We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to work on a voluntary basis as Magazine Editor on our Committee.
Named The Architectural Historian and published biannually, this full-colour, 28-page magazine is designed to appeal to our membership as well as a wider audience. It includes a variety of articles, regular features and news about the Society’s activities. The print run is 1,000 copies which are distributed worldwide.
As Editor, you will be responsible for planning the content of each issue and then commissioning features and new articles from Society members and others. You will also be required to edit and proof-read each issue, source images and liaise with the designers.
Members of the SAHGB Committee will happily offer advice and/or contacts if required, but this is a real opportunity for the Editor to take control and shape the publication’s future.
Some editing experience and a keen interest in architectural history are vital for this role. You will also be well-organised and have the ability to forward plan.
We anticipate that the work will take an average of one-and-a-half hours a week but will be more intensive at some stages of the publishing cycle. As with all posts on the Committee, this is a voluntary role. The Committee meets three times a year, usually in London. The Magazine Editor will also be part of the Communications Sub-Committee which will entail additional meetings, although some of these may be by Skype or conference call. Reasonable, standard-class travel expenses to Committee and Sub-Committee meetings will be reimbursed.
If you'd like to discuss the role informally, please contact the Honorary Secretary, Jonathan Kewley.
Visit the website to apply.
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, October 26 - 29, 2016
Deadline: Apr 1, 2016
The Young Bauhaus Research Colloquium, Dust and Data, hosted by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar as part of the XIII. International Bauhaus Colloquium (26-29 October 2016), aims to reflect upon the most urgent theoretical, historical and political questions facing architecture today. Taking place in 2016, precisely forty years after its inauguration in the GDR, and just prior to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, this conference will engage with Bauhaus history against the backdrop of the emergence of new historical methods, new modes of collection and technologies of interpretation, as well as problems of reconstruction and preservation that define the praxis of architectural history and theory today.
This event at Cooper Union Great Hall brings together Matthew Gordon Lasner and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, co-edtiors of the new volume Affordable Housing in New York (and the companion exhibition at Hunter East Harlem Gallery) in conversation with Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority; Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, architect of Nehemiah Spring Creek, the Brook, and other innovative affordable housing complexes; Gwendolyn Wright, professor architecture, history, and art history, Columbia University; Joseph Heathcott, associate professor of urban studies, The New School; Carol Lamberg, former executive director, Settlement Housing Fund. Visit here for more information and to RSVP: https://www.cooper.edu/events-and-exhibitions/events/next-100-years-affordable-housing
Revivalism in 20th Century Design: Germany, Scandinavia and Central Europe
College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 15-18, 2017
Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art and Architecture Session
Chair: Paul Stirton, Bard Graduate Center
For much of the twentieth century, Revivalism and Historicism were felt to be reactionary tendencies in design. In 1961 Nikolaus Pevsner encapsulated the Modernist view when he stated, “all reviving of styles of the past is a sign of weakness.” Despite this condemnation, revivalist styles thrived in Germany, Central Europe, and Scandinavia throughout the century, whether for nationalistic, aesthetic, religious, or political reasons. In a period of shifting political boundaries, uneven economic growth, thwarted national aspirations, and an uneasy dialectic between regional, national, and internationalist impulses in design, it is not surprising that historic and vernacular sources should be revived and imbued with a complex range of meanings. This session aims to explore the deeper significance of revivalist movements in design, both short-lived and localized, as well as the broader stylistic tendencies that survived over longer periods. “Style,” as an analytical tool and indicator of meaning, has been downplayed by design and art historians during the past generation. This session intends to examine those period and vernacular revivals within the wider context of social and political change. The main focus of the session will be design and decoration, whether public or domestic, but contributions in architecture and the fine arts will be welcome where relevant to the wider understanding of revivalism in a particular period or region.
Topics and approaches relevant to the theme may include:
National Romantic styles and the material culture of “imagined communities”
Revivalist tendencies within Modernism (e.g. “Biedermeier revival”)
The Neo-Baroque, the “Folk Baroque,” and Art Deco in Central Europe
Folk and vernacular revivals in nationalist and National Socialist contexts
Commemoration and revivalism
Post Modernism and revival styles across the iron curtain
Institutionalizing revivals: exhibitions, festivals, museums, and museology
Historiography, revivalism, and changing attitudes to the past
Please send a one-page abstract, CV, and a brief letter explaining your interest in the session to Paul Stirton (Stirton@bgc.bard.edu) by April 4th, 2016.
I am currently seeking panelists for "Education and Architecture: Historical Perspectives" for the History of Education Society 2016 Conference to be held November 3-6 in Providence (RI, USA). The panel is thought for graduate students, studying topics related to the intersections of education and architecture from a historical perspective.
Potential topics of research might include, but not limited to:
Childhood material culture
Design of nurseries, schools, playspaces, universities, etc.
Childhood and urban environment
History of educational spaces
Collaborations between architects and educators
Educational and architectural experiences of the built environment
Theoretical reflections on the interdisciplinary dialogue between education and architecture
Specific case studies
Session welcomes contributions from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. If you have current research that speaks to the spirit of the panel, please email me, Ksenia Fiaduta (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a brief abstract as well as your biographical information and contact info. Panel must be submitted to the Conference Committee before March 13, 2016.
Link to the Conference site:
The 2016 AHRA conference will address connections between architecture and feminisms with an emphasis on plural expressions of feminist identity and non-identity. From radical feminist, to lesbian feminist, to black feminist, to post-colonial feminist, to crip feminist, to queer feminist, to trans feminist, to Sara Ahmed’s feminist killjoy, to feminist men, to posthuman feminist, to the liberal and neoliberal feminist, to material feminist, to marxist feminist, to eco feminist, to Roxane Gay’s popular Bad Feminist and many others, even to post feminist voices, the claim to feminism continues to be tested and contested. And this conference will be no exception. Between architecture and feminisms our specific focus will be upon transversal relations across ecologies, economies and technologies. Specifically, we are concerned with the exploration of ecologies of practice, the drawing out of alternative economies, and experimentation with mixed technologies, from craft to advanced computational technologies.
CALL FOR PAPERS
We invite responses to our six thematic areas: Ecologies – Economies – Technologies – Histories – Pedagogies – Styles
We assume that each thematic area inherently organises diverse ecologies of practice, and that the question of precarious mental, social, environmental ecologies pertains to all. We likewise assume that across these categories there can be discovered many explorative and even performative approaches to architectural research and we encourage a sensitivity to intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, age, ability, ethnicity, and so forth. Each thematic area will be curated by a team of convenors who have a history or association with Critical Studies in Architecture, KTH Stockholm.
Ecologies: Looks to our fragile and tenacious relational ecologies, including ecologies of practice across disciplines and practices. Here Peg Rawes’s anthology Relational Ecologies has been a great inspiration, as well as Félix Guattari’s essay, The Three Ecologies.
Economies: Searches for alternative economies that persist amidst the hegemonic forces of neoliberal advanced Capitalism and is much inspired by the work of economic geographers J.K. Gibson Graham.
Technologies: Acknowledges the relationship between craft and advanced technologies, and draws on thinking in Science and Technology Studies, including feminist technologies. The legacy of philosopher of science Donna Haraway can be acknowledged here.
We add to these key themes, identified in the subtitle of our conference event, three further themes:
Histories: Is concerned with the historical archive as an active force in the present and engages in critical histories of feminist theories and practices in architecture, including the theories and practices of overlooked minorities and communities.
Pedagogies: Directly addresses the crucial issue of the formation of architects and the potential of radical and critical pedagogies. This theme acknowledges the seminal work of bell hooks, Sara Ahmed, and also Gavin Butt regarding intersectional, queer, race, and post-colonial concerns contextualised in architectural education specifically, and in the practice and discipline of architecture more generally.
Styles: This theme explicitly invites a variety of presentation formats, such as papers, installations, pinups, exhibitions, dialogues, demonstrations, performances and places a central emphasis on queer spatiality and aesthetics, in order to take up the unfinished revolutions of such thinkers as Gloria Anzaldúa, Hélène Cixous, Audre Lourde, Eve Kosowsky Sedgwick.
More information concerning the Call for Papers and more specific description of the conference themes can be found at www.architecturefeminisms.org Deadline for abstracts of papers is 15 April 2016
Jack Perry Brown, former director of The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago, presents new research on the life and mysterious disappearance of Charles M. Charnley, the brother of the very private James Charnley who built the iconic Charnley House with his personal friend, Louis Sullivan.
This free event is co-sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Newberry Library. Reservations required due to limited seating. WHEN
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT) WHERE
The Newberry Library - 60 West Walton Street. Ruggles Hall. Chicago, IL 60610
Registration closes this Saturday (March 5th) for the conference on Architecture and Experience in the Nineteenth Century, which is to be held at St John's College, Oxford on March 17th and 18th. This two-day international conference will bring together researchers from across the humanities, as well as architects and curators, interested in using experience as a medium to explore the history of architecture in the nineteenth century. For further information on this conference and details on how to book, please visit the University of Oxford's History Faculty events page (http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/faculty/events.html).
Van Alen Institute is pleased to offer an opportunity for architecture, design, and historic preservation professionals to apply for fiscal sponsorship for New York State Council on the Arts Independent Project grants. Van Alen will sponsor up to 20 Independent Projects through this program.
NYSCA's 2017 program in Architecture + Design makes grants of up to $10,000 available for individuals (or a team) to creatively explore, or to research, an issue or problem in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, fashion, graphic, industrial, and/or interior design that advances that field and contributes to a broader understanding of design. The category seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize artistry and design excellence. Projects may lead to the creation of design prototypes, explore new technology which impacts design, research a topic in design or architectural history, or engage in critical or theoretical analyses.
In the past two decades there has been a tremendous swell of interest in Detroit architect Albert Kahn (1869–1942), arguably the most important architect of American industrialization. Albert Kahn: Under Construction focuses on the remarkable archive of photographs assembled by Albert Kahn Associates while building the powerhouses of American industry, from the Highland Park Ford Plant to the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Shot by an array of professional photographers based mainly in Detroit, these often striking documentary images were a novel strategy for conveying information about the daily progress of construction to busy managers at the main office. The exhibition foregrounds the photographic series as a way of illustrating change over time—showing buildings as they grew on site—and Kahn’s innovative solutions to the architectural challenges of his day.
The 2-day conference will embrace a wide range of topics related to urban development and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean. In their pioneering collection of essays Cities and Citizenship, Holston and Appadurai (1999) as well as other prominent scholars stressed the importance of cities in the making of modern citizens. At the end of the twentieth century, they demonstrated that urban environments are salient sites for examining the renegotiations of citizenship, democracy, and national belonging. This is arguably particularly the case in contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean, where cities seem to embody the aspirations of citizens and to showcase the best and the worse of their respective societies. It is here that we can observe major opportunities and threats to development, security and human rights, as well as major struggles for rights, inclusion and democracy
AR (t) CHITECTURE
An International Conference at The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
19-21 April 2016
Call for Papers
Good architecture brings forth a thick reality of experience. To create poetic local places (buildings, landscapes, and urban design projects), the architect has to embody the environment in which his architectural creation takes place. Meaningful architectural making always reflects and addresses the time, place, desires and needs of a shared context, but at the same time interprets, ponders, questions and manipulates it, while bringing forth the living subjectivity of the architect.
Artistic creation, in its different forms, allows the artist to embody the world poetically. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, film, music, dance, etc., the artist addresses collective cultural topics in a personal manner, questions, criticizes, and illuminates them, and thus actively participates in the shared reality.
It is not uncommon that architects immerse themselves in art making. Usually their artistic creation has been regarded as separated from their architectural work. The conference will investigate the intricate and fascinating ties between artistic and architectural making. It will aim to question, exemplify, and evaluate the connection between these two fields. Why do architects preoccupy themselves with art making? What are the relationships between their artistic works and their architectural design? Does their art making enrich their architectural designs?
Papers may articulate theoretical relationships between art making and architectural making, approach the relationship between these two fields as modes of thinking in recent decades. Papers may also attest to the relationship between art and architecture through case studies of specific architects, or shed light on the ties between specific works of art and architectural projects. Collaborative, multidisciplinary and historiographical papers are welcome.
We are inviting historians, theoreticians, researchers and scholars of various fields and backgrounds to submit a paper proposal for one of the below listed topics.
Please email a 500 words abstract, describing the paper proposal to the following email address: Aremail@example.com by March 7, 2016.
Accepted abstracts will be notified by March 14, 2016.
All accepted papers (based on abstract acceptation) would be included in a publication in the form of proceedings.
Please keep title short and appealing.
Mention the topic (from list of topics to be discussed in the conference), which your paper addresses.
Images (72 dpi) may be included as part of the abstract if they enhance the text and are an integral element of the abstract.
Author's full name (surname first)
Author's credentials (i.e.: Ph.D., Master Student, Professor, Architect, Artist etc.).
Author's affiliation (i.e.: university, office or organization).
Author's contact info: Full address, email, and phone number.
More than one abstract may be submitted per author.
Registration fees: please check at our website http://jebe-cities.com/archart
* Tickets for a conference dinner will be offered separately around March.
Registration deadline: April 10, 2016.
The conference will take place at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology between the 19th and the 21st of April, 2016. Israel's prominent technological institution, the Technion is located in Haifa on the Carmel Mountain. As the center of the northern Israeli metropolitan, Haifa offers a unique view on local region and culture.
Topic 1). Theoretical and philosophical aspects of art making as modes of poetic embodiment of the surroundings and interpretations of the relationship between artistic and architectural making.
Topic 2). Historiographies of relationships between art and architectural making, with emphasis on their conditions and significance in the contemporary era of enhanced technology and globalization
Topic 3). Case studies dealing with the artistic and architectural work of architects worldwide, and the ties between specific artistic and architectural projects, methodologies and products.
Topic 4). Case studies focusing on artistic and architectural work of Israeli, Palestinian and Mediterranean architects.
Prof. David Leatherbarrow
Prof. Architect Joerg Gleiter
Architect Zvi Hecker
Prof. Architect Iris Aravot - Chair
Dr. Architect Dana Margalith
Architect Anna Shapiro
Architect Yoni Avidan
Architect Maya Weissman-Ilan
** For more information please visit our website at: http://jebe-cities.com/archart
Rediscovering and animating London town houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Organised by the Paul Mellon Centre, London, the National Gallery, and Birkbeck College, University of London, this conference explores the position town houses once occupied in the lives of families and the nation as a whole. Some – such as Spencer House – have survived; many have left fragmentary traces; others have been completely destroyed and can only be recreated on the basis of inventories and descriptive accounts.
There is much still to be uncovered about the collections of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts which these buildings once housed, as well as about their furnishing, architecture, gardens, and refashionings over time.
This event follows on from the successful Animating the 18th-century country house conference held at the National Gallery in March 2015.
Expert speakers will discuss both famed and little-remembered London town houses, considering how these residences were designed, furnished, and ornamented. Papers also explore the significance and function of these properties for owners and their families, together with the varied experiences of guests and visitors.
Cornerstone Architectural Scholars is an email group (i.e., listserv) for scholars of architecture. It serves to spread news about upcoming conferences and symposiums, especially calls for papers. It also publicizes exhibitions, fellowships, publication opportunities, and other events or news of possible interest to architectural scholars. Cornerstone is not meant for discussion, debate, or chat, but simply for disseminating information, and the volume of messages is light, about three per week. The group covers the full range of architectural scholarship, spanning history, theory, urbanism, sustainability, technology, landscape, morphology, etc. It is generally focused on scholarship, rather than design culture or practice.
Cornerstone is open to anyone. Most of its members are architecture faculty or doctoral students, but there are some independent scholars in the group also. It currently has about 370 members. There is absolutely no obligation involved in being a Cornerstone member, and one may join or leave the group at any time. Being a member only means that one receives the group's messages by email. Cornerstone works through the Google Groups system, and there are no problems with spam.
Anyone interested in joining Cornerstone may contact Matthew Heins at firstname.lastname@example.org
to be added to the group. (People with a Gmail account can join the group on their own, through the Google system.) Anybody with questions about the group is also welcome to contact Matthew.
For more information about the group, and to view all its previous messages, please go to https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/cornerstonearchitecturalscholars
A conference exploring the role of hand drawing in architectural history, education, and practice.
University of Notre Dame
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016
Graham Wyatt, Principal at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
Joseph Connors, Harvard University Dept. of History of Art and Architecture, author of Borromini and the Roman Oratory
Submissions are being accepted for consideration. Suggested topics include hand drawing as it relates to education, practice, and architectural history. Please submit a 200 word abstract and a CV to email@example.com by March 31, 2016. Accepted papers will be notified by May 1.
Visit artofarchitecture.nd.edu for more information.
Though long stereotyped as a bastion of conservative culture and overshadowed by milestone events such as New York City’s 1913 Armory Show, twentieth-century New England was home to a vibrant group of visual artists, architects, curators, collectors, and educators who embraced Modernism and looked for ways to develop its tenets and new media as a regional expression. Illustrated presentations by scholars from across the country will address the influence of Modernism on New England architecture, city planning, interior design, and the visual arts during the twentieth century.
A symposium funded by the Barra Foundation and co-sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield.
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Join three contemporary architects as they discuss the influence of Henry Hobson Richardson, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright on architects today. Architects who will give short presentations include Stuart Cohen, FAIA of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects and Aric Lasher, FAIA of HBRA Architects. Their talks will be followed by a lively discussion moderated by Alison Fisher, the Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Join us for a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the talks at 6:00 pm. This program is organized by the Society of Architectural Historians, Glessner House Museum, and Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is presented by Pella Crafted Luxury.
Registration is required due to high demand and limited seating.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)
Pella Crafted Luxury - 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza. #100. Chicago, IL 60654
Join us at the Fleet Library for an afternoon of communal Wikipedia editing as we work together to improve and add Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. This is one of more than 100 Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons happening worldwide. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome. This event is open to the public.
No prior Wikipedia editing experience needed! Tutorials will be provided for the beginner Wikipedian, along with reference materials and refreshments. Please bring your laptop if you have one (we also have computers available).
1 pm - 5 pm, Saturday, March 5, 2016
Fleet Library at RISD
In conjunction with our current exhibition, Architecture of Independence, architectural historian Nnamdi Elleh will discuss the sociopolitical conditions and modernist architecture of Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia following independence, exploring how the collective and the individual fit in the post-colonial experiences of each country. Elleh asks: Why did these countries fall into different states of violence following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, an era that has been seen as the rise of neoliberal economy in the world and in Africa in general? Elleh will draw from the exhibition to address the various challenges facing these countries and different parts of the continent today.
Nnamdi Elleh is associate professor of architecture, history and theory at University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. He was trained as an architect and received his PhD in art history from Northwestern University. He was a Fulbright Teaching-Research Scholar at the University of Cape Town, where he studied post-apartheid nationalist inspired architecture in South Africa. His research focuses on modern and contemporary architecture as diverse, multi-centered, regional, and localized experiences in different parts of the world. Elleh’s selected publications include African Architecture, Evolution and Transformation (McGraw Hill, 1996); Architecture and Power in Africa (Praeger, 2001); and Reading the Architecture of the Underprivileged Classes: A Perspective on the Protests and Upheavals in Our Cities (Ashgate, 2014).
Architecture of Independence: African Modernism
Through April 9, 2016
The old adage ‘publish or perish’ remains highly contested in the humanities. In light of increasing pressures from universities and institutions, academics are required to research more intensively and publish more frequently to be deemed successful. There is now greater accountability for performance in the face of the increasing costs of higher education and dwindling resources. Academic journals have proliferated under these mounting pressures. Commercial publishers in particular have capitalised on these demands with enhanced tools to measure citations and impact. At the same time, traditional models of publishing are being challenged by new platforms which encourage collective scholarship and public engagement.
In this context, the symposium seeks to revise our contemporary understanding of the relation between research and publishing. Through six keywords, we will discuss and debate how significant developments have impacted architectural scholarship, and how academics today are negotiating these challenges. The event format will encourage a critical approach to these issues, and allow for a range of perspectives to plot the future of publishing and research.
Places are limited. To register your attendance, please email: DAB.Symposium@uts.edu.au