Recent Opportunities

  • 2018 Richard Rogers Fellowship

    London | Dates: 05 Oct – 14 Nov, 2017

    Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) announces the 2018 cycle of the Richard Rogers Fellowship, a residency program based at the Wimbledon House, which was designed by Lord Rogers in the late 1960s. The London-based Fellowship is intended to encourage in-depth, original forms of investigation as a way to expand both practice and scholarship. Open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in any field related to the built environment, the Fellowship seeks research proposals focused on those topics that have been central to Lord Rogers’s life and career, including questions of urbanism, sustainability, and how people use cities. The Fellowship is inspired by Lord Rogers’s commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist.

    “The spirit of the Fellowship is intended to carry forward and expand on Lord Rogers’ deep commitment to cities not as ends in themselves, but as a fundamental means of bettering human life,” said Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at Harvard GSD. “At the GSD, our work is organized around the urgent issues cities are facing globally, a pedagogical approach requiring exploration and collaboration across disciplinary lines. We are very fortunate and excited about this opportunity to support, learn from, and promote such cross-disciplinary research internationally, in the context of London’s thriving architecture, design, and art communities and vast institutional resources.”

    The Richard Rogers Fellowship activates Rogers’s historic Wimbledon House as a site of collaborative investigation for researchers and practitioners into topics that have been central to Rogers’s life and career, including questions of urbanism, sustainability, and how people use cities. Projects that the six inaugural fellows will bring to the house this year include examinations of public and affordable housing; how food and cooking transform cities; and citizen-driven urban regeneration initiatives.

  • CFP: Spaces & Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

    Heidelberg | Dates: 05 – 25 Oct, 2017
    Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies
    25-26 October 2018
    Heidelberg, Germany

    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: Urban and Extraurban Spaces
    On the changing nature of the urban, and its relations to the "extraurban".
    Urban modernity: its forms and dynamics
    Property costs and the mortgage crisis
    Edge-urban spaces and "sprawl"
    De-urban spaces: processes and consequences of urban decay and "hollowing out"
    Micro-urban spaces: the changing role and dynamics of small urban communities
    Greenfield spaces and regional development
    Off-the grid spaces and development in formerly remote places
    Globalization and its local effects
    Economic development dynamics: changing sites of production and employment
    Local and global labor markets
    Socio-economic inequalities: proximities and distances
    Ethnic and racial separation, juxtaposition and integration

    Theme 2: Human Environments and Ecosystemic Effects
    On the ecosystemic dynamics of different human socio-spatial configurations.
    Environmental effects: urban, edge-urban, de-urban, micro-urban, greenfield, off-the-grid.
    Human and environmental sustainability
    Place and identity
    Neighborhood in practice and imagination
    Green dynamics: old and new energy systems
    Land as resource
    Agricultural dynamics: old and new food systems
    Water dynamics: old and new sources and modes of access
    Waste dynamics: old and new garbage, sewerage and disposal/recycling dynamics

    Theme 3: Material and Immaterial Flows
    On the flows of objects and knowledge/culture and the socio-spatial dynamics of contemporary life.
    Transportation infrastructures and patterns
    Local-global production flows
    Grid-nodality versus distributed grid structures
    Dispersed versus centralized governance
    Demographic and other data: measuring spaces in relation to flows
    The spatiality of the internet
    Commuting and telecommuting
    Migration and diaspora
    Shopping centers and shopping online
    Learning sites and learning online
    Culture in person and culture online
    Old communications and information media and new
    Planning processes: the practices of (re)configuring spaces and flows
    Research agendas for spaces and flows

    2018 Special Focus: Mobilities in the Global North and South - Critical Urban and Global Visions

    There has been rapid growth in attention to mobilities in the social sciences since the turn of the millennium, and with good reason. Mobile perspectives underline how the experience of globalization is in myriad ways defined through ever-increasing mobility: ranging from the concrete transportation systems and infrastructures enabling the flows of people negotiating everyday urban and global mobilities, to the movement of capital and socio-economic classes into or out of urban habitats; from the manufactured goods and hazardous wastes carried across extensive and intricate logistics networks, to the transfer and diffusion of urban governance policies, practices, and ideas; and from the dynamics of those migrating by choice, to those fleeing (or being left behind) in the face of war, crisis, or conflict. Far from simply being a "marker of an era" or a "neutral means to an end", mobilities are deeply meaningful and embodied, gendered and racialized, and bound up in social, cu!
    ltural, and political struggle from the local to the global. Particular challenges emerge from studying mobilities in various disciplines, affecting our epistemologies, methodologies, and theoretical concepts of the global and the urban.

    With an eye on the extraordinary breadth of the theme, the conference organizers welcome contributions that critically explore mobilities in all their diversity.

    Submit your proposal by 25 October 2017.

    We welcome the submission of proposals at any time of the year. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.
  • CFP: Emerging Identities in the Future of Places: Neo-cultures, Place Multi-mediation and Intersubjectivities

    Dates: 08 – 10 Nov, 2018
    How is the development of future places in cities shaping new place-based identities, defined by the intertwined and entangled nature of socio-cultural, technical and spatial practices of people?. Comprehending the resultant complexities of place-related identity demands the need to identify new directions that evolve progressively by embracing a renewed understanding of identity. The proposed book aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach towards unravelling emerging place- related identities that are caught in a labyrinth created by contemporary urban spatialities. By keeping place as the main frame of enquiry, we seek to comprehend the ephemeral nature of ongoing spatial negotiations within the ecology of urban and media practices. We are interested in examining the intertwined and interrelated concepts of culture, place and identity amidst the technology pervaded urban living that is enabling new forms of place-related identities to emerge. The chapters should reflect on the three themes of "Placing Media", "Spatial Representation", and "Identity interrogation".

    In "Placing Media" we seek to explore how numerous forms of media practices and technologies (mobile phones, smart screens, screen projections, etc) adapted and used in the context of our everyday life has brought with them debates and discussions over their socio-spatial and cultural implications in our urban context. Placing Media, investigates these implications of media for rethinking the relationship among users, spaces, information, as well as interfaces and the impact which these reconfigurations have upon culture, place experience and identity. Discourses and debates over socio-cultural and epistemological implications of media practices have begun to attract attention, since it provides new platforms for communication, engagement and making sense of urban environments.

    With media entering the scene at the very moment of perceiving and experiencing places, memories, become de-situated, belonging to shared domains of representation in which individual experiences diffuse, overlap and merge into acts of collective experience of different cultures . In "Spatial representation" we aim to explore the role and nature of contemporary spatial representation in the fluctuating intersubjective terrain nascent with the pervasiveness of media. New forms of representations through citizens lens have emerged from open-ended city-building video games such as SimCity, Cities:Skylines and as well as practitioner-based representations of proposed changes to places - using City Information Modelling (CIM) and other virtual tools for promoting new development / regeneration. The chapters will investigate the how these new spatial representations offer different matrices for neo-cultural identity performances and manifestations.

    In "Identity Interrogation", we aim to explore how new forms of contemporary spatiality interact with neo-cultures to open up new trajectories for understanding emerging (personal and group) identities in cities. For instance, given the accelerating pace of life, and more frequent changes of citizen locations, personal and social relations defined and experienced more through virtual co-implacements, higher levels of home-working and individual startups ? are technology and media platforms steering a paradigm shift in our relational existence and experience in places? The multi-dimensional and multi-layered nature of place-based community relationships in contemporary urban contexts also makes identity negotiating / reconstituting into a restless activity often marked by discordant and/or agreeable spatial complexities. By embracing the notions of complex people-place relationships in  cities evolving as a result of  developing  mediating technologies, the chapters strives to examines how these technologies challenge the ways in which planning, designing and place-related identities can be understood, perceived, engaged and constructed in the contemporary urban contexts and the potential future of places..

    Target Audience
    The book will be of interest to academic (researcher, teacher, students) audiences seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the identity and city in the context of emerging sociotechnical geographies. The main fields include: sociology, media studies, history, psychology, cultural studies, human geography, urban design and planning, architecture, and anthropology. It will also be useful to a number of professionals involved in planning, designing and transforming cities, including: design practitioners, policy makers, urban planners and designers, and architects. The book will be particularly relevant for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students who are engaging in socio-technical analysis of urban practices in cities.

    If you are interested in contributing to the book, please send us an abstract of 300-500 words outlining the proposed paper and containing your main argument(s), your main conceptual and theoretical approaches results (if applicable)and key references, the research themes the proposal fits in. Please also include authors name, current affiliation, and e-mail address

    Please, submit proposals as in Word or pdf format document to  and

    Submission deadlines and guidelines:

    1 Nov 2017       An abstract of up to 300 words is to be submitted to the editors by email.
    15 Jan 2018      Editors will select chapters on the basis of the following criteria: relevance to the theme and goal of the book, originality of the contribution, theoretical rigour and wealth of the empirical material. All authors of submitted abstracts will be informed about the editorial decision via email.
    31 May 2018    First draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email. Chapters need to be 6000-8000 words in length and written in English. Authors of chapters are responsible for the language and style editing. The guidelines for the editing style, references and bibliography will be sent to authors of selected chapters with the editorial decision.
    1 Aug 2018    Feedback and comments of the 1st review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.
    30 Sep 2018     Second draft of all chapters is to be submitted to the editors by email.
    15 Nov 2018   Feedback and comments of the 2nd review of chapters will be emailed by editors to authors of all chapters.
    24 Dec 2018     Final editing of chapters and book submission.
    Jun/July 2019   Book publication.

    Please, contact Lakshmi Priya Rajendran ( and/or NezHapi Dell? Odeleye ( if you have any inquiries about the book project.
  • City and Capital: Building Washington, DC as Home and Symbol (SAH Latrobe Chapter Symposium)

    Washington | Dates: 28 Oct, 2017

    The Latrobe Chapter of the Society of the Architectural Historians will host City and Capital: Building Washington, DC as Home and Symbol

    12th Biennial Symposium on the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC

    The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning  October 28, 2017 | 8:30am-4:00pm

  • CFP: Interior Provocations: Interiors without Architecture (New York, 3 Feb 2018)

    New York | Dates: 04 – 15 Oct, 2017

    The second annual Pratt Interior Provocations symposium, Interiors without Architecture, seeks papers addressing the broad cultural, historical, and theoretical implications of interiors beyond their conventionally defined architectural boundaries, and not limited by interior design’s traditional associations with decoration, taste, and social status. This conference encourages provocative and boundary-expanding proposals from design practitioners, historians, and theorists addressing, for example, the implications of interior design expertise applied to prefabricated, reused enclosures not originally intended for human occupation; interiors composed by natural geography; interior environments created for literature, film, stage and virtual reality; interiors constructed within external urban surroundings; mobile interiors, inhabitable art; infrastructural interiors; interior landscapes; adaptive reuse and interiors; and interiors on and for display, including period rooms, model rooms, dioramas, and store display windows.

    This symposium celebrates the publication of Interiors Beyond Architecture (Routledge 2018), co-edited by Deborah Schneiderman (Pratt Institute) and Amy Campos (California College of the Arts) as well as of Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail (Routledge 2018), co-edited by Anca I. Lasc (Pratt Institute), Patricia Lara-Betancourt (The Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University, London, UK), and Margaret Maile Petty (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia).

    Keynote Speaker:

    Penny Sparke, Acting Dean and Professor of Design History; Director, Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University, London, UK


    Amanda Dameron, Editor in Chief, Dwell

    Alice Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art; Professor of Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA

    Host Committee:

    Pratt Institute, Department of Interior Design
    -Deborah Schneiderman
    -Keena Suh
    -Karin Tehve
    Pratt Institute, Department of the History of Art and Design
    -Anca I. Lasc
    -Karyn Zieve
    Ryerson School of Interior Design
    -Alexa Griffith Winton

  • Harry Ransom Center 2018-2019 Research Fellowships (UT Austin)

    Austin | Dates: 04 Oct – 15 Nov, 2017
    The Harry Ransom Center invites applications for its 2018-2019 research fellowships

    The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA

    The Ransom Center will award 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 50 postdoctoral fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The collections support research in all areas of the humanities, including art and art history.

    The Center?s art collection includes literary portraiture and artworks by writers and poets; notable North American, English, French, and Latin American works on paper; original book illustrations by E. H. Shepard, Arthur Rackham, Kate Greenaway, and others; and materials related to fine presses, including the Limited Editions Club and the Golden Cockerel Press. The Center houses the largest collection of Eric Gill drawings, prints, blocks, and plates in the world. Additional strengths include caricatures by Max Beerbohm and satirical prints and drawings by George Cruikshank, as well as a significant collection of artists? books and contemporary suites of prints by James Turrell, David Hockney, Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and others. For more information about the Center?s art collection, see<>.

    The deadline for applications, which must be submitted through the Center?s website, is November 15, 2017, 5 p.m. CST. All applicants, with the exception of those applying for dissertation fellowships, must have a Ph.D. or be independent scholars with a substantial record of achievement.

    The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,500 per month (domestic) or $4,000 per month (international). Travel stipends and dissertation fellowships provide stipends of $2,000 (domestic) or $2,500 (international). Fellowship residencies may be scheduled between June 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019. During the fellowship, scholars will work on-site at the Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

    Fellows will become part of a distinguished group of alumni. Since the fellowship program's inauguration in 1990, the Ransom Center has supported the research of more than 1,000 scholars from around the world.

    For details and application instructions, visit:

    Questions about the fellowship program or application procedures should be directed to
  • CFP: 6th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2018)

    Singapore | Dates: 04 Oct – 27 Nov, 2017
    6th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2018)

    14-15 May 2018

    ACE 2017 provided a forum and opportunity for delegates from 70 individual universities and 30 countries to share their research findings, practice and educational initiatives with an international audience. You may visit the following link for accepted and published papers from previous ACE conferences

    The full paper submission deadline is on 27th November 2017. Hope that provides adequate time for you to complete the paper submission. If you need additional time, please email us at we may be able to extend additional time on a case by case basis. We hope you can be part of ACE 2018.
  • “How Designers Think": Dumbarton Oaks/Mellon Urban Landscape Studies Colloquium

    Washington | Dates: 03 Nov, 2017

    In the past generation, humanity has crossed a number of significant thresholds: over half the world’s population now lives in cities, a percentage that is sure to grow, and we are living in an age characterized by significant and potentially irreversible anthropogenic climate and ecological transformations. Designers now in the middle of their careers are the first generation to have come of age with the challenge of imagining landscapes that might achieve long-term sustainability, resilience, and adaptability in the face of warming temperatures, rising oceans, and changing weather patterns. We will assemble a group of six to eight midcareer landscape designers to present how they think about a range of topics from urbanization and globalization to cultural and biological diversity, ecosystem services, and environmental justice in the city, in an effort to explore the conceptual contours of contemporary practice.

    The colloquium is part of our program in Urban Landscape Studies, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through their initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, which is intended to foster the joint contributions that the humanities and the design and planning disciplines may make to understanding the processes and effects of burgeoning urbanization. At Dumbarton Oaks, the program brings landscape architects and historians together to explore how urban environments got to be the way they are and how best to manage them today. The colloquium provides the opportunity for our scholarly community to hear from a range of contemporary designers who are active in imagining better futures for our cities, and for the designers to engage with a historically informed audience.

    The goal for the colloquium overall, as well as within individual presentations, is to bridge design and the humanities: to suggest the ways that humanities research and practice can inform each other in service of better understandings of cities past and present.

    Speakers include Gina Ford (Sasaki, Boston) on flood management and coastal resilience; Aki Omi (Office MA, San Francisco) on working in a globalizing context, especially China; Sara Zewde (Gustafson, Guthrie, Nichol, Seattle) on community, race, and commemoration; Jose Castillo (Architecture 911, Mexico City), on the ways food and cooking transform cities; Michelle Delk (Snohetta, New York) on her firm’s interdisciplinary approach, using the Willamette River project as an example; Bas Smets (Brussels), on his explorations of the links between landscape design and film; Jennifer Bolstad and Walter Meyer (Local Office Landscape Architecture, New York) on historical ecology and urban resilience; and Antje Stokman (HafenCity Universität Hamburg ) on water infrastructure and community engagement in low-income communities, with a focus on Lima, Peru. 

  • Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon

    Buenos Aires | Dates: 09 – 20 Oct, 2017

    Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires / La Usina del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina (07 October 2017 – 20 October 2017) 
    Centro Cultural de Patrimônio Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (14 March 2018 - 20 May 2018)

    This is not an exhibition exclusively about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, nor is it even about his designs. Despite being anthological in nature, the exhibition is above all a manifestation of way of looking that Carrilho da Graça exemplified, something that has been present since the start of his career. This gaze is illustrated here using the city of Lisbon, with which he has worked for over 30 years.

    We would like to invite you to the inauguration of Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon next October 9th at 10 am at the International Biennale of Architecture of Buenos Aires (Usina del Arte, Agustín R. Caffarena 1).

    João Luís Carrilho da Graça will be giving a conference the following Wednesday 11th of October, at 19h15 at the auditorium of Usina del Arte .

    The exhibition will be opened until the 20th of October.

    For more information please check:

  • 2018 American Academy in Rome Prize

    Rome | Dates: 04 Oct – 01 Nov, 2017
    The American Academy in Rome invites project proposals for the 2018 Rome Prize Fellowship.

    Each year, the Academy awards the Rome Prize to thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. The winners are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic experimentation and interdisciplinary exchange. This unique opportunity includes housing, meals, a private work space, and a stipend of $28,000 for full-term Fellows and a $16,000 stipend for half-term Fellows. Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy's residential community, which also includes Affiliated Fellows, Residents, and Visiting Artists and Visiting Scholars. For more information, or to apply, please visit

    The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 1. 2017. Applications will also be accepted between November 2-15, 2017 for an additional fee.

    The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. Founded in 1894, the Academy is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.
  • Montreal's Geodesic Dreams

    Montreal | Dates: 04 Oct – 10 Dec, 2017
    2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the most famous geodesic dome in the world: the US Pavilion at Expo 67, designed by R. Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao. The exhibition Montreal’s Geodesic Dreams returns to the “geodesic moment,” revealing the much earlier role of the city in the development of this innovative structural system that captured the 20th-century architectural imagination. The core of the exhibition focuses on the pioneering work of the Montreal designer Jeffrey Lindsay (1924-84), founder and director of the Fuller Research Foundation Canadian Division. Working in Montreal between 1949 and 1956, Lindsay designed and built several domes, among them the 49’ “Weatherbreak” (1949-50), the first large self-supporting geodesic dome built according to Fuller’s concepts, and a 100’ exhibition pavilion commissioned by the Canadian government in 1956. The exhibition also explores the diffusion of the geodesic dome in Quebec in the 1960s, ranging from a polar bear enclosure at the Granby Zoo (Paul O. Trépanier and Victor Prus; 1962-63) to the dome of the US Pavilion at Expo 67, and in the 1970s, when the geodesic dome became an icon of counter-culture.
    The exhibition Montréal et le rêve géodésique / Montreal's Geodesic Dreams runs from 21 September - 10 December 2017 at the Centre de design de l'UQAM. Address: 1440 rue Sanguinet, Montréal, QC. Metro Berri-UQAM. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12-6. Free admission.
  • Carlo Marchionni and the Art of Conversation: Architectural Drawing and Social Space in Eighteenth-Century Rome

    New York | Dates: 03 – 03 Nov, 2017
    Cooper Hewitt Museum
    Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellow
  • History of CEPCO Mid-Century Luminous Ceilings

    Dates: 28 Sep – 31 Dec, 2017
    Our company traces its history to the CEPCO luminous suspended ceilings patented in US in 1950s. As our firm approaches its 50th anniversary under current ownership, we want to document our legacy, including:
    - Locating published or archival images of CEPCO products and installations.
    - Document role played by CEPCO in developing suspended ceiling and luminous ceiling concepts.
    - Write history of CEPCO for publication.

    Submit qualifications and requested compensation.
  • African Humanities Program

    Dates: 28 Sep – 02 Nov, 2017
    These will be the last competitions of the ten-year program supported by Carnegie Corporation. Apply now!

    The African Humanities Program (AHP) seeks to reinvigorate the humanities in Africa through fellowship competitions and related activities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has generously provided funding, AHP offers African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities and to promote formation of scholarly networks. The African Humanities Program supports the Carnegie Corporation’s efforts to develop and retain African academics at universities in Africa.

    Goals of the African Humanities Program

    • to encourage and enable the production of new knowledge and new directions for research
    • to strengthen the capacity of early career researchers and faculty at African universities
    • to build the field of humanities by establishing networks for scholarly communication across Africa and with Africanists worldwide.

    Fellowship stipends allow recipients an academic year free from teaching and other duties for completion of the PhD dissertation, for revising the dissertation for publication, or for the first major research project after the PhD. Fellows are also eligible for additional benefits such as residential stays for writing, manuscript development workshops, and publication support.

    Each Fellow may request a residential stay at an African institute for advanced study. Residencies have proved to be extremely popular and productive, granting Fellows time and space to concentrate on writing. Because residencies must be taken at an institute outside the home country, they foster international communication. Currently AHP Fellows may take residencies at six institutes from South Africa to Senegal, Ghana to Tanzania.

    Fellows are invited to submit their manuscripts to the AHP Publications series. The rigorous development and peer-review process of AHP Publications is overseen by the Series Editors, Fred Hendricks, Rhodes University, South Africa and Adigun Agbaje, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

    Fellows may apply to attend a Manuscript-Development Workshop to discuss their manuscripts with AHP mentors and other Fellows in a weeklong, intensive retreat. Many authors use these discussions to guide their final revisions before submitting manuscripts for publication.

    AHP also partners with the African Studies Association every year to bring selected AHP Fellows to the ASA Annual Meeting as ASA Presidential Fellows.

    News and views of the AHP community are shared on a Facebook page.

    For further details on eligibility, submission of applications, and selection criteria, see 2017-18 Competition Announcement(PDF).Instructions and Application material are available on this page under the 'Fellowship Program Links' heading on the sidebar.

  • Book Talk: "Architects' Gravesites" with Henry Kuehn

    Chicago | Dates: 18 – 18 Oct, 2017

    Join author Henry Kuehn for a tour through images and anecdotes from his new book, Architects’ Gravesites: A Serendipitous Guide (2017, The MIT Press), a guide to the final resting places of famous architects from Alvar Aalto to Frank Lloyd Wright. All working architects leave behind a string of monuments to themselves in the form of buildings they have designed. But what about the final spaces that architects themselves will occupy? Are architects’ gravesites more monumental—more architectural—than others? This unique book is an illustrated guide to more than 200 gravesites of famous architects, almost all of them in the United States. Led by our intrepid author, we find that most graves of architects are not monumental but rather modest, that many architects did not design their final resting places, and that a surprising number had their ashes scattered. Henry will share his discovery of these facts and more with us.

    Copies will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

    Speaker: Henry H. Kuehn, a leading executive in the medical industry before his retirement, has a longstanding interest and involvement in architecture, working with the Society of Architectural Historians and the Chicago Architecture Foundation of which he is a Life Trustee.


  • John Vinci: Life and Landmarks

    Chicago | Dates: 19 – 19 Oct, 2017

    Please join IIT College of Architecture and the Mies van der Rohe Society as we honor John Vinci, FAIA (ARCH '60) and celebrate the new book by Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren, John Vinci: Life and Landmarks.

    Remarks by author Robert Sharoff, photographer William Zbaren, John Vinci, and others.







  • CFP: Conceptualizing Sacred Space(s): Perspectives from the Study of Culture (Giessen, 23-25 May 2018)

    Gliessen | Dates: 28 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017

    International Symposium

    Conceptualizing Sacred Space(s): Perspectives from the Study of Culture

     May 23–25, 2018

    International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), University of Giessen

    Keynotes by Prof. Birgit Meyer (Utrecht) and Prof. Michael Stausberg (Bergen)

    Recent events such as the political struggle and legal disputes over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the United States have powerfully moved the issue of the “sacredness” of space/place/territory into the center of public attention in America and beyond. Raising awareness about the “desacralization” of “sacred sites” as well as the potential contamination of water, Native American groups were joined by environmental activists worldwide in their public fight against the pipeline’s routing over the territory of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. This nexus of collective imagination, space and social praxis invites a series of key questions concerning the construction and deconstruction of “sacred space” as well as notions of “the sacred”. Moreover, struggles over spatial configurations of the sacred are often closely related to key concerns in the study of culture and connected to issues of power, ownership, authority, identity, mediation, political claims over territory and/or social practice(s).

    This symposium promotes the concept of “sacred space(s)” as a point of entry for bringing together recent theoretical work on space and place with the study of culture and the study/anthropology of religion. Furthermore, the symposium explores the changing, and at times conflicting, imaginations of the “sacred” and their role in the making and unmaking of specific spatial configurations and features in past and present contexts. The goal of the symposium is twofold: first, it aims at fostering an interdisciplinary dialogue in the study of spatial(izing) formations of the “sacred” and its cultural dynamics. Second, by focusing on the multiple layers, inner frictions and dynamics of “sacred space(s)”, it attempts to challenge an analytical vocabulary that is based on conventional dichotomies such as religious/secular, traditional/modern or sacred/profane.

    Placing “sacred space(s)” at the center of our symposium allows us to study religious phenomena within concrete spatial configurations from several disciplinary angles (e.g. archaeology, art history, study of religion, ethnography, theology, history, study of literature, social sciences, economics) and to address a broad range of subjects. Making theories of space fruitful for the study of religion and vice versa allows us to develop fresh analytical perspectives on established fields of study, such as pilgrimages, sacral architecture and buildings, ritual places and the mediation of the “sacred”. At the same time, however, it also enables us to develop new questions with regard to issues such as the (contested) place of religion(s) in colonial spaces, power and access to the “sacred”, imagined (religious) geographies, religion and migration, aesthetics and experience of space in sacral buildings (temples, churches, mosques, synagogues, etc.), religious spatial imagination and spatial concepts such as hell or underworlds.


    We invite proposals on both conceptual papers and more empirically oriented studies that discuss the (un)making of “sacred space(s)” as well as the spatial constructions of “the sacred” and processes of (de-)sacralization over time and space. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and a short CV by Nov. 1, 2017 to Jens Kugele and Katharina Stornig. Participants will be notified by mid-November.

  • Inside a Parish Church: Art & Religion in 18th-Century Paris

    Paris | Dates: 24 – 24 Oct, 2017

    Talk by

    Dr. Hannah Williams
    Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
    Queen Mary University of London

    Religion has become the blindspot of eighteenth-century art history. From Watteau’s fêtes galantes, to Boucher’s rococo nudes, or David’s neoclassical political dramas, the canonical images defining our discipline’s chapters on the late ancien régime are resolutely secular. But the period itself was not. In eighteenth-century Paris, religion was everywhere and so was religious art. This paper is a response to this art-historical conundrum of why eighteenth-century religious art, so important in its time, has since been so consistently overlooked. Drawn from a larger book project exploring the art and material culture of Paris’s parish churches, this paper focuses on a single parish – Saint-Merry – to discover the story behind its eighteenth-century embellishments. From the reasons that prompted new commissions, to the people involved in its productions, and the inventive ways of paying for it, this study looks at the role that artists played in the development of Paris’s churches, but also the role that religion played in the lives of the city’s artists.

  • The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces

    Cambridge | Dates: 13 – 14 Oct, 2017

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street 
    Cambridge MA

    This symposium explores the spaces of artistic, artisanal, and intellectual production. From the artist’s studio to the alchemist’s lab, the stateroom to the secret chamber, the brick-and-mortar hall to the winding corridors of cyberspace, rooms and their contents have long influenced history and transformed their inhabitants. Held in conjunction with the special exhibition The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 (May 19–December 31, 2017), this symposium brings together artists, architects, and historians to consider the spaces where objects and ideas are generated.

    Keynote Lecture (October 13)
    Making Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire
    Louis Nelson, Professor of Architectural History and the Associate Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

    Presentations (October 14)
    Each group of presentations will be followed by a discussion.

    Rooms for Looking: Parlor/Museum/Studio

    “‘No One Could Prevent Us Making Good Use of Our Eyes’: Enslaved Spectators and Southern Plantation Spaces”
    Jennifer Van Horn, Assistant Professor of Art History and History, University of Delaware

    “The Room of Broken Bodies: Civil War Wounds, the Army Medical Museum, and Perceiving Re-Unification”
    Julia B. Rosenbaum, Associate Professor and Chair, Art History, Bard College and Director of Research and Publications, The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site

    “The Symposium on Habitability: Robert Irwin, NASA, and the Case of the Artist as a Meta-Scholar”
    Boris Oicherman, Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaborations, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota

    Rooms for Making: Library/Laboratory/Model

    “‘A Scene in a Library’: Inventing and Destroying Enlightenment Photography at Soho House”
    Matthew Hunter, Associate Professor, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University

    “Connected Interiors: Learning Architecture and Observation in Meiji Japan”
    Matthew Mullane, Ph.D. candidate, School of Architecture, Princeton University

    “Interior as Microcosm: The Production of Epistemologies, Ethics, and Identities at Biosphere 2, 1991–1994”
    Meredith Sattler, Assistant Professor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Virtual Rooms: Theater/Period Room/Cockpit

    “A Machine of Visibility: Paul Nelson’s Surgical Theater at the Cité Hospitalière de Lille”
    Nicholas Robbins, Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University

    “Visiting Mrs. M.—’s Cabinet: Period Room as Pedagogy”
    Sarah Anne Carter, Curator and Director of Research, The Chipstone Foundation

    “Bedroom Aviators—Flight Simulation and the Domestic Realm”
    Chad Randl, Visiting Lecturer in Architecture, Cornell University

    “Follies and Wonder Rooms”
    Mark Dion, conceptual artist, with an introduction by Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

    All symposium events will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 9:30 am.

    The symposium is presented as part of HUBweek 2017 (October 10–15). The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Please register here.

    This project is supported in part by major grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation.

    The exhibition and catalogue were also supported in part by the following endowed funds: the Bolton Fund for American Art, Gift of the Payne Fund; the Henry Luce Foundation Fund for the American Art Department; the William Amory Fund; and the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund.

  • Foundation for Landscape Studies 2018 Book Prizes

    Dates: 28 Sep – 01 Dec, 2017

    The Foundation for Landscape Studies invites you to submit publications from your press for this year’s John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and David R. Coffin Publication Grant. Please see the list of previous winners of these prizes on the website.

    The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize is awarded to books published in the last three years that have made a significant contribution to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape design.  The David R. Coffin Publication Grant supports the research and publication of a book in the field of landscape studies. 

    Award recipients will be selected by a jury composed of members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. Detailed descriptions of the eligibility requirements and the application procedures for each award can be found on the website. The application deadline for both awards is December 1, 2017

    We welcome nominations for the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and the David R. Coffin Publication Grant from both publishers and authors.

    Please submit all inquiries to:

    Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, President
    Foundation for Landscape Studies
    7 West 81st Street
    New York, NY 10024

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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