Recent Opportunities

  • Call for Submissions: Bloomsbury Studies in Modern Architecture

    Dates: 25 Apr – 25 Oct, 2018

    Bloomsbury Publishing is pleased to announce the start of a new book series: Bloomsbury Studies in Modern Architecture, which will be edited by Tom Avermaete and Janina Gosseye. This book series will focus on the modern movement in architecture - a sweeping and multivalent phenomenon, which changed the lives of millions of people across political, cultural and geographical boundaries worldwide.

    'Bloomsbury Studies in Modern Architecture' aims to create a more comprehensive history of the modern movement, by bringing to light the work of a wide range of architects whose significance is reappraised in contemporary scholarship. The series aims to:

    - Uncover the so-called 'shadow canon', the work of 'forgotten' architects of the modern era that lingered as it were 'in the shadow' of their canonical peers and demonstrate their critical importance in architectural history;

    - Offer a collection of in-depth monographic studies of modern architects and architecture firms, bringing valuable new research to scholarly attention;

    - Broaden the geographical and cultural scope of the history of modernism.

    'Bloomsbury Studies in Modern Architecture' seeks to nuance and enrich our understanding of the history of modern architecture, and explore the breadth and complexity of the global networks that underwrote the modern movement. To this end, the series editors are currently particularly interested in proposals that focus on Latin American architects and architecture firms.

    Please contact the series editors, Tom Avermaete ( and Janina Gosseye ( directly, if you wish to submit a book proposal.

  • IASTE 2018: Sixteenth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments

    Coimbra | Dates: 04 – 07 Oct, 2018

    “The Politics of Tradition” is the theme of the Sixteenth Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) to be held in Coimbra, Portugal from October 4-7, 2018. Past IASTE conferences have dealt with themes as diverse as Value, Myth, Utopia, Border and many others. This conference intends to prolong this collective reflection by foregrounding an examination of the ways in which the domain of the political and traditions in and of the built environment are intertwined. While the political in traditions has always been part of the debate at IASTE conferences, at a time of struggles globally around the meaning and the practices of political participation in making the built environment, it is valuable to address how the built environment has been shaped by state apparatuses or by citizens to advance diverse political positions, often deploying imaginaries of tradition, purportedly rejecting emerging spatial practices and political subjectivities.

    This year's distinguished keynote speakers and plenary panelists include: Ali Al Raouf, José Forjaz, Nelson Graburn, Jyoti Hosagrahar, Walter Rossa, Niel Silberman, Eyal Weizman, Mabel Wilson, Shundana Yusaf. The deadline for pre-registration at the special rate (US$450) is May 14, 2018.

    All registration inquiries should be directed to IASTE 2018 Conference, 390 Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1839, USA. Phone: 510.642.6801, e-mail:, website:

  • CFP: 2018 Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society​

    Indianapolis | Dates: 25 Apr – 30 May, 2018

    The Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University invites scholarly papers for its second Symposium on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society to be held in Indianapolis, IN on October 2 and 3, 2018. The Symposium is being held in partnership with the Center on Muslim Philanthropy, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the International Institute of Islamic Thought.  Articles from the Symposium that will successfully undergo double-blind-peer review will be published in a future issue of the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society, a bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal published by the Center on Muslim Philanthropy in partnership with Indiana University Press, IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

    The Symposium will focus on examining the broad scope of Muslim philanthropy and civil society. The Symposium is designed to foster and disseminate groundbreaking research on the intersection of the role of philanthropy and the other activities of Muslims as faith-based actors. The terms “Muslim” and “philanthropy” are defined broadly to be inclusive of cutting-edge research from across the world and disciplines. By “Muslim” philanthropy, we mean philanthropic activity of any kind, which involves self-identifying Muslim individuals, institutions, communities, and societies as key agents in shaping the context and content of this activity. “Philanthropy” includes practices of generosity ranging from the activity of discrete individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds to that of not-for-profit organizations, social movements, and a variety of other forms of civic engagement. The Symposium is intended to shed light on the dynamic practice and understanding of Muslim Philanthropy.

    We also seek papers that focus on nonprofit organizations, civil society, volunteerism, social movements, philanthropy and related areas related to Muslim majority countries. These articles may not have a direct link to Muslim philanthropy theologically but will be accepted as area studies articles.

    We seek to draw proposals by researchers from across disciplines (History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Public Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Business, Philanthropy, etc.) and practitioners throughout the world working in this emerging field.

    A 500-word proposal is due by no later than May 30, 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by June 15, 2018. Papers will be required to be submitted on September 15, 2018.  Ten selected papers will be awarded up to $1,000 to be used toward travel to present the paper at the Symposium. After the symposium, presenters are asked to submit their full manuscripts by October 30 to be considered for publication in the Journal. Papers must be no more than 7500 words including citations, footnotes and bibliography using the APA style with parenthetical citations. 

    For further questions or proposals, please contact Managing Editor Rafia Khader at

    The Journal is edited by Dr. Scott Alexander of Catholic Theological Union and Dr. Shariq Siddiqui of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations.

  • Exporting Socialism, Making Business? Intercultural Transfer, Circulation and Appropriations of Architecture in the Cold War Period

    Erkner (near Berlin) | Dates: 21 – 22 Jun, 2018

    After WW II, architecture was used and misused as an ideological signifier for competing systems and for new national identities. Diverse actors and networks took part in architectural exchange within the blocks and beyond the Iron Curtain. Different aid projects posed an attempt to overcome political and economic divides, but at the same time they were often considered as foreign imposition or neo-colonial practice. Tensions between commercial interests and political solidarity arose.

    Against this background and referring to the growing scholarly interest for the multi-layered and multi-centred exchanges between the Global South and socialist as well as capitalist countries, we would like to investigate this issue in relation to architecture and the constructing industry from an interdisciplinary perspective of architectural, urban and economic history as well as postcolonial studies and heritage preservation. 


    1) DESIGNING What actors, institutions and networks worked on international architectural and urban planning projects on the micro-, meso- and macro-scale? Which motives can be outlined?

    2) CIRCULATING What were the geographies, temporalities and typologies of international architectural and urban planning projects?

    3) APPROPRIATING How were international projects adapted to different local circumstances (e.g. with regard to climate, local culture or economy)?

    4) FEED-BACK MECHANISMS What were the repercussions of international involvement on the architecture and urban planning in the exporting countries?

    5) FRAMING How were architectural projects influenced by the Cold War politics and economy (e.g. intra-block cooperation, power imbalances)? What was the ideological context of the architectural exchange (e.g. between different socialist countries around the world)?

    Thursday | 21 June 2018

    09:30 Opening Welcome
    Heiderose Kilper | IRS | Erkner
    10:00 Introduction
    Christoph Bernhardt | IRS | Erkner

    10:30 Exploring Postwar Exchange on Urbanization and Architecture
    Tobias Wolffhardt | Bundeswehr University Munich |
    Trade Solutions for the Global South? Urbanization, 
    the UN and International Policies of Development
    Jonas van der Straeten | Mariya Petrova | Technical University Darmstadt |
    In the Shadows of Socialist Architecture: Transregional
    Perspectives on Private House Building in Samarkand,

    12:00 Lunch Break

    13:00 Cold War Politics of Construction
    Max Trecker | Institute of Contemporary History Berlin |
    Forging the Indian Steel Industry: The Economic Side
    of the Cold War in the Global South
    Jelica Jovanovic | University of Technology Vienna |
    Interna(tiona)lizing Architecture: Yugoslav Actors on
    the Global Scene. Just Follow the Lead of the Ministry
    of Foreign Affairs!

    14:30 Coffee Break

    15:00 Hotspots of Architectural Exchange I: China
    Susanne Stein | University of Tübingen |
    Between „Self Sovietization” and Soviet Assistance:
    Bourgeois Specialists, Soviet Manuals and the Development
    of Urban Planning in China, 1950s-1960s
    Tao Chen | Tongji University Shanghai |
    Exporting the German Know-how: East German
    Specialists in China (1952-1964)

    16:30 Coffee Break

    17:00 Keynote Lecture
    Christina Schwenkel | University of California Riverside |
    The Afterlife of Aid: On the Repurposing of GDR
    Architecture in Vietnam

    Friday | 22 June 2018

    09:30 Hotspots of Architectural Exchange II: Ghana

    Lukasz Stanek | The University of Manchester |
    Made in Ghana: Architecture and Socialist Modernization
    Anne-Kristin Hartmetz | GWZO/University of Leipzig |
    Between Factory and Fiction - Planning and Implementation
    of Industrial Development Projects in Ghana in Cooperation with CMEA Countries, 1960-1972

    11:00 Coffee Break

    11:30 The GDR and Socialist Architectural Transfer
    Hans-Georg Lippert | Technical University Dresden |
    Cold War in the Media? Architectural Journals in West and East Germany
    Andreas Butter | Monika Motylinska | IRS Erkner |
    A Success Story? Industrial Architecture of the GDR in Asia
    Tanja Scheffler | Dresden |
    The Carl-Zeiss-Planetarium in Tripoli

    13:30 Lunch Break

    14:30 Trade Fairs as Hubs for Architecture and Planning
    Patryk Babiracki | University of Texas-Arlington |
    The Poznań International Trade Fair in the Cold War:
    How It Was Packaged and Perceived
    Jasna Galjer | University of Zagreb |
    International Trade Fair in Zagreb: Between East and West
    Olga Kazakova | Higher School of Economics/Institute of
    Modernism, Moscow |
    1967 Moscow World Expo: A Territory of Friendship or
    a Battlefield?

    16:30 Conclusion and Final Discussion

    17:00 End of Conference

  • Workshop on Vernacular Balkan Architecture - applications closing soon!

    Dolen | Dates: 14 – 27 Jul, 2018

    The Field School is comprised of:

    • Fieldwork in surveying & recording of vernacular architecture. In the course of the Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work on the analytical architectural documentation of Rhodopean architecture in the village of Dolen. They will be able to acquire skills in architectural documentation, material and historical research and analysis.
    • Specialized lectures on southeast European late medieval history, architectural typology, traditional building techniques and natural materials
    • Study visits to significant historical and natural sites in the Rhodopes and the Pirin mountains      
    • Workshops in conservation and restoration of vernacular architecture - Building techniques and the specific use of materials in the Balkans have been developed by generations of craftsmen. Large bands of builders (called “tayfi”) used to travel across the Ottoman Empire, trading their craft. These groups applied their knowledge wherever they went, but they had to also conform to the wishes of their clients. Still, improving structural efficiency and spatial functionality were the main vectors of development for the building principles. During the workshops supervised by local craftsmen, specialized in the restoration of traditional architecture participants will be able to try working with different traditional building techniques and materials, characteristic to the region – wood, stone and clay   

     Application Deadline: May 25, 2018

  • Call for Conference Chairs -- 8th Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art

    Providence | Dates: 14 Apr – 01 Jun, 2018
    8th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art

    -in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind – Surah 2:164

    The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art

    From medieval trade routes to the contemporary migrant crisis, the seas have served as both connective tissues and barriers between intellectual, political, and artistic traditions. Nowhere, perhaps, is this dual role more evident than within the visual cultures of the Islamic world. Stretching from centers around the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, to the coasts of Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and with tendrils extending across the Pacific and Atlantic, these ethnically, linguistically, and socially variegated traditions were both united and divided by the seas and those who crossed them.

    Inspired by Qatar’s distinctive location as part of international trade routes linking the Central Islamic lands, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean, the eighth biennial Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, to be held in Doha November 7-9, 2019, will foster a lively, engaged, and critical discussion touching upon some of the most vital questions raised by these vibrant and rich interchanges of the arts. How did exposure to imported materials and ideas transform formerly local artistic traditions? What role did travel, diplomacy, and gift-giving play in crafting seemingly discrete forms and practices? How are the movements of people, shifting markets for labor, and the uneven distribution skills and techniques, bound up with the formation and metamorphosis of styles? How did the shipment of commodities and curiosities from distant places shape and change social, cultural, and religious institutions?  What role do the objects created from such interactions have in enhancing cultural understanding or generating enmity and mistrust? And how has the ever-increasing pace of globalization effected such developments?

    We seek six conference chairs to solicit, select, and organize panels of three to four speakers. Panels should explore these themes, with an eye to interconnectivity across geographic boundaries both within the world of Islam and beyond, embracing the full span of their visual and material cultures. Please submit a short CV and a 500-word statement of interest, including a formal session proposal and list of possible speakers. Speakers need not be confirmed or contacted at this stage. Panel submissions should be emailed to Sean Roberts ( by June 1, 2018. Conference chairs will be paid an honorarium. 
  • CFP: Alternatives to the Present. A Conference on Architecture, Urbanism, Sociology, Development & Planning

    Cleveland | Dates: 13 Apr – 05 Jun, 2018

    Kent State University, Cleveland   

    01-02 November 2018 

     Abstracts: 05 June 2018.  Download form


    Alternatives to the Present…… The New Urban Agenda of the United Nations presents itself as a blueprint for governments globally. Through it, UN-Habitat seeks to combine the material, social and environmental agendas molding the urban world. The American Planning Association reflects this, advocating for planning that promotes social equity, inclusive communities, and expanded opportunities for all. The International Union of Architects speaks of revolutionizing design to ensure sustainable human settlement, while the AIA champions livable communities. In the UK, the RIBA links housing design and social inclusion and the National Housing Federation connects the provision of homes to public health. All this reflects the field of sociology and geography with the ISAidentifying cites as the principle site of social conflict and political contestation and the American Association of Geographers linking the notions of resilience and urban justice.

    This apparently holistic view suggests that 20th Century top-down and disciplinary reductive understandings of the urban condition, such as those attributed to the Athens Charter, are a thing of the past. It also suggests a scenario in which social equity is fully integrated into notions of development. However, even a cursory glance at the reality of early 21st Century urbanism shows this is clearly not the case. On the one hand, individual disciplines still tend to work in isolation and even in competition, while on the other, Neoliberal agendas still represent the raison d’être of most development projects. The Alternatives to the Present conference seeks to critique the dichotomies involved in this increasingly confused scenario by bringing together various disciplines to interrogate the diversity of factors either limiting or activating the possibilities of an equitable urban future.

    See website for full CFP.
  • APT Buffalo Niagara 2018

    Buffalo | Dates: 22 – 27 Sep, 2018
    We look forward to welcoming you to a conference like no other in APT’s history. Events and sessions in the United States AND Canada.  Richardson, Sullivan, Wright, Olmsted & Vaux.  Bunshaft, Yamasaki, Pei. Grain Elevators that inspired Le Corbusier. Forts on both sides of the border. World class parks, waterfront, vineyards. And of course, Niagara Falls.

    And now a renaissance fueled by the adaptive reuse of historic buildings.  Three workshops – terra cotta, windows and non-destructive evaluation.  Over 20 field sessions. “The Next Fifty” Symposium. And Canada Day – a day of celebrating our heritage and our future, together.

    Buffalo was the 6th largest port in the world in 1906.  By 1951, it was the 11th largest industrial center in the country, the largest inland water port, the 2nd largest railroad center, and the 15th largest city in the country.  It was literally and physically one of the most important points of departure on the continent. 

    A group of preservation and conservation professionals from both the United States and Canada came together in New Richmond, Quebec in 1968 to form a new organization called The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT).   As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we see this conference as a point of departure for our next 50 years.  We are a joint American-Canadian organization, with chapters around the world.  One of our founders was from Niagara-on-the-Lake, across the river from Buffalo, making Buffalo Niagara the perfect place to celebrate our cross-border heritage. 
  • Dialectic VII: CfP Abstract Deadline June 1st

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 06 Apr – 01 Jun, 2018

    Call for Papers and Projects

    DIALECTIC, a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah


    Dialectic VII: Architecture and Citizenship

    – Decolonizing Architectural Pedagogy



    June 1st, 2018


    Abstract (350 words)

    Short CV


    Dialectic VII invites reflection on the challenges of training architects for global citizenship. In recent decades, design programs in affluent and globally dominant cultures, from Japan to United States, Belgium to Dubai have developed traveling studios that place students face to face with global others. Some of these efforts reproduce the priorities of professional practice for innovation, efficiency and market viability. Others, including design-build programs in poor communities, emphasize affective experience and tactical approaches. Still others are represented as simple cultural exposure by which design students collect experiences towards open-ended results. Some of these educational forays aim to educate future designers as global citizens rather than mere passive corporate cogs within the international marketplace. However, the idea of global citizenship is complicated by the fact that the globe is a profoundly anti-democratic space, one in which international architects are some of the few granted mobility and voice. Is the very idea of “global citizenship” then an oxymoron?

    Just as thorny aspect of this pedagogic ambition is the need for decolonizing architectural pedagogy. Despite absorption of women, colored and queer voices, desire to reach out to the destitute, non-moderns, and difference, the studio culture still brings everything back to Western and capitalist modes of governance and being in the world. Decolonization of education is a wide ranging ethical project spanning numerous disciplines, with the goal of recovering power for different ways of knowing and being, discredited by the universalist truth claims of Western system of knowledge. In our discipline, history of world architecture is one domain that is attempting to relieve architectural pedagogy from Euro-US centric frameworks of imagining architecture. This highly myopic and narrow imagination is sustained by the myth of the neutral expert—that despite being thoroughly debunked by postcolonial critiques of development—persists in our field with a stubborn tenacity.

    To bring this project to architecture requires that we take a hard look at architectural pedagogy’s placement within Cartesian epistemology. What of the cleft Descartes put between mind, matter and spirit that made the world inert and an abstract proposition, and hence available for exploitation? What of the inability of sustainability efforts and green architecture to unshackle themselves from the foundational framework responsible for the near destruction of the planet? This may require more than the deployment of feminist, race and queer theory (all also squarely Cartesian). This may mean pushing these theoretical accomplishments further and open them to the wisdom of non-anthropocentric, in fact cosmocentric epistemologies of indigenous and folk   cultures, so thoroughly discredited by dominant scientific thinking. What would architectural pedagogy and praxis look like if they became porous to perspectives based on systems of knowledge that have no place in current corporate design culture? What would its products and value system look like if it created a dialogue between Cartesian feminism, race and queer theory and their non-Cartesian practices? How do we inculcate an ethos of lateral learning in our curricula without reducing the dominated cultural knowledge to our preexisting frameworks? How can “citizen” architects exploit these openings towards more equitable and sustainable futures? Does this make the idea of “global citizenship” viable or does it still remain an untenable ideal?

    In Dialectic VII, we seek submissions that address both global citizenship training and the types of architectural practices it might ultimately promote. We want to better understand what happens when design practitioners and students are thrust from the comfortable realm of expertise into a space of compromise, accountability and ethics. What architectural practices already exist outside simple cost/wage structures? What practices are already open to lateral learning? What sustainability efforts successfully unshackle themselves from the technological rationality responsible for the planet’s global problems? How do ritual, reciprocity, volunteerism, prayer, bribery, nepotism, sacrifice, generosity, and other extra-capitalist practices infiltrate the supposedly neutral territories of architectural knowledge? As architects move from one global location to another, what productive lessons are learned from the differently modern people they encounter? Can one learn to be a global citizen without leaving one’s “home” country? What role might architectural “practices without practice,” such as public history, preservation, curatorial work, discourse and research play in broadening our horizons beyond capitalist vision of architecture? In considering these questions, we invite scholars to allow careful observation of lived phenomenon to drive analysis.

    Dialectic VII invites articles, field notes, reports, maps, and image essays on architectural citizenship and its entanglement with the decolonization of architectural pedagogy and practice. The editors value critical statements and model practices. We hope to include instructive case studies and exciting examples of professional practice. Possible contributions may also include mapping of ongoing debates across the world, and reviews of books, journals, exhibitions and new media. Please send abstracts of 350 words and short CVs to one of the editors: Shundana Yusaf, Anna Goodman, Ole W. Fischer and B.D. Wortham-Galvin by June 1st, 2018.

    Accepted authors will be notified by June 15th. Photo essays with 6-8 images and full papers of 2500-3500 words must be submitted by August 15, 2018, (including visual material, endnotes, and permissions for illustrations) to undergo an external peer-review process. This issue of Dialectic is expected to be out in print by Fall 2019.


    DIALECTIC a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah

    ISSN: 2333-5440 (print)

    ISSN: 2333-5459 (electronic)


  • CFP, Contemporaneity Edition 8: “Yesterday’s Contemporaneity: Finding Temporality In The Past”

    Dates: 15 – 15 Oct, 2018
    Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture
    CFP, Edition 8: “Yesterday’s Contemporaneity: Finding  Temporality In The Past” 
    In recent decades art historians across the discipline have offered new insights into how communities in the global past understood their own positions in time. For example, Marvin Trachtenberg has made the case that twelfth- and thirteenth-century European architecture articulated a form of medieval modernism. Conversely Paul Binski has argued for how the same material could be understood as not only innovative, but also firmly historicist in nature. Studies of eschatology in artworks ranging from Renaissance wall paintings in Italy to Pure Land Buddhist Mandalas in Japan have highlighted how people in the past used theology to conceptualize their own place in time in the face of an uncertain but infinite future beyond their death. Meanwhile, studies of the visual cultures that emerged under different eras of imperialism and colonialism have illuminated how local and foreign definitions of time, history, and contemporaneity could directly shape the identities of both conquered and conquering peoples.  
    Contemporaneity asks what it means to be contemporary. The term is often invoked in reference to the current lives of citizens of today’s world, but this edition seeks to highlight contemporaneity across a wider variety of historical contexts. The aim is to uncover how cultures throughout the global past have negotiated temporalities, modernities, and historicisms, to come to terms with what it means to be present in their own moment. How can both history and modernity be visualized, contextualized, or conceptualized to create a sense of contemporaneity? How have institutions created temporalities for the cultures they study, and how can a historical object or space shape a person’s perception of an entire culture’s identity or agency? What is at stake in defining a work of art’s place in time? 
    Submissions on all topics will be considered. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to: 
    -modernism, medievalism, and historicism 
    -modernity and history in a global context 
    -anachronisms, futurisms, and revisionist histories  
    -Orientalism and other uses of the temporal in cross-cultural exchange 
    -spoliation, re-use, and/or appropriation 
    -museums, the ethics of collecting and “Grand narratives” 
    -traditional or historical art and crafts and the preservation of style 
    -contemporary interventions on historical objects or sites  
    -creation myths, apocalypses, beginnings and end times 
    The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018. Manuscripts (circa 6,000 words) should include an abstract, 3-5 keywords, and adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. To make a submission, visit, click Register and create an author profile to get started. Proposals for book and exhibition reviews, interviews, or other scholarly contributions will also be considered, and we recognize that these submissions may take many forms.

    Proposals and questions can be directed to the editors at

    Contemporaneity is a peer-reviewed online journal organized by the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit and for more information.

  • SAHGB 2018 Annual Symposium: Architecture, the Built Environment, and the Aftermath of the First World War

    London | Dates: 08 – 09 Jun, 2018
    The SAHGB Annual Symposium is open to scholars at all career stages and of all periods, places, and disciplines. The Society is grateful for the support of the 20s30s Network, a transdisciplinary network of scholars rethinking British interwar history, and the Twentieth Century Society, which exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards.
    Registration is priced at £65 for two days, and £50 for Saturday only. A limited number of student tickets are available at £50 for two days. Click here to book now.  Registration includes refreshments across both days, and lunch on Saturday. Registration also includes an optional, free, expert-led tour of interwar buildings run by the Twentieth Century Society on Friday morning starting at the RIBA headquarters, 66 Portland Place, and ending at Senate House. There is limited capacity for these tours; places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please email to register interest after booking for the Symposium.

    12-5pm, Friday 8 June and 
    9.30am-5pm, Saturday 9 June 2018
    Wolfson Conference Room, 
    ​The Instit​ute of Historical Research,
    Senate House, London​
  • CFP: ABE Journal - On Margins: Feminist Architectural Histories of Migration

    Dates: 29 Mar – 01 Jul, 2018

    Dossier directed by Rachel Lee, LMU Munich (Germany), and Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (United States).

    This project works in concert with a growing body of initiatives to write feminist histories of modern architecture through collaborative and intersectional historiographic practices: which redistribute power, co-produce solidarity, and reassess the objects and methods of architectural history. We begin by posing two arguments to architectural historians: first, that the dynamic of a situated and re-situated perspective is foundational to feminist histories of architecture, and second, that feminist historiographical approaches destabilize presumptions of fixity at the heart of the discipline. With the goal of opening the historiography to narratives, perspectives, and practices based on these arguments, we seek histories that employ feminist methods or gather empirical studies of women’s work that emerged from acts and experiences of migration performed individually or collectively—into and out of geographies of control and subjugation, beyond gender or gender framings, across lifeworlds.

    In narratives of migrants who were identified with architectural modernism in the most formal sense, and crossed borders in the colonial and postcolonial worlds, we have found repeated instances of a focus on the vernacular, the folkloric, the everyday and the anonymous. A transnational, cosmopolitan mobility oriented figures such as Sybil Moholy-Nagy, Minnette De Silva, Lina Bo Bardi, and Denise Scott-Brown toward proving grounds outside established sociocultural, geographical, and professional territory, in which they generated disciplinary debates on heritage, regionalism, and the banal. In abbreviated form, their migrations turned a lens on culture as architecture. Their practices posited architecture not as exceptional, but as entangled with many other forms of cultural production. We argue that Moholy-Nagy’s grain silo, De Silva’s artisan, Bo Bardi’s Bahia, and Scott-Brown’s Las Vegas each stemmed from the view of a stranger.

    In narratives of migrants whose designs, built forms, and constructed environments have not been understood as authored, or of anonymous objects illegible within the frameworks of modern architectural history, we have found instances of empowering links between mobility and architectural forms and practices. The authority embodied by certain migratory works—camps built by refugees, exhibitions curated by exiled artists, urban spaces seized by protestors, radical journals circulated ephemerally—poses a challenge to the discipline’s purported stabilities. We believe this form of challenge is meaningful for architectural history. Writing feminist architectural histories of migration demands seeing the bodies of laborers within the grid of authorship, acknowledging the spatial practices of occupation by activists or prisoners, engaging the obscured work of teachers, researchers, and writers, studying material environments built by migrants, and naming homemakers and others whose designated use of architecture endowed it. Such iterations, which may have lacked signature but not significance, created or unsettled architectural discursivity and enacted forms of power: as predicated upon migration and mobility, or their mirrors, restriction and confinement.

    In expounding such histories, we also aim to theorize the spaces within and around which these migrations and mobilities occurred. We posit these spaces as margins. We see margins not in the sense of Derrida’s paradoxical ‘supplement,’ as aiding an original or replacing a lack, but instead as figured zones and often concrete places under continuous negotiation with territories adjacent. A margin may be understood through a variety of spatial and material cognates: periphery, border, fringe, exterior, interior, buffer, surplus, edge... Whether of land or fabric, whether architectural, structural, cultural, (geo)political, environmental or economic, whether obvious or difficult to observe, margins come into view through migration. Thinking with bell hooks, we regard margins as sites of potential and resistance. Their distinct ontologies and emergent epistemologies offer traces of historically meaningful events and architectures, and figure new views of the mundane as well as the exceptional.

    In recent literature, we have seen a feminist defamiliarization of architectural histories through readings of a range of theorists. We invite authors to interpret these and intervene with others in thinking on margins and feminist architectural histories of migration. How does Silvia Federici’s work on witchcraft or Simone de Beauvoir’s on cities inform urban history or illuminate issues of spatial restriction? How does nomadism in the writings of Gilles Deleuze or Rosi Braidotti trouble or enable architectural histories of women crossing borders by force or need? How are the subject-solidarities proposed by Judith Butler or Donna Haraway architecturally figured by or within margins? We invite authors to consider these and their own parallel questions through submissions that embed empirically grounded and culturally specific narratives in theoretical considerations of margins. Such a synthesis of migration and margins, we hope, will proffer a set of feminist architectural histories of migration to expand a global architectural historiography, opening it to new theorizations and situated historical perspectives.

    Submission deadline: 1st July 2018.

    Please send your submissions to abe[at]

  • Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture

    Water Mill | Dates: 29 Mar – 17 Jun, 2018

    Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture is a comprehensive survey that explores the dynamic relationship between architecture, photography, and the viewer. Seen through the lens of historical and architectural photographers from the 1930s to the present, Image Building offers a nuanced perspective on how photographs affect our understanding of the built environment and our social and personal identities. The exhibition features 57 images that explore the social, psychological, and conceptual implications of architecture through the subjective interpretation of those who captured it.

    Organized by guest curator Therese Lichtenstein, Ph. D, Image Building brings together works by 19 renowned, under-recognized, and emerging artists ranging from early modern to contemporary architectural photographers. In addition to photographs, Image Building includes ephemera such as magazines and books that illustrate how the meaning of photography shifts when presented in the context of high art or mass culture.  

    Organized thematically into Cityscapes, Domestic Spaces, and Public Places,the exhibition examines the relationship between contemporary and historical approaches to photographing buildings in urban, suburban, and rural environments,looking at influences, similarities and differences.By juxtaposing these photographs, Image Building creates a dialogue between the past and present, revealing the ways photography shapes and frames the perception of architecture, and how that perception is transformed over time. 

    The photographers represented in Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architectureare: Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991)  Robert Adams (American, born 1937), Iwan Baan (Dutch, born 1975), Lewis Baltz  (American, 1945–2014), Hélène Binet (Swiss-French, born 1959), James Casebere (American, born 1953), Thomas Demand (German, born 1964), Luigi Ghirri (Italian, 1943–1992), Samuel H. Gottscho (American, 1875–1971), Andreas Gursky (German, born 1955), Candida Höfer (German, born 1944), Balthazar Korab (Hungarian, 1926–2013), Thomas Ruff (German, born 1958), Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937), Stephen Shore (American, born 1947), Julius Shulman (American, 1910–2009), and Ezra Stoller (American, 1915–2004), Thomas Struth (German, born 1954), and Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, born 1948).



    Saturday, March 17, 5:30 pm   Opening Program for Members and Invited Guests   Talk with Therese Lichtenstein, Marvin Heiferman, and Terrie Sultan


    Friday, April 6, 6 pm   Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation   Talk with James Casebere on Constructed Photography


    Saturday, April 14, 5 pm   Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation   Talk with Iwan Baan and William Menking


    Friday, April 20, 6 pm   Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation   Flattened Space: Talk with Lee H. Skolnick, Ralph Gibson, and Therese Lichtenstein


    Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Century Arts Foundation, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Fund for Publications, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Joseph M. Cohen, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. Public Funding provided by Suffolk County.

  • Charles S. Keefe (1876-1946): Colonial Revival Architect in Kingston and New York

    Kingston | Dates: 05 May – 27 Oct, 2018

    An exhibition at the Friends of Historic Kingston of drawings, prints, and photographs documenting the career of Charles Keefe, who developed a national reputation as a designer of Colonial Revival houses while practicing in New York before the Depression forced him to retreat to an office in his Kingston home. The exhibition coincides with Black Dome Press's publication of a book of the same title by longtime Colonial Revival scholar William B. Rhoads. In his Foreword, Richard Guy Wilson observes that "Charles Keefe . . . all but vanished from architectural history. But now . . . Keefe reemerges as a major figure . . . . As this study of Keefe shows, even small-town architects can make an impact."
  • Weekly Architectural Trolley Tours, Sarasota, Florida

    Sarasota | Dates: 29 Mar – 27 Dec, 2018

    Every Thursday during October to May, the Center for Architecture Sarasota is holding weekly architectural trolley tours. With local experts Harold Bubil and Lorrie Muldowney, these alternating tours (Sarasota Architectural Gems, North Side; and Historic Neighborhoods of Sarasota) allow you to visually explore unique buildings and historic neighborhoods throughout Sarasota on delightfully entertaining and informative tours.

    Thursdays (to May 3; resumes October 4)

    10:00AM to 12:00PM

    Center for Architecture, Sarasota
    265 S. Orange Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34236

    $35/members; $45/non-members.

    Buy your tickets in advance at!
  • Architectural History / Restoration Field School

    Forest | Dates: 20 May – 02 Jun, 2018

    Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest announces its 2018 Architectural

    History / Architectural Restoration Field School. The intensive two week program will be held from May 20 – June 2.


    The program provides an overview of the philosophy, process, and techniques for museum-quality architectural restoration and conservation. Students, professionals, and instructors from any background and discipline may qualify. The program is limited to 10 participants each year. Components include: the history of Thomas Jefferson and his villa retreat; architectural investigation, documentation, and restoration techniques. The program includes visits to other restoration projects and talks from restoration experts.  A key part of the program is investigating and documenting an historic structure and producing an historic structures investigation report. This program provides an excellent understanding of the nexus of historic architecture, architectural history, and public history.


    Application deadline: April 16. Need based scholarships available; international scholarships available.


    More information and a typical schedule can be found on the Poplar Forest web site under the Architectural Restoration section.


    Contact: Travis McDonald  (434) 534-8123,

  • New Orleans, the Founding Era

    New Orleans | Dates: 22 Mar – 27 May, 2018
    February 27, 2018 to May 27, 2018

    Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    533 Royal Street
    Admission is free.

    In commemoration of the city’s 300th anniversary in 2018, The Historic New Orleans Collection will provide a multifaceted exploration of the city’s first few decades and its earliest inhabitants with New Orleans, the Founding Era, an original exhibition and bilingual companion catalog.

    Opening February 27, 2018, and sponsored by Whitney Bank, New Orleans, the Founding Era will bring together a vast array of rare artifacts from THNOC’s holdings and from institutions across Europe and North America to tell the stories of the city’s early days, when the city consisted of little more than hastily assembled huts and buildings.

    Beginning with the region’s Native American tribes, through the waves of European arrival and the forced migration of enslaved African people, the exhibition will reflect on the complicated and often conflicted meanings the settlement’s development held for individuals, empires and indigenous nations.

    The display will feature works on paper, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, scientific and religious instruments, paintings, maps and charts, manuscripts and rare books. These original objects will be complemented by large-scale reproductions and interactive items.

    More than 75 objects will be on loan from organizations in Spain, France, Canada and around the United States. A number of items, like a pair of 18th-century Native American bear-paw moccasins from the Musée du quai Branly in Paris and pieces of 15th-century Mississippian pottery from the University of Mississippi, have rarely traveled beyond their home institutions.

    Digital interactives will include a gallery of photographs from archaeological digs at a variety of French Quarter sites, a game quizzing visitors on supplies needed for a new home in the settlement and a 1731 inventory of enslaved Africans and African-descended people living on a West Bank plantation.

    In addition, the companion catalog—a bilingual edition, in both English and French—will feature essays describing the different populations who inhabited precolonial New Orleans and the surrounding areas, as well as the forces driving the settlement’s growth. Essayists include exhibition curator Erin M. Greenwald and historians Emily Clark, Shannon Lee Dawdy, Robbie Ethridge, Gilles-Antoine Langlois, Yevan Terrien, Daniel Usner and Cécile Vidal. Gérard Araud, ambassador of France to the United States, contributed the book’s foreword.

  • European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Fifth International Meeting

    Tallin | Dates: 13 – 16 Jun, 2018

    The fifth pan-European meeting of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) will be held in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 13–16, 2018. In accordance with its mission statement, the meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline; to foster transcultural, transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the built environment; and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. It will be the first biennial meeting of EAHN in northeastern Europe, demonstrating the organisation’s aspiration to reach out to new contacts and new research themes in architectural history.

    The conference will feature five thematic parallel sessions on all three days, ranging from panels on reinterpreting the rediscovery of antiquity in Renaissance to critical retakes on the UN Development programmes and a round table that asks a question about the usefulness of the term “Eastern Europe”. There will be three keynote presentations by leading architectural historians – Christine Stevenson from the Courtauld Institute, Krista Kodres from the Estonian Academy of Arts and Reinhold Martin from Columbia Univeristy.

    Receptions for conference participants will be held at KUMU Art Museum, the Museum of Estonian Architecture and the 19th century building of the Academy of Sciences. During lunch hours on all three days of the conference, participants can choose from a range of walking and bus tours to the medieval, modern and contemporary landmarks of Tallinn. The post-conference tours offered on Sunday (17 June) include, among others, a full-day visit to the northeast Estonian industrial heritage sites, Sillamäe and Narva, and a half-day tour to Soviet-era collective farm (kolkhoz) sites.

    This year, Estonia is celebrating the centenary of its first independence in 1918. It will bring activities and exhibitions devoted to the country’s history and to the celebration of independence to Tallinn, and other event spaces. Among the highlights in June will be an exhibition of Michel Sittow at KUMU Art Museum, the first monographic exhibition of the Tallinn-born Renaissance painter.

    The fifth meeting of the EAHN in Tallinn is supported by the European Social Fund, the Estonian Cultural Endowment, the City of Tallinn and the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

  • "Lost Chicago": The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation

    Chicago | Dates: 24 May, 2018
    Join celebrated author and historian David Garrard Lowe, author and former AIC curator John Zukowsky, and SAIC professor Terry Tatum for a lively discussion on the history and future of historic preservation in Chicago’s rich architectural environment. Lowe will also discuss his landmark book Lost Chicago, his recent gift of historical photographs to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the library exhibit “Memoir of a City” (April 10-June 15, 2018).

    • TITLE: "Lost Chicago": The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation
    • LOCATION: AIC, Morton Auditorium
    • DATE: Thursday, May 24
    • TIME: 6-8pm
  • Archives of American Art Grad Student Research Essay Prize

    Dates: 20 Mar – 01 Aug, 2018

    Deadline: Aug 1, 2018

    The Archives of American Art’s Graduate Research Essay Prize recognizes original research by a graduate student that engages in a substantial, meaningful way with the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. The prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, a one-year subscription to the Archives of American Art Journal, and his or her essay forwarded to the editor of the Archives of American Art Journal for peer review and possible publication.

    With more than 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and records of the visual arts in the United States. Students may consult original documents by appointment at the Archives’ headquarters in Washington, DC, view more than 2.5 million digital files and interviews online through the Archives’ website, or use the substantial microfilm holdings available through interlibrary loan or an Archives-affiliated research center.

    Students currently enrolled in a graduate program in art history, American studies, or a related field are eligible to participate in the competition.

    Submissions for the 2018 prize must be sent to by August 1, 2018.

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