Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: TAD Journal: Urbanizing

    Dates: 31 May – 30 Jun, 2018
    Submission Deadline: June 30th, 2018

    Urbanizing is an active process.  More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and by the year 2050 greater than two-thirds will be urban dwellers due to migration and increased birth rates.[1]  Meanwhile, our urban footprint comprises only 3% of the earth’s surface, establishing a density that imbues the effects of past decision-making, and underscores the importance of future ones.[2]   We find ourselves now accelerating into global urbanization with neither the certainty of past slowness nor the benefit of applicable precedents.  As the rate of urbanization outpaces its research outcomes, a groundswell of problem-oriented research is needed.

    While cities are shaped by differentiated forces in context-specific combinations, their respective urban dwellers experience many similar problems.  Housing shortages, supply chains and lifeline infrastructure systems warrant assessment and demand solutions.  Acute shocks and chronic stresses prompt resilience, and environmental impacts compel drawdown.  The sharing economy elicits new policies, and autonomous technologies await testing in the urban realm.  At the same time, municipal leaders are desperate for civic innovation and seek to initiate smart city capacities as technological readiness and fiscal cycles allow.

    Questions about research in the urban space include but are not limited to:

    What are the constraints that define urban problems and how have they developed over time?  What are the legacy, state-of-the-art, and foreseeable technologies for use in future urban habitats and what are their anticipated effects?  What are the interdependencies between architectural amenities and infrastructural systems that enable urban dwelling and how effectively can we address their challenges?  How ought we design, construct and analyze cities in their specific contexts for improving future urban dwelling?

    Both basic and applied research are necessary for advancing disciplinary expertise, and initiating interdisciplinary engagement on urban solutions for use in this twenty first century.  A range of generative and analytical action will also be necessary including the methodological assessment of existing conditions, the generation of design-actionable research, and the authoring of inventive designs.  Urbanizing seeks to attract, collect, and forge a combined body of knowledge for use in our inevitably urban future.

    TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD) invites original research from educators, practitioners, researchers, scholars, architects, engineers, and scientists whose work on the active process of Urbanizing engages the fields of technology, architecture, or design.  Manuscripts featuring empirical, theoretical, and practice-based research utilizing an array of methodologies are welcome.  Manuscripts for double-blind peer-review are due before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, June 30, 2018 to  Standards for peer-review manuscripts can be found in the TAD Journal Author Guide.
  • Commons Project: Citizen Jane Screening

    Chicago | Dates: 29 Jun, 2018
    As part of The Commons Artist Project: Joan Giroux, participate in a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City and an open discussion. Jane Jacobs upended the field of urban planning with her 1960 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities and was a lifelong activist in the fight to keep New York City’s public spaces sacred. Jacobs’s life story provides a timely example of the activism and ethics necessary to keep cities livable and functional for all. The screening is followed by a conversation organized by René King, assistant professor in the Design Department of Columbia College Chicago.
  • CFP: Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes: Architecture, Cities, Infrastructures

    Lisbon | Dates: 25 May – 30 Jun, 2018

    International Congress
    16-19 January 2019
    Lisbon | Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
    Proposals dues 20 June 2018


    The infrastructure of the colonial territories obeyed the logic of economic exploitation, territorial domain and commercial dynamics among others that left deep marks in the constructed landscape. The rationales applied to the decisions behind the construction of infrastructures varied according to the historical period, the political model of colonial administration and the international conjuncture.

    This congress seeks to bring to the knowledge of the scientific community the dynamics of occupation of colonial territory, especially those involving agents related to architecture and urbanism and its repercussions in the same territories as independent countries.

    It is hoped to address issues such as how colonial infrastructure has conditioned the current development models of the new countries or what options taken by colonial administrations have been abandoned or otherwise strengthened after independence.

    The congress is part of the ongoing research project entitled "Coast to Coast - Late Portuguese Infrastructural Development in Continental Africa (Angola and Mozambique): Critical and Historical Analysis and Postcolonial Assessment" funded by ‘Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia’ (FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology), which has as partner the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG).

    The aim of this congress is to extend the debate on the repercussions of the decisions taken by the colonial states in the area of ​​territorial infrastructures - in particular through the disciplines of architecture and urbanism - in post-independence development models and the formation of new countries with colonial past.


    The call for communications is now open until the 30th of June 2018.

    The proposal should be submitted in English and to a session chosen from a list of available options (which resulted from the previous 'call for sessions').

    A dedicated online form, available through the link beneath, should be filled in.

    The form requests the following information:

    - Title

    - Abstract (max. 2500 characters, spaces included)

    - Selected session

    - Identification of the author(s) with institutional affiliation and email contact(s) (max. 4 authors)

    - Short bio of the author(s) (max. 500 characters, spaces included).

    The acceptance of papers by the chair(s) of each session will be communicated until the 31st of July.

    The final papers, with a limit of 4000 words, should be sent by the end of December 2018 in order to be available as online proceedings.

    A selection of papers will be proposed to 'Africana Studia', the journal of the Center for African Studies of the

    University of Porto under a peer review.

  • Colonial Spatiality in African Sahara Regions

    Lisbon | Dates: 25 May – 30 Jun, 2018

    Colonial Spatiality in African Sahara Regions CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE 30.06.2018 Chaired by Dr. Samia Henni, Cornell University

    International Congress "Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes: Architecture, Cities, Infrastructures"

    16-18 January 2019
    Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

    This session investigates the ways with which European colonial regimes have shaped the design of African Saharan aboveground and underground territories, cities, villages, infrastructures, and societies over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. These Saharan regions comprise Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. Colonized by different European countries?including Britain, Italy, France, and Spain?these climatically challenging territories served primarily to search, extract, and transport the desert?s multiple natural resources and assets. Yet, in what exactly consisted these designs? What were their impact on Saharan nomadic, sedentary societies and environments? And to what extend did these colonial territorial transformations affect the socio-economic future of the African countries in question?

    This session aims at addressing these questions and exploring the relationship between spatial planning, architecture, environment, and European colonial practices in African Saharan regions. We seek papers that critically analyze the involvement of European colonial civil servants, military officers, engineers, planners, and architects in shaping the design of one or more African Saharan regions. Of special interest are papers that disclose how particular projects or built environments had obeyed or disobeyed to Saharan or trans-Saharan colonial directives, and expose the multifaceted effects of such programs at national, transnational and international levels. We welcome papers that propose original methods for analyzing Saharan or trans-Saharan colonial spatiality in historical, political, economic, climatic and environmental terms.

  • Heritage Interpretation Summer School in Italy

    Dates: 08 – 15 Jul, 2018
    Summer School in Heritage Interpretation in Italy organized by University of L'Aquila, dates: 8-15 July 2018
  • MARAC's Arline Custer Award

    Dates: 22 May – 31 Jul, 2018

    Arline Custer Memorial Award

    Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) 

    DEADLINE:  July 31, 2018 

    The Arline Custer Memorial Award is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee.  This award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.


    The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Works under consideration include, but are not limited to: monographs, popular narratives, reference works and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

    Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.


    Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.

    Preference will be given to works by archivists.


    Up to two awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2018 award(s) will be announced at the Fall 2018 Conference in Wilmington, DE.

    Submission Instructions

    Please send two copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:


    Tara Wink

    Health Sciences and Human Services Library

    University of Maryland, Baltimore

    601 West Lombard Street

    Baltimore, MD 21214




    Entries must be received by July 31, 2018


    For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site:
  • Visual Resources Association 2019 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

    Los Angeles | Dates: 22 May – 03 Aug, 2018

    The Visual Resources Association’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Los Angeles, California, from Tuesday, March 26th, through Friday, March 29th, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown. Please mark your calendar.

     Proposals for papers, sessions, special interest/user groups, and workshops are now being solicited for the 2019 program. All proposals are welcome.


    Click here to access the conference proposal form.
    • A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for possible grouping into a session. Your ideas, whether they come to us alone or in a group, are equally valued in the Board's proposal and selection process.
    • A session is a maximum 60-minute moderated panel, usually consisting of no more than 3 presenters each, speaking for 15 to 18 minutes, followed by a brief facilitated question and answer period. If you feel your session topic requires more time, consider dividing it into two sessions, consisting of a Part I and a Part II.
    • A special interest/user group is a 60-minute informal, community -driven, facilitated group discussion on topics related to a specific segment of the VRA membership.
    • A workshop is a 2, 4, or 8-hour workshop to develop skills and experience in the field of visual resources, preferably with hands-on activities.

    The proposal deadline is Friday, August 3rd, 2018. Program submissions received after this date will not be considered for the 2019 conference.


    The quality of conference content depends upon YOUR ideas and contributions, so let those creative juices flow. Perusing some of the past conference schedules will show you the range of topics presented in previous years and may inspire your proposal. Use suggested topics compiled from post-conference survey responses (see below) or your imagination to propose ideas which expand our outlook.  If there is an area of concern or interest that you feel has not been adequately addressed, participate in this process by submitting a proposal. Moderators may put out calls for presenters within a proposed topic before or after the submission of a proposal. The VRA Executive Board will be looking for articulate and concise submissions with lists of presenters, but submissions without presenter lists are encouraged as well.


    Suggested topics:

    Active Learning


    Cataloging Cultural Objects

    Coding - PHP, Python, SQL, etc.

    Commercial partners

    Copyright/Intellectual Property

    Corporate Visual Resources careers

    Data Visualization

    Digital Asset Management

    Digital Humanities

    Digital publishing


    General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

    Imaging - Workflow and organization

    Maps - GIS, Omeka and Neatline, Storymaps

    Metadata - Assessment, standards, structures, and tools

    Moving images and sound

    Non-Academic careers




    Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)

     Questions regarding the proposal process and the various presentation formats included in the VRA Conference program can be directed to Jacob Esselstrom (, the VRA Vice President for Conference Program.

     Again, the proposal deadline is Friday, August 3rd, 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!

     Jacob Esselstrom

    Vice President for Conference Program
    Visual Resources Association

    (608) 424-1632
  • NCPH Call for Proposals

    Dates: 23 May – 15 Jul, 2018

    NCPH invites proposals for its 2019 conference in Hartford, Connecticut that explore how public history intersects—sometimes purposefully, sometimes with unintended consequences—with the ongoing task of making and remaking places, communities, and polities. To learn more about the conference theme, “Repair Work,” and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at Final submissions are due Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Please email NCPH Program Manager Meghan Hillman at with any questions.
  • AIIS Research and Arts Fellowships to India

    Dates: 22 May – 01 Jul, 2018

    For more than 50 years, the American Institute of Indian Studies has provided funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.

    • Junior Fellowships are for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India.
    • Senior Long- and Short-term Fellowships are for those holding the PhD degree.
    • Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the arts to conduct their projects in India.


    For more information and application guidelines, visit

  • Travel Grant to Docomomo US National Symposium in Columbus, IN | Sept. 26-29, 2018

    Columbus | Dates: 26 – 29 Sep, 2018

    Docomomo US/NOCA Travel Grant for Students & Emerging Professionals

    The Docomomo US Northern California (NOCA) Chapter is pleased to offer a travel grant for one student or emerging professional to attend and participate in the Docomomo US National Symposium 2018 in Columbus, Indiana, from September 26-29, 2018.

    The Docomomo NOCA Travel Grant provides financial support for students and emerging professionals committed to the documentation and conservation of Modern buildings and landscapes. The intention of the scholarship is enable one individual to participate in the Docomomo US 2018 National Symposium.

    Please find information about eligibility and application requirements at:

    Applications will close on June 30, 2018 at 11:59PM PST. The grant recipient will be notified early July 2018.


    About the 2018 Docomomo US National Symposium

    The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve Modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals. Held annually, this multi-day conference seeks to engage local participants in cities across the United States, offering participants the ability to interact with and explore a wide variety of significant modern architecture and sites.

    The US Modern Movement in architecture is broadly defined as the period from 1930-1970s. Buildings or sites of the period often looked to the future without overt references to historical precedent; expressed functional, technical or spatial properties; and were conscious of being modern, expressing the principles of modern design. The architecture produced during this period took on many forms and represented a range of complex ideology. 

    The 2018 National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation will feature four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, and keynote conversations with visionary leaders. The theme of this year’s symposium will explore how investing in the value of good design can make communities better and how new approaches to preservation are positively incorporating our modern heritage into the future of cities.

    To learn more about the 2018 National Symposium, visit: e-preservation.
  • Closing Reception and Curator Talk, Voorsanger Architects Archive at the University of St. Thomas

    St. Paul | Dates: 07 – 07 Aug, 2018
    In August 2015, the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History and Bartholomew Voorsanger, founder and principal of Voorsanger Architects PC, entered into an agreement to create an archive of selected projects by the New York City-based firm. The archive will consist not only of born-digital material in an online database, a website, oral histories, but also physical objects including models, photographs, publications, and sketchbooks, many of which are revealed in this exhibition. 


  • History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago Public Housing

    Chicago | Dates: 30 May – 31 Aug, 2018

    The National Public Housing Museum is pleased to announce the opening reception for our newest exhibition, History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago Public Housing on May 30th.

    The exhibition, which features ordinary objects from public housing residents that share with us amazing stories of personal endeavors, as well as commemorating those that were most important in shaping their lives. The objects are described by the residents themselves, giving visitors a first-hand account of how these items played a part in their lives. The labels were created during writing workshops with Audrey Petty and Nate Marshall or during interviews with Rich Cahan.

    The opening will take place on May 30th at the NPHM offices, which are located at 625 N Kingsbury St, from 5:30-7:30 PM. Refreshments and drinks will be served.

    This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring Sign-Language Interpreters, Real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact Mark Jaeschke at (773) 245-1621 or at least one week in advance of the event.

  • ATCH Visiting Research Fellowship 2019

    Brisbane | Dates: 18 May – 01 Jul, 2018

    ATCH Visiting Fellows Program: 2019.

    The ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Research Centre invites Expressions of Interest for the Visiting Fellows Program 2019.  The program welcomes Expressions of Interest from scholars with varying levels of experience who are carrying out critical research in architecture.

    ATCH is located within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia. The Centre supports innovative and interdisciplinary research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Architecture and its place within a larger history of ideas is a strong focus within the Centre.  Bringing together Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, Postgraduates and Academics from UQ’s School of Architecture, the centre offers a stimulating and rich environment for enquiry and debate. An active program of seminars, lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibitions is run throughout the year. For a full list of people, recent fellows and events please see ATCH Website.

    The Visiting Fellows Research Program supports short term residencies of one to three months for scholars to work on innovative research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Projects that overlap with the work of existing ATCH scholars will be favoured.  The program welcomes applicants from all levels of academia but particularly encourages proposals from new and mid-career scholars. Visiting Fellowships are not open to postgraduate students.

    The Visiting Fellows Research Program will provide a return airfare to Brisbane and a workspace within the centre. All Fellows will have access to UQ libraries, including the Fryer Library and Architecture and Music Library. Support for accommodation may also be available depending on the applicant’s financial circumstances.

    Visiting Fellows will be required to present their research in progress in a public lecture, participate in seminars and conferences organised during their residency, and contribute to HDR events. Published outcomes of research undertaken during the Fellowship should acknowledge ATCH and the UQ School of Architecture.

    While ATCH Visiting Fellows are solicited through EOIs, the Centre also directly invites Fellows to participate in the program.

    Expressions of Interest should be submitted as a single PDF file and address the following items in this order:

    • Name and contact details
    • Title of Research Project
    • Short Research Proposal including intended outcomes (500   words)
    • Short Biography including details of qualifications and 2 recent publications (200 words)
    • Citizenship & Employment Status. Will the applicant be on sabbatical during the course of the Fellowship?
    • Is the project supported by other sources of funding?
    • Is financial assistance for accommodation requested, and if so, on what grounds.
    • Preferred dates and duration of Fellowship in 2019.

    If your EOI proceeds to the second stage, the candidate will be invited to submit additional documentation including: 

    A short statement of relevance to ATCH Centre and existing members’ work
    Relation of the project to the applicant’s past and future research

    Two samples of published written work (journal articles, pieces of criticism, book chapter, chapter from a submitted PHD thesis).
    Name and contact details for 2 referees.

    Please note that the Australian Academic Year runs across two semesters from March to November with inter-semester breaks from late June to July and December to February. 

    EOIs should be submitted by email to: ( by July 1, 2018. Candidates will be notified by September 1, 2018 if they have proceeded to the second stage.


    For additional information please contact Centre Manager, Dr Deborah van der Plaat:


    Call for Expressions of Interest close: July 1, 2018.


    For more information, please see: ATCH Website.


  • CFP: The transnational live project: critical reflections on the ethics, politics and pedagogies of collaborations between the global north and global south

    Lisbon | Dates: 17 May – 30 Jun, 2018

    International Congress 'Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes: Architecture, Cities, Infrastructures' at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 16-18 January 2019

    The deadline for papers is 30 June 2018 and selected authors will be notified by 31 July 2018. Full papers will be due by 31 December 2018.

    Call for Papers for the session:
    The transnational live project: critical reflections on the ethics, politics and pedagogies of collaborations between the global north and global south (Jhono Bennett, James Benedict Brown, Peter Russell)

    A live project ‘comprises the negotiation of a brief, timescale, budget and product between an educational organisation and an external collaborator for their mutual benefit … structured to ensure that students gain learning that is relevant.’ (Anderson & Priest, 2014) A transnational live project is one that involves an educational organisation in one country and a community in another. A number of recent contributions have enhanced our understanding of live projects. (Dodd et al, 2012; Harriss & Widder, 2014; Anderson & Priest, 2018) At best, live projects allow students to integrate their skills in a real world setting while building mutually beneficial partnerships with a commitment to a place. (Brennan et al, 1998) At worst, live projects can graft values and solutions onto communities rather than co-creating them. (Real, 2009) Stakeholders in transnational live projects in postcolonial contexts are invited to reflect critically on the ethical, political and pedagogical dimensions of their work. Contributors should articulate explicitly their pedagogical position, especially where critical, feminist, or alternative pedagogies have been used. What are the ethical, political and pedagogical issues at stake in transnational live projects? How are the power structures that operate in transnational live projects constructed, reproduced or subverted? How are successful transnational partnerships sustained? What characteristics do sustained transnational partnerships demonstrate?

    Jhono Bennett (1to1 Agency of Engagement / University of Johannesburg) is a Partner in 1to1 Agency of Engagement and Unit Leader at the University of Johannesburg's Graduate School of Architecture.


    James Benedict Brown (Independent Academic) is an independent academic with a research interest in architectural education. His PhD (Queen’s University Belfast, 2012) developed a pedagogical critique of the live project.


    Peter Russell (University of Nottingham, England) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture & Built Environment at the University of Nottingham, England.

  • Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City

    New York | Dates: 14 Jun – 01 Sep, 2018
    June 14, 2018 - September 1, 2018

    Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City explores how architects, designers, and building professionals can help NYC achieve its goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. The exhibition focuses on a particular segment of the waste stream: the brief period between when we discard something and it rolls away on the back of a truck.

    Curator: Andrew Blum
    Designer: Wkshps

  • Historic Marker Roundtable

    Providence | Dates: 13 Jul, 2018

    Have a historic marker or plaque program? This event is for you!

    We invite you to attend a roundtable of regional colleagues to discuss best practices, guidelines, challenges, and other issues that arise in the identification of historic and historical buildings in our cities and towns. This event is intended for organizations (nonprofit and governmental) that administer historic marker or plaque programs. Note: we expect to follow up with a separate event for those groups that would like to start a program.

    The roundtable will take place at the Providence Preservation Society, 24 Meeting Street, Providence, RI, on Friday, July 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of registration is $40.00 per person and includes lunch. Staff, trustees, and committee members are welcome; space is limited.

  • Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views

    Elmhurst | Dates: 10 Jun – 26 Aug, 2018

    In June, the Museum will stage Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views, a three-part exhibition curated by Columbia University Professor of Art History and Archeology Barry Bergdoll. New Views will provide background, context, and visibility to the McCormick House and serve as an introduction when the McCormick House facade is revealed for the first time in over twenty years.

    New Views’ first gallery will contain models of the prototype house and the potential prefab houses that were to be made after it, in addition to reproductions of historical photographs and advertisements for the houses. 

    New Views will also serve as the only U.S. venue for an international traveling exhibition curated by Renato Anelli, Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning - University of São Paulo and curatorial advisor for New Views. Models and photographs of homes built and proposed by other architects will provide background for Mies’s ‘dream home of tomorrow.’ These materials come from the exhibition Glass Houses, which was originally held in Brazilian Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House.

    Finally, the third gallery of New Views will display photographs by contemporary artists responding to reflections and transparency on the iconic glass walls designed by Mies, including works by Scott Fortino, Veronika Kellndorfer, Luisa Lambri, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. Described by a prefab advertisement used by McCormick, “The glass wall doesn’t merely disclose a section of the outdoors but reveals to the expansive eye and spirit a constant weather-changing spectacle from the earth up, of plant and creature.” 

    New Views is curated by Barry Bergdoll, Professor of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University,
    with curatorial advisors Renato Anelli, Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning - University of São Paulo;
    Sol Camacho, Cultural Director of Instituto Bardi/Casa de Vidro; and
    Ana Lúcia Ceravolo, Post-PhD researcher on Architectural Heritage at IAU USP.

    The exhibition is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Explore Elmhurst Grant Program. Research support was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  


    Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 12:00pm

    Members’ Day

    An exclusive members-only preview of Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Untitled Film (Red). Only open to members and donors 
    12 PM: Architecture tour led by historic preservation architect, Heidi Granke, highlighting the new restoration efforts
    2 PM: Talk by curatorial advisor Renato Anelli, Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning - University of São Paulo
    4 PM: Talk by curator Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University Professor of Art History and Archaeology
    5-8 PM: Members’ Opening Reception

    Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 1:30pm

    Scott Mehaffey in conversation with John McKinnon

    Scott Mehaffey, Executive Director of the Farnsworth House, and John McKinnon, Executive Director of Elmhurst Art Museum, will compare and contrast the two houses built by the architect Mies van der Rohe. The structures were finished one year apart, but have distinct design and functional differences.

    Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:00pm

    Family Day

    We invite you and your family to participate in hands-on art activities inspired by our exhibitions Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Untitled Film (Red).

    Free with museum admission or current membership.

    Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 1:30pm

    Exhibition Tour

    Join us for an in-depth look at the current exhibitions Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Untitled Film (Red).

    Free with museum admission or current membership.

    Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 1:30pm

    Exhibition Tour

    Join us for an in-depth look at the current exhibitions Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: Untitled Film (Red).

    Free with museum admission or current membership.

    Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 1:00pm

    Family Day

    We invite you and your family to participate in hands-on art activities inspired by the exhibition Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views.

    Free with museum admission or current membership.

    Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:30pm

    Exhibition Tour

    Join us for an in-depth look at the current exhibition Mies’s McCormick House Revealed: New Views.

    Free with museum admission or current membership.

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:30pm

    EAM/EPL Book Discussion | "The Glass Room," by Simon Mawer

    Join us for a conversation about “The Glass Room”, New York Times bestseller novel and a short-list for the Man Booker Prize. The book tells a tale of a recently married couple, who commission a German architect to build a modern house in Czechoslovakia but have to flee it because of World War II. The fictional Landauer House is based on the Villa Tugendhat built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The modern masterpiece embodies a “less is more” design with a transparent glass room as its center. As the house changes hands, each new inhabitant falls under a spell from the extraordinary idealism and aura of the glass room.

  • Georgian Group Symposium: The Architecture of James Gibbs

    London | Dates: 29 – 29 Sep, 2018

    Saturday, 29 September 2018 at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BE

    Following successful conferences sponsored by the Group in previous years on John Nash and the Adam Brothers, the Georgian Group is organising a day-long symposium on the work of James Gibbs (1682-1754). Born in Scotland and trained in Rome, Gibbs was one of the most important British architects of the eighteenth century, responsible for such well-known buildings such as the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, and for many other commissions, both public and private, throughout the British Isles. He also published one of the most influential of all eighteenth-century architectural pattern books, as a result of which his influence spread throughout the worldwide British diaspora. Drawing upon recent research, the symposium will reassess, and throw new light upon, his achievement and its significance for the understanding of Georgian architecture.

    The symposium will be held from 10 am to 5.15 pm, and will be led by Dr Geoffrey Tyack, editor of the Georgian Group Journal. Speakers will include leading authorities on eighteenth-century British architecture and decorative art - among them Andrew Martindale, Peter Guillery, Richard Hewlings, Charles Hind, Hugh Petter and Alec Cobbe - and younger scholars. There will be papers on Gibbs’s Scottish background and his training in Rome; his work in London; his university buildings in Oxford and Cambridge; his country houses in both Britain and Ireland; his contribution to interior design, with special reference to plasterwork; his transatlantic influence; his portrait busts; and his relevance to the classical architecture of our own day.

    Following the symposium there will be a reception at the church of St Peter, Vere Street (just north of Oxford Street), built to Gibbs’s designs in 1721-4, with superb plasterwork by the Swiss-Italian plasterers Artari and Bagutti.

    Student tickets: A number of tickets at reduced rates are available for students registered on a degree-level course (both full-time and part-time). 


    9.30 am - Arrival and registration

    10 am - Opening address


    Andrew Martindale: ‘Mr Gibbs, the Scottish architect’

    William Aslet: Gibbs, Knowledge and the Fashioning of a Professional Reputation in London

    Alex Echlin: James Gibbs and the historiography of early eighteenth-century English architecture



    Peter Guillery: James Gibbs and the Cavendish-Harley estate in Marylebone

    Geoffrey Tyack: Gibbs in Cambridge and Oxford

    Ann-Marie Akehurst: Inferior to none: James Gibbs, the Royal Naval Hospital at Stonehouse and l’affaire de l’Hotel-Dieu


    Richard Hewlings: Gibbs’s scale bars

    Jenny Saunt: Ornament and the architect: James Gibbs’s interactions with decorative plasterwork and furniture



    Ricky Pound: James Gibbs and the Octagon Room at James Johnston’s Villa at Twickenham

    Pete Smith : Gibbs at Kiveton Park, Yorkshire

    Alec Cobbe: The Path of a James Gibbs Discovery: Newbridge House, Ireland



    Michael Bevington: James Gibbs and his garden buildings at Stowe: inventor and mentor

    Charles Hind: Transatlantic influence: A Book of Architecture and the American colonies

    Dana Josephson: Portrait busts of Gibbs: new discoveries

    Hugh Petter: James Gibbs and the enduring legacy of popular classical architecture

    Final questions and summing up

    5.45-7 pm – Reception at St Peter, Vere Street

  • Voorsanger Architects Archive Exhibition and Closing Reception

    St. Paul | Dates: 13 May – 07 Aug, 2018
    In August 2015, the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History and Bartholomew Voorsanger, founder and principal of Voorsanger Architects PC, entered into an agreement to create an archive of selected projects by the New York City-based firm. The archive will consist not only of born-digital material in an online database, a website, oral histories, but also physical objects including models, photographs, publications, and sketchbooks.
    This spring we formally launch the archive with an exhibition in the Department of Art History Gallery and the unveiling of the digital archive and website at our April 17 exhibition panel and reception. To better understand the process involved in preserving the work of Voorsanger Architects, we will bring together the principal and founder of the firm, Bartholomew Voorsanger, with architectural historians Dell Upton of the University of California at Los Angeles and Victoria Young of St. Thomas, to consider how we are preserving the importance of Voorsanger Architects’ work in the history of architecture worldwide.
    Learn more about the exhibition in the St. Thomas Newsroom and


    CLOSING RECEPTION: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 6-7pm. 

  • Preserve Minneapolis 2018 Summer Tours

    Minneapolis | Dates: 12 May – 29 Sep, 2018

    Preserve Minneapolis announces its 2018 Summer Walking & Bus Tour Season. Now in its seventh year, the program offers 26 unique tours that explore the architectural, historical, and cultural treasures of Minneapolis.

    Learn how the the only waterfall on the Mississippi River shaped the growth of the city; discover the neighborhoods where Prince spent his youth; take a peek inside the city's most breathtaking interiors; and much more!

    Preserve Minneapolis, a non-profit organization founded in 2003, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minneapolis by recognizing, preserving, and revitalizing the architectural and related cultural resources of the city of Minneapolis.

    Visit for more information and to register.

    For questions and other inquiries, contact

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