
    5:30 to 8 pm
    Emil Bach House
    7415 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
    Experience Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Bach House in the evening. Watch this beautifully restored home come to life at sundown as you enjoy live music, drinks and snacks. 

    Trust Members: $10
    Non-members: $15
  • Thinking Into the Future: The Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas

    Chicago | Dates: 04 – 04 Oct, 2015
    Architect John Ronan, the 2015 Thinking Into the Future speaker, will discuss his views on Chicago architecture and practicing within its building culture in Transcending Pragmatism: Searching for a New Chicago.

    Ronan's presentation will take place during the Chicago Architecture Biennial opening weekend.

    Program partners: UChicagoArts, AIA Chicago and Chicago Architecture Biennial.

    FREE Admission. Reservations required.

    Reserve a seat at or call 312.994.4000. 
  • The People’s Galleries: Art Museums and Exhibitions in Victorian Britain

    New York City | Dates: 21 – 21 Sep, 2015
    Lecture and reception featuring celebrated author and curator Giles Waterfield.
  • Writing Buildings

    Canterbury, Kent | Dates: 14 – 16 Jul, 2016
    Writing Buildings CREAte, the research centre for architecture and the humanities at the Kent School of University, University of Kent, is holding a conference in collaboration with the Architectural Review which will bring together quite different traditions of writing about historic buildings. The special character of this conference is that speakers will be drawn from both academic and non-academic fields, and from a range of disciplines that touch on architectural experience and history. In this way we aim to offer a new experience for writers on architecture, interior design and urban space. We are inviting papers from those in Architecture, English, History, Sociology, Film and Drama, Landscape Studies and related disciplines with a specialist interest in writing about buildings and urban spaces or experiences across different time periods. The common theme of the papers will be the uses of a variety of voices in creating architecture culture. Writing Buildings will be a two-day conference on the subject of alternative ways of writing architectural history which will encourage experimentation in criticism through breaking disciplinary barriers. The programme will include papers from both academic disciplines and non-academic professions which engage with the built environment, for example, journalism, interior design and construction. We will organise at least one project-based writing event outside the conference hall. We are currently planning to hold this in collaboration with Turner Contemporary as part of their innovative Waste Land project. We will update news about the conference, including information about events, talks and activities on this website: Conference directors: Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent Dr Catherine Richardson, School of English, University of Kent Tom Wilkinson, History Editor, The Architectural Review.
  • 2015 Design Matters Conference

    Chicago | Dates: 04 – 07 Nov, 2015
    2015 DESIGN MATTERS CONFERENCE: Activate Your Design Community Presented by Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO) Dates: November 4-7, 2015 Location: Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL Website: Annual meeting of not-for-profit professionals, volunteers, and content area experts interested in the creation and management of cultural programs and exhibitions that spur broader public interest in architecture and design. With this year’s theme, “Activate Your Design Community,” we’ll take a close look at how architectural organizations can mobilize general audiences and professional designers alike. Expertly crafted programs can transform public audiences from passive receptors to active ambassadors for quality urban design; and transform designers from private practitioners into compelling, visible champions of civic outreach. The Conference will explore how to make the most of collaborations and create programs that animate public sentiment about the value of design. The inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial, billed as North America’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture, serves as the Conference Local Host along with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Additional events include a pre-Conference Workshop on teaching architecture to K-12 students and post-conference tours to Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson campus and Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House. Register today!
  • Mind in Architecture: Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Future of Design

    Chicago | Dates: 25 – 25 Sep, 2015
    This event benefits the School's Campaign for Independence. The Campaign for Independence of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture seeks to ensure the institution’s future as the oldest and most experimental independent graduate program in architecture. Announcing a panel presentation hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture on the exciting new frontier of what neuroscience and architecture can learn from each other.

    All proceeds benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

    Juhani Pallasmaa, architectural writer and practitioner, is an Honorary Member of SAFA Society of Finnish Architects, AIA American Institute of Architects, and RIBA Royal British Institute of Architects. He has received numerous Honorary Doctorates in Architecture, Technology and the Arts. The former director of both the Finnish Museum of Architecture and the department of architecture at Helsinki University of Technology, he has authored over 30 books including, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, which is considered required reading for architecture students worldwide, The Thinking Hand, The Embodied Image and most recently, Mind in Architecture.

    Alberto Pérez-Gómez, received his undergraduate degree in architecture and engineering in Mexico City, did postgraduate work at Cornell University, and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Essex in England. The Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of Architectural History at McGill University, he is the author of numerous books and articles including Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science and Built upon Love.

    Harry Mallgrave, an honorary fellow of RIBA, is emeritus director of the PhD program in Architecture at IIT. For nearly two decades Dr. Mallgrave served as the Editor of Architecture and Aesthetics for the “Text and Documents Series” of the Getty Research Institute. As the author of The Architect’s Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity and Architecture and Architecture and Embodiment: The Implications of the New Sciences and Humanities for Design, he is the leading thinker and pioneer in the dialogue between architecture and neuroscience.

    Sarah Robinson, is a practicing architect who studied Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland before joining attending the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, where she earned her M.Arch and later served as the founding chair of the Board of Governors. She is the author of Nesting: Body, Dwelling, Mind, and most recently, Mind in Architecture. She lives in Pavia, Italy.
  • Open House Oak Park & River Forest

    Oak Park/River Forest | Dates: 12 Sep, 2015
    On September 12, 2015 select area cultural civic organizations and historic buildings are opening their doors to the public for free. At varied time slots throughout the day, area buildings, attractions and cultural institutions will have free tours, performances, and docents available to give our community the inside scoop. Area attractions such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Pleasant Home, Hemingway’s Birth Home and the Oak Park Art League’s historic gallery space are just a few of the locations participating in the 2015 Open House Oak Park & River Forest.

    Open House Oak Park & River Forest is currently seeking volunteers to direct area visitors on September 12 and to help spread the word before this inaugural event. Interested volunteers can sign up at the website:

    Through Dominican Business School’s Community Leadership program Oak Parker’s Heidi Ruehle May of Pleasant Home, Tom Gull with Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and Sarah Corbin of the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce have developed this project in fulfillment of course responsibilities and to help promote area cultural experiences.

    “With the support of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation and the Communityworks partnership, Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business offers a Community Leadership Program (CLP) that targets the professional and personal development of emerging and existing leaders in the Oak Park and River Forest area. Over a nine-month period, program participants work with Brennan facilitators and dozens of experts in various venues to discuss and enhance their skills in various leadership areas. In addition to building a network of contacts within the communities, the participants also form teams to work on developing projects that will benefit the communities.”

    For a full listing of locations please visit
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum Call for Papers, Durham NC 1-4 June 2016

    Durham | Dates: 27 Aug – 30 Oct, 2015
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum ( invites paper proposals and applications for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships for its 35th Annual Conference in Durham, North Carolina, June 1-4, 2016. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring African-American life, including slavery, the rise of a black middle class, the Civil Rights movement, and the relationship of race and the built environment; the transformation and industrialization of agricultural landscapes; and the architecture of institutions, including churches, schools, and hospitals. SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Please include the paper title, author’s name, and email address, along with a one-page c.v.. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2016, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 4th. THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS OCTOBER 30, 2015. Abstracts should be emailed to the VAF Papers Committee Chair, Annmarie Adams, at For general information about the Durham conference, please visit the conference website at or contact Claudia Brown at Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships: VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops. To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.
  • 2016 AASL Conference: Call for Proposals

    Seattle | Dates: 26 Aug – 15 Sep, 2015
    The Association of Architecture School Librarians (AASL) Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2016 AASL Annual Conference, which will be held in Seattle March 11-13, 2016. This conference is an exciting opportunity, as it will include programming cross-listed with the 2016 ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference. Conference programming will include lightning talks, conference papers, and tours. Lightning talks are 6 minutes with a maximum of 12 slides; papers,15-20 minutes. At this time, we are issuing a call for both the lightning talks and conference papers. Through a survey issued at the end of the 2015 conference, members of AASL identified important issues for the professional practice. Building upon this survey, the committee is soliciting proposals for papers and talks that address one of the following topics while tying the discussion back to the ARLIS/NA+VRA Joint Conference theme, Natural Connections. Spaces Renovation - Embedded Librarians – Maker Spaces – Library as Learning Lab – Closing Branches & Sharing Resources Architecture School Collections Documenting Student Work – Institutional Repositories – Born-Digital Architectural Records – Special Collections & Archives Digital Scholarship Digital Humanities – Student Work – Exhibits & Projects – Digital Repositories, Asset Management, & Metadata Outreach & Collaboration Grants – Interdisciplinary Opportunities – Partnerships –Community Engagement Instruction Information Literacies – Research Assistance – Curriculum Development & Mapping – Supporting Traveling Studios Accreditation + Assessment Tenure & Promotion – Alt-metrics – Measuring Impact – Alternative Skills for Librarians Additionally, the Programming Committee seeks proposals that celebrate Seattle’s built environment. Proposals for either presentation format should not exceed 250 words. The submission deadline is September 15, 2015. Please use this Google Form to submit your proposals: If you have any questions regarding submission, please contact the 2016 Programming Committee at: We hope you take this unique opportunity to present at the 2016 AASL Conference. Remember, the selected proposals will be part of sessions cross-listed with the ARLIS/NA + VRA joint conference. We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you at the conference! Sincerely, The 2016 AASL Conference Programming Committee Jessica Aberle, University of Texas at Austin Beth Dodd, University of Texas at Austin Mar González Palacios, Conference Chair, Canadian Centre for Architecture Katie Pierce Meyer, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2016 John Wesley Powell Prize (Historic Preservation Projects)

    Dates: 25 Aug – 30 Nov, 2015
    Society for History in the Federal Government Invites Nominations For the 2016 John Wesley Powell Prize (Historic Preservation Projects)

    The Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display. The John Wesley Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2016, the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historic preservation project completed in 2014 or 2015. The award for historic preservation is given for achievement in preservation of records, artifacts, buildings, historical sites, and other historical entities. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016 at the annual meeting of the SHFG.

    Eligible Entrants
    • Any agency or unit of the federal government
    • Nongovernmental organizations, including federal contractors, for eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government
    • Members of the Society for History in the Federal Government
    Criteria for Evaluation ·         

    • Exemplary practices that serve as models for future federal activity   
    • Significant value in furthering history in and of the federal government
    • A high level of technical expertise in the field of historic preservation
    • Excellence and thoroughness of historical research
    • Appropriate application of historical research to historic preservation
    • Innovative strategies or techniques
    • Successful application of appropriate preservation standards, such as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties or other appropriate standards.
    Submission Requirements
    The award is made solely on the basis of the materials submitted to the Powell Prize Committee. All nominations must be submitted in electronic format, using MS Word or PDF format that can be viewed on standard equipment.  Supplemental hard copies are acceptable.  Applications may be submitted via CD/DVD or thumb drive. 

    All submissions must include the following information:
    • Name of the nominated project or activity
    • Project contact person(s) name, address, telephone number, and e-mail
    • Name of the nominator, if different from the contact person, and the nominator's address, telephone number, and e-mail
    • A description of the project or activity, including discussion of its scope and purpose and the names of any co-sponsors (one thousand words or less)
    • A discussion of how the project addresses the evaluation criteria.
    • Supporting visual materials of key aspects of the activity or project, appropriately labeled. These materials may include:
      1. CDs, DVDs
      2. Photographs (digital or supplemental hard copies);
      3. Other media such as plans, elevations, brochures, or news clips.
    • All submitted material becomes the property of SHFG.

    Submission of Entries and Deadline

    Please send a complete copy of each nomination to each of the committee members below postmarked no later than November 30, 2015.  Materials should be mailed via FedEX or similar courier so that submissions can be tracked by the sender and recipient if necessary.  Applicants may email questions to committee members but must not email application materials.

    1. Liz Petrella, National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services, 1201 Eye Street, NW, 6th floor, Washington, DC 20005, or

    2. Lou Ann Speulda-Drews, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1340 Financial Blvd, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502

    3. Virginia Parks, Cultural Resources Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 20555 SW Gerda Lane, Sherwood, OR 97140 or

    Further information on awards presented by the Society for History in the Federal Government is available at
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